Stephanie Pyren-Fortel

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Stephanie Pyren-Fortel, bg painter, character painter.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
When I was HS I was working as a  cashier for a dept store after that it was art jobs, I was hired at 19 to work as a fashion illustrator.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
So many to really say from Fat Albert, they were all fun in the old days now it is more client based whereas before artist ruled!

How did you become interested in animation?
I loved the satire and puns with all theBullwinkle shows ,rocky and his friends and Continue…

Barry Atkinson


What is your name and your current occupation? 
Barry Atkinson , Art Director Disney Toons.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was a child actor in my Dads educational films.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
In animation , Heavy Metal, An American tail, Lion King, Tinkerbell.  Personal projects, Directed short film “Into Darkness’ and directed live action film “Through Golden Fields”.

How did you become interested in animation?
From my Dad and Continue…

Josh Mepham

What is your name and your current occupation?
Josh Mepham, Director.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was a bartender in Portugal where we would blast shots into our customers’ mouths with a supersoaker gun.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’m really proud of the two seasons of Kid vs. Kat that I co-directed with creator Rob Boutilier at DHX Media. It’s a fantastic show and deserves all the success it has achieved. I’m also extremely proud of the show my company Slap Happy Cartoons has in development with YTV right called Nerds & Monsters. Slap Happy has also produced some animated shorts for the Vancouver Canucks that play on the big screen at the games. I’m really excited to be working with that organization seeing as I’m a huge Canucks fan.

How did you become interested in animation?
I’ve loved to draw ever since I can remember picking up that first crayon, and I’ve always loved watching cartoons. So I guess I’ve been interested in animation my whole life. I just didn’t think I’d be Continue…

Paul Griffin


What is your name and your current occupation?
Hi, I’m Paul Griffin and I’m currently an animation director. When I was seven, I was planning on being a firefighting astronaut who flew jets on the weekends, but animation director is pretty close. There is an element of firefighting some days, I get to fly spaceships and puppeteer aliens to pilot them, but weekends I mostly just kick back around the house.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I used to work for this couple, one summer in Toronto, who ran a ceramics business out of their basement. They had a tortoise who would eat the leaves of the large marijuana plant growing in the back yard, then he would crash into the fence over and over as he stumbled around. That was entertaining. I guess the turtle was happy for the most part.  I also painted structural I-beams for a summer and had one job where we were working next to the Welland Canal and could look down the smoke stacks of ships as they were passing several hundred feet below us on the water. That’s how I developed my Kung Fu Grip©. Man, the crazy, dangerous stuff you’ll do for $9/hour…
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
That’s a tough one. My favorite project is usually the one I’m currently working on, but have to say some of the memorable ones have been, The Fly, Magnolia, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, King Kong, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, four Superbowl commercials and the cinematics for Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (VG). Working with the gang at Dr D Studios in Sydney on Happy Feet Two last year was really a lot of fun.

How did you become interested in animation?
Growing up in Ontario Canada, before the advent of cable TV, the town we lived in had one single broadcast TV channel from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Every Saturday at 5 p.m. my family would gather around the TV and we’d watch the Bugs Bunny Road Runner Hour and it was Continue…

Lynda Nettleship-Carraher

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Lynda Nettleship-Carraher and currently I am a mother of 3; ages 5,4 and 2.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I never had any crazy jobs just boring. I would use a temp agency to get work and all they had was office jobs and the only thing I am capable of doing in an office is answering the phones. Very boring.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The first job I loved working on was The Wild Thornberrys. I enjoyed drawing in the show’s style and I learned so much about all the places the family would travel to when we would do the research for the backgrounds. My other favorite was Continue…

Tahmineh Sarbazzadeh

What is your name and your current occupation?
Tahmineh Sarbazzadeh, freelance animator, character designer, illustrator, graphic/web designer.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I’m a Traditional based animator, and was lucky to get involve into an internship right after a few inking and drawing tests.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I love all of them, but the latest one, a 2D ad, is my new favourite.

How did you become interested in animation?
Since I remember I was in love with Continue…