OF ANIMATION RESOURCES
Stephen Worth has worked as an animation producer for over thirty years. He is the recipient of three Annie Awards, including the June Foray Lifetime Achievement Award for Benevolent Service to the Art of Animation. His credits include Alvin & the Chipmunks, Cool World, Yogi Bear, Ren & Stimpy, and Bravest Warriors. He is a well known figure in the Hollywood animation community, having produced the first animated cartoon series created exclusively for the internet, as an authority on vintage animation art, and as the person responsible for establishing the Animation Archive, a digital reference library that serves animation professionals and students, as well as cartoonists and illustrators.
Stephen oversees the day to day operation of Animation Resources, and is chairman of the committee that oversees the Animation Archive.
Joseph “JoJo” Baptista is an animator from San Diego, California. He has worked for John Kricfalusi, Ralph Bakshi, Cartoon Network, Wild Brain and Frederator Studios as an animator, designer and storyboard artist. When JoJo was in college, he volunteered and studied at Animation Resources, where he found its treasures were invaluable. He has much to thank Animation Resources for helping him break into the animation industry, and feels that it is important for him to help others as the head of the Education Committee.
Joseph oversees the financial operations of Animation Resources, as well as chairing the Education Committee.
Originally from Minnesota, Paul arrived in Southern California in 2006, with dreams of someday entering the animation industry. Unexpectedly, he soon found a niche working on the production side. Currently, he can be found working on coordinating the production of a traditionally animated TV series, but also has experience in helping to produce CG content, stereoscopic 3D, live action, flash animation, and enhanced ebooks. He continues to develop his own art, both in classes at the Animation Guild, and in his own projects.
Paul is responsible for taking meeting minutes, cataloging and coordinating records, and distributing material to the rest of the board.
Director of Membership
Taber Dunnipace is a southern California freelance artist and educator specializing in 3D art and animation. For the last five years, he has taught a wide range of digital arts subjects, including character animation, digital painting, game development, and Flash animation. He also frequently does freelance work for both commercial animation and mobile games. He is currently teaching at Mt. San Antonio College and Riverside Community College, Norco.
As the Director of Membership, Taber is responsible for keeping track of membership status, dues, and communications with individual members.
Liaison to the Advisory Board
Michael Woodside is an Animator and Educator working in Southern California. He is currently at Walt Disney Animation Studios. His credits include Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and Big Hero Six. Before that, he was at Rhythm and Hues working as a Technical Animator and International Technical Animation Supervisor for various films. He also teaches students from around the world at Anim Squad, an online school for animation.
As the Liaison to the Executive Board, Michael communicates with the Executive Board in order to receive their invaluable guidance for the future of Animation Resources.
Director of Communications
Director of Technology
Ralph Bakshi is an American director of animated and live-action films. In the 1970s, he established an alternative to mainstream animation through independent and adult-oriented productions. Between 1972 and 1992, he directed nine theatrically released feature films, including “Heavy Traffic”, “Fritz the Cat”, “Wizards”, “American Pop” and “Lord of the Rings”. He has been involved in numerous television projects as director, writer, producer and animator. Currently, he is living in New Mexico, drawing, painting and animating a personal film, “Last Days of Coney Island”. Link: RalphBaksi.com
Award winning filmmaker David Chai, brings artistic excellence and technical know how to every project that he is involved in. David has worked in Film and Television for over 15 years, on every type of production from Big Budget Hollywood films to Independent films, Commercials to Television Series and Documentaries. He is currently Associate Professor of Design, Animation and Illustration at San Jose State University in California. Link: House of Chai
Storyboard Artist Sherm Cohen has helped bring to life some of the biggest animation hits of the past decade-and-a-half: His directing, storyboarding and writing credits include the first four seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants, Hey Arnold, Kick Buttowski, Disney’s Fish Hooks, Phineas & Ferb, and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (as lead storyboard artist and character designer). Sherm is the creator of the “Storyboard Secrets”, a comprehensive 20-part online video course on how to storyboard for animation and live action films and TV shows. Link: Storyboard Secrets
Will Finn is an American animator, voice actor, and director. His work in animation includes characters from Disney and Don Bluth films such as The Secret of NIMH, Oliver & Company, and Pocahontas. His characters include Laverne (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Iago (Aladdin), and Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast). Finn co-wrote and co-directed the 2004 film Home on the Range and did voice acting in Chicken Little. In 2006, Finn directed the computer animated short Hammy’s Boomerang Adventure, a spin-off of Over the Hedge. And in 2014, he directed Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. Link: Will Finn Blog
John Kricfalusi began working in animation in the “dark ages” of cartoons, and learned his trade at studios like Filmation and Hanna-Barbera. In 1987, John met Ralph Bakshi and directed the breakthrough Saturday morning series, “Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures” for him. He resurrected the Director-Unit system like the one used to produce the classic Warner Bros. cartoons, and created his own studio, Spumco where he made history with “Ren and Stimpy”. Since then, John has pioneered web animation and created several TV series and specials, including “Ripping Friends”, “Ranger Smith” and “Adult Party Cartoon”, as well as numerous commercials and rock videos. Link: John K Stuff
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