Ivan Aguirre

 

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Ivan Aguirre. I am a Background Painter at Titmouse. Currently working on Disney’s new television series Motorcity.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
After high school I worked a job in construction. It was a lot of hard work, but at the same time very rewarding. I enjoyed the freedom in working with my hands, and being outdoors. By the end of the day I always came home tired, but felt accomplished. I learned quickly that it wasn’t for me, and decided to go to school and study animation and design. I continued to work construction part time while I could while I finished my degree.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I am proud and very exited to be working on Motorcity! The design team is top-notch, and we are all very proud and exited for everyone to see it ones it airs. Its one of the coolest television series I have seen. Last summer I got to work on some title designs for NBC’s Up All Night. It was a lot of fun because the style and art direction was based of some of my personal Illustrations. In animation usually you are forced to design in an already set style. Also for most of last year I got to design for MTV’s Good Vibes. It was one of my first experiences in working on a primetime-animated show, and was given a lot responsibility. Our crew was very small, and I got to design a huge range of stuff. It helped me become a better designer.
How did you become interested in animation?
Since I could remember I loved to draw. I have always been a fan of Art and Illustration. I always pictured myself going that route. As a kid, I enjoyed cartoons very much, but Continue…

Corey M. Barnes

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Corey M. Barnes, and I’m a storyboard artist. I just wrapped up my gig as storyboard supervisor on China, IL at Titmouse, Inc., and am currently storyboarding season 3 of Superjail!

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
When I was a teen I worked at JC Penney. I was one of the guys who folded clothes that people threw on the floor or just didn’t put back properly. I remember I found two children, one being a baby, hiding under a rack of clothes with no parents around. I thought they were lost or forgotten. Two minutes later the dad comes running up to me and starts accusing me of thinking because the kids were black that they were stealing stuff, all the while his wife is trying to calm him down. Continue…

Henrique Jardim

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What is your name and your current occupation?
I am Henrique Jardim, currently a storyboard artist at Floyd County Productions on the upcoming animated series “Unsupervised” on FX. It’s a flash animated show made right here in the US of A.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I suppose you could say that what I am now is my crazier job because it’s my first ever ACTUAL job that isn’t freelance. But the oddest gig I’ve had is when an online gambling company from Crete contacted me out of nowhere offering me a freelance storyboard gig. I named a price and they went for it without haggling… that to me was the craziest part. I am part of a new generation of graduates who were released into a disappointing (and scary) job market. Even before graduating, I applied to many franchises like Coldstone, Home Depot, Target, etc. with no luck. With the way things were going, I’m surprised I have a steady animation job currently.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I was an intern at Titmouse over in Hollywood and had a chance to animate on “China, IL” and on “Black Dynamite”. But if I am to be truthful, it means I have to be the self-centered jerk that I am. So my absolute favorite project so far was a short pilot I made produced by Nickelodeon. They were such great people to work with and I was able to create something that was very “me”. The greatest part was that I was in charge of my own art and whatever decision I made mattered.
How did you become interested in animation? 
I always wanted to be a pro skateboarder, but I was a lousy skater. Come one summer when I was in 9th grade when all my friends were traveling, I started messing with Macromedia Flash 5 (I bet kids these days have never heard of such a thing). I found myself animating for days straight. The more I did it, Continue…

Nico Colaleo

What is your name and your current occupation?
Nico Colaleo – animatic editor at Titmouse LA. Currently on the team for a new animated/action show for Disney Channel coming in 2012.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Hmm, a lot of your standard boring normal jobs. Cashier (retail slave) for 3 years. Restaurant waiter, for way too many years to mention. The most interesting job was being an Audio/Pyro Technician at a western-themed theme park. I sat in hidden booths during the cowboy stunt shows and played all the SFX/music with the mixing board and got to push buttons and make things explode for the audience. A pretty crazy job, but I got fired after 6 months for showing up late too many times (the park was in the middle of the desert, almost an hour outside of town!)

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Most of 2010 I worked at the post studio that is responsible for digitally restoring all the classic animated Disney films for whenever they get re-released out of the Vault onto home video. During my time there, I got to help restore the Bluray releases of Alice in Wonderland, Bambi, Winnie the Pooh and Fantasia that are in stores now. So it feels pretty cool whenever I see those classic films on sale while I’m out shopping and to realize, “Oh yeah, I helped restore those!”

How did you become interested in animation?
Pretty much by growing up with the classics. Looney Tunes, Popeye, Tom & Jerry, Disney stuff. I’ve watched cartoons ever since I was a Continue…

New Three Stooges Animated Series in the Works

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LONDON: CAKE is working with Titmouse and C3 Entertainment on an animated version of The Three Stooges.

The 52×11-minute series will be produced by animation studio Titmouse, in partnership with C3 Entertainment, owners of The Three Stooges brand. The new animated iteration is set to have the same broad family appeal as the classic brand, along with the physical, visual and slapstick humor. The series will also feature limited dialogue.

You can read the whole article about the new Three Stooges cartoons here.

Jack Cusumano

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Jack Cusumano. I’m currently working at Titmouse painting backgrounds for a show called Randy Cunningham, 9th Grade Ninja.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Probably the weirdest job I’ve had was working in the immunizations department of my university’s health center. I had to answer angry phone calls from incoming students who didn’t have proof of their MMR immunizations. At the same time I was also doing graphic design for the campus health center, which occasionally involved designing posters about sexually transmitted diseases.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Randy’s my favorite show to have worked on, and I’m really excited for people to see it once it’s released. Beyond that, I love working on RAD RAZ, my weekly webcomic for Dumm Comics. I’ve been reading the site and following the other Dumm artists since 2008, so by the time I was asked to come on board in 2010 I was honored to join the team. Tiny Jackie Talk Show, a short I created recently, was another highlight to me. It allowed me to work with some of my favorite voice actors and animation artists: Thurop Van Orman, Penn Ward, Jackie Buscarino, Eric Bauza and Justin Roiland. It was also a treat working with Abed Gheith. People might not be as familiar with him, but I’m a fan of his countless contributions to Channel 101 over the years, and don’t think Tiny Jackie would have worked without his hilarious performance.


How did you become interested in animation? 

I’ve always loved animation, but I spent some of my younger childhood in Italy, where we only got a handful of Continue…