Ep. 027: Alex Kwan – 2D Animator and Storyboard Artist for Titmouse – Part I

2D Animator and Storyboard Artist Alex Kwan

2D animator and storyboard artist Alex Kwan shares how she decided to jump into the field of animation! She’s worked on a number of amazing shows including WordGirl for Soup2Nuts and Motorcity; China, IL and Niko and the Sword of Light for Titmouse. She is also a freelancing ninja and in her spare time creates whimsical illustrations. In part I Alex discusses how her artistic journey led her to attending the School of Visual Arts in New York, how she landed her first internship at World Leaders Entertainment and how she became a professional animator and now storyboard artist for Titmouse. It’s a fun episode you won’t want to miss!

Alex Kwan’s Websites

Twitter
@ChunksTheMighty

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http://chunksthemighty.tumblr.com/

Instagram
@chunksthemighty

The Show

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www.theanimatedjourney.com

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www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

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@animjourney

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@animjourney

The Host

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www.sketchysoul.com

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@SketchySoul

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@SketchySoul

Ep. 025: Steve Ahn – Director for DreamWorks Animation TV for Voltron: Legendary Defender

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Voltron. Korra. TMNT. Generator Rex. These are just some of the amazing shows that director and storyboard artist Steve Ahn counts as highlights in his illustrious 10 year career. In our interview Steve shares his experiences growing up in various regions in South Korea, emigrating to the U.S., and being accepted into CalArts. Along the way Steve used his artistic skills to express what he felt he could not express in words as he navigated through the field of animation to become a director on Voltron: Legendary Defender. His tale is an inspiring and uplifting story for anyone with a dream and a desire to create amazing worlds and share the joy of storytelling with others.

Steve Ahn’s Websites

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/artofsteveahn

Twitter
@steveahn82

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http://steveahn.tumblr.com/

Instagram
@artofsteveahn

Action Adventure Cinematic Online Storyboard Workshop
https://gumroad.com/steveahn82

Replay Vol. 2 Sketchbook
https://gumroad.com/l/replayvol2

The Show

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

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www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

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@animjourney

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@animjourney

The Host

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www.sketchysoul.com

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www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

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@SketchySoul

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@Sketchy_Soul

Ep. 023: Todd Favela – Character Designer for Puny Entertainment – Part I

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This week Todd and I enjoyed an excellent and fun conversation about his journey from student to professional at studios like Titmouse and now at Puny Entertainment where he works as a character designer on the new Amazon series Danger & Eggs. 

This is an exciting time for Todd — at the time of the recording he worked as a Clean-up Design Artist for Puny, and right before the release of the episode he was promoted to Character Designer, so way to go Todd!

In Part 1 of our interview Todd discusses growing up as a Disney kid in the O.C., attending Cal State Fullerton, and landing an internship which led to his first full-time gig. It’s packed with heart and laughs  and Disney tangents so prepared to be inspired!

Todd’s Websites

Portfolio
http://www.toddfavela.com/

Twitter
@toddfavela

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http://tawd.tumblr.com/

Let’s Draw With
@Letsdrawwith

The Show

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www.theanimatedjourney.com

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www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

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@animjourney

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@animjourney

The Host

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www.sketchysoul.com

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@SketchySoul

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@Sketchy_Soul

Ep. 022: Tim Larson – Lead Animator for Concept Art House

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Tim is an amazing and hardworking guy who I first met as a student at Academy of Art University. He originally dreamed of being a fine artist and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Illustration/Graphic Design. After working as a freelance artist and graphic designer he decided to switch careers to become a 2D animator. Now he works as a lead animator at Concept Art House, a mobile game studio in San Francisco, CA. He’s also illustrating a children’s book in his spare time that he and the author are hoping to shop around to find a publisher, or publish themselves. I know all of you will enjoy hearing what he has to say and will be inspired by his words of wisdom!

Tim Larson’s Websites

Portfolio
http://timothyglarson.blogspot.com/

Comics and Sketches
http://timgrandlarsony.blogspot.com/

LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothy-larson-28684028

The Show

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

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www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

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www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

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@animjourney

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@animjourney

The Host

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www.sketchysoul.com

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www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

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@SketchySoul

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@Sketchy_Soul

Ep. 018: Cinzia Angelini – Director of ‘Mila’

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Cinzia Angelini is the pro’s pro when it comes to the field of animation. The animation veteran who specializes in animation and storyboarding has worked for some of the most well-known companies in the industry including Amblimation, DreamWorks, Sony, Disney and Illumination. Her work spans the 2D and 3D gamut including Balto, Sinbad, The Prince of Egypt, The Road to Eldorado, Meet the Robinsons, Open Season, Spider-Man 2, and Bolt, several DVD projects including Kung Fu Panda Secrets Of The Masters and the Universal Theme Park ride for Despicable Me, Minions Mayhem.

In this episode Cinzia and I discuss her experience growing up in Milan, Italy, majoring in graphic design and animation, working at various studios, and directing her short film, Mila. The film, about a little girl caught up in the bombing of Trento, Italy during WWII, is a passion project of Cinzia’s based on the stories told to her by her mother and grandmother.  Combining the forces of 250 people from 25 countries from around the world, and with the support of Unicef, Pixel Cartoon, and Ibiscus Media, the short film encompasses the largest virtual studio collaboration ever created. Learn more about this important film and support the Indiegogo campaign today!

Cinzia Angelini’s Sites

Portfolio
http://cinziaangelini.com/

Official ‘Mila’ Website
http://milafilm.com/

‘Mila’ Indiegogo Campaign
http://bit.ly/27aufXE

The Show

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www.theanimatedjourney.com

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www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

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@animjourney

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@animjourney

The Host

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www.sketchysoul.com

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@SketchySoul

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@Sketchy_Soul

Ep. 017: Michael Tucker – Associate Producer for Double Fine Productions – Part I

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Michael Tucker is no stranger to hard work and dedication. As a student at San Jose State University he worked on a number of animation and video game projects. Later he interned with famed game developers John and Brenda Romero. He then worked at Pixar Animation Studios as a production intern and then as a production assistant on The Good Dinosaur before becoming an associate producer at Double Fine Productions in San Francisco. In part one of our interview we discuss the importance of being kind to people, working diligently in school and transitioning from being a student to becoming an intern and an animation professional.

Michael Tucker’s Websites

Twitter
@tujomi

Instagram
@michaeljosephtucker

Double Fine Productions

Double Fine’s Website
http://www.doublefine.com/

Documentary series on Double Fine on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIhLvue17Sd7F6pU2ByRRb0igiI-WKk3D

The Show

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www.theanimatedjourney.com

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@animjourney

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@animjourney

The Host

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www.sketchysoul.com

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www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

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@SketchySoul

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@SketchySoul

Ep. 011: Tamara Lusher-Stocker – Animator, Visual Development Artist, Storyboard Artist for Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm Animation and more!

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This week on Episode 11 of The Animated Journey I interviewed a true super star in the field – Tamara Lusher-Stocker! Tamara has the illustrious distinction of working as an animator on the BIG THREE Disney Renaissance films – Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King! She also worked on Hercules, Dinosaur and Treasure Planet in story and visual development, and she’s worked at several other studios including Pixar, Wildbrain, Rainmaker Entertainment, Blue Sky, and Lucasfilm Animation. She’s worked with other industry titans including Joe Grant, Joe Ranft, Burny Mattinson, Chris Williams and she once met Princess Di and Michael Jackson!

Tamara discusses what’s it like to work at various studios, how she got her internship to work at the Disney Florida Studio and the Disney Burbank Studio, how to pitch, and what’s it like to option your own movie, the joy of teaching, the importance of building your own brand and much more!

Tamara Lusher-Stocker’s Websites

Website
http://www.tamara-mara.com/

Twitter
@TamaraLusSto

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http://tamara-mara.tumblr.com/

The Show

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

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www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

The Host

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

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www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

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@SketchySoul

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@SketchySoul

Ep. 010: Marji Bordner – Animator and Comic Book Artist – Part III

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In the exciting conclusion to the three part interview with Marji Bordner, Marji discusses the opportunities now available to learn about the craft of animation and getting more involved, the pros and cons of art school, the future of movies and TV, and so much more!

And here’s that link Marji was talking about from Noah Bradley on how to be an artist without going to art school. It’s a great read:

https://www.noahbradley.com/blog/how-to-be-an-artist-without-going-to-art-school/

Marji Bordner’s Websites

Website
http://marjibordner.blogspot.com/

DeviantArt
http://marji4x.deviantart.com/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/marji4x

The Show

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

The Host

I wrote an article for Animation Magazine online – check it out!
Cal State Fullerton Exhibit Celebrates 25 Years of NickToons
http://bit.ly/1Sqcyvx

Portfolio
www.sketchysoul.com

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www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

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@SketchySoul

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@SketchySoul

Ep. 009: Marji Bordner – Animator And Comic Book Artist – Part II

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In part II of my interview with Marji Bordner we discuss how to make Christian-themed content cool instead of lame, the pros and cons of going to art school, how amazing it is that animation can be made at home, what life was like before the internet and the variety of animated films being made today!

Marji Bordner’s Portfolio

Website
http://marjibordner.blogspot.com/

DeviantArt
http://marji4x.deviantart.com/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/marji4x

The Show

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

The Host

I wrote an article for Animation Magazine online – check it out!
Cal State Fullerton Exhibit Celebrates 25 Years of NickToons
http://bit.ly/1Sqcyvx

Portfolio
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@Sketchy_Soul

Ep. 008: Marji Bordner – Animator and Comic Book Artist – Part 1

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Marji Bordner is a powerhouse of animation talent! After graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design she landed her first animation job at Radical Axis, working on Adult Swim’s hit show Squidbillies, then moved to Boston to work at Soup 2 Nuts on the Emmy-award winning series WordGirl for PBS. Now Marji works as an animator for the mobile game Minomonsters and is the creator of the webcomic Pride Lands. This is part 1 in a 3 part series with Marji and you’ll want to stay tuned to hear about her fantastic journey through the world of animation!

 

 

Marji Bordner’s Portfolio

Website
http://marjibordner.blogspot.com/

DeviantArt
http://marji4x.deviantart.com/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/marji4x

The Show

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

The Host

Portfolio
www.sketchysoul.com

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www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@Sketchy_Soul