What is your name and your current occupation? I’m Stefano Marrone, freelance visual developer, animator and motion graphic artist. Currently I am heading to London, after working in Italy and Canada for a while.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? I’ve been an event photographer in clubs for 2 years in Milan, while studying for my Bachelor of Arts. Three to four times a week I used to start shooting picture of happy drunk people around 1am and keep going for another three hours. It was kind of fun, I met a lot of interesting, weird people, but the day after at university I always looked like a zombie.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? My last short Flash film, “The Collector”, was a lot of fun during the design stage and I am really happy about how it looks. I love how the idea for the film itself developed from a quick sketch until I found the right design to be animated in Flash.Â I am also happy to have worked on a short film for amazing director Roy Hayter, “Alice in Wastland – The Flowers”, I was the director and designer for the opening titles sequence. The two people on my little crew where amazing professionals, a pleasure to work with them.
How did you become interested in animation? I’ve been interested in storytelling since I was 7 or 8, I guess. The mechanics of how a story works, and what are the tools to tell it, had been always more fascinating to me that Continue reading
What is your name and your current occupation?
Erica Pitt….2D Flash animator.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? I haven’t had too many craaaazy jobs….my first job ever was working in a coffee shop bistro in my home town of Victoria, BC for 3 years. It was there that I saved up the money to go to animation school with. The summer of first year college I worked at a Dog kennel cleaning up dog s*** mostly, and the summer after did renovation work flipping houses. Between 3rd and 4th year though I got to co-direct a music video for a Canadian band called Elliott Brood which was a lot of fun. It turned out OK considering we had about a month and a half to do it in.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? Every project I’ve worked on has a special little place in my heart for different reasons. George of the Jungle was the very first show I worked on, and it taught me soooo much not just about animation in flash, but animation in general. Pucca season 2 was really cute and action packed so that was always pretty crazy fun. Seeing how popular My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic got as soon as it started airing was a special treat. We were still working on the episodes as they were coming out, so it was amazing to see how many fans there were and how crazy (in a good way) they were for it. I’ve never worked on anything that popular before. I’ve gotten a couple of marriage proposals from some of the fans who have found my youtube channel so that was a new experience being a bit of a celebrity of sorts. “Roy” a show we animated for Ireland was loads of fun and got me interested in possibly working abroad…which I am currently doing so it was cool that THAT project inspired me to travel and see new places. I never expected that I would get to work on a feature film doing flash animation…but was able to on the Top Cat movie. It was a pretty cool feeling going to the cinema to watch it when it finally came out.
How did you become interested in animation? I always liked drawing, but I remember discovering the X-Men Animated series on TV one Saturday morning and becoming really obsessed with it. When I found out it was a comic book I started buying every X-Men title there was and started trying to learn how to draw super heroes from them. My friend and I started making Continue reading
What is your name and your current occupation?
Ron Gilmore, Computer Tech/Graphic Artist and Independent Animator. What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I worked as a security guard at a church in downtown Los Angeles for a few months. A lot of interesting things happened there, but the incident that shocked me the most was when I caught a couple of homeless guys getting it on in the alley. I also worked for a furniture delivery company, which in itself isn’t crazy, except for the time I made a delivery to former NFL defensive-end-turned-actor, Bubba Smith. He got so angry with me that his hands were shaking when he told me to get out of his house.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’m working with El Grupo 2D Animation and Story Workshop on a short film about a vampire dog called Nosfurratu. The workshop is headed by former Disney animator, Alex Topete and is comprised of animation students and industry professionals. The film is scheduled for a 2015 release.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from a small town in Northern California called Redding. I’ve loved comic books and animation since I was a child and even fantasized that someday I would Continue reading
What is your name and your current occupation? Dan Lund and I am currently an EFX animator at the Walt Disney studios as well as, cant believe this is coming out of my mouth….an APP developer. I am releasing an animated knock knock app on Aug 1st (knock knock and the Who’s There Doors) so that seems to be my occupation these days but don’t tell Disney that, they think its just a hobby.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?Â
I was always into jobs, ever since I was 14 I worked and loved the power I felt in doing a good job for someone. The worst was being a car jockey but i have done it all (burger king, Root beer stand, old folks home, fry cook, video store…)
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?Â
Almost every Disney film I have worked on had a moment either artistically or work experience wise that made me proud. The BIG ones, of course, were great (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King) but when i look at Princess and the Frog i feel my my artistic level kicked up a notch. Even after some 13 screen credits, when you think you had tried it all, learned it all and maybe even lost the thrill a bit…a film opens up a brand new box of crayons, for me that film was “Frog”.Â I am also very very proud of my personal work especially the 3Â “Hildy Hildy” shorts (strike TV and all over the youtubes)Â that i directed/animated and then sold to TBS as an animated series. Collaborating with Hildy’s creator, Patricia Scanlon was a moment i would not trade for anything.
How did you become interested in animation? Always loved it but never studied it… Continue reading
Today, Toon Boom Animation announced the upcoming release of Harmony 14 at MIFA. Available in three editions – Essentials, Advanced and Premium – Harmony is the most powerful solution for artists creating feature films, episodic series, games, webisodes, and explainer videos.
“Harmony 14 is the best release to date. We’ve made user-requested enhancements and heightened 3D integration, enabling the creation of projects that, in the past, were too complex or costly to produce. This version includes powerful tools for drawing, painting and animating which allow artists to create work in any artistic style they choose. We are also expanding our global reach and meeting our users’ needs by now offering all three editions of Harmony in Spanish,” said Francisco Del Cueto, Toon Boom Animation CTO.
The Toon Boom team at MIFA will be showing product demonstrations of Harmony 14 June 15 – 17, 2016.
AWN has an interesting article about my favorite prime time show Archer on FX and highlights their production pipeline as well which is rare for even for an animationÂ interview. Producer Neil Holman and art director Chad Hurd detail the limited but highly stylized animation techniques they wield to devastatingly hilarious effect on their hit FX animated series.
CH: Yeah, well one big new thing that weâ€™re using now is Toon Boom Harmony, which is kind of like a super fancy Flash that’s made for animating. It’s a lot more traditional and we’ve been using this a lot more with our rigs. Anything that you see that has a lot of movement, usually our action scenes, like when we do a big spin kick, that’s done in Harmony. We’ve been using that a good bit more this season. You’re going to see a lot of fun action scenes.