Artist - Brett Jubinville

My career started when I was 11 years old, and it goes something like this: paperboy, stock boy, grocery clerk, feed store clerk, chauffeur, web designer, graphic designer, character designer, animator, animation director, technical director, and now creative director.  I'm a child of the 80's. I grew up on Ninja Turtles, Thunder Cats and Silver Hawks and four years ago I launched Tinman Creative Studios with my partner Morghan Fortier.

Super Science Friends - Animation Update #4 from Tinman Creative Studios on Vimeo.

What part of Canada are you from?
I'm originally from a small town outside of Windsor Ontario, called Tilbury, though I spent a good amount of time on my dad's farm outside of town.  In my teenage years, I was mostly in Chatham where I went to high school.

Canadian Animator - Brett Jubinville

What roles do you play in the creation of animation?
Currently I'm the Creative Director at Tinman Creative Studios where I oversee the design and animation of all the projects we produce. Depending on the project and the artists we have on them I can either be fairly hands off or hands on.  The show we're developing, Super Science Friends, is an example of a project where I'm very hands on.  I do all the designs, and a fair bit of the key animation as well.

Super Science Friends Model Sheet - Communist Space Ghoul Character Rotation

What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in?
We storyboarded a feature film for Amazon Studios called "For Sale by Superhero" in the year after we launched Tinman. It was meant purely as a test movie for audience feedback, but it was the first feature-length project I had the opportunity to direct.  That was the project when Tinman became a fully realized studio and I became a fully realized director.  We've grown slowly and steadily ever since.

What inspired you to create animation?
I knew early on that whatever I ended up doing, I wanted to do something that I would do differently from anyone else.  Because I spent a lot of my teenage years drawing, animation seemed like a good fit for that.  So it wasn't so much that I was inspired to create animation, although I've been a life-long cartoon watcher, it was more a process of elimination and figuring out what I didn't want to do, before landing on what I did want to do.

Character Design

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
I'm going to say my favourite Canadian animator is Bob Fortier. He founded the Animation House and is the father of my partner Morghan, who's sitting right over there.

What is one of your favourite animation books?
"The Art of Open Season" is one of my favourites to open up and leaf through.  They used a lot of 2D matte painting for their backgrounds, and it was the first "Art Of" book that I really felt was done properly … minus all the stickers postcards.

Amazon Link - The Art of Open Season

Who is an up-and-coming Canadian animator that everyone should check out?
I'm in a unique position to be surrounded by a lot of up-and-coming animators that everyone should check out.  I would follow any and all of the blogs or tumblr's from the Tinman crew and you're bound to see some pretty awesome stuff.

Tinman Crew:

Nooree Kim

Edric Daguio

Kathryn Durst

Kevin Williams

Sasha Bogolyubova

Laurel Dalgleish

Brett Jubinville with his team at Tinman Creative Studios
Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?
I've been involved with TAAFI (the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International) since it started.  I launched Tinman the same year, so it seemed appropriate that we work together.  We did their sponsorship film for the past three years, as well as their overall campaign materials for the past two years.  They're a great bunch of people who care deeply about the Toronto animation community, and it keeps getting better every year.

On the set of the 2014 TAAFI Sponsorship Film


Social Media

Additional Interviews with Brett
Check out the interview where Grayden talks to Brett talking about his new show Super Science Friends

Five Creepy Spiders - Halloween Song

Song: Five Creepy Spiders
CD: Super Simple Songs - Halloween
Music: Super Simple Learning
Animation: Tinman Creative Studios
Vocals: Leah Frederick