Ashlyn Anstee

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Ashlyn Anstee, and I’m a story artist at JibJab Media in Venice, California!

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
A few memorable summers, I worked at the Lost Kids center at an amusement park in Vancouver, BC. Basically, we would be on the lookout for kids that parents had lost (usually involving a lot of crying parents), or taking care of kids who wanted to find their parents. The latter were the tough ones, because usually they’d be with us for a while, because the parents wouldn’t want to come find them. Once, we had a kid with us for four hours, and he bit someone. We finally found his parents, but then an hour later, his identical twin brother walked into our center. We flipped out.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’ve done a lot of work for JibJab’s new StoryBots project- lots of fun videos, and most particularly, a line of books for the iPad. I’ve had the chance to illustrate and write a few books, and it’s been amazing. I’ve grown in leaps and bounds- there are so many strong artists here. It’s fun to be a part of a new project too. It’s like a big blue sky and we can create what’s in it.

 

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Vancouver, BC, Canada, and of course, went to school at Sheridan College just outside of Toronto. I’ve actually always just loved stories. I read a lot as a kid, and wanted to Continue…

Michael Hitchcox

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Michael Hitchcox / 2D Background Instructor Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario and freelance 2D background artist.(Photoshop either colour keys or production backgrounds)

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Worked as a highways ticket guy for construction crews. Worked as a landscaper for a dutch owner (nice guy, just a very hard worker)

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Magic School Bus, Beetlejuice (the animated series),Gargoyles, Gift Eater promo, various productions for Atomic Cartoons.

 

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
Oakville, Ontario, Canada. I went through for fine arts, never thought of animation or anything commercial…but Continue…

2D Wednesday- “The Casebook of Nips & Porkington” (2015) by Melody Wang

Today’s 2D Wednesday is a delightful little piece by 4th year Sheridan animation student Melody Wang done primarily in Toonboom Harmony and Photoshop about two anthropomorphic cops chasing a stolen egg though a very clever bit of newspaper landscape.

I ask you… WHEN WILL SOMEONE MAKE A 2D  FEATURE AGAIN!?!?!?

Film by Melody Wang

Score by Xintong Wang

Voice Talents
Elaine Wise as Constable Nips
Elliot Cowan as Porkington, the rat, and Mr. Goose
Kirsten Lloyd as Mrs. Goose

Mentors
Nancy Beiman
Bruno Degazio

Minions
Danial Darabi
Rui Hao
Jack Hincenbergs
Marissa Iavazzi
Ruby Xia
Xin Wu

Kareem Omii Thompson

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Kareem Omii Thompson, and I am a production designer in the animation industry as well as an independent film maker.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
While in school I’ve worked quite a few, even 2-3 at a time. I would say the wildest experience was being a security guard in a hospital.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
One in particular would be directing a pilot for Disney XD called Hood. Worked with the brilliant creator Howie Shia and a super talented crew of artists; Lillian Chan, Jon Ng, Louis Norris, Shaz Lym, Lubomir Arsov, Ben Plouffe, Kay Huang, Steve Bar,Pasquale La Montagna, oh and Kenny Ng.

 

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I was born in Toronto Canada, but raised in Queens NYC. Moved back to Canada when I was 20 and Continue…

Aminder Dhaliwal

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What is your name and your current occupation? 
 My name’s Aminder Dhaliwal and I’m a storyboard revisionist at Nickelodeon .
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I wish I could say I did something crazy like ‘My first job was digging graves’ or something, but I’d be lying. I’m lucky enough to have skipped working retail, while everyone around me was working at the mall in highschool I got into painting and designing murals, I’ve never even had the chance to checkout half the murals I designed, I had the chance to hand paint two of my creations. I hope they’re still around 🙂 or at the very least i hope the graffiti over them is funny!

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
My first job at Nickelodeon was on Robot and Monster – which was awesome, the crew was amazing and so supportive! Working on Fairly Odd Parents has been surreal, considering I used to watch it back when it first premiered! I’m also really proud to have interned in Beijing as an undergraduate on some commercials for the AniWow festival – that was an amazing experience.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business? 
I was born and raised in England, at 12 years old my family packed up and moved to Canada where I finished highschool and went to Sheridan College. After graduating from Sheridan I was lucky enough to Continue…

James Wood

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is James Wood.  I am currently employed as a freelance animator under contract with a major Canadian animation studio creating character animation for a tv show.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
One summer I got a job working in a hospital as a photographer’s assistant.  One of the duties required me to take photos in the operating room during surgeries – usually done on Fridays.  On the day when I was “indoctrinated” into that task, I was assured the surgeon was doing “just a little operation on someone’s hand.  It shouldn’t be very extensive” he said.  Little did I know, they were doing an elbow reconstruction.  When I walked in, I thought the patient was lying on their stomach with their elbow bent out behind them.  Then I realized the patient was lying on his back, and their elbow was opened up and bent (urp) the wrong way.  I didn’t hurl, but I was mighty shaky – not a good state for taking pictures.  Every Friday for the rest of the summer… I hid out in the darkroom!

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I was fortunate enough to work with the highly-skilled, very clever, fun, very hard-working people at Weta Workshop animating Dragon and other animals on the tv show “Jane and the Dragon”.  It meant I got to spend a year in New Zealand which was pretty interesting.  The work was quite demanding, but I think the end product was pretty darn good.  Also, in the summer of 2012 I did a  short for an animation contest.  We were given sound tracks and six weeks to animate whatever we wanted.  Just a few weeks before the contest I’d finished programming an autorigger, so I whipped up a character model, rigged it, modeled and rigged props and created a location, animated like crazy, added sound effects to the audio and posted the thing about two and a half weeks after starting it.  Sure the model is crude, and the animation is far from wonderful, and even though I didn’t win the contest (no comment) I feel very proud of my work.  The autorigger worked great (it took about an hour to fully rig the character), the animation is serviceable, and the whole thing tells more story than what was conveyed by the audio.  I realized how do-able it was to create a reasonably good short and it was great to hear how well it was received.  I’m eager to do more.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business? 
I’m from London, Ontario in Canada.  When I was a kid, I was always drawing and making Continue…