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Episode 38 - Tony Grillo: Animator / Creator / Problem Solver at Mighty Pants Media

As owner and sole full-time employee of Mighty Pants Media, Tony Grillo is a producer of dynamic video and animated content for advertising, messaging, training and entertainment. He has Directed ads as well as celebrated series for high-profile creative and corporate clients like Mark Cuban, Adam Sandler, and Tim Burton. He regularly works as a Story editor, writer, and development partner for short format content. Pat sat down with him to talk about his lengthy career that has spanned 3 decades and multiple states, and ask him what advice he has for industry hopefuls. - [Tim Burton: Stain Boy Animated Series]( - [Gracie Films]( - Bottom Line Productions (where he worked in Atlanta while still at ACA) - [Atlanta College of Art]( - [X-Sheet format]( - [Atlanta College of Art (only history I can find)]( - [First Movie made in Flash]( - [Jib Jab]( - [This Land]( - [Toon Boom]( - [SCRUM]( _Audio Editing by [Adam Greenlee](
- “Don’t ever stop Drawing... you have to Draw Every Day... its like an Olympic sport! You have to constantly be in good shape for it.” ~ Tony Grillo - “As well meaning and as brilliant as a lot of [outsource clients] are that we work for, they’re not always the most organized people.” ~ Tony Grillo - “Ive kind of developed a real gift with pipeline development.” ~ Tony Grillo - “If you are going to get through [a major project] in under a year, you have to find a way to streamline the process without loosing quality.” ~ Tony Grillo - “Being able to say, ‘It’s not what I do’, was a nice place to get to when I was doing freelance work.” ~ Pat Bollin - “You need to do [client work] to keep the lights on while you’re moving towards your overarching goals.” ~ Pat Bollin - “That’s why we’re called ‘Mighty Pants Media’, by the way, ideas are born naked.” ~ Tony Grillo - “Most of us NEED to be exposed to the [creative] process over and over again to see what works and what doesn’t work before moving on [to higher levels of achievement].” ~ Paraphrased from Tony Grillo - When asked,“What did you learn in art school?” “How to make pizzas… Just kidding, the most important thing I learned there was that I could draw.” ~ Tony Grillo - “The dot com crashes hit us [Flinch Studio] REAL hard... in 2001.” ~ Tony Grillo - “Most [established] people in the [animation] industry don’t take kindly to you trying to change the way they do things.” ~ Tony Grillo
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