Adventure Time: Backstage Interview — with Nate Cash


How do you go from wanting a career in Art to Directing an award-winning TV Show on the Cartoon Network? For this program I invited a friend to share his insider perspective on the pros and cons of art school, the power of persistence, creating web comics, the importance of authenticity in humor, and where the business of animation is headed in the next 3 to 5 years.

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Joining me is Nate Cash,  Nate is the Supervising Director of Cartoon Network’s hit Animated Television Series “Adventure Time” and was Nominated for Daytime Emmy “Outstanding Direction in an Animated Program” (2012). Prior to Adventure Time, Nate has worked on SpongeBob SquarePants, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack,  The Simpsons, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and The Powerpuff Girls.

Computer Animation Pioneer and Sociative CEO — Brad deGraf

Brad deGraf Picture

In this interview computer animation pioneer Brad deGraf talks candidly about his work in the early days of computer animation, the importance of being both an artist and technician in your craft, and his latest company Sociative.

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Brad has been an innovator in computer animation in the entertainment industry since 1982, particularly in the areas of realtime characters, ride films, and the Web. He founded and/or managed several ground-breaking animation studios including Protozoa (aka Dotcomix), Colossal Pictures Digital Media, deGraf/Wahrman, and Digital Productions. In 2000, Wired called Brad “an icon in the world of 3D animation”. Brad is currently CEO and co-founder (with Michael Tolson formerly of XAOS and Envoii) of Sociative Inc.

Credits include:

  •, a campaign with Garry Trudeau to get his Ambassador Duke character elected president;
  • Moxy, emcee for the Cartoon Network, the first virtual character for television;
  • Floops, the first Web episodic cartoon;
  • Peter Gabriel’s Grammy award- winning video, Steam;
  • “The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera”, the first computer-generated ride film;
  • Feature films “The Last Starfighter”, “2010”, “Jetsons: the Movie”, “Robocop 2”,

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From Dreams and Passion to Hit Cartoon Network TV Show — with Thurop Van Orman

Thurop Van Orman

How do you go from being an artist with big dreams and few contacts to creating your own Emmy winning TV show on the Cartoon Network and working with your heroes?

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Joining me is Thurop Van Orman. Thurop is a director, producer, writer, storyboard artist, and voice actor who is best known for creating the hit TV series “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack”. He is currently working on a stop motion film project called “The Black Forest” and is creating concept art for a film adaptation of “The Little Prince”.

In this candid interview, Thurop shares how he got to where he’s at professionally, a brilliant way to pitch executives on your projects, and a few key resources that turbo charged his career.