Well, for one thing, the executives in charge at Cartoon Network are cartoon fans. I mean, these are people who grew up loving animation and loving cartoons, and the only difference between them and me is they don't know how to draw.
The storyboard artists job is to plan out shot for shot the whole show, write all the dialog, and decide the mood, action, jokes, pacing, etc of every scene.
There's a lot you can do without words.
But to me what seems to be missing in a lot of portfolios is Cartooning.
I'm hoping that word-of-mouth on the film - people seeing it and liking it - that that will drive more people to the theaters, because I haven't seen the billboards or the posters or anything.
It really just gives you a sense of when you need to have dialogue and when you don't, and if your pictures are telling the story, you don't need to have all this talking.
For a long time I wanted to be a comic strip artist but when I started doing them in my teens they were getting really elaborate with tons of poses and a lot of information.
I've been drawing since I was about 3 and I come from a family of artists.
I started working at Hanna-Barbera in '92 on 2 Stupid Dogs.
The shows are either 11 or 22 minutes and they move pretty quickly, and that's part of the charm of them - so it was just trying to keep that in mind and keep the energy of the story moving, even though we were dealing with a longer format.
Im always thinking about what I might want to do next, but theres still things I want to do with Powerpuff - so I can keep going with this one for awhile.
Anything you see on the screen was at one point approved by me.
Basicly what I had to do was do a 7 minute board and pitch it to a room of big wigs from the network and based on that they determined if I would get a short or not.
First, there was 2 Stupid Dogs. Then, Dexters Laboratory. And now, Powerpuff Girls. There were a lot of little things in between, but those were the main ones.
I'm a geeky toy collector, and to have toys of your own characters is unbelievably cool.
Basicly I'm in charge of all creative aspects of the show.
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