My good friend and college buddy Dick Zondag came by VANarts a few weeks ago to talk with our animation students.
I hosted a Q and A session with Dick as we talked about his past experiences working at various studios as a supervising animator and director.
We are very happy that he has agreed to jump on board to help instruct our character animation students part time. With all his feature experience, it's going to be a great opportunity for the students as he makes his rounds and helps them with their scenes. I'm sure there will be a few stories of the old days as well :-)
Below is a quick movie showing part of our discussion while he visited the school. He talks about being a supervising animator and the importance of working as a team with the director and animators to discover the best creative ideas for each scene.
In this moment he discusses the process of acting for the character he supervised, the 'Bowler Hat Guy' while working together with the director Steve Anderson on Disney's feature 'Meet the Robinsons'.
DICK ZONDAG interview with Mark Pudleiner from Mark Pudleiner on Vimeo.
Dick Zondag has over 25 years experience in animation as a Director, Supervising Animator, Story Artist, Character Designer and Writer. He has worked on projects produced by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, and studios such as Don Bluth and Walt Disney Animation Studios. His industry credits include everything from The Care Bear Movie and Reboot to The Land Before Time, Chicken Little, An American Tail, Dinosaur, Meet the Robinsons, Bolt, and many more. Dick has now started his own studio, Movie Plus Canada, with partners Ralph Zondag and Chris Brough. Both Dick and Ralph are currently preparing to co-direct Heroes & Monsters and Monkey King as 3D movies.
Here is Dick's website : www.dickzondag.com
Here is Dick's IMBD credits: Click here for his credits