A Piece of Cake | Marvel’s Rocket & Groot | Disney XD

The second episode in the 12 part set of shorts. LOVE the way the 3d looks so painterly!

The Rocket and Groot shorts are animated by Passion Pictures, who were nominated for Best Animated Short at the Academy Awards this year for their work on “Pear Cider and Cigarettes.” They recently won an Annie award and are also behind the Gorillaz music videos. The shorts are based on a design by comic artist Skottie Young, whose numerous credits include New Warriors and the Rocket Raccoon comic book.

All 12 shorts will be available on the Disney XD app beginning Monday, March 27. The first four will also be released on Disney XD YouTube on Monday, March 27. A compilation of all 12 shorts will premiere Monday, April 10 (7:00 am, ET/PT) on Disney XD.

Chris Duncan

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 What is your name?
Chris Duncan

What would you say has been your primary job in animation?
Background painter, but because I was a digital artist before that was mainstream I was lucky enough to do a little of everything like some 3D, promotional stuff, design and editing.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Right out of High School I was a technical illustrator at General Dynamics working on build and repair manuals for cruise missiles and they’re launchers while working with a bunch of old grumpy ex-Navy guys. When I first moved to LA I worked on a drill crew Continue…

JOBS: 3D Artist

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We seek out ambitious partners and are the leading esports company for new gaming titles.

We are experiencing breakneck growth and are looking for an individual that loves to fashion a special take on an esteemed activity; for someone who gets fired-up designing and visually expressing standout experiences alongside a small, high-energy team. We want someone who pushes back on the status quo and does things faster and better – because that’s what gets them out of bed in the morning.

As a wise old man once said, “It’s dangerous to go alone, take this!”


  • Work alongside company founders to help shape the future of online esports entertainment
  • Create and deliver stylistic 3D models from concept art
  • Sculpt, texture and edit 3D environments and props
  • Design and sketch model concepts and treatments
  • Produce detailed specs with precise requirements
  • Raise the quality bar and design standards for NGE across all projects
  • Work with stakeholders to convey design philosophy within all art
  • Design and curate graphic work to promote consistent messaging and direction
  • Fanatically deliver the best fan experiences possible
  • Perform other tasks as assigned


  • Passion for video games and interactive media
  • High proficiency with Maya and/or 3ds Max in creating detailed 3D models and assets
  • Expertise working with Adobe Creative Suite files in Maya and/or 3ds Max
  • Solid understanding of lighting, rendering and animation fundamentals
  • Aptitude with game engine and rendering pipelines and workflow
  • A portfolio of current and published work encompassing core competencies and skill set
  • A track record of excelling with little supervision
  • Experience managing multiple priorities in high-stress, time sensitive environments
  • The desire for a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment

Reasonable Accommodations Statement: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Experience: 4+ years experience creating detailed and quality 3D assets, including models, environments and props in commercially shipped software and products


  • Work Schedule: Be prepared to help build something great and work long hours, including occasional evenings and weekends
  • Amount of Travel Required: Limited
  • Work Environment: Typical office, travel (trains, planes and autos), studios and on-location environments

Please apply with your cover letter and resume. As well, please include the names of a game you’re currently playing, as well as one of your favorite video games.

Candidates local to the greater Los Angeles area preferred.

The Company has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the employee’s ability to perform the position described. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent a contract of employment, and the Company reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the employee to perform, as the Company may deem appropriate.

About NGE:

We are a full-service esports company that creates, manages and monetizes competitive video game leagues. We build a title’™s competitive community from the ground up, growing it into a unique, professional and world-class esports operation. We manage all league operations and produce expert live entertainment in-studio or at stadium-sized venues. We deliver monetary results by authentically translating publisher and brand sponsor™ business outcomes to this massively diverse community.

Alen Esmaelian

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Alen Esmaelian and I work as a Background, Prop, and Character designer at Rough Draft Studios.


What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Nothing out of the ordinary. I’ve been working in this industry for 6 years and prior to that, I used work for Pizza Hut as a customer service representative (fancy way of saying that I used to take customer orders over the phone).


What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Without a doubt, my proudest moment was working on Futurama alongside the very talented crew at Rough Draft Studios. I was particularly proud to see my finished designs for Bender’s robot monastery on episode nine of this current season.


Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I was born in Tehran, Iran but I’ve lived in the Los Angeles area (San Fernando Valley) since I was two. I started to exhibit a love for animation and design at the tender age of 5, when I used to Continue…

Will Kistler

What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Will Kistler and I’m currently a character animator.


What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
For a while I was a tour guide at Mammoth Cave National Park, where I led tours through the cave.  I also did a brief stint as a substitute teacher.  Turns out, 9th and 10 graders are not especially keen to learn algebra.  After college I spent a year teaching English in Japan.  That was a great time, since it let me travel for an extended period.  I was doing animation school online at the time, and I hate to admit it, but my studies suffered.  When faced with the option of animating all day, or going to check out a temple I might never get to see again, I wasn’t going to NOT go see the temple.  I tried to do both, but the animation got ignored a little more than it should have.


What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
My most recently released project was Life of Pi.  I was extremely happy with how that came out.  We spent a lot of time making sure the tiger moved as realistically as possible, which meant a big part of my day was getting to watch and study videos of tigers.  That makes for a pretty great work day.  I’ve also gotten to work on the Alvin and the Chipmunk movies.  Realistic tigers are great, but there’s a different kind of fun in getting to animate more anthropomorphic animals singing and dancing.


Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Kentucky originally.  My break into animation was being accepted into Continue…

Ben Rosales


What is your name and your current occupation?
Ben Rosales – Animation Instructor

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Full-time missionary in the Canada Calgary Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. (The “white shirt & tie” guys on bikes)

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Open Season III

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
Texas – My first animation job was at a small studio in Houston called Illusion Studio, Inc. Then Continue…