Olivier Tossan

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Olivier Tossan and I work, since Oct 2010,as visual development Artist at DreamWorks Animation Studios.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I am originally Set Designer but drawing has always been my passion.  The craziest professionnal experience in the one I am currently having at DreamWorks Animation… Based on a scenario, we are making an all visual world emerge in front of us. I am serrounded, everyday, by big talents everywhere… Amazing !

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I came very recently to the animation world.  I am a ” Late Bloomer ” !!! Before finding myself in California, I Continue…

Thomas Estrada

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Thomas Estrada. I’m a senior animator at Disney Interactive.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Not really crazy, but the most unusual was working as a pest control technician for several years. Covering Hollywood and Encino, I killed the bugs of Gene Kelly, George Carlin, and Jaclyn Smith, among others.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The Prince of Egypt, The Emperor’s New Groove, Treasure Planet, and the Toy Story 3 video game.

How did you become interested in animation?
As far back as I can remember, I loved to draw. I have memories of early grade school, drawing pictures of “Giant Robot” for school friends. I knew then that I wanted to this for a living.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. After graduating high school in 1988, I had no idea about how to actually be a professional artist. I enrolled into art classes at the community college, but was soon discouraged after a couple semesters, thinking a career in art required going to schools like Cal Arts or Otis Parsons, places I could never afford. So I quit school, found a regular job and did whatever freelance art I could find such as airbrushing t-shirts, drawing brochure covers and painting murals. Finally in the summer of 1996 my wife and I attended her family reunion and discovered she had a cousin who was a Disney animator. He gave me an honest assessment of my drawing skills, then Continue…

SunTrust buys DreamWorks Animation property

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The L.A. Times is reporting that an investment arm of SunTrust Banks Inc. has acquired DreamWorks Animation’s plush, Tuscany-style campus in Glendale.

In a regulatory filing on Thursday, DreamWorks Animation disclosed that SunTrust Equity Funding had signed an agreement earlier this week to purchase the DreamWorks campus for $185 million.

The sale includes 10 buildings on about 15 acres of land, which was developed two decades ago and is dotted with olive trees, oaks and a koi pond.

DreamWorks isn’t exiting the property, however. Instead, the studio behind the “Shrek” movies will lease the property from SunTrust Equity Funding, a subsidiary of the bank holding company based in Atlanta.

You can read the full story at LA times.com.

DreamWorks Animation To Sell Glendale Studio As It Grapples With Liquidity

Newest Innovations In Consumer Technology On Display At 2014 International CES

Sad news for the animation community here in L.A.

Deadline.com is reporting that DreamWorks Animation execs apparently failed to impress investors with their cautiously upbeat financial forecasts in a conference call after releasing a generally disappointing Q4 earnings report. The company stock price continued to fall in post-market trading as the call progressed, falling 9.1%.

Read the entire article here.

New music video “Feel the Light” from DreamWorks’ upcoming film “Home”

DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox are pleased to share a NEW lyric video for “Feel the Light” by Jennifer Lopez, for the upcoming animation HOME! Featuring Jennifer Lopez and members of HOME‘s star studded cast including Rihanna and Jim Parsons, the new video gives you a sneak peak at the heartwarming and inspirational journey, that hits theaters everywhere on March 27!  
Watch the brand NEW “Feel the Light” Lyric Video on Yahoo here: https://www.yahoo.com/movies/first-listen-j-los-heart-warming-hip-shaking-111965209857.html
HOME hits theaters everywhere on March 27, 2015!  
Please find additional information about the film below and feel free to share with your readers.
Thanks!
DeAnna
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HOME
Animation
Release: March 27, 2015, in 3D
Director: Tim Johnson
Screenplay:  based upon the novel The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
Producers: Chris Jenkins, Suzanne Buirgy
Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez
SYNOPSIS
When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.
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News: THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR | Official Trailer Revealed!

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On behalf of DreamWorks Animation, we are pleased to share the FIRST trailer for their upcoming animated comedy,THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR.  Get ready for the Penguins’ biggest mission yet, in theaters this Thanksgiving!
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THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR
Animation-Comedy
Release: November 26, 2014, in 3D
Directed by: Simon Smith, Eric Darnell
Produced by: Lara Brey, Tripp Hudson, Mark Swift
Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru, Peter Stormare
SYNOPSIS
Discover the secrets of the most entertaining and mysterious birds in the global espionage game: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private now must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then … you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from taking over the world.
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