What would you say has been your primary job in animation?
Supervising Director.Â Although I’ve spent the better part of my career in Animation as a Storyboard Artist.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?Â
Kim Possible was a watershed show for me.Â I grew exponentially as a board artist on that show, gaining valuable experience in boarding action sequences, which, up until then, I had not done much of.Â This was also due in no small part to the series’ Director, Steve Loter, whom I consider to be one of my mentors.Â He challenged me to get into the head of the characters and to make that inform whatever gags or actions I had them do.Â I’m also indebted to him for turning me onto ÊºCowboy Bebop.ÊºThe other project that has stood out for me is the one I’ve been on for the last 3+ years, The Penguins of Madagascar.Â Not only is it a challenging CG show involving cinematic action sequences, slapstick pantomime gags, and even heartfelt Continue reading
What is your name and your current occupation?
Eddie SorianoÂ Supervising Director at Big Bad Boo Studios in Vancouver, Canada What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? Being a Draftsman in an Engineering firm that pays not even $6 bucks a day. Crazy, but this happened not in America, but back in the Philippines where I came from more than 20 years ago. What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? Projects from Nickelodeon: Angry Beavers and Catdog… I directed a few episodes. Â Timing Director for Timon and Pumbaa, the TV series. Â Atomic Betty, I directed a few episodes.
How did you become interested in animation? It just happened by accident. I was working with a group of artists (painters) way back late 80’s. I saw them preparing Continue reading
What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Dan Forgione, and I am an Animation Director at Titmouse,Inc, working on Season 1 of Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? My first job ever was as a caddy at a local country club, and in HS I worked in the food service dept at a local hospital where I was part of an assembly line putting together patient meals. I later went on to wait tables, bar tend, and even manage a restaurant during my first few years of college. Also I originally went to college to become a Phys Ed teacher, but transferred after a year an a half to art school.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’m proud of all the work I have done both past and present, but there are a few that stand out in particular. Most recently would definitely be the work I’m doing at Titmouse, as well as the work I’ve done at Six Point Harness, where I was able to work on a number of projects with great crews of artists, some of whom have become my closest friends since moving to LA two years ago.Â I also got to work on a very unique project back in NY with Flickerlab, where I got to traditionally animate an entire 2- min piece for BNY Melon on paper napkins which was then shot as stop motion. Â Before that, there were numerous projects that I did with Dancing Diablo, including several spots for the Bronx Zoo . Â And of course, the pencil test I did as my proposal to my beautiful wife, Amanda. How did you become interested in animation? I always tell people I consider animation my “astronaut dream.” You know when kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up, and they respond with “firefighter,” or “superhero,” or “astronaut,” mine was “Disney animator.” As a child I loved to draw and by the time I was old enough to Continue reading
What is your name and your current occupation? My name is Pete Michels and I am the Supervising Director on the upcoming hit show “Rick and Morty” for Adult Swim. I work at Starburns Industries in Burbank.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? I never really had any crazy jobs. I once parked cars and did phone surveys. Both of those jobs lasted less than a weekend.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? The Simpsons and Family Guy are probably the top projects. It’s an honor to be part of animation history.
How did you become interested in animation? I think I’ve always been drawing cartoons, since I got the “Charlie Brown Dictionary” for Christmas one year. I was always watching “The Flintstones” and “Scooby-Doo”. But I think it was Ralph Bakshi’s version of “Lord of the Rings” that made me want to do that for a living.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business? I’m from Little Ferry, New Jersey… a suburb of New York City that’s located just south of Hackensack. Â After graduating from Jersey City State College, I took Continue reading
Shaun Cashman and currently Iâ€™m the Supervising Director on a new Disney series being produced at Titmouse, Inc. called â€œRandy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninjaâ€!
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? Before animation I was a working artist back East in Connecticut, working at a newspaper in the advertising and marketing department designing ads, campaigns and marketing materials and doing some freelance illustrations as well. But right out of art school I was a construction laborer for a few years, short-order cook, worked in a retail and also ran lights and the sound board for a couple of local, hometown bands on the weekends. I did have a brush with the world of film production when I wasÂ an Associate Producer, sound man, 2nd unit photographer, set builder and driver for a small live-action company.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? Right off the bat, my first gig in the business was on â€œThe Simpsonâ€™sâ€ and I was lucky enough at that time to have been at Film Roman when Phil Roman still ran the place and it was a place where you had opportunity to learn, advance and grow, especially on that show. I came on 5th Season in 1993 with NO actual animation production experience and eventually worked my way up through the ranks of being able to direct my first episode and from that point I was offered to direct fulltime on â€œKing Of The Hillâ€, also being produced at Film Roman. So my time on â€œThe Simpsonâ€™sâ€ will always hold a special place in Continue reading