Ep. 083: Jack Kasprzak – Animation Director for DreamWorks TV’s Spirit Riding Free – Part II

In part II of our interview with Jack Kasprzak, Jack shares his experiences working on DreamWorks TV’s Spirit Riding Free and the importance of great communication in order to work well on a production. We also discuss his work with the SketchZone Podcast (on iTunes, check it out!), advice he would give his younger self, 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
Alliance for Women Film Composers Present
Women Composers in Animation: Panel and Q&A
Wed. Nov. 7th, 2018
6:00 pm
http://womeninanimation.org/calendar/

Gallery Nucleus
Marvel’s Infinity War: The Art of the Movie Panel & Book Signing
Sat. Nov. 17th, 2018
2:00 pm
https://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/701

Gnomon School
GPU Rendering: An Introduction to Redshift for Production
Thurs. Nov. 15th,2018
7:30 pm
https://www.gnomon.edu/community/events/gpu-rendering-an-introduction-to-redshift-for-production

LiveRead/LA
With Industry Insider – Chris DeFaria – CEO of DreamWorks Animation
Mon. Dec. 10, 2018
7:30 pm
http://www.livereadla.com/liveread-event

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

Lightbox Expo is now accepting exhibitor and artist table applications for 2019:
https://www.lightboxexpo.com/exhibit/

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. 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. 032: Everett Downing – Sony Pictures Animation Storyboard Artist and Creator of ‘The Book of Mojo’ – Part II

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In episode 032 storyboard artist and animator Everett Downing discusses how he landed his various jobs at the top studios in the industry, what it was like getting interviewed on NPR, Wired Magazine, i09 and more for 365 Supers and his current project, The Book of Mojo. And if you’re going to CTNX 2016 in Burbank Nov. 18th – 20th you can hear him speak about his work and career and The Book of Mojo!

Everett Downing’s Websites

Website: http://www.edowning.com/

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

Instagram: @Edogdowning

Twitter: @Mr_Scribbles

The Book of Mojo: http://www.bookofmojo.com/

See Everett Downing Live at CTNX in Burbank, CA!

Saturday Nov. 19, 2016
The Virtual Studio – 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Sunday Nov. 20, 2016
Cultural Representation in Film and Books – 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Book Signing – The Book of Mojo – 2:00 pm to 3:30pm

Check out the link for more information and to purchase tickets:
http://ctnanimationexpo.com

Also, previous guests Steve Ahn, Mike Yates and Pat Marconett will be in attendance at CTNX and previous guest Christine Knopp will be at DesignerCon. Make sure to say hello!

DesignerCon 2016
http://www.designercon.com/
The Show

Website: www.theanimatedjourney.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Tumblr: www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Twitter: @animjourney

Instagram: @animjourney

The Host

Website: www.sketchysoul.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sketchysoul

Tumblr: www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter: @SketchySoul

Instagram: @SketchySoul

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Ep. 031: Everett Downing – Storyboard Artist for Sony Pictures Animation and Creator of ‘The Book of Mojo’ – Part I

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Animator and Storyboard Artist Everett Downing turned his love of comics, movies and storytelling into a career at some of the most well-known studios in the animation industry including Big Idea, Blue Sky, Pixar, DreamWorks and Sony Pictures Animation. In part one of our interview he discusses how seeing Toy Story in college changed his artistic trajectory and how it’s important to pay attention to changes in the animation landscape. And if you’re going to CTNX 2016 in Burbank Nov. 18th – 20th you can hear him speak about his work and career including his latest collaborative project The Book of Mojo!

Everett Downing’s Websites

Website: http://www.edowning.com/

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

Instagram: @Edogdowning

Twitter: @Mr_Scribbles

The Book of Mojo: http://www.bookofmojo.com/

See Everett Downing Live at CTNX in Burbank, CA!

Saturday Nov. 19, 2016
The Virtual Studio – 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Sunday Nov. 20, 2016
Cultural Representation in Film and Books – 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Book Signing – The Book of Mojo – 2:00 pm to 3:30pm

Check out the link for more information and to purchase tickets:
http://ctnanimationexpo.com

The Show

Website: www.theanimatedjourney.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Tumblr: www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Twitter: @animjourney

Instagram: @animjourney

The Host

Website: www.sketchysoul.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sketchysoul

Tumblr: www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter: @SketchySoul

Instagram: @SketchySoul

Ep. 029: Michael Yates – Story Artist for Pixar Animation Studios

If you love storyboarding, you’ll love today’s interview with Pixar Story Artist Michael Yates! Michael worked as a Story Trainee at both Disney Feature Animation and DreamWorks Animation, as well as working as a Story Intern at Pixar, before taking a full-time job as a Story Artist on Cars 3 at Pixar. In today’s interview Michael discusses the importance of working on personal projects, learning as much as you can in and outside of school, and developing a thick skin in order to improve your storytelling chops. And check out his amazing student film, The Legend of the Flying Tomato!

Michael Yates’ Websites

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yatesart.tumblr.com/

Twitter
@yyates05

Instagram
@yyates05

The Legend of the Flying Tomato
https://vimeo.com/90549174

The Show

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@Sketchy_Soul

Continuing Education

I am taking courses at two online schools — check them out:

The Oatley Academy – The Storyteller’s Summit

Schoolism – Alex Woo’s Gesture Drawing Course

Awesome find of the week: The Gnomon School

Check out their live stream, Bringing “Stranger Things” to Life: An Evening with Aaron Sims Creative, and see how the Burbank, CA studio created the terrifying Demogorgon!
http://bit.ly/2c7XIsw

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

Tumblr
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

Tumblr
www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@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

Website
www.theanimatedjourney.com

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www.theanimatedjourney.tumblr.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

Twitter
@animjourney

Instagram
@animjourney

The Host

Website
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@Sketchy_Soul

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. 006: Eric Cerda – Animator for Radical Axis, Soup 2 Nuts, Disney Interactive and more! – Part I

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Eric Cerda is no stranger to the world of animation. After seeing Who Framed Roger Rabbit he knew that the animator’s path was the way for him. He attended the Savannah College of Art and Design during the end of feature 2D animation in the United States with the resolve of finding a career in animation no matter the cost. He pursued his dream by visiting and cold-calling studios, and working as a waiter before getting his first gig at Radical Axis. While at the studio he worked on Adult Swim stalwarts like Squidbillies and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Later he joined the animation team at Soup to Nuts to animate on PBS’ Word Girl, worked at Disney Interactive in San Francisco and eventually worked with one of his animation heroes, Eric Goldberg. In part 1 of this two part episode Eric discusses his early years and what it took for him to get his first job. It’s an inspiring story for anyone hoping to break into the field!

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

Facebook
www.facebook.com/theanimatedjourney

The Host

Portfolio
www.sketchysoul.com

Tumblr
www.sketchysoul.tumblr.com

Twitter
@SketchySoul

Instagram
@SketchySoul