Dan Forgione

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. 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.  Before that, there were numerous projects that I did with Dancing Diablo, including several spots for the Bronx Zoo .  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…

James Nethery


What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is James Nethery and I’m a freelance Flash/Toon Boom Harmony animator.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Well, the craziest was probably working at the Magic Kingdom park in Orlando as a “Custodial Host” (aka a janitor in Disney Park-speak) for a few years. I could probably start a series of blog posts on all the crazy stuff that went down on that job… from “how the heck did it get on the ceiling??!” restroom cleaning stories, to rude/angry park guests, to employees getting fired for coming in drunk/high, to insane employee policies that parks put in place. That was a fun job (and the free park admission was a major perk) but it could certainly be tough sometimes.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Three words: Cyanide and Happiness. That show is a lot of fun to work on and it’s great working with the guys over at Lowbrow Studios and Explosm who are a really talented bunch. I love seeing how much I can get out of such simple designs. So far, I’ve worked on about 11 shorts, two of which haven’t been posted online yet. Some of I’m animated fully, so I’ve just helped out a bit on doing animation revisions and such.  I’m also working on another project right now that’s really cool that I can’t really talk about… all I can say is that its being animated in Toon Boom Harmony and that’s its based on another very popular web comic.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Orlando, Florida. I got into the freelance animation business basically by working my butt off on my demo reel and applying to every job I could. It was tough starting out, but Continue…

Titmouse’s 5 second Animation Night

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Ever wonder what sort of morbid, politically incorrect thoughts are going on in your quiet coworker’s brain? Curious to see how others around you interpret this mystery of a world that we’ve all been mercilessly tossed into…through cartoons? Are you in the mood to laugh, cry, frown, smirk, and sneeze, for 5 seconds (or longer) at a time? Want to see lots of different colors, creatures, and designs dance across the silver screen? Then five-second day is your jam, and the Egyptian Theatre is your toasted sourdough bread.

Titmouse Inc. proudly presents a day of cartoons, created by the employees for your viewing pleasure. Other than creating at least five seconds of content, there really are no rules or limitations. Both the general public and Titmouse’s animation gurus are welcome to attend this annual celebration, which will be held at the Egyptian Theatre on Friday, February 20th at 7:30pm. The employees have worked tirelessly to dazzle you with their creativity, so please come out and support them and keep the tradition alive!

 

If you happen to inexplicably wake up in NYC or Vancouver on the day of the screening, our sister studios are having screenings as well:

 

Los Angeles:

Where: The Egyptian Theatre – 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

When: Friday, February 20th – 7:30pm

Cost: $11 general, $9 students & seniors, $7 members

Tickets: http://www.fandango.com/egyptiantheatrehollywood_aaofx/theaterpage?date=2/20/2015

NYC:

Where: The School of Visual Arts Theatre – 333 West 23 Street, New York NY

When: Friday, March 6th – 8:00pm

Cost: $10 general/$5 students

Tickets: http://svatheatre.com/events/titmouse-5-second-animation-night/

 

Vancouver:

Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 E. Broadway Vancouver, BC

When: Thursday, March 12th – 7:30pm

Cost: $5

*19+ event, ID required

Tickets: purchase at box office 

Jesse Aclin

What is your name and your current occupation?
Jesse Aclin. Freelance Character designer currently working on a project with Reel FX.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Crazy ey? well, working in the toy design field was a bit crazy for me.. I also had a gig where it was my job to create label art by moving around existing images and changing the layout based on where a certain stores price tag and logo go. That was fun!

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Working with Reel FX on “Turkeys”, as a character designer. It was my first real gig doing character design, so it was sort of like a dream come true for me and I got to design a lot of characters! Right now I’m fortunate enough to be working with them again on “Book of Life”. I’ve worked on some fun TV commercial spots with Nathan Love, designing characters. Those are cool because I get to have a heavy influence on the style. Working with Titmouse was a heck of a lotta fun and an amazing learning experience as it was my first animation gig. I was hired to work as a character layout artist on Disney’s Motor City. I ended up working on a bunch of projects there. Good folks there, and I learned what it is to be a professional working in the biz.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from a town called Goshen, NY. It’s about 1.5 hours outside of city. My path into the animation biz is a bit of a strange and round about one. I always drew sort of well and I knew I wanted a career in the arts. So, taking my fathers advice I went into college for advertising because Continue…

Leisha-Marie Riddel


What is your name and your current occupation? 

My name’s Leisha-Marie Riddel, and I’m currently an Animator on a Music Video.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? 
Crazy? Not so much, but I was a Prep cook at a local Restaurant, and a Receptionist during the summers at school. Prep cook was 14 hour days, so that kind of prepared me for animation’s work hours – but I was a lot more physically active back then.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? 
So far since graduating, I’ve worked on several mediums all of which I’m pretty proud of, but I think my favorite two so far would be the Music Video I’m animating right now – and the feature film that I worked on earlier this year.

I’m extremely honoured to have been a part of both of those projects and to have my name on them.

How did you become interested in animation? 
I was about four years old when I watched Continue…