Sherm Cohen

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Sherm Cohen and I’m currently the storyboard supervisor for Disney’s Fish Hooks.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had  before getting into animation?
The craziest job I ever had before getting into the animation business was working as a psychiatric aide at a mental hospital. When I first got hired, I thought it picked me because I was a promising student in my psychology classes — but it turns out they hired me because I’m a pretty big dude, and one of the key job responsibilities was being able to tackle and restrain mental patients! I got a really grim view of the inner workings of the mental health insurance schemes, but I didn’t end up quitting that job until after I received a concussion from one of the patients in the isolation tank.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re  proud to have been a part of?
Of all the projects I’ve worked on in my cartooning career, I’m most proud of the work I was able to take part in when I was on SpongeBob SquarePants. It just makes me so happy when I can see that the cartoons that I wrote and drew have become favorites and bright spots in the lives of so many people all over the world. A few years ago, I was standing in line at the DMV when I noticed one of the office workers cubicles in the deep background; it was completely decked out with SpongeBob posters and cards and drawings and toys… and I decide it was really neat that somebody who was working in a dreary government bureaucracy, we have brightened our day by surrounding themselves with a cartoon that I worked on. I’m also enjoying the heck out of my current job on Fish Hooks. The show is pure cartoon fun and the crew is wonderful to work with. And it’s extra-special experience because Continue…

FREE Storyboarding and Storyboard Pro classes

Toon Boom Storyboard Pro 4 What's New and Release Notes

Want to learn Storyboard Pro and storyboarding in general for free?

I’ll be teaching along with Pete Michels the next three weekends starting next weekend at the Union in Burbank.

Saturday 4/11 – Toonboom Storyboard Pro Intro (Grand Tour) – 1 day – At the Animation Guild location

Saturday 4/18 – Toonboom Storyboard Pro Foundation – 2 days (1 of 2) – At LAAFA location in Van Nuys

Sunday 4/19 – Toonboom Storyboard Pro Foundation – 2 days (2 of 2) – At LAAFA location

Saturday 4/25 – Toonboom Storyboard Pro Advanced – 2 days (1 of 2) – At the Animation Guild location

Saturday 4/26 – Toonboom Storyboard Pro Advanced – 2 days (1 of 2) – At the Animation Guild location

We are providing the equipment for the students (up to 12 students): Macbook pros with the latest version of the software and 22” Cintiq tablets for all.

Anyone interested in registering can email registration@eido-ed.com and provide the following information:

* Name
* local affiliation
* class name they’re interested in (one class per email, please)
* the members guess as to if they would be CSATTF eligible. (“I don’t know” is an acceptable answer)

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…

Rin Kurohana

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Rin Kurohana. Im an independent artist and character designer and just started to get into animation.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I havent really done anything crazy before.. I was never good at anything besides drawing.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Im currently working on a project based on Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Aside from my personal projects i think this is one of my favorites so far. I always wanted to put my own twist to folklore and fairytales, so i started a new portfolio based on this concept when this project fell onto my lap.

 

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
Im reside in Los Angeles. I started developing character brands and just wanted Continue…

Bruno Chekerdimian Barreto

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Bruno Chekerdimian Barreto, I’m working at Mariana Caltabiano Criações .

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
During the high school I used to help my father on his work carrying furniture and other little services. He is a woodworker.  I don’t know why he asked me to help him if I was, and still I am, so thin and weak.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’m very proud to have worked on the first season of “As aventuras de Gui e Estopa” (in english “The adventures of Gui and Estopa”). I had a great opportunity to do a lot of things on it. I wrote some episodes, did some storyboards, helped to develop the digital clean up, worked composing the scenes and other many things. On the second season I added to my “to do list” the digital paintings for that scenes where shows something very detailed or should use a different visual language. But my big challenge happened during the production of our first animated feature. I did all the 3D stereoscopic composition of all animated scenes and I did all the digital paintings of “Brasil Animado”, the first Brazillian movie in 3D (stereoscopic).

 

How did you become interested in animation?
My mom is a fine artist, she always inspired me to Continue…

Pete Michels

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Pete Michels and I am the Supervising Director on the upcoming hit show “Rick and Morty” for Adult Swim. I work at Starburns Industries in Burbank.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I never really had any crazy jobs. I once parked cars and did phone surveys. Both of those jobs lasted less than a weekend.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The Simpsons and Family Guy are probably the top projects. It’s an honor to be part of animation history.

 

How did you become interested in animation?
I think I’ve always been drawing cartoons, since I got the “Charlie Brown Dictionary” for Christmas one year. I was always watching “The Flintstones” and “Scooby-Doo”. But I think it was Ralph Bakshi’s version of “Lord of the Rings” that made me want to do that for a living.

 

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Little Ferry, New Jersey… a suburb of New York City that’s located just south of Hackensack.  After graduating from Jersey City State College, I took Continue…