Pierre Collet-Derby

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Pierre Collet-Derby. I am currently an Illustrator at Ubisoft Montreal by day and a character designer by night for various animation projects.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was lucky to be able to find work in the animation industry right after school. When I was a student in industrial design, I had the opportunity to be an intern in a cabinetmaking shop. It was a very interesting experience but I remember being exhausted after each day of work. Being a craftsman can be a physically demanding job.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
In 2003 I had the chance to animate on “Mickey’s twice upon a Christmas” for Disney. It was my first important gig as an animator and working with Disney characters was a dream come true for me. I learned a lot during this production, and met a lot of talented artists.Overall each project I’ve been working on has been rewarding as an artist. You always learn new things, meet great people and overcome new challenges. So I’m proud of all those projects, either big or small.

 

How did you become interested in animation?
As far as I can remember, I’ve always been interested in cartoons and comic books. I started to draw at a very young age and have always been encouraged by Continue…

Tad Stones

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Tad Stones and what I do pretty much depends on the hour of the day. Currently I’m a storyboard artist at Bento Box Entertainment. I just finished an episode of the new Fox series, ALLEN GREGORY, and will soon be returning to board on the second season of the wonderful BOB’S BURGERS.
However, I’m also in written development on a new series for Disney Junior. I’m past the written pitch and am waiting for word on which of my premises will move into outline so you can call me a writer. The series is based on a Disney property and if it makes it into production I’ll be the Executive Producer.
But catch me between drafts and I’m finishing the board on my own pilot for Cartoon Network. Hope to move it into animatic soon. That will give me the triple crown of EP, Story Editor and Creator.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I started three days after college graduation so I hadn’t had many jobs. I was a scooper then an unofficial assistant manager at a Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors. I was there during the moon landing (with instructions to pull Lunar Cheesecake if anything went wrong at Tranquility Base). For two summers in college I was a camp counselor for WoodCraft Rangers at Lake Arrowhead. Then, for the summer of my Junior year, the last year before “real life”, I worked eight hours a day trying to sell gag cartoons to magazines. The closest I got was that the Saturday Evening Post held one for further consideration. The brainstorming I did that summer paid off in spades when I moved into story at Disney Feature Animation.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’ll say that my favorites were DARKWING DUCK and HELLBOY ANIMATED for completely different reasons. With Darkwing I was able to chase the funny more and play with all the comic book tropes I loved. With Hellboy I was trying to create true suspense. Mike Mignola and I wrote a third picture which would easily be the best of what we did. That’s definitely a project I’d like to return to.

How did you become interested in animation?
I always loved it. I remember an animation exhibit at Disneyland and bought Bob Thomas’s book, THE ART OF ANIMATION. My dad had wanted to be a cartoonist but didn’t pursue it after graduating. He did, however, Continue…

Ron Russell

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What is your name and your current occupation?

My name is Ron Russell and I am a background painter for Adventure Time at Cartoon Network.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Probably the craziest one was Hamburger Taster. When I was in my early 20s, I worked for a market research company for a (very) short time. It was my job to rate the food at different Carl’s Jr.’s. Each day they would give me  a stack of cash, a list of locations, and some survey forms. I was supposed to order the same thing at each restaurant and rate the food. At the end of the day I would give them the surveys and receipts. After the first day, I stopped tasting the food and took it all home to my roommate at the time, who was unemployed.They called the position “Mystery Shopper,” but I called it “Hamburger Taster.” I haven’t eaten at Carl’s Jr. since.I also worked at a record store and a couple of bookstores before I went to art school.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The two that stand out for me are Mighty B! and Adventure Time. The crews on both of these projects are/were full of incredibly talented people. and fun. and nice.

How did you become interested in animation?
Well, like almost everyone I know, I grew up watching a lot of cartoons. I really loved them, but never considered it to be a real thing that you could do (or that I could, anyway.) So, I just watched and read about them and admired the art. My favorites were, Continue…

Ta-Wei Chao

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What is your name and your current occupation? 
My name is Ta-Wei Chao, and I did this animation with my wife, Tsai-Chun Han.
We are both freelance artist, which we work together as a team.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
We don’t really have any crazy job before…I worked as a part-time librarian when I was in college, and Tsai Chun used to be a comic artist assistance.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
We did a series of history Illustration book about tree Asian cities, Taipei, Tokyo, and Chang’an. I learned a lot of historical knowledge myself in the process of drawing the book.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business? 
I was born in Taoyuan, Taiwan, and graduated from Continue…

Pressure sensitive stylus for your iMac, iPad & MacBook Pro! by Cregle Inc. — Kickstarter

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A reader posted this in the comments of my post yesterday about a Cintiq alternative and I felt it too needed it’s own post. Cregle Inc has come up with  away to turn your iMac, iPad or MacBook Pro into a more or less what is a Cintiq. For small change!

The whole process works by putting calibration discs on the edges of your monitor and having it sync with the included pen. It’s actually pretty damn ingenious if you ask me. It seems the reason it works on the iPad, iMac and MacBook Pro is mostly because they all have glass over their lcds whereas not all monitors do. If i press my monitor it has a squishy feel to it and you get some liquid spreading out from under my finger. I can see my monitor breaking quickly. the iMacs have glass over that part though and so do the iPads and MacBook Pros so it seems it would probably work on anything that has glass on it. Anyway, check the link out below. I hope it gets funded because it could change the way we do business.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ipen/ipen-2-for-ipad-imac-and-more?ref=live

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…