Category: Member Spotlight

Meet the New E-Board: Stephen Silver

Alexandra Drosu / February 3, 2020

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Tell us a little bit about your background. Art school was not in my cards. I drew for my high school newspaper and soon after graduating and attempting to fit in a community college, I dropped out and started my professional career at the age of 18 drawing caricatures in amusement parks. I started my…

Meet the E-Board: Recording Secretary Paula Spence

Alexandra Drosu / January 6, 2020

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Tell us a little bit about your background. I am very fortunate to have grown up with plenty of freedom and encouragement in a family that includes some artists among a wide range of hard workers, and I got my first job as an artist right after graduating high school.  I worked at an educational…

Meet the New Executive Board: Emily Walus

Alexandra Drosu / December 16, 2019

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Tell us a little about your background. I graduated with an Illustration degree from RISD and, not really knowing what I wanted to do with my life, moved out to LA. About a year later, I happened to be in the right place at the right time, and started working as a background designer on…

TAG in the Community: Joseph Statom

Alexandra Drosu / November 18, 2019

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Statom, an animator and visual effects artist, attended the “Rally of Justice” on Nov. 9, 2019 in support of immigrant rights and equality. “It was a great experience.  It’s always inspiring to see all the different types of unions we have in LA,” says Statom. “I watched Poncho Sanchez perform with a 100 percent union…

New Member Spotlight: Michelle Lam

Alexandra Drosu / August 26, 2019

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Michelle Lam is one of TAG’s newest members—she officially joined the Guild in July/August 2019! A 2018 CalArts graduate, she is currently working at Titmouse. Learn more about Michelle! Tell us  a little bit about yourself. I grew up in New York and moved to Southern California back in 2014 to attend CalArts. Ever since…

Siggraph Spotlight: Paolo Deguzmen

Alexandra Drosu / July 29, 2019

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Tell us a little bit about the Siggraph panel. On Tuesday, July 30 from 3:45-5:15 (West Hall B), I am honored to be a panelist presenting the production session:  “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden What?.” We will be discussing the challenges and hurdles we encountered during the production of the final film in…

Member Spotlight: Silvia Olivas

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Can you tell us a little bit about your career journey? I started my career working as a second stage manager on Univision’s El Show de Paul Rodriguez. It was there that I caught the writing bug and became a Writers’ Assistant on such comedies as The Wayans Bros. and The Nanny.  A few years later,…

Member Spotlight: Kali Ciesemier

Alexandra Drosu / July 1, 2019

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Kali Ciesemier never imagined that she would one day work in animation when she started her career as an illustrator. “My college didn’t have a big animation program and I didn’t know much about the industry until I fell into it,” she says. Here, the Color Supervisor on Netflix’s Battle Kitty shares her career journey…

Member Spotlight: Pat Marconett

Alexandra Drosu / May 21, 2019

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Marconett will be presenting his artwork as part of a collective show next month at Gallery 839, featuring work by artists teaching at CGMA, and opening on June 8th. Aside from teaching, Marconett works as a background designer mainly at Disney TV on Big Hero 6 and Sofia the First. Here, we take a moment…

Member Spotlight: Kris Mukai

Alexandra Drosu / May 6, 2019

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If you received an email announcing the Animation Guild’s inaugural Zinefest, you’ve see Kris Mukai’s work. An active member at the Guild, Mukai currently works as a writer on We Bare Bears, and will be showcasing some of her comics at the Zinefest on June 28th. But you can see here work before then at  hikrismukai.com….

Member Spotlight: Rob Hoegee

Alexandra Drosu / April 9, 2019

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Starting with the original Teen Titans for Cartoon Network, Hoegee has been head writer and story editor on an impressive list of award-winning animated series including Legion of Super Heroes, Storm Hawks, Generator Rex, Slugterra and Thunderbirds are Go.  As a series creator, Rob just saw the launch of Abby Hatcher on Nick Jr. and as writer…

Member Spotlight: Iveth Bueno

Alexandra Drosu / March 25, 2019

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Bueno’s journey as a lighting and compositing artist has taken her from Mexico to London, Canada to now Los Angeles. She currently works at DreamWorks Feature Animation and is also a growing, active member of the Animation Guild, serving on the Communications Committee. Here, she talks about both her professional and personal work. Tell us…

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