Hello Jason, can you tell us a bit about your background and what you are doing now?
Well, let me see, how far back do I go? (Laughs). I grew up in Manchester, Maryland, a small town just north of Baltimore, USA. My family and I lived in a tiny but quaint house out in the woods. My upbringing was awesome and I miss that town every day. I was fortunate enough to be born into a family of artists. My mother was an illustrator, my father was a traditional animator, and my two younger brothers are both very talented people. One could say I grew up with access to many creative outlets. From an early age I was drawing all the time. I had a minor obsession with the B-17 Flying Fortress and I drew pictures of that bomber constantly.
Both my parents worked at Maryland Public Television and had an animation business on the side called Peregrine Inc. Early on the home freelancing business was doing rather well so my father built an addition to the house centered around an Oxberry animation camera. Have you ever seen one of those? Search for a picture on the internet so you can get an idea of how big they are. Our dining room was basically sitting on a loft over-looking the thing. It was huge, easily around 10-12 feet tall, maybe even taller. I remember many nights sitting up in my bed hearing my father and business partners working late on stuff. Sometimes I would sneak down there to hang out for a little bit only to be chased back to bed soon after. The weekends would be interesting as well. The cameras weren't really easily accessible so my father would let art students come in from time to time to use them.
Eventually my parents dropped the home business as it was proving to be more work than it was worth. Around this time traditional animation started giving way to computer animation and my father naturally made the move as well. I'm not sure what version he started with, but he was using 3D Studio in one of its early DOS releases. I was a teenager at the time and had developed interests other than art. Not sure why, but I'm guessing since I was surrounded by this stuff it was only natural that I rebelled against it. All I cared about was skateboarding. School and computers (that didn't involve video games) were the furthest thing from my mind. I had started