Ep. 081: Jack Kasprzak – Animation Director for DreamWorks TV, VFX Animator, Podcaster and More! – Part I

Jack Kasprzak is no stranger to the world of animation. After graduating from art school and working for nearly 10 years as a VFX artist for Digital Domain on such films as X-Men: Days of Future Past, 2012, TRON:Legacy, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Ender’s Game, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, and many more, he made the leap to becoming an animation director on DreamWorks TV’s Spirit Riding Free. In part one of our interview Jack shares his love of making films at a young age with his family and friends, the joys and trials of working in the VFX industry, creating his own personal art, pitching ideas with his business partner and more!

Jack Kasprzak’s Websites

Website
https://sketchbookjack.bigcartel.com

Orange Wolf Content
https://www.orangewolfcontent.com/home

SketchZone Podcast
http://sketch.zone/podcast/

Facebook
@sketchbookjack

Instagram
@sketchbookjack

Twitter
@sketchbookjack

Southern California Animation Events 

Women in Animation
Screening of Cartoon Saloon Shorts: Late Afternoon
Tues. Oct. 16, 2018
7:00 pm
http://womeninanimation.org/2018/10/04/oct-16-screening-of-cartoon-saloon-shorts-late-afternoon/

Animation is Film Festival
Fri. Oct. 19th – Sun. Oct. 21st, 2018
https://animationisfilm.com

Black Women Animate Boot Camp
Sat. Oct. 20th, 2018
https://www.bwabootcamp.com

Gallery Nucleus
A Tribute Exhibition for the 20th Anniversary of Mulan
Sat. Oct. 20, 2018
7:00 pm
https://www.gallerynucleus.com/gallery/696/exhibition

Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy Panel & Book Signing
Sat. Oct. 27, 2018
2:00 pm
https://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/694

Gnomon School
Google Spotlight Stories: Age of Sail
Thurs. Oct. 25th, 2018
7:30 pm
https://www.gnomon.edu/community/events/google-spotlight-stories-age-of-sail

DesignerCon
Fri. Nov. 16th, 2018 – Sun. Nov. 18th, 2018
https://www.designercon.com

Ground Zero Animation Expo is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Professional Application
https://gzaexpo.com/industry-professional-form/

Up-And-Coming Application
https://gzaexpo.com/up-coming-form/

WonderCon is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Artist Alley Application
https://www.comic-con.org/wca/2019/artists-alley/exhibitors

Exhibitor Application
https://www.comic-con.org/wca/2019/exhibitors

Comic-Con International: San Diego is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Artist Alley Application
https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2019/artists-alley/exhibitors

Exhibitor Application
https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2019/exhibitors

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

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www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Host – Jeff Schuetze

Website
www.jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
www.jefbot.com

Tumblr
www.jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

Ep. 080: The making of One Small Step with TAIKO Studios – Part II

One Small Step tells the story of Luna, a Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. In part two of our interview with the masterminds behind TAIKO Studios we spoke with CG Supervisor and Rigger Joy Johnson and Head of Pipeline and Technical Animator Andrew Jennings! Join them as they discuss their days in college, working at Disney Animation Studios and making the jump to TAIKO. They share the importance of working collaboratively with coworkers at home and abroad, the power of visual communication and what it was like sharing the film with a live audience. It’s a fantastic story you won’t want to miss!

TAIKO Studios’ Websites

Watch the short on Vimeo!
One Small Step

Website
http://www.taikostudios.com

Facebook
TAIKOStudios

LinkedIn
TAIKOStudios

Instagram
@taikostudios

Twitter
@TAIKOStudios

Southern California Animation Events 

Studio Ghibli Fest 2018
Sun. Sept. 30th – Tues. Nov. 20th, 2018
https://gkids.com/2018/06/22/studio-ghibli-fest-2018/

Breaking the Glass Frame
University of Southern California
Fri. Oct. 5th – Sun. Oct. 7th, 2018
https://www.breakingtheglassframe.com

The Art of Sonder
Gallery Nucleus
Sat. Oct. 6th, 2018
https://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/693

Animation is Film Festival
Fri. Oct. 19th – Sun. Oct. 21st, 2018
https://animationisfilm.com

Black Women Animate Boot Camp
Sat. Oct. 20th, 2018
https://www.bwabootcamp.com

DesignerCon
Fri. Nov. 16th, 2018 – Sun. Nov. 18th, 2018
https://www.designercon.com

Ground Zero Animation Expo is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Professional Application
https://gzaexpo.com/industry-professional-form/

Up-And-Coming Application
https://gzaexpo.com/up-coming-form/

WonderCon is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Artist Alley Application
https://www.comic-con.org/wca/2019/artists-alley/exhibitors

Exhibitor Application
https://www.comic-con.org/wca/2019/exhibitors

Comic-Con International: San Diego is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Artist Alley Application
https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2019/artists-alley/exhibitors

Exhibitor Application
https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2019/exhibitors

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Host – Jeff Schuetze

Website
www.jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
www.jefbot.com

Tumblr
www.jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

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Ep. 079: The making of One Small Step with TAIKO Studios – Part I

One Small Step tells the story of Luna, a Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. In part one of our interview with the masterminds behind TAIKO Studios, the company behind this amazing short, we interviewed studio Founder and CEO Shaofu Zhang, Head of Development and Co-Director Andrew Chesworth, and Art Director and Co-Director Bobby Pontillas. Join them as they share their experiences from working at Disney Animation Studios to embarking on the journey to bring an animated short to life! And join us next week when we feature CG Supervisor and Rigger Joy Johnson and Head of Pipeline and Technical Animator Andrew Jennings!

TAIKO Studio Websites

Watch the short on Vimeo!
One Small Step

Website
http://www.taikostudios.com

Facebook
TAIKOStudios

LinkedIn
TAIKOStudios

Instagram
@taikostudios

Twitter
@TAIKOStudios

Southern California Animation Events (And Beyond!)

Ottawa International Animation Festival
Fri. Sept. 26th – Tues. Sept. 30th, 2018
https://www.animationfestival.ca

The Magic Book of Spells: Signing with Daron Nefcy
Sat. Sept. 29th, 2018
1:00 pm
https://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/690

Artist Lodge and Tim Burton/LAIKA Tribute Gallery
Fan*Alley
Sat. Sept. 29th, 2018
5:00 pm
https://fanalley.wordpress.com/upcoming/

Studio Ghibli Fest 2018
Sun. Sept. 30th – Tues. Nov. 20th, 2018
https://gkids.com/2018/06/22/studio-ghibli-fest-2018/

Animation is Film Festival
Fri. Oct. 19th – Sun. Oct. 21st, 2018
https://animationisfilm.com

DesignerCon
Fri. Nov. 16th, 2018 – Sun. Nov. 18th, 2018
https://www.designercon.com

Ground Zero Animation Expo is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Professional Application
https://gzaexpo.com/industry-professional-form/

Up-And-Coming Application
https://gzaexpo.com/up-coming-form/

WonderCon is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Artist Alley Application
https://www.comic-con.org/wca/2019/artists-alley/exhibitors

Exhibitor Application
https://www.comic-con.org/wca/2019/exhibitors

Comic-Con International: San Diego is now accepting vendor applications for 2019:

Artist Alley Application
https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2019/artists-alley/exhibitors

Exhibitor Application
https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2019/exhibitors

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Host – Jeff Schuetze

Website
www.jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
www.jefbot.com

Tumblr
www.jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

Ep. 062: Andi Nakasone – Disney Feature Layout Assistant – Part I

Welcome to the first episode of 2018 featuring the amazingly talented Andi Nakasone! Andi grew up in Okinawa, Japan and moved to the states to study…archeology. But he soon discovered that storytelling was his life’s passion and began to pursue cinematography and editing at Baylor University. After interning in New York and learning more about 3D animation, he moved to San Francisco to pursue his new dream of working in the animation industry. His is an awesome story that you won’t want to miss!

Andi Nakasone’s Websites

Instagram
@andinakasone

Email
andi.nakasone@gmail.com

Southern California Animation Events

Convention season is over but it’s never too late to stay up to date! Check out these Southern California conventions for your opportunity to register and exhibit your art in 2018.

Comic-Con International: San Diego
https://www.comic-con.org

Creative Talent Network Expo
www.ctnanimationexpo.com

DesignerCon
www.designercon.com

Fan*Alley Expo
www.gzaexpo.com

The Podcast

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host – Angela Entzminger

Check out my comic for The Story Collider Podcast!
http://bit.ly/2ir8HTc

Check out my guest spot on Animation Station with Robbie and Tracy!
http://apple.co/1Th9CRV

Check out my two part interview on The Ink and Paint Girls Podcast!
http://bit.ly/2sJqw41

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul

The Editor – Jeff Schuetze

Check out Jeff’s interview on this podcast!
http://bit.ly/2BmrPK1

Website
https://jefbot.carbonmade.com

Comic
http://jefbot.com

Tumblr
http://jefbot.tumblr.com

Twitter
@JefBot

Instagram
@Shootzee

Ep. 007: Eric Cerda – Animator for Radical Axis, Soup 2 Nuts, Disney Interactive and more! – Part II

EricCerdaPhotoIn part 2 Eric dives deep into his career as a professional animator and what it’s like working as a freelancer. He discusses what it was like to venture into the realm of mobile games while working for Playdom, which was later acquired and rebranded as Disney Interactive, working with animation legend Eric Goldberg at Duck studios, and working as a freelance artist for DreamWorks. Along the way Eric learned how to balance his time, network with friends and former colleagues in order to find great work and why it’s important to always be learning and studying the craft. It’s a marvelous conclusion to this two part interview that you don’t want to miss!

Eric Cerda’s Websites

Portfolio Website
http://cerdafied-eric.squarespace.com

LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericcerda

The Show

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

The Host

Portfolio
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul

Ep. 005: Alyce Tzue – 2015 Student Academy Award Winner

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In 2015 Alyce Tzue became the Student Academy Award Gold Winner For Best Animated Film for her 3D animated short film Soar. Currently she works as a live action music video director for Smule in San Francisco, CA. She also worked as an animator on Henry, a virtual reality short film created by Oculus’ Story Studio. In this episode Alyce shares how she decided to become an animator after graduating from Princeton with a degree in architecture. She shares how she collaborated on a team of over 100 students at Academy of Art University to create her short film, the film’s successful Indiegogo campaign, winning the Student Academy Award and her love of filmmaking in all mediums and what it’s like being a student and professional director.

Alyce Tzue’s Websites

Soar on Vimeo
https://vimeo.com/148198462

Official Soar Website
http://www.soarfilm.com/

Portfolio
http://www.alycetzue.com/

Twitter
@AlyceTzue

The Show

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Twitter
@animjourney

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

The Host

Portfolio
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul