What is your name and your current occupation?
Todd Hampson, Founder/CAO of Timbuktoons, LLC, a 2D animation and IP/concept development company.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? I grilled and/or burnt many steaks at a cafeteria style steakhouse in the 11th grade and delivered food to (and occasionally had food thrown at me by) elderly patients at a hospital during my first year of college. Good times.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? Character Design room murals for 3 episodes of Extreme Makeover Home Edition (2 episodes will run the week of Christmas).Visual development and animation production on 9 DVD’s for Phil Vischer’s (Creator of Veggie Tales) latest DVD series “What’s In the Bible?”. Action Comic Illustrations and Animation for a National Archives traveling exhibit. Animated commercial spot for Myth Busters. Production of Addy and Telly Award winning animated commercial series for an automotive company.
How did you become interested in animation? I’ve always loved film, animation, story, etc. I saw Jungle Book and Pinocchio as a kid and it blew me away. I never realized I could be an animator, but loved character design and film. If anyone has Continue…
Thanks to PBS Digital Studios and its series Blank on Blank, we have this beautiful animation of an interview with The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling. His ideas about science fiction, children, and imagination all get expressed in a wonderful way.
My name is Luis Escobar and I’m a Storyboard artist on THE SIMPSONS tv show.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Before I got into the animation industry I used to milk squirrels for a living. It’s surprising how few people know how high the demand for squirrel milk is. Especially in countries like Vanuatu, Uzbekistan, and Liechtenstein. Okay, I made all that up. I didn’t really have any jobs before I got into the animation industry. Especially not involving milking squirrels. That’s sick, SICK I tell ya. On the other hand, hamsters…
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’m definitely proud of having worked on THE SIMPSONS movie. It was my first storyboard job AND my first movie. It was also one of the most difficult jobs I’ve ever had. There are some SIMPSONS episodes I’m very proud to have worked on too. LISA’S WEDDING episode, I liked working on (directed by Jim Reardon) and Continue…
What is your name and your current occupation? Christina Capozzi-Riley Animator/Illustrator/Compositor & Small Business Owner (PetKaboodle, Inc.)
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? Not sure about crazy. I only held two jobs prior to becoming an animation professional. I started working when I was 14 at a restaurant called The Wander Inn. I was a preparation chef in the kitchen. I prepared salads, desserts, appetizers and helped the waitresses get what they needed in the kitchen for their tables. I was one of the few who had a job working every weekend throughout high-school. I worked there for about 5 years and then began working at PETCO as a grooming assistant. (Bathing, brushing, grooming dogs & cats…the works). Not so much a crazy job..but some of the furry clients as well as their owners can be a bit on the crazy side sometimes. I worked there for another 5 years until I graduated SVA in 2005 and was offered a job at Asterisk Animation, LLC in Manhattan. Then in 2007 my husband and I incorporated PetKaboodle, Inc. and I now own an operate the retail business aside from any animation jobs.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? There have been too many to count! Some that stand out to me are a bunch of short segments I did in collaboration with illustrator Steve Brodner called “Naked Campaign” which was lots of fun! It was a challenge to complete each segment in a matter of days in order to air on time. I’ve worked many times with the lovely Gail Levine on a number of documentaries including one on Jeff Bridges and another on Cab Calloway. I enjoyed the many documentaries we did for PBS and National Geographic, as well as the children’s language series Little Pim. I also enjoyed working with off-site animator Doug Compton. I frequently in-betweened his work and have learned so much in doing so. One of the more recent pieces was a documentary on Carol Channing where her intricate dress sure was a tedious challenge to animate and in-between!
How did you become interested in animation? Ever since I was two years old I would draw, draw, draw! Some of my very first drawings are of Continue…