What do UCLA and The Simpsons Have in Common? Chuck Sheetz

Christine Griswold Animation, Artist Profiles, Career Advice, Education, Film, Media Arts, Practical Advice, Television, Tips, Visual Arts

Emmy Award-winning Director of The Simpsons and UCLA Theater Film and Television Professor Chuck Sheetz gives advice on “How to get into Film School” (and a few other things.) Full disclosure, I had the privilege of working with Chuck Sheetz over a number of seasons on The Simpsons, and for a bit of time on Disney’s Recess. Among the things …

Want to be a Children’s Book Illustrator? Part II

Christine Griswold Artist Profiles, Career Advice, Creative Writing, Education, Illustration, Visual Arts, Writing

Award-winning Children’s Book Illustrator LeUyen Pham shares her musings and advice to young artists. PART II “…you just have to listen to that inner voice, that inner compass that’s pointing you in the right direction.” Although she never took an art class until college, children’s book illustrator LeUyen (la-win) Pham has illustrated over 80 published books in a variety of …

Secrets of a Reality TV Producer

Christine Griswold Career Advice, Writing

Erin Zelle shares her insights into the world of “unscripted” documentaries, reality TV and lifestyle shows. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB IN THE BUSINESS? I got into it by accident. I was working for a non-profit, researching extremist groups, and it was very depressing. I spent my days reading and writing about all kinds of skinheads, militias and white supremacists. …

Want to be a Children’s Book Illustrator? Part I

Christine Griswold Artist Profiles, Career Advice, Illustration, Visual Arts, Writing

Meet Award-Winning Children’s Book Illustrator LeUyen Pham. PART I tales of education and her early career “One of the nicest things about the field that I’m in is that it allows me to constantly grow and change and develop and learn.” Although she never took an art class until college, children’s book illustrator LeUyen (la-win) Pham has illustrated over 80 …

Have you ever thought about being a short form filmmaker?

Christine Griswold Beyond, Career Advice, Directing, Film, Getting Started, Performing Arts, Production

by Christine Griswold A few moments with R&D’s Raquel Elfassi “Somebody who’s passionate about what they’re doing gets my passion going. So I love to help them find their dream.” As the morning fog gives way to another golden day in Southern California, Raquel Elfassi enters the room with casual hipness and charm. After having worked with numerous production companies …

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 - Craig Kellman - Character Designer

Emmy and Annie Award Nominee Craig Kellman, Character Designer

Christine Griswold Animation, Artist Profiles, Career Advice, Film, Television, Visual Arts

by Christine Griswold “Draw all the time. Draw constantly.” Craig Kellman If you’ve been watching animated movies, TV shows or music videos over the past 25 years, chances are pretty high that you’ve seen some of Craig Kellman’s work. He doesn’t have a blog or a website (although his work can be found on others’); much of his work never …