Its really hard to believe I get to make a living at what seems like having a lot of fun.
This all started a long time ago with a love for drawing. My family moved around a lot when I was kid, and art was never a class that I fell behind in. Art class never cared that I didn’t cover quadratic equations in my last school and was hopelessly lost in math. Combine a love for drawing with my other two electives, Advanced Daydreaming 101 and Class Clowning 100, and you can see where this is going can’t you?
I signed up at Sheridan College for the Classical Cartoon Animation program. The first time I saw something I had drawn moving across the tiny screen of a moviola, I was hooked. Who knew a bouncing ball could cause so much giddiness? Well to make a long story short, I’ve been able to stay connected to much of that giddy feeling for many years now. You’ll be happy to know, I’ve since moved on from locomoting a bouncing ball to animating characters for television, movies, commercials and the occasional video game or music video. The variety has kept things fresh, but the best part of this experience has been the people.
Simply awesome people! I’ve had a chance to meet and work with so many great folks who have been generous with their time and experience. I’ve worked with Betty Boop and Popeye animators, been lucky enough to just be in the room with some of Disney’s Nine Old Men, and meet and speak to so many of my animation heroes including Chuck Jones and Ray Harryhausen. I’ve also been able to observe first hand some of the best film directors of our time and not only watch them negotiate the finer points of movie making but also gleen tips on how to keep your lips out of a bear trap.
Production stories? I got ‘em and am happy to share a tale or two over a hot cup of joe. Feel free to peruse my website [ griffins.150m.com ] to check out my credits, job experience and references, but just so you know...
My best achievement is being married to my fabulous wife Laurie and having three great kids, Kristen, Brad and Tiffany who all now work in animation. I’m enormously proud of my family. And although my kids are mostly grown up now, animation still puts me in touch with a precocious, curious kid, who loves to act up every day.
Gotta love that.