how can two brothers growing up in a quiet suburb in the same home, take such different paths? This question drives the ideas of our film. realizing that one instance can make any of us change who we are at our core; our story is about letting go of a personal desperation to help change onesʼ SUBSTANCE.
WHO WE ARE
Director & Writer
Jamaal Bradley is a Senior Animator at Valve Software and former Supervising Animator at Dreamworks Animation. For over 2 decades he has worked in feature film, video games, commercials, and directed video game cinema-tics. His passion for stories began at a young age finding an escape in comics and graphic novels. The love expanded when he found a larger interest in non-fiction based writings. Stories based around true events drove how he crafted his animation over the years and even became an outlet for the challenges life.
Some of the projects that Jamaal has contributed to include games such as Left 4 Dead 1 & 2, Team Fortress 2, Medal of Honor: Breakthrough, and many others. He has also worked at various studios including; Walt Disney Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Electronic Arts. He has been a senior animator on Oscar Nominated films such as, Disney's Tangled, Dreamworks' Puss in Boots, The Croods, The Croods 2, Penguins of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda 3, Boss Baby; Sony Imageworks' Surf's Up , and Monster House .
Co-Writer & Lead Story Artist
Michael Yates is a story artist and director living in Northern California. He currently works as a story artist at PIXAR Animation Studios where his credits include Cars 3 and the upcoming Toy Story 4.
Before that, Michael worked on Guillermo Del Toro's Trollhunters at DreamWorks Animation Studios. His previous clients include Walt Disney Animation studios and the Cartoon Network series "Craig of the Creek".
He also co-directed the award winning short Legend of the Flying Tomato.
Bruce w. smith
Bruce W. Smith is a feature film character animator, director and television producer. He is best known as the creator and executive producer of the Disney Channel hit show The Proud Family and for supervising the animation of the evil villain Dr. Facilier in the Walt Disney animated film The Princess and the Frog.
Smith studied animation in the Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. He joined the Walt Disney Studios an animator on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and various other Roger Rabbit shorts that the studio produced. Soon after, Smith was handpicked by producer/director Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang) to direct the Paramount Pictures animated film BeBe's Kids.
Smith also served as co-director on the Warner Bros. live action/animated film Space Jam before returning to Disney as supervising animator on such films as Tarzan (Kerchak and Baboons) and Emperors New Groove (Pacha).
While working animation on the feature film side, Smith started feeding into his love of television animation and created The Proud Family for the Disney Channel. He co-founded Jambalaya Studio for the production of the series and crafted 52 episodes of the hit series along with The Proud Family TV movie. Smith then rejoined the Walt Disney Studios to supervise animation on The Princess and the Frog (Dr. Facilier) and the Winnie the Pooh Movie (Piglet, Kanga and Roo) and as the lead animator on the short Tangled Ever After. Smith's knack for unique character design led him into the visual development of other projects at the studio such as Wreck-it-Ralph and Frozen.
Ken has worked in telecommunications, computer simulation, and CAD prosthetics, before combining his passion for both technology and art to help start Valve, a popular video game company in 1996. Retiring after 20 years, Ken is an avid traveler and has been active in the non-profit world since 1992, both as volunteer, board member, and active donor. Founder of Magic Cabinet Foundation in 2011, an experimental 509(a)(3) organization, Ken is dedicated to finding new ways of transforming lives, and transforming the world of philanthropy.
Nikie Monteleone is currently a Surfacer at DreamWorks TV that is obsessed with all types of textures and surfaces. She studied prints, patterns & fabrics at the Maryland Institute College of Art and then on to animation at NYC's School of Visual Arts. She is owned by one crazy Boston Terrier who also shares Nikie's love for any and all kinds of cheese.
Consulting CFX Supervisor
Hailing originally from the suburbs of Detroit Michigan 30 years ago, and
spanning 2 decades in VFX and character feature film production, Eric Warren has been the man behind the curtain weaving the intricacies of CG movie making. Entering the industry in its infancy as a traditionally trained musician, bringing a marrying of artistic coloring and elaborate art choreographies, breathing life in to frames of art defining a motion picture. In his spare time offering his help as a volunteer scuba diver at the Aquarium of the Pacific as well as a seasoned rescue scuba diver the last 20 years..
Currently working as a Freelance Character Modeler and prior was working as a Lead Modeling Artist at Dreamworks India for 6 years. In this period I have got some opportunity to work in some Dreamworks features like Trolls, Peabody and Sherman, Penguins of Madagaskar and Larrikins (shelved).
Started my career on 2005 as a Gaming Texturing Artist and on later stage as a Lead Texturing Artist for 5+ year.
Currently working as Senior Creature TD at Industrial Light and Magic for Disney's live action feature ALADDIN Previous to this I worked on Justice League at Scanline VFX ,Beauty and the Beast at Digital Domain Also worked on Penguins of Madagascar , Madagascar3 , and Puss in Boots at Dreamworks Animations
Bud’da (pronounced Butta) is one of the hottest producers to come from the east and amass such an impressive resume Producing many west coast Artist on the West. Bud’da born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to a mother and father who had their own band known far and wide throughout the area, got his talent honest for sure. Whether you’re from New York, the South , Midwest or California, Bud’da is known for making hits that make every chart topper or new artist, want their voices added to. Whether, a hard core rapper, R&B crooner Rocker, or Alternative Artist, Bud’da has proven to have that beat for you. Diverse in everyway, Bud’da has produced rap heavyweights like Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre to sultry siren Aaliyah, to up comers like KnockTurnAL. Now with additional title, as Composer for the hit Disney show, The Proud Family, Bud’da has proven himself a hit maker to watch on every angle.
John worked at Disney for nearly a decade—first as a lighting artist and then in look development—and has had his hand in roughly a dozen films, including those mentioned above, as well as the 3D conversions of “Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast,” and mega-hits “Bolt” and “Frozen.” Before that he spent nine months in New Zealand as a texture artist and matte painter for Weta Digital’s “Lord of the Rings.”
During his time at Disney, at least seven of the films Huikku worked on have been among the 100 top-grossing animated films in history. “Frozen” is the highest grossing animated film ever and won two Oscars, including one for best animated feature film at the 2014 Academy Awards.
ADOLPHUS "SCOTTIE" SCOTT III
Adolphus "Scottie" Scott III, began to sing as a young boy. He discovered a passion for song in his local church. Often he would sing for church and family members, who helped cultivate his gift. As a high school student he began to work hard to establish his sound as an artist. He was introduced to sound recording and began to write songs fearlessly and freely.
Even though Scottie’s musical influence is strongly rooted in the Gospel spectrum, he really enjoys listening to various kinds and styles of music. He says, “The diversity of sounds, arrangements, and lyrics from people of all walks of life is something that can be greatly appreciated.”
Thus far, he's written and arranged songs for various artists of the gospel, neo soul, stage play and R&B genres. His musical goals are to minister through music, give it his all, and to be obedient and let the Lord use him in a way that can reach many listening ears. He wants to add strong and meaningful lyrics that's relatable and geared to various types of people.
Avery*Sunshine and her musical partner (now husband) and guitarist Dana “Big Dane” Johnson, have collectively either collaborated and/or toured with everyone from Anthony Hamilton, KEM, Will Downing, Gregory Porter, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Babyface and Roy Ayers to B.B. King, Michael Buble and Jennifer Holliday. Avery*Sunshine’s #1 hit single “Call My Name” from her critically heralded sophomore project THE SUNROOM, was awarded ASCAP’s Rhythm and Soul song of the year 2016 award. There have been numerous sold out shows and career milestones that have included opening for Babyface at Madison Square Garden, performing for Smokey Robinson at his Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame tribute to being invited to perform by and for the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, twice in one year. In the same year Avery was nominated for a SoulTrain award and a BET Centric Award.