What is your name and your current occupation?
Allen Mezquida Director/Writer/Animator
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I traveled the world as a jazz saxophonist. I got to play with Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Gerry Mulligan amd Brad Mehldau among many others.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Bonus material for the DVD release of Aladdin and Toy Story. A short of mine called “Man’s First Friend” aired on Nickelodeon.
How did you become interested in animation?
That’s like asking how did I Continue…
Nickelodeon Animation Studio is looking for a Storyboard Artist for its new TV movie, Lucky. This position will last 3 or 4 months. MUST HAVE A KNACK FOR COMEDY. PREFERABLY AN ARTIST WITH EXPERIENCE ON BOARD-DRIVEN PROJECTS.
Meet with creative supervisors to discuss objectives of storyboard; what is desired or to be achieved.
Create storyboards by implementing storytelling objectives.
Follow instructions of creative supervisors.
Address any problems with creative supervisors; ask necessary questions.
Communicate progress of work to creative supervisors and to appropriate production staff.
Ensure quality and style of show is consistently achieved in storyboard work.
Follow proper document management requirements (i.e., file naming and storage) according to the production’s guidelines.
Meet all deadlines as determined by Line Producer or Production Manager.
Attend and contribute to relevant meetings and pitches as needed.
Maybe be required to pitch Storyboards.
Ensure all storyboard notes are added.
Must demonstrate proficiency in style of show.
Strong staging and composition skills.
Understanding of subtext in character performance. Portfolio samples must demonstrate that all characters in a sequence do not behave the same. They are unique. Think about which character in a scene is dominant, which is submissive. What are the undercurrents? Whose scene is it?
Strong drawing and mechanical skills.
Knowledge of or willingness to learn applicable design software (Photoshop, Storyboard Pro) and hardware (Wacom Cintiq monitor and/or tablet).
Strong time-management skills.
Work well under pressure.
Ability to multitask a plus.
Relevant drawing experience necessary.
Minimum of 1 year storyboard experience and/or training on a similar show; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
This Saturday I’ll be once again broadcasting LIVE on the Adobe Twitch stream at http://www.twitch.tv/adobe animating with Adobe Animate CC(formally Adobe Flash) where I’ll be animating nonsense like this gif… I may even fix it to be better! Join us and see! That’s 12-3 pm PST only on Twitch!
Starting this Saturday from 12-3 pm PST and every Saturday after that, I will be streaming live on the Adobe Twitch channel and animating nonsense using Adobe Animate. This week we’ll continue animating a scene with a robot ninja I roughed out last week called Tinja… Yahhh! Join me if you can! That’s 12-3 PST this Saturday only on: http://www.twitch.com/adobe