Matt Wayne

What is your name and your current occupation?
Matt Wayne, animation writer and story editor. I have exactly one producer credit, which nobody will ever find. Recent work includes being story editor of the Marvel Super Hero Squad Show, co-story editor of something I can’t talk about till July, former co-story editor of Justice League Unlimited.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I’ve done things for money that a gentleman shouldn’t discuss. And I sold newspaper subscriptions door-to-door. And I was a cook at Big Boy. I know, it’s crazy, right?
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Justice League Unlimited, Ben 10: Alien Force, Tom and Jerry Tales, Batman: Brave and the Bold. I’m especially proud of my shared credit with Joe Barbera on a Tom and Jerry cartoon. It doesn’t get cooler than that! I also was Managing Editor of Milestone Media, which made a lot of comics and sold the Static Shock! cartoon. The first years of that were one of the best times of my life. And it turns out that comics are the entertainment industry in miniature, so I learned a whole lot about “gatekeepers” and the like.
How did you become interested in animation?


I always loved cartoons. When I was 3 or 4, I wanted to be friends with Pixie and Dixie. I hatched a plan to break them out of the TV with a hammer, which my parents fortunately got wind of and thwarted. Rich Pursel, story editor onSpongeBob Squarepants, and writer of many of the good Ren and Stimpys, grew up across the street from me. We’ve been pals since we were toddlers. His interest in art and animation rubbed off on me. I’m not a writer/artist like he is, so I make up for it by being extra wordy. Rich and I watched all the terrible 70s cartoons on Saturday morning, and would do the kids’ version of critical analysis afterward–it always began Continue…

Mukpuddy

 

What is your name and your current occupation?
The 3 of us (Alex Leighton, Ryan Cooper and Tim Evans) run our own independent animation studio in Auckland, New Zealand. We call ourselves Mukpuddy ) and our current occupation is cartoon makers! We try our best to blog really regularly and let people know what we’re up to and currently working on…

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Nothing to crazy really Alex was a dj at a metal/rock bar, Ryan worked at a video rental store and Tim traded human organs on the black market!

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Well each new project we do is the one we’re usually most proud of, so with that in mind only 2 weeks ago we competed in a 48 hour film competition. It’s kind of a big deal down here in New Zealand and an annual event where teams of film makers compete all over the country on one weekend to make a short film in just 48 hours. On Friday night we’re given our randomly drawn genre (this year we got ‘Quest Movie”), a random prop, line of dialog and character each team has to put in their film. It was one hell of a weekend but we made it to the finish line with 5 minutes to spare and made a cool little film we’re really stoked with. Now we just have to wait and see what the judges think. While we’re waiting for the final verdict we put together a trailer for the short…We also made a bunch of shorts last year for a local kids show, they basically loved our work and told us to make whatever we wanted… given that type of creative freedom is something pretty special and as a result we feel this is some of our best work to date and hope to use these characters in something else…

How did you become interested in animation?
All 3 of us were obsessed with anything to do with animation and cartoons growing up. Comics, toys, video games, tv and.. Continue…

Steve Sagovac

What is your name and your current occupation? 

Steve Sagovac. Director at Daydreemin and also Development at Sodacode.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was involved in creating the Biggest Cocktail drink for a shopping centre launch, with choreographed bar staff to do all the mixing.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I think my first character I started to develop called Leeroy. It was because of him I got to spend some time at Disney Australia, and start working with my eventual Partner when we started Mad Cow Pictures.

 How did you become interested in animation?
I think it was Comic Books first, and then a natural progression to Continue…