Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Interviewing Don Jurwich

One of the upcoming TAG blog interviews will be animation vet Don Jurwich, whose imdb credits are linked above.

Mr. Jurwich has had a long and storied career in Cartoonland, going back to the original Flintstones, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and numerous, numerous others ...

I'm putting this post up due to popular demand. (Popular Demand = One Suggestion in Comments.)

People can put up questions they want me to ask down below. If we get some good responses and the questions are pithy, and they really enhance the interview, then what the hey. We'll post more interview subjects as we go along, and give people chances to throw their questions into the big inquiry bag, which Your Faithful Servant will use (to a greater or lesser extent) when he interviews the Next Subject.

So ask away, friends and neighbors. And we'll see how this works out.


Patrice Champigny said...

I'm very interested by the fact that Mr. Jurwich was a producer.

I would like it if you could ask him how he came to make the transistion from layout to producing.

Could you ask him what were the budgets like back then, what were the changes he saw in budgets going from production to production.

How long did they take to make one episode? or a film?

When he was a layout artist how many backgrounds did he draw on average in a day, week?

What were the challenges he experienced as a producer?

How did he find the time to draw while producing? What kept him drawing?

What does he think of animation today? Does he think studios today should refocus their attention to better designs, story, animation? Return to hand drawn (mostly for TV) What changes would he make.

What were the studios like back then? What was the atmoshpere like, what the people he work with like. What were his days like. What was the difficulties starting in the industry, was he properly trained or did the studios expect him to learn on his own. Were jobs common or difficult to find?

Did he have any other artistic hobbies other than animation.

What were some of his artistic inspirations while in the industry, not just animation.

Anonymous said...

And I wonder why Steve never asked for people to submit questions before ^^^^

Steve Hulett said...

It never occurred to Steve.

Steve Hulett said...

I mean, for that matter, why didn't somebody ask Steve to do podcasts years ago, hmmm?

What's wrong with you people?

zoograyson said...

I'd ask:
1. How do the responsibilies and demands of an animaiton producer compare to those of a live-action producer?
2. Was it frustrating to have to work in limited animation?
3. How does a grea layout artist work with the animator to figure out the composition and staging?
4. How was the business and environment like then compared to now?

Steve Hulett said...

Good questions. I will ask them.

Anonymous said...

Cool it, Hulett.

I think you snapped at Anon 8:12 without cause. They were pointing out that Ms. Champigny offered quite a few questions which could be the reason you held off asking the public for input.

It wasn't a slam on you, but rather on her.

Anonymous said...

Come on guys. The interview idea is still pretty new. Give it some time to grow/improve; instead of criticizing, make suggestions. (BTW thanks for accepting my suggestion, Steve ;-))

Patrice champigny said...

I may be misinterpreting... I don't know if if I offended anybody with my suggestions, I really wasn't criticizing or anything. I thought we could offer any ideas to questions Steve could ask.

I really love these podcasts, I downloaded them as soon as they came up. I am very grateful that Steve takes the time to do these podcasts.

But if did offend anybody, I apologize.

No offense was taken but that would be Mr Champigny, I am he. :)

thanks again Mr Hulett.

Steve Hulett said...

Patrice, I was kidding. I'm a damn union rep. Very little offends me, especially not you.

Thanks for the suggestions.

(I misinterpreted the jokey follwoup by Anon 08:12.)

Steve Hulett said...

Cool it, Hulett.

A popular phrase ... when I was in the 11th grade.

Chris Sobieniak said...

I don't really have a question at the moment, but still wouldn't mind hearing about his role in "Once Upon A Girl" if that ever comes up!

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