J.J. Sedelmaier

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What is your name and your current occupation?
J.J. Sedelmaier. This week I’m a filmmaker, graphic designer, cartoonist, author, curator. . .

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I don’t know if it’d be classified as “crazy” but in school and right out of school, I worked as a waiter/bartender/asst manager in restaurants (this best thing I could have done to prepare for running a business), and also worked as a furniture stripper/salesman.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
In terms of longer form stuff, launching Beavis and Butthead for MTV, creating the Saturday TV Funhouse/Saturday Night Live cartoons with Robert Smigel (especially The Ambiguously Gay Duo !), the co-creation with Stuart Hill of Captain Linger for Cartoon Network, doing the Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law pilot for Adult Swim, and designing the Tek Jansen character and launching the cartoon series for The Colbert Report. In terms of our short form/commercial stuff, some of the highlights have been, Continue…

Tom Ruegger

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Name:  Tom Ruegger.   Current occupation:  various animation jobs.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I ran the film society at my school.  I worked for Twyman Films, a company that rented movies to colleges.  And I worked for my brother Jim Ruegger at Hillside Construction Company where I painted houses — interiors and exteriors — and did roofing.   After I fell off the roof a couple of times —  my mind was busy with cartoon scenarios —  my constructions career came to an end.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’m proud of most of the shows I’ve worked on, especially “Animaniacs,”  “Tiny Toons,” “Pinky and the Brain,” “Histeria,” “Freakazoid,” “Road Rovers,” “A Pup Named Scooby Doo,” and individual episodes of lots of other shows.

How did you become interested in animation?
I loved cartoons ever since I saw them for the first time.  As a little kid, I drew my versions of the cartoon characters I saw on TV —  Yogi, Fred, Popeye, Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Mickey, Donald — – and my interest in Continue…

Ben Althoff

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Ben Althoff and I am the CEO, Founder of Polycount Studios, LLC.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?

I would have to say one of my crazier jobs when I was younger was delivering “post therapy knee machines”.  I lived in San Deigo at the time and I was about 24 years old.  I would drive within a hundred miles of SD delivering these things and I would meet the craziest people.  Did I mention I also had to set these people up in this machine?  I remember meeting a guy who actually worked in the factory that made “Real Dolls”!!  if you don’t know just type it in your internet browser and you will get it, lol.  Maybe don’t do it at work!  Anyway, he was telling me about some of the orders and how the “Bones” are made…what a character.

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

The project I’m most proud of is my Expose 7 publications.  I wanted for so long to be in this book and finally after learning 3ds max for about 2 years I jumped in head first with a couple images and sure enough, they both got in.

How did you become interested in animation?
I think I really started wanting to get into animation and 3D Vis when I was Continue…

John MacFarlane

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 What is your name and your current occupation?
John MacFarlane  –  I love to create beautiful fairy tale worlds and the creatures that live in those worlds. So animation inspires me. And moving water, fire, smoke, and the like is awesome.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Before animation I used to manage our families printing business. But I did have a crazy job one summer working on a movie called “Roar” in Acton California.  Part of my job was building fences to fence in lions and tigers on the sets and moving them from their holding cages to the sets and back. That was an experience I’ll never forget. I don’t think they ever finished the movie.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
“Iron Giant” It was great to be a part of that, and work with Brad Bird. I also got to do efx on DreamWorks
first animated feature “Prince of Egypt” and most recently Disney’s “Princess and the Frog”. Animating the
gooey inside of Frank in “Osmosis Jones” was a lot of fun. Futurama is cool to because that show always
something to blow up or disgusting gunk to slosh around.  I also Illustrate children’s Continue…

Elliot Cowan

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Elliot Cowan.My main gig for the past year or so has been Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philly and other teaching appointments around Manhattan.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
One summer I worked for an accounting firm moving all their paperwork from one style of manila envelope to another.It was deathly boring.I spent most of my time making barnyard animals out of Acco fasteners and shooting them off the top of the photocopier with rubber bands.This is the only job I’ve ever had outside of media (I directed live action television commercials for about 10 years).

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Uli Meyer Animation in London were working on an animated feature project called Monstermania! Uli brought me on board initially to design a nightmare sequence but soon I was doing all kinds of great stuff.My proudest moments have been

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Bob Lizarraga

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Bob Lizarraga

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I delivered pantyhose to liquor stores in East L.A.- I lasted one whole day.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I loved working on Freakazoid- There were always celebrity cameos that needed caricaturing.

How did you become interested in animation?
Warner Bros cartoons on TV– any animation that was funny.Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I grew up in the San Fernando Valley. While working at The Daily News, I heard a local animation studio was looking for artists, so Continue…