Coming To America

 Posted by on June 4, 2011  Character design, Drawings, Friends, VisDev
Jun 042011
 

I recently found the drawing that got me my first job here in the USA. These rough character designs of Marty McFly & Doc Brown ultimately landed me an art director job at Colossal Pictures; my favourite company of the many I have worked at.


When I faxed this from France in 1990, I was working for the Paris Disney Studio (on direct to video movies and TV series) and I'd spent the previous 5 years essentially living out of a backpack; following animation jobs (on crummy Saturday Morning shows) from outsourced-country to outsourced-country, with the occasional side adventure to interesting parts of the world. It was a very fun period that I look back on with great fondness, but by the end of it, I was looking for any chance to stay for a LONG stretch someplace, preferably a nice town where I could understand the language and hopefully settle down a bit and make some FWENDS.

Which is exactly what DID happen.

My good friend Tony Stacchi (another veteran of the Porkchop Hill of overseas Saturday morning animation) recommended me to Colossal Pictures' directors John Hays & Phil Robinson at around the time that Colossal was getting into animated TV series. The original plan was for me to work in San Francisco for a few months alongside the "animated BACK TO THE FUTURE TV series" pre-production team and then go to Taiwan to supervise production of the show (an area I had some experience in by that time). However that plan was revised, happily, and I became one of the two Art Director/Character Designers on the series (John Stevenson being the other) and then stayed at Colossal for many more fantastic years (working on all kinds of fun projects) made a ton of lifelong friends and made San Francisco my home.

All in large part due to this silly, simple drawing.

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  20 Responses to “Coming To America”

  1. we are lucky to have you! XXX

  2. The most fantastical part is that you met the beautiful and illustrious Julia Lundman. Now you are meeting her cooler than Vegemite, Aunt Deborah, right here on this here blog. You're good fortune continues to grow.

  3. Love the drawing! Nice touches everywhere!

  4. I'm surprised I've never seen that drawing before. We're all so lucky to have met up on that production. The Doc Brown is pretty close to the final model if I recall correctly.

  5. An important drawing for all of us Jamie!

  6. Very cool drawing.! Full of that Jamie magic.

  7. Loaded with personality! Mad drafting skills, my friend.

  8. I use to watch this cartoon! And I had a McDonald's toy from this series.

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