International Industries Thoughts

This is basically an “Ego” page.  It’s where I come to post all the great things people have said about me and my work over the years.

Thank you to everyone of you for your kind words 🙂

-Leanne Preston ( Nickelodeon International Development Coordinator  )

www.nick.com 

“I’m contacting you from Nickelodeon International Development after seeing your showreel on Cold

Hard Flash and taking a look at your website.  I think your animation style is fresh and appealing

and I’d love to find out more about what you do as an animator and if you have any ideas for kids

TV series development that might be of  interest to Nickelodeon.”

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-Paul D’Acri ( animation writer/producer )

dakamation.blogspot.com 

“I saw your reel on Cold Hard Flash, then found your Eyecandy page, both of which are great.  I’m an

animation writer/producer living in Los Angeles.  I recently co-created and executive produced an MTV

animated show called “The Adventures of Chico and Guapo”.  My partner and I are looking for an animator

for a new project and think your sensibility and visual style might be right. . .   My partner in this project

is Les Firestein.  He’s been the writer/executive producer of a number of shows including In Living Color,

The Drew Carey Show, The PJs and Wanda at Large.  We’re well-connected at Fox and Comedy Central,

so once the mini-pilot is done we expect to be able to quickly sell this.”

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-ToonBoom News The Animation Community Platform  November Issue

www.toonboom.com 

“Michael Robertson, known for his alternative animation style and wacky content, is the group’s

lead trainer and supervising director.”

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-Aaron Simpson, (Founder, Coldhardflash.com)

www.coldhardflash.com 

“Robertson has developed a raw, unique style that really stands out from the pack.  He’s surely a rising

star in animation.”

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-Jeffrey Sikaitis (Partner, Creative Director at Southpaw Films)

www.southpaw-nyc.com 

“We really liked your reel and style and think your sensibilities are in line with this project.”

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-Jonas Diamond ( Executive Producer of the Gemini-nominated TV series, “Odd Job Jack,”)

www.smileyguy.com 

“I checked out your site and really enjoyed the work. I wonder if there is a co-production agreement in

place between Canada and South Africa. Keep in touch.”

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-Lauren Beukes  ( head writer on Urbo: the adventures of Pax Africa )

www.urbo.co.za

“Our animation directors like your stuff”

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-Jonathan Bell  ((Africa) Operational Director )

www.animatedfamilyfilms.com 

“Looks like you’re on your way to success in the industry. Keep it up.”

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-Steve Piscopo ( award winning animator at Nectarine )

www.nectarine.com.au 

“you have great illustration skills, character design and seem to have a good understanding of Flash.”

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-Jeremy Collins ( Creative Director of Juju )

www.juju.co.za 

“Really great work. I’ll definitely contact you when I need an animator.”

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-Myke Ashley-Cooper (Webmaster & cartoonist) 

www.cartoonist.co.za 

“Michael Robertson is multi-talented with the ability to turn his talents in many directions – almost all

at the same time!

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-Dee (Owner of Sparx Media)

www.sparxmedia.co.za 

“Michael Robertson is a very versatile artist.  From cartoons to photo montage to animation, his work is

unique, of high quality and has a quirky, humorous edge.” http://www.sparx.co.za/robertsona.html

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-Stefan Wessels ( co-founder of Break Design )

www.breakdesign.com 

“your stuff looks awesome.”

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-Gene Fowler ( Animation Producer )

www.fatkatanimation.com 

“Great drawings”

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Recommendations

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LinkedIn Recommendations

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Jake Wheeler, CFA (Associate Creative Director at SapientNitro)
http://www.sapient.com/en-us/sapientnitro.html
“I’ve worked with Michael on several projects, most notably one for Comedy Central / Atom Films. He designed and animated characters for an original series I had created, and he is much more a creative partner than just an animator.

Michael has an amazing concept of the entire scope of a project and has a vision for it beyond the short term. He is smarter and more willing to invest himself personally in his projects than any animator I’ve worked with. Additionally, he will go to any length to make sure you are satisfied with the creative output of a project.

Working at a distance and time zone shift in South Africa while I was US based was never a problem. He expertly manages projects with a commensurate dedication and a proactive mindset.

He is a top choice for creative projects, especially animation and design, he stays at the edge of his craft in a technical sense as well as creatively, and I really hope to partner up with him again on a project soon.

– Jake Wheeler”

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Jeff Sikaitis,
hired Michael as a Animator in 2009 (BabyBrowning Series)

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“Michael was a great collaborator on Little Baby Browning. He had great ideas, a tireless work ethic and a strong desire to push the visual language and animation into interesting, unexpected places.” May 13, 2011

Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative

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Chris Behrens,
hired Michael as a Graphic/Web Designer in 2009

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“Having worked with Mike on the ”Lonely King OF Hearts” music video for my band The Cavalier, i found Mike nothing but awesome to work with. From the concept to the pitch to delivery, Mike was amazing. Extremely creative, pro-active, punctual and helpful. The video turned out amazing and went to Number 1 on MK ( South African Music TV Channel) as well as being playlisted as a filler on over 20 channels. The video was of an extremely high quality and I would recommend mike to anyone looking for an amazing animator or illustrator. A true creative and and outstanding talent” May 10, 2011

Top qualities: Expert, High Integrity, Creative

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Pippa Tshabalala, Lecturer – 3D Animation, University of the Witwatersrand
was with another company when working with Michael at toon53productions cc

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“Michael Robertson is an extremely talented animator. He not only has a passion for his chosen field, but also for educating young animators who wish to pursue their own careers. His work displays technical expertise, but also a playfulness that makes it that much more appealing to its audience, both in terms of illustration as well as short and long form animation.

I would definitely recommend Michael to anyone wishing to hire a company who is passionate about what they do, as well as efficient and timely in the delivery of their product.” May 10, 2011

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Mauro Rader, Designer, Illustrator & Animator, (self employed freelancer)
was with another company when working with Michael at toon53productions cc

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“Mike, is one of the most talented animators I’ve worked with. He can bring characters and stories to life effortlessly.
I have enjoyed working with him in the past, and would recommend him to anyone looking for a animator / director with massive talent and off the scale sense of humor.” May 9, 2011

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Studio Director / Animation Director at PaperCut Studios

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Riaz Khan, Illustrator/ Background Artists, Papercut Studios
managed Michael indirectly at PaperCut Studios

“When Michael was our Studio Director at PaperCut Studios on my first day he made me feel welcome and honored to be working for/with him on the previous project (Greensquad/Les Sauvenature). He was very helpful in getting me settled in. I was truly grateful for the opportunity and proud to have him as my Studio Director. His presents at the studio was solely missed as well as his great sense of humor and pleasantness. If I had the chance I would definitely be more than happy to work with him again.” May 12, 2011
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Kay Carmichael, Animator, PaperCut Studios
reported to Michael at PaperCut Studios

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“Michael’s departure from the company signaled the beginning of the end for a lot of us – gone were the days where you could take a problem directly to management and expect to be heard out with genuine concern and the comfort of knowing it was as good as solved. While there, he ran himself ragged meeting the needs of the project, filling every conceivable role, doing night-shifts as well as day-shifts with the animators and all the while managing to keep a convivial environment going even in the wee hours. While he was there the company had a fun, energetic workable atmosphere that we sorely missed later on. It was great working with him and, if I had the chance, I would do so again in a second.” May 10, 2011

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Steve Cloete, Animation Director, PaperCut Studios
worked with Michael at PaperCut Studios

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“Michael was a great morale booster, he was easy to talk to had a great sense of humor. A really amicable character and he was missed.” May 10, 2011

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Rudolph Boonzaaier, Storyboard artist, Animator, Speedy Productions
worked directly with Michael at PaperCut Studios

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“Having worked with Michael, I have had first hand experience of his skills and talents as an animator and an illustrator. He is a very funny guy and a pleasure to have worked with. His services comes highly recommended.” May 10, 2011

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Michael Celliers, Technical Administrator, Illustrator, FX & Compositor, PaperCut Studios

worked indirectly for Michael at PaperCut Studios

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“Michael introduced me to Papercut Studios. He was a very inspirational person to work with. I would gladly work with him at any stage.” May 10, 2011

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Natalie Delport,
Hired Michael as a Head Trainer: 2D Animation in 2008

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“Michael is a reliable, energetic, creative person who always kept his eye on the ball! His enthusiasm, flexibility and ability to work with a diverse group of Learners, made Michael a pleasure to work with. I would definitely hire Michael again if the opportunity presents itself.” June 14, 2011

Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative

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