Some of the faces behind our projects.

 

Jay Shindell

Director

 

Jay started his feature film career with the Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios, where his artwork has graced beloved animated features such as Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre DameThe Lion King, Hercules, and Mulan.  From there Jay went to Warner Bros. Feature Animation to animate on the classic The Iron Giant. 

 

After a stint in the story department of MTV Animation, Jay began creating digital visual magic in such films as Minority Report, Jurassic Park III, and Star Wars Episode 2, Spiderman, Monster HouseI Robot, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more.

 

Jay then joined the team at Melwood Pictures as a Creative Executive, where he helped to develop an animated feature, an IMAX film, and numerous live action films and television projects. He is a member of the Max Howard Consulting Group.

 

Jay served as Associate Producer on a live-action independent film, and is producing an animated sci-fi feature film, and a feature length documentary.

Jay has written a number of screenplays, and is currently preparing to make his directorial debut with the film Pastoral, from his own screenplay.

 

Jay is a voting member of ASIFA, Film Independent, VES Society, and recently served on a Jury in Cannes.

 

Max Howard

Consultant

 

Max Howard created and ran studios for Disney in London, Paris, Orlando and Los Angeles, working on some of Disney’s most memorable films including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. As President of Warner Bros Feature Animation he oversaw such hit movies as The Iron Giant and Space Jam. At DreamWorks, he was co-executive producer for Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron.

Throughout his illustrious animation career, Max Howard has worked with UNICEF to bring health and social messages to developing countries in Africa, the Caribbean and South America through the use of animation, underscoring the important role this medium can bring to overcome ethnic and social prejudices.

Max Howard is currently producing a series of animated feature films for Exodus Film Group. The company’s first production, Igor was released in 2008.

 

Max is a sought after consultant and lecturer for the animation industry, working with companies and organizations from all around the world. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Mario Menjivar

Creator / Producer

 

Mario Menjivar has worked in the animation industry for 17 years, most of them as part of the Walt Disney Feature Animation studio. His work is featured in six of the studio’s films, among them: “Lion King,” “Pocahantas” and “Tarzan.” His work can also be seen the Warner Bros.’ film “Looney Tunes: Back in Action.” He served as Art Director for the independent animated CGI feature “The Spirit Bear” and for Sprite Animation Studios, for a feature film based on the adventures of the beloved Japanese comic book dinosaur, Gon. As a designer and illustrator, his work can be seen in the form of Disney merchandise and most recently completed two Scooby Doo covers for DC Comics. Mario is currently completing animation on characters he designed for Whitestone Medias latest project.

Rosemary Riviera

 

Writer / Producer

 

Rosemary Rivera has written essays and articles pertaining to socio-politcal issues. Her writing has been featured in Urban Latino magazine, The Orlando Sentinel and Vista magazine. She served as writer and managing editor for Latin Heat, a Latino entertainment trade publication, before working behind the scenes in Telemundo and NBC. She then returned to her fiction roots as co-creator of several animated properties and served as a research and story development consultant for Sprite Animation Studios. She is co-creator of Project Omaha.