Todd Hampson

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What is your name and your current occupation? 
Todd Hampson, Founder/CAO of Timbuktoons, LLC, a 2D animation and IP/concept development company.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I grilled and/or burnt many steaks at a cafeteria style steakhouse in the 11th grade and delivered food to (and occasionally had food thrown at me by) elderly patients at a hospital during my first year of college. Good times.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Character Design room murals for 3 episodes of Extreme Makeover Home Edition (2 episodes will run the week of Christmas).Visual development and animation production on 9 DVD’s for Phil Vischer’s (Creator of Veggie Tales) latest DVD series “What’s In the Bible?”.  Action Comic Illustrations and Animation for a National Archives traveling exhibit.  Animated commercial spot for Myth Busters.  Production of Addy and Telly Award winning animated commercial series for an automotive company.

How did you become interested in animation?
I’ve always loved film, animation, story, etc. I saw Jungle Book and Pinocchio as a kid and it blew me away. I never realized I could be an animator, but loved character design and film. If anyone has Continue…

Luke Gustafson

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Luke Gustafson and these days I do a lot of storyboarding for 2d and 3d broadcast animation.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
In junior high I worked as a labourer for my dad, who did construction. My pay was McDonalds for lunch. Which was awesome. In college I did dozens of low, to no pay, rip-off art and design jobs for low lifes. Which was massively educational.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
My first job was for DreamWorks as a 2d FX assistant, that was 2000. We animated on paper. The movie was Joseph King of Dreams, the follow up to super hit, Prince of Egypt.  In 2001 I got to storyboard (sort of, I mainly fixed bgs and did revisions on the boards) for AKA and Danny Antonnucci on Ed, Edd and Eddy, Cartoon Networks longest running series. Many, many superpower artists and directors grew out of that studio. It was a trial by fire kind of place. Many artists had a Continue…

Ron Yavnieli

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Ron Yavnieli – Creator of “Gorillaville” currently airing on DreamworksTV.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was a professional Horse’s Ass – Once as teenagers, my brother and I were hired to be part of a 2 man “Horse” costume at a birthday party. Y’know, where one guy is the front legs and head, and the other guy is the hind legs and back. Since I’m the younger brother, I had to be the ass.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Well I’m most proud of my current project – Gorillaville.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I grew up in Miami Fl. My first real job in animation was in 1997 at a Miami studio called Continue…

Dane Romley

What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Dane Romley and I am currently head of the training department at Topdraw Animation studio’s in Manila Philippines.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Oh wow let’s see, I worked a few summers at Valley Sash and Door in Burbank, California.  In college I worked a few semesters at FedEx ground in one of their warehouses, and then I also worked at Trader Joe’s for a little bit.  I was a late night security guard for a week before I quit due to the late hours.  Oh and I was also a video game tester for a month.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The project I am most proud of I would have to say is The Simpsons.  I was a character layout artist for 5 years and it’s really nice being able to say I had a part in one of the biggest culture icons of our time.  Other projects I’m proud of are Mini Loup, Guess How Much I Love You, and Dennis & Gnasher.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I was born and raised in Sun Valley, California; just outside Burbank.  I attended Woodbury University from 2001 to 2005 and it was my professors that encouraged me to apply to The Simpsons as I approached my senior year.  Two of them were working there at the time and they took me to Film Roman to meet some of the artists and directors, and from there I took the test and got accepted.  If  it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have got the job, I owe them a lot.  August of 2005 I officially started my animation career.

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Thomas E. Richner

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Thomas E. Richner, Associate Professor of Animation at the Columbus College of Art and Design

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Its not too crazy, but I worked at McDonalds the summer before I started graduate school at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television where I studied animation.  I’m not sure why I decided on McDonalds, but I’m glad I did it.  I learned that I really wanted and needed to ‘make it’ in animation after that experience.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’m very proud of episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ that I worked on.  Working on a high profile show is fun because you know a lot of eyes are on your work.  However, I’m also very proud of the smaller projects I’ve done, like a commercial I created a couple years back here in Columbus, Ohio.  Directing your own work is very rewarding as well.

 

How did you become interested in animation?
I started off as a biology major in college, but half way through college I switched my major to art.  There were actually a number of us that migrated from the sciences to art that year.  I think there is definitely a connection between Continue…