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Job Title
Producer/Director
Organization / Company
Whitestone Media
Web site
http://www.theocartoons.com
Projects Worked On
Produced/directed "My Little Pony" feature, "Blondie & Dagwood" (CBS), "Fraggle Rock" (NBC), McGee & Me (animation), Adventures in Odyssey (animated series), numerous commercials for Hasbro, Milton Bradley, Kenner, McDonalds, PlaySkool. Also produced/directed SpyDogs (FoxKids), and Pigs next Door (Fox Family).
Roles / Skill Sets
Have worked in every level of animation production, directing, producing, writing teleplays, storyboarding, animating. Have written six published novels (Moody Press, Baker-Revell, St Martin's Press), plus one that is self-published.

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At 10:29pm on June 29, 2009, Thomas Whitfield said…
Yes Mike, I did check out your Theo Cartoons site. I even bookmarked it and saved it as a favorite.

While studying 'Disney'esque 2D animation I learned all about stretch and squash, animating on 2's, accenting, lip syncing, all of the stuff that Richard Williams writes about in his book, The Animators Survival Kit.

I still have a ream of 12-field paper and my pegs sitting here next to my desk. Sometimes I wonder about pulling it all out again and doing some key poses or beat boards.

Eventhough these days I am primarily a Flash animator and digital artist, I just wanted you to know that I still have a soft spot in my heart for the hand-drawn frame-by-frame art form of animation. I am 42, so during the 70's I grew up on ABC's "School House Rock".

God bless and I am thrilled that you have made a niche for your own genre of Christian gospel-message based storytelling. I know that is a great God-honoring blessing that He has given to you.
At 9:14pm on June 29, 2009, Thomas Whitfield said…
Hi Mike, I am new to the Visual Story Network membership. I found your profile page and bio. I am a former student of Santa Monica College's Academy of Entertainment Technology and I was wondering if you are familiar with a veteran animator named Jim Keeshan? He is a current 2D animation instructor and storytelling instructor at the school. I took several of his classes. I believe that during the 70's he was involved with Hanna Barbera?

Anyway, as a new motion graphics animator in the Los Angeles area, I was impressed by your bio. If you ever gave seminars or classes, I would definately sign up! -- Thomas
At 3:09pm on January 15, 2009, Jeff Holder said…
Hey man! Good to hear from you. here's my email: jeff@flyoverprojects.com Let's talk.
At 1:33pm on January 15, 2009, Clyde Taber said…
Very cool. I love when those kinds of connections occur.
CT
At 12:05pm on January 15, 2009, Audra Smith said…
Thanks Mike! I will definitely check it out and see if I can connect you with someone.

Awesome resume, by the way. It might be weird to say this, but I grew up on some of your work! hahaha. What a sobering reminder that I am still a baby in this business. :)
At 8:00pm on January 14, 2009, Clyde Taber said…
Mike,

Glad to see you here!

CT
 
 
 

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