Jonah D. Ansell is a Los Angeles-based writer/director of animated and live action films. A former four-year NCAA starting pitcher, Ansell is a magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College and an award-winning USC MFA screenwriting graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. At twenty-five, he created and sold Rivalfish, a sports/pop culture humor magazine, to National Lampoon, overseeing a staff of thirty writers nationwide to generate monthly readership of 150,000 readers.
He and his creative work have been featured at NBC, ABC, FOX, MTV, New York Times, USA Today, Entrepreneur, Glamour, Huffington Post, Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Allure, The Onion A.V. Club, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports, FHM, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, PRWeek, as well as the recent book How’d You Score That Gig.
Ansell currently serves as CEO & Chief Storyteller of Los Angeles-based integrated marketing and creative content development firm JAMS Productions, where he develops original creative content and campaigns for businesses, government agencies, and individuals. He and his creative work can be found on the web at jonahansell.com and jamstories.com.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATORS:
Carina Simmons is an illustrator, animator, and designer living and working in Seattle. She consistently pushes traditional technique with all of her projects and has recently started a production studio with a strong focus in animation. Her most recent animated project will be premiering at Sundance 2013.
Eric Vennemeyer studied theater and German at Amherst College before setting out to see the world and use neither of his majors. He is a founding member of the award-winning filmmaking group Chinese Takeout and has worked as a freelance artist, animator, and English teacher. He is currently getting an MFA in film directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.
Abraham Dieckman is an award-winning animator and special effects artist, as well as a dedicated film director living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Having graduated from SFSU with a Fine Arts degree in Cinema, he is constantly pushing to expand his creative toolkit in bringing imaginative worlds to life. Most recently he completed a feature-length science-fiction film currently targeting the festival circuit, and screened a short film at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Connect with him online at skylightcity.com.