Pete Michels

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Pete Michels and I am the Supervising Director on the upcoming hit show “Rick and Morty” for Adult Swim. I work at Starburns Industries in Burbank.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I never really had any crazy jobs. I once parked cars and did phone surveys. Both of those jobs lasted less than a weekend.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The Simpsons and Family Guy are probably the top projects. It’s an honor to be part of animation history.

 

How did you become interested in animation?
I think I’ve always been drawing cartoons, since I got the “Charlie Brown Dictionary” for Christmas one year. I was always watching “The Flintstones” and “Scooby-Doo”. But I think it was Ralph Bakshi’s version of “Lord of the Rings” that made me want to do that for a living.

 

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Little Ferry, New Jersey… a suburb of New York City that’s located just south of Hackensack.  After graduating from Jersey City State College, I took Continue…

Mike Scott

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Mike Scott, director / animator.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?Waiter, DJ, promos, runner for a film crew.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of6 Goldfish animated music videos, working with David O’Reilly on some [adultswim] idents, my ‘MooseBox’ Nickelodeon project, music videos for my brother’s band ‘The Kiffness’.

How did you become interested in animation?
I’ve always been interested in animation, I’ve drawn since an early age and had tried various animation tests growing up. One of my mother’s friends gave me a book on animation as a birthday present, I guess that all helped.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, went to junior school there, high school in Natal, Fine Art in Grahamstown, business degree in Johannesburg, then moved to Plettenberg Bay and I currently commute between Plett and Cape Town. One of my friends from University was working for a comedian and she said Continue…

Hayley Dwan


What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Hayley Dwan. I currently work as a full time print and designer of t-shirts and hoodies at yourdesign.co.uk. In my spare time I do freelance animation and illustration work, hoping to one day fully break into the animation industry.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
The only other job that I’ve had apart from my current occupation was as a dispenser in a pharmacy….not so crazy I know! I’ve always quite fancied wearing a pizza box to advertise dominoes or something though!

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I think during work experience at companies like Milky Tea and Factory Trans media. I was so grateful to be given the opportunity to be a part of their projects such as advertising campaigns, character designs for series pitches and storyboard work. I learnt so much from these companies and working within the studio, therefore my finished pieces of work where something I was very proud of!

How did you become interested in animation?
I’ve always loved cartoons (and still do…..I’m a big kid!) I think it was from age 8 that I began my love for drawing. I would draw everything I could see! I would sit in front of the tv and draw characters from the cartoons. I then began keeping my own little books of characters I had created and little stories to go with them. When I discovered

 

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Evan Gore

What is your name and your current occupation?
Though I am frequently called, “Evan Gore,” I am also known as “that guy who keeps looking at me” and “that guy who writes for cartoons with his wife,” and “Mr. Scoops The Ice Cream Man.”  Why, did somebody ask about me?  I am a comedy writer first, but my entire career has made me a specialist in animated comedies for the 6-14 set.  I’ve worked mostly on Disney Channel shows, usually with partner Heather Lombard, but we also were head writers on “George of the Jungle” for Cartoon Network.  These days, I work mostly solo, and mostly at Starbucks.  No, I don’t make espressos, I write freelance; mostly for overseas clients.  This year, I’ve been doing episodes for “Pound Puppies” and “Care Bears” on The Hub, but my main gig has been Story Editor of Escape Hockey, a boys action-comedy half-hour about a average sci-fi geek kid who gets imprisoned in deep space along with the girl he loves, his bully brother, and his dog.  Each episode, he has to compete in a hockey-like game against various creatures in order to stay alive.   The show is by Spanish production companies Enne Entertainment in partnership with Imira Entertainment.  The series is part of something they call “Watch & Play,” where kids can play games integrated with the episodes.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
When you look at me, you think: “Black Entertainment Television.”  It’s not that I’m black, it’s that you’re crazy.  I was writer/producer on TWO shows for BET, “Are You Hip Hop’s Biggest Fan?” and the “On The Beat,” which were quiz shows bragging the first non-white Game Show host in America.  Holla! In my younger days, I was an actor type, a receptionist/secretary type, a waiter/bartender type… and with all that typing, becoming a writer was just the next step.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? 
Of course I’m proud that Heather and I beat out a bunch of way more seasoned writers to get a freelance assignment in the early days of Futurama, but the show I remember most fondly was Dave The Barbarian on the Disney Channel.  It was a wickedly funny show about a barbarian named Dave with the muscles of a hero, and the heart of a needlepointer.  I also am very proud of George of the Jungle, scripts which Heather and I worked extremely hard on, and Studio B made hilarious episodes from.  It’s the funny shows I remember the best.  “Emperor’s New School” was also a very funny show, with characters so vivid, they told you what they should do.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business? 

Sorry animators, I did not go to film school (I know that’s a sticking point for some folks).  I got into this through comedy writing.  I majored in short-story writing in college, then in my 20s I was an actor at Second City in Chicago, then wrote sketches for corporate clients, was partners in Chicago’s “Improv Institute,” and later got my first TV job writing Continue…

Chance Raspberry

What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Chance Raspberry. I’m a character layout artist on The Simpsons, and am currently producing my own animated projects.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
In high school, I was hired by two soccer coaches to design their brochure.  They paid me $300, so I worked on it during 3rd period art class.  My first full-time job was as a customer service phone rep at Washington Mutual Bank (now Chase.)

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? 
The industry gigs I’ve worked on have been a great honor, and I’m proud to say I was a part of them all.  These include The Simpsons TV series (Seasons 18-22), The Simpsons Movie, Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends (Christmas Special – “A Lost Claus”), Rob Zombie’s: The Haunted World of El Super Beasto, and the second Family Guy trading card series.
How did you become interested in animation? 
It all started around age 3 or 4 when my parents began renting video tapes of all the old cartoons they used to watch.  This is how I was introduced to Fleischer, Disney, Looney Tunes, Tex Avery, Don Bluth, etc.  From there, I started Continue…