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Jonathan Sakamoto

Email: jon@jonathansakamoto.com

 

EXPERIENCE

      • Sony Computer Ent. of America – Lead Animator – Sept 2009-Current -
        • Sanzaru Games – Sly Cooper Thieves in Time – Keyframed Characters
        • Naughty Dogg – Uncharted 3 Drake’s Deception – Mocap Clean up/Keyframe
        • Guerilla Games -  Killzone 3 – Mocap Clean up/Keyframe
        • Sucker Punch - Infamous 2 – Facial Keyframe
        • Zipper Ineteractive Inc- Socom 4 U.S. Navy Seals – Facial Keyframe
        • United Front Games -  Mod Nation Racers -  Keyframed Characters


      • Disney Television/Polygon Pictures – Animator – March 2008-May 2009 -
        • Creating character animation for Walt Disney Television's series, “My Friends Tigger and Pooh” season 2.
        • Responsible for roughly 1500 frames of animation in under two weeks, including previous show revisions if necessary.
        • Working directly with Disney's storyboard team, and in-house layout artists on roughly 30 episodes.
        • Managing direction from the Animation Supervisor, Show Director, Shot Team, and Disney simultaneously.


      • Emdigo- Character Animator - May 2006-Feb 2008 -
        • Taking on Lead responsibilities, directing, imagining concepts, and actions for various character animations. Including, but not limited to branded characters such as Xmen superheroes/villains, Lego Star Wars, NFL, Fantastic 4, Ratatouille and original character subsets.
        • Key framing various animations for a range of characters targeting next generation mobile phones.


      • Lizal Inc.- Production Designer/Head Artist - April 2005-May 2006 -
        • Produced original design work of promotional and retail items for companies such as Disney and Nike. Coordinated completion of designs with clients across the country and production factories in China . Additionally, developed software and DVD packaging for various clients.


      • Fat Box Films- Storyboard Artist-Oct 2004 -
        • Created storyboards from prewritten script provided from director of sequences.
 

QUALIFICATIONS

      • Able to work quickly to meet tight deadlines while still maintaining a high level of service and quality.
      • Comfortable working in an animation industry pipeline with a team of individuals working on various aspects of production.
      • Experienced in animating characters with weight and personality.
      • Fully trained in Maya, Motion Builder, Unity, Photoshop , Illustrator , Dreamweaver, Flash, Premier, Final Cut, After Effects, Painter, Flipbook Pencil Test (2-D animation software), CTP (2-D paint application), US Animation, Windows, Mac, and some Linux. (Some Lightwave and Softimage training) .
      • Basic understanding of the Japanese language.

       

EDUCATION

Academy of Art College
San Francisco , California
BFA 2003
Major: Illustration and Computer Animation

 

RECOGNITION

    • Winter 2003- Portrait of Michael Jordan in guache published in the Jordan Brand Magazine, Issue 2, pg.13.
    • Spring 2002- Academy of Art Spring Show Award for Full Color Animation Short “The Switch.”