Lyndon Ruddy

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Lyndon Ruddy. I’m a story artist currently working at Paramount Animation in Hollywood.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
 Nothing too crazy, mostly art related jobs, although I did work at an industrial laundry mat when I was 15. The ones with the giant washers and dryers. If I fell in, that’d be it.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I loved storyboarding on Gnomeo and Juliet, The Legend of Tembo ( the project was shelved) Tinkbell and Planes Franchie movies.  The Pramount project I’m currently storyboarding on is going to blow people away. Its going to be really good.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Toronto Canada. I went to Sheridan College and studied classical animation. My first job was as a layout artist on Ewoks and Droids for Lucasfilm. It was Continue…

Bobby Khounphaysane

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My Name is Bobby Khounphaysane (Koon-pie-san) and I am a 2d animator & Character Designer (with some storyboarding and background designs mixed in there) for DipDive Animation owned by Will.I.AM, which we are in the process of launching soon in the next few months or so.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I used to work at a box factory and received a crazy amount of box cuts on my arm doing assembly line.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Let’s see, there’s actually been a few, but the ones that popped into my head was getting the chance to do a Nick Halloween commercial. It was a 5 second spot and the segment was done all in Toon Boom traditionally, which was fun (and tiring) to do! Another was heading a pilot show where I got to helm the designs from the get go, from characters, to storyboarding, and backgrounds.

How did you become interested in animation? 
I became interested in animation ever since I was a wee lad, watching Saturday morning cartoons like Thundercats, GI Joe, and Transformers. From there, Continue…

Scott Hill

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What is your name?
Scott Hill

What would you say has been your primary job in animation?
First and foremost I’m a props & effects designer.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Professionally, they’re all good because they paid my rent for a time.  Recently, I’d say Disney’s “Kim Possible” for the sheer joy in the design work, I loved the wacky off-kilter nature of the universe and then the ill fated and all too short lived “Atlantis” T.V. spin off, I got to draw like Continue…

Ed Anderson

What is your name and your current occupation?
Ed Anderson, CEO Mongadillo Studios

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was a Caricature artist at a Six Flags amusement park, did that for five Summers in a row.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’m personally really proud of our original cartoons “Shawks” (The Web Series) and “Holiday Force”, they still make me laugh.

How did you become interested in animation?
I did my Junior year in college as an exchange student at Sheffield Hallam University in England, where I was studying painting. A friend of mine told me that there was a 16mm Bolex camera and Rostrum set up in the Photography building that no one was using. I immediately set out to Continue…

Katya Bowser

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Katya Bowser and I am currently a Freelance Artist focusing on Storyboards, Illustrations and Character Designs.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I haven’t had anything too crazy, but working retail at Hollister was interesting. There were some crazy managers who would do things like chase shoplifters out of the store with a broomstick. You encounter a lot of interesting people when working in retail.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Being a freelancer has given me the opportunity to work on a lot of different projects. I’m working with some friends on a short film called “Asylum”. Its been a fun process and I’ve learned a lot through it. I also had a great time while working temporarily at DisneyToons. I don’t know if my sequence will make it through to production, but it was extremely fun to work on! And my other favorite would be my first animatic I created and designed with Epipheo for Crowd Equity. It turned out really neat and I enjoyed working on it a lot.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. My dad got me interested in art and was the one who taught me how to draw when I was little. We watched movies and cartoons together all the time and I loved everything animation. One summer in high school Continue…

Gabby Zapata

What is your name and your current occupation?
Gabby Zapata, Production Artist at Disney Interactive in Glendale, California.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? 
I was a chocolatier/ ice cream scooper at a local ice cream shop for 3.5 years during school!

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? 
Coming out of school, I went to Digital Domain to work on their first film in Animation. Digital Domain specialized in VFX and we were creating a 3D feature film called “The Legend of Tembo”.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business? 
I was born and raised mostly in California, but Continue…