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Toon Boom Storyboard Pro 5.1 Now Available!We are pleased to offer you an update to Storyboard Pro 5. As a benefit of subscription/support you can download Storyboard Pro 5.1 for free today!

Storyboard Pro 5.1 provides Storyboard Pro in both simplified Chinese and Japanese and continues to streamline the workflow with enhanced creative tools for artists, and better handling of project files.

What’s New

CheckStoryboard Pro provided in Simplified Chinese and Japanese.
CheckNew packed project formats – Stores the files in your Storyboard project inside a container, making it easier to handle and share project files, as well as faster transfer times.
CheckAnimation keyframes in the timeline – Provides a more intuitive way to work with layer animations.
CheckSelect tool improvements – Makes it easier to select and move drawings on the stage.

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Edwin Poon

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What is your name and your currentoccupation?

My name is Edwin Poon; Animation Director at Big Bad Boo Studios, and Animation Instructor at Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, Canada.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had beforegetting into animation?
When I was studying in Nottinghamshire, England back in the early 90’s; Iused to chop firewood, as a volunteer, for low income elderly families.  I almost lost the tip of my left thumb over a wood chopping accident, good thing they were able to save my thumb.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’reproud to have been a part of?
In my very first animation contract, I worked as a Digital Ink and PaintArtist at Mercury Filmworks Vancouver (when they were in town), and I had thepleasure of digitally ink and painting the WB feature “Looney Tunes Back InAction”.  I was over the moon at seeing the actual hand drawn animation for the film, and having had the opportunitiesin fixing a few of the drawings myself!  I worked on both seasons of Kid Vs Kat as Build Supervisor at DHX MediaVancouver, and it was definitely one of my favorite projects!  I especially enjoyed working closely with Rob Boutilier (Creator) on the Intro and Cut-scenes animation for the Kid Vs Kat iPadgame.  I am still hoping for a 3rd seasonin the near future!  I have recently wrapped up on the 2nd season of “1001 Nights”at Big Bad Boo Studios.  Our show camefirst at MIP Junior 2011 – Top 30 most requested programs, and I am veryproud to be part of the “1001 Nights” team! 

 

How did you become interested in animation?
Even though I have always enjoyed watching cartoons, and doodling sinceI was young;  I have never thought of Continue…

Jean Claude de La Ronde

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What is your name and your current occupation?

My name is Jean Claude de La Ronde and I’m currently a freelance storyboard artist offering my pre-production services in the entertainment industry.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Acutally that would be my last job back in december 2011. I did storyboards for a horror film and the producer wasn’t really organized and it was just a big amalgam of confusion.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
My most favorite project was when I was working over at Makuta VFX in Hyderabad, India. I was contacted by one of the founders of the company back in 2010. They needed a freelance storyboard artist that could help them with their film project which was a film by SS Rajamouli. Rajamouli turns out that he’s the top Director in Hyderabad and I managed to go over there for a month and help him out with his vision for the “Eega” film. It was truly the best gig I had up to this day. The folks at Makuta were exceptionally welcoming and I made a bunch of friends when I was in charge of the Previz developpement.

How did you become interested in animation?
I’ve always been a cartoon fan since the day I discovered the

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Gary Blatchford

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What is your name and your current occupation?

Gary Blatchford. Owner and director of “illusion Animated  Productions”. I have lots of hats, I direct, draw storyboards, animate, create layouts, I used to slug and write x-sheets in the good old 2-D TV animation days. Increasingly I have been putting together teams of freelance artists to provide pre-production services to other animation companies.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I never really worked before getting into animation, I worked for Richard Taylor Cartoons after leavingSt. Martin’s School of Art in London. Dick was one of my tutors and became a major influence and mentor to me. While I was a student I used to draw portraits in my local pub to earn beer money. The craziest thing I did was, I was the singer in the worse pub band in the world. We were quite capable of emptying a busy bar in 10 minutes.  I taught animation at Dun Laoghaire college of art and design (now called IADT) in the mid 1990’s, but that is not really crazy is it?

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I am proud to have been associated with just about all the projects I have been part of. Even the less successful were learning curves. I have also met some really talented people along the way. In 2004 I directed a seven minute short 2D animated film called “The Pope’s Visit”, with funding from the Irish Film BoardRTE and the Arts Council. The great Aidan Hickey wrote a terrific script and acted as producer for me. It is being shown at the Annecy Festival this June as part of the Irish Animation show. In recent years, I have been providing storyboards for the TV series made by Brown Bag Films, including: “Olivia”, “Noddy”, “Octonauts”, “Doc Mc Stuffins” etc. They have lovely projects and a fantastically talented team of creative people. For most of the 1990’s I was studio director at Murakami Wolf Dublin, which became Fred Wolf Films Dublin. Starting with “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. We also worked on “Speed Racer”, “Sinbad”, “Zorro”, “Dino Babies” and I directed all three seasons of “Budgie the Little Helicopter”. In  2005/ 2006 I directed the “Slim Pig” series for Cheeky Animation. I have animated on a lot of commercial spots and music videos, for which you seldom receive a credit, but they are often the projects where you get to stretch yourself creatively.

 

How did you become interested in animation?
As a child I loved cartoons on the TV, particularly Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry shorts. I loved the Jerry Anderson “Telemarionation” puppet series, like “Thunderbirds” and “Captain Scarlett”. They were not animation but they showed that you could make a film without a cast of actors in front of the camera. The idea that Continue…

Mark Simon


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What is your name and your current occupation?
Mark Simon, Producer, director, story artist. I currently own 3 businesses: Animatics & Storyboards, Inc. (www.Storyboards-East.com) A&S Animation, Inc (www.FunnyToons.tv) Sell Your TV Concept Now, Inc (www.SellYourTvConceptNow.com) Currently boarding commercials, directing animated pilots and working on WB’s Hong Kong Phooey feature. Produced the animation on Fox’s Tooth Fairy 2 with Larry the Cable Guy which was just released on DVD.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I’ve worked in Hollywood since I graduated college. I started off in live-action and still work a lot in live action.
Before that I designed and built my own line of skateboards for Schwinn when I was 12. I published a magazine in college called The Belligerent Beacon. I had a syndicated comic strip called Hollyweird, a parody of Hollywood with animals as the characters which is currently on www.sunnyfundays.com.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
seaQuest DSV with Spielberg was awesome. Biggest show on TV. Spielberg. Awesome food all day. Spielberg. Sci-fi. Spielberg. Did I mention Spielberg?  My series Timmy’s Lessons In Nature is always one of my favorites. That’s the one we won the first Grand Prize in the Nicktoons Film Festival and it also appeared in Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted and with Happy Tree Friends & Friends. I love that Timmy is too stupid to talk or to understand pain. Now that’s dumb. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN3hp9QthQI
I’m also partial to anything I’m currently working on. I get totally stoked working out story elements and creating new projects.

How did you become interested in animation?
Loved it since I was a kid, like most of us. I was doing little animations at home. My dad found a studio in Houston and set up for them to show me around their studio. We took measurements from their discs and built our own Continue…

Cassandra Poulson

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What is your name and your current occupation?

My name is Cassandra Poulson and I am a visual development artist for animation.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I worked my way through art college in Savannah Georgia by bartending. I bartended at a fine dining restaurant and on a cruise boat. I was also able to make a little bit of money by doing fashion modeling for photographers and students.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
“The Girl and The Fox” was the first film I ever worked on. I met Tyler Kupferer, a now friend and writer/director of the film, at “The Animation Show of Shows” at SCAD. It was the beginning of my sophomore year. I think I was 19- I did concept paintings, worked on color and environment design, designed the “Fox” character, and served as lead background painter. It was such a personal project for me, and has a lot of heart in it from everyone who contributed. It’s been a shock to all of us that it’s made it so far in the industry. It is now a proud nominee for an Annie award! And has been a true joy and honor for me.
How did you become interested in animation?
I used to watch “The Jungle Book” over and over again as a toddler. And I’ve always loved to Continue…