My guest for episode four is BJ Crawford. BJ is an enormously talented individual. He’s been a huge source of inspiration for me since I first discovered his work over six years ago. A lot of us are traditional animators at heart, but BJ is that rare animator that’s blazing a traditional animation trail in today’s animation scene. I’ve had many nerdy animation conversations with BJ in the past few months, but I’m happy say that this one is the most inspiring and in depth of them all.
In this episode BJ talks about getting started in advertising, the unsung mentors that taught him the most, taking nine months off work to hone his craft, and much more. I’m thrilled to share with you my interview with BJ Crawford.
In the past few years, you may have noticed a push to encourage more women to join our industry. Organizations like Women In Animation have formed to raise awareness about how lopsided our industry really is, and empower women to step into the industry. I’m of the opinion that half the audience is female, so why shouldn’t half the people making the movies be female too?
This inspired me to organize a group discussion with as many talented ladies as I could find at work. We’ll be talking about how everyone got started, working in animation today, our favorite films and characters, and so much more. My hope is that this episode inspires a few young ladies out there to set their sites on animation as a career. I’m proud to present my interview with Blue Sky Studios Animators Jess Morris, Cristin Mckee, Emilie Goulet, Lisa Allen, Carolyn Ee Kaiser, Malerie Walters, and Theresa Adolph.
Front Row (left to right): Cristin McKee, Malerie Walters, Theresa Adolph, Lisa Allen Back Row (left to right): Emilie Goulet, Carolyn Ee Kaiser, Jess Morris
JAFMM is an animation and gaming podcast hosted by veteran artists Jeff Gabor, Pete Paquette, and Michael Berardini. The key word for this show is casual. It’s unscripted, unedited, and a lot of fun to listen to while you work. The show regularly hosts Blue Sky Studios artists talking about a wide range of topics from games to movies to animation tips. Check it out:
My guest is this episode is Blue Sky Studios Supervising Animator, Nick Bruno. Nick is highly regarded throughout the industry and especially at Blue Sky where he’s made his mark on every film since Ice Age 2. In this episode we talk about how he got his start in the industry, his journey to Animation Supervisor, and much more.