Cynthia Hogan’s love of animation began with her introduction to Warner Brothers cartoons and the book “The Art of Disney”. However, it wasn’t until she was in Junior College that she seriously considered animation as an actual career option. When she saw Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for the first time in a drive-in theater she was mesmerized and made the decision that working in animation was the place she wanted to be.
Cynthia had the benefit of parents who knew people in the industry and they recommended she attend California Institute of the Arts, (CalArts), one of the few schools that offered training in Character Animation at that time. In 1985, she put together a portfolio, applied to CalArts, and was accepted into the Character Animation Department where she studied animation for the next three years. At the end of her third year, she received an internship at Disney Studios that led into her first job working as an inbetweener on The Little Mermaid. She continued to work her way up at Disney, becoming and Animating Assistant on Rescuers Down Under and an animator on Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.
She moved on from Disney to work for Rich Animation and then for Warner Brothers Feature Animation. While she was working at Warner Brothers, she was recruited by their training department to work with a group of interns teaching them the basic principles of animation. She discovered she enjoyed teaching, so when she was later asked to teach an advanced animation class at Cal Arts, she accepted. It wasn’t long before she was given additional classes to teach and her responsibilities grew into a full time position. She became the Associate Director of the Character Animation Department and then the Interim Director.
Cynthia had been tracking the growth and success of the Brigham Young University animation department for some time, and was impressed by what this young program had already accomplished. So when she was invited to apply for a position, she happily submitted her curriculum vitae and portfolio, and was subsequently hired during the summer of 2008. Cynthia is now an Associate Professor at BYU’s Center for Animation. She teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced animation and also teaches a figure drawing for animators, which is geared towards those who are hoping to get into the animation program.
Cynthia holds a BFA in Character Animation from California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in Screenwriting from Hollins University. When not teaching or working on her own film projects, Cynthia enjoys drawing, writing and performing music. She lives in Springville, Utah with her husband, Dave and their two cats, Buddy and Elmer.
Dave entered the animation industry in the early 1990s after attending cinema classes at Los Angeles Valley College. His first project was Rich Animation’s The Swan Princess where he ran the studio’s pencil test department and did large-format photography of background paintings. With the seemingly overnight shift from traditional animation techniques to digital production, Dave had to retool his skills. At the end of production on The Swan Princess, he served on the studio’s “new technology task force” to evaluate the various up-and-coming digital production systems available to animation studios.
After doing some work as a website designer, he was hired by Warner Bros Feature Animation as a digital support specialist on Quest for Camelot. He then returned to Rich Animation to provide digital production support on The King and I as well as sequels to the Swan Princess franchise.
Dave’s next stop was working as a assistant systems administrator on the first three seasons of the animated TV series Futurama. He then made a lateral move from production to information technology support at Klasky Csupo while the studio produced several feature films and TV series. At this point, Dave considered himself an IT person, but was never far removed from the entertainment industry. After a brief stint at a subtitling and language dubbing studio, he was hired by Comic Relief. Comic Relief is best known as the non-profit organization that staged stand-up comedy telethons to aid homeless Americans. They had been inactive for some time, and Dave was brought in to ramp-up the organization in advance of their new project: a comedy telethon to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. Comic Relief 2006 was broadcast live from Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and raised millions of dollars for disaster victims on the Gulf Coast.
After Comic Relief, Dave returned to IT as a consultant. He married his longtime close friend Cynthia in 2009 and moved to Springville, Utah where he continues working in IT and on various commercial and educational film projects. He and Cynthia co-founded Boxelder Films in 2012 specifically to produce animated film projects.
Dave holds professional certifications from Microsoft and The Computer Technology Industry Association. His free time is usually spent fishing and camping with Cynthia.