Benjamin Norcross

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Benjamin Norcross, Character Animator for games.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Ski bum/lift operator, Medic/Corpsman in the U.S. Military, Veterinarian Assistant

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Free Realms: for the kid demographic but the characters were fun and I was never told to tone it down a bit.  I could literally do what ever came to mind and for animation, nothing is better than having total creative freedom.  I made a duck-billed dinosaur do yoga!

How did you become interested in animation?
I love art and I was very seriously considering graphic design for marketing and I found a school that looked good.  When I got out of the Military the school had been bought out by the Art Institute.  Not only did they

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Randy Bishop

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name’s Randy Bishop and currently, I work as a freelance illustrator and character designer which is fantastic.

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

Oh goodness… I’ve worked a lot of jobs before being able to support my family doing freelance. I’ve worked landscaping, retail, construction; I even drove an ice cream truck one summer. That was a cool job.

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

Right now I’m actually working on a project that I’m really excited about. The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a old timey radio performance show that has a great fan base and a lot of great people working on it. I was approached by the creators to illustrate one of their properties into graphic novel form and it’s been a blast to work on. It always helps when you enjoy associating with the people you work with. My very favorite project to work on is a personal project I’ve been collaborating with a friend of mine on for a few years. It’s a property called Monomyth that we’re very proud of and very protective of. We’ve had to put it on the back burner for a while until we get the time and funds to really work on it full time, but once we get started it’s going to be phenomenal. We’re planning on telling an epic story directly influenced and surrounded by multiple ancient mythologies including greek, norse, egyptian, as well as others. It’ll be done in graphic novel form, but we like to think of it in terms of animation. The stylization of the characters as well as the storytelling itself lend it to eventually being made into an animated franchise.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business? 
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Axel Ortiz

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Hello my name is Axel Ortiz…I am a Development Artist based in Los Angeles. I mainly do conceptual work not only in animation..also in video games, theme park and live action. I also work on my own projects as well.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Well, I wouldn’t say my past jobs were crazy….more like working with mentally nutty people. Worked Sears in the kids dept…dealt with crazy customers. I worked at a Pioneer Chicken for two weeks so I can make enough money to buy a comic book back issue. Before heading out to school to the Art Center….I worked at the airport down in the ramp…where I would get passengers’ luggages into the plane. In all of these places I worked with colorful characters…I would always be drawing in my sketchbooks during my breaks….or on the clock. 😛

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
There’s a few projects that I liked working on…like Big Guy and Rusty show from Sony Animation was very cool to work on…I’m a fan of the Geoff Darrow and Frank Miler book that the show is based on. I also liked working on developing characters for pitches for clients as well…getting the chance to create something new is always fun…I’ve done stuff for Nickelodeon, Bento Box, Midway, Activision, Animax and others. Lately I’m excited to be developing characters for two animated show ideas for two clients of mine. One will be pitched to Disney…let see how that goes?

 

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from the greater Los Angeles area of the South Bay….not far from the beach. I got into the animation just by chance…Sometime after I graduated from the Art Center College of Design…I was doing freelance jobs and working on my own project at the time…I got a call one afternoon from Continue…

Jason Lethcoe

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 What is your name?

My name is Jason Lethcoe.

What would you say has been your primary job in animation?

Mostly as a Story Artist, but I got my start as an Inbetweener, worked up to Animator and even Directed for a bit.  But at the end of the day, I fell in love with Story.

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

Selling funeral plots.  Seriously. I actually went with my dad to a seminar on how to do it and after trying it for one day, the whole thing creeped me out so badly that I had to find a better way.  Other jobs included Assistant Manager at Morrow’s Nut House.  I also used to build elaborate props for parties, 12 foot tall telephones and stuff.  It was crazy.

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

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Kishore Vijay

What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Kishore Vijay and currently I am a Senior Animator on Cinematics for Carbine studios working on trailers for their upcoming MMO Wildstar.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Lets see, I was an Architect and practiced for a year in India before I came to the US to study Animation. I also did a stint as a waiter at a Moroccan Restaurant. Both crazy jobs in their own way!
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Cinematics for games has been a lot of fun – both with Carbines”Wildstar” and with Blizzards STARCRAFT 2 – Heart of the swarm”. Before that it was great to be part of the team at Sony Imageworks on their features. With the smaller studios its great to get more influence and involvement with the projects and with the bigger shows its great to get your name on a major project and be part of a fantastic team.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I am from a small state in South India called Kerala. Like many kids, I grew up watching Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes and Disney animation and reading and drawing comics. Later I Continue…