Bringing the Imagination to Life

For years, as far back as I can remember, I’ve watched cartoons and absolutely fell in love with them.  I remember one of the first ones I watched on VHS (yeah, I’m old..lol) was Disney’s Skeleton Dance.  That one to this day still sticks with me.  After that one I got introduced to more of Disney’s Silly Symphonies and loved them.    Throughout my entire childhood I always watched cartoons whenever I got the chance.

Fast forward many years later, I got accepted into Disney’s College Program (1999: Walt Disney World).  I got to meet some of the animators on Mulan (being created at the time) and see how they put together an animation.  My mouth dropped to the floor and my eyes bugged out and got so huge.  This was when I figured out I wanted to animate.  Throughout the entire College Program, we got to know how about animation and the “business” of it.  At the end of the program I did graduate with the highest honor, I earned my DUCKtorate degree.  That whole program and being on my own for the first time in my life, I had a real eye opening experience.  It woke me up.

My entire life I’ve been drawing.  One day about 15 years ago, I’m sitting at my desk drawing one of my own characters (who now is Stanley Squirrel).  In my head I saw him moving around the paper and animated.  My imagination just caught on fire.  But I didn’t know how to animate.  I didn’t know how 1 person can do it all.  I remember the College Program and what the all the animators said to me “it takes a team to animate even a character”.  So I went online to MySpace (it was the biggest social networking site then) and started looking for animators.  Instead of finding animators, I found comic book artists who I started collaborating with and building my art portfolio with.  I then became a comic book colorist.  Taking a little detour from animation, but working in another field I loved.

Now lets fast forward to just about 3 years ago.  I was in Orlando attending MegaCon as a comic book guest.  One morning before I went off to the show, almost 3 years ago, I woke up and remembered what I really wanted to do with my life.  Make my characters come to life.  For years I’ve seen them come to life in my imagination.  But now, it’s time to “bring my imagination to life, one frame at a time”.  That’s exactly what I’m doing.

I recently just opened up a careers page here on the website.  Looking for interns for 2D Animation.  It’s a wide spectrum of talented people I’m looking for.  From storyboard artists to the animators, background artist and so on.  If you or someone you know is interested in creating 2D animation and wants to bring the imagination to life, I ask that you please contact me here on our careers page or just email me at: jeff.jbstudios@yahoo.com

Let’s create magic together and create a whole new world never seen before.