Jim has worked in various animation roles on commercials, film, TV, and games, as well as teaching 2D Animation. He runs a YouTube channel called Animateducated which features interviews with animators, authors, artists and other creative folks, past and present. He continues to happily teach animation online while working at CG Spectrum.
Credits include Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Medal of Honor: Frontline, and Tiny Toon Adventures, to name a few.
Burbank, California, USA
I studied at Columbia College in Chicago where I won a student academy award for my student film Cat & Rat. I freelanced in Chicago in animation, working on commercials and as an Art Director at Leo Burnett USA. I also assisted with animation on Warner Bros' Tiny Toons, Tazmania and Animaniacs. I also started teaching 2D animation at Columbia.
Eventually I moved to Portland to work on the first M&M commercial in CG. While I was there for 5 years, I animated both 3D and 2D projects as well as teaching.
I moved to California to EA Games on the Medal of Honor games, learned some magic at the Hollywood Magic Castle, worked on a few feature projects at Rhythm and Hues and eventually began to teach more at Woodbury University in Burbank.
Working with other creative people, not just in production, but in education as well.
Learn as much as you can and figure out what you enjoy doing. Ask questions, get answers, make contact with others. You will always be learning something new and while you are doing all this, make some short films to show people your storytelling and artistic skills.
Helping people see what they can do in animation and to gain a critical eye.
I have a YouTube channel called Animateducated. Recently I added clips of animated commercials I have collected, but there are a lot of interviews with directors, producers, animators and other creative folks. Subscribe if you like what you see or learned something new!
Animation is a powerful medium that can get a message across to anyone who can view it in an entertaining or educational way.