R I C K   C A T I Z O N E  

                                                  catizone1@earthlink.net


    INDUSTRY

    I have over 50 years working professionally in the animation industry with some of the following credits:

     

    COMMERCIALS AND INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS

    I have directed and animated hundreds of commercials and special venues for clients such as : Mr. Yuk (Childrens Hospital Poison Center), Gimbals, Kaufmanns, PNC Bank, Union National Bank, Starkist, Pitt Panthers,Pittsburgh Pirates(a decade of Pirate/Parrot shenanigans), Pittsburgh Penguins, Arthur (Children’s book character), AT&T, Joseph Horne Company, Alcoa, Tom Petty, US Steel, Consol Energy, PPG,  many of the local and regional radio and television stations, and more.

     

    FEATURE ANIMATION CREDITS

    CREEPSHOW 2: Designed, directed, and produced 11 minutes of cel animation; personally  animated 7 1/2 minutes. 

    CREEPSHOW: Designed,  animated,  and produced opening and closing animation, as well as linking segments.

    EVIL DEAD 2: sculptor/armatures designer and builder/animator…..Animated stop-motion crawling hand sequences; Animated neck grow and face transformation,  combining replacement head  transformation sculptures  with fully articulated stop-motion puppet. Animated full figure puppet of Henrietta;  Shots were composited with live action plates via single-frame rear-screen projection.

    NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (original): Photographed the end sequence via single-frame animated camera moves on the Oxberry animation stand

    DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS- Animation of the background flying and battling dragons

     

    FEATURE FILM SPECIAL EFFECTS         

    DARK HALF: Assisted In Designing Effects, Fabricated foam rubber  lamps, typewriters, devised self-shattering  vase, etc.

     EVIL DEAD 2: Sculpted and cast facial transformations, machined  armatures  for  crawling hand and Henrietta puppets,  cast foam puppets for animation    

     MONKEYSHINES:   Designed and constructed cable-controlled internal  mechanisms for  monkey puppet for dangerous scenes.                                                                                                                                              CREEPSHOW: Sculpted hands, feet, and chest for creature in THE  CRATE, tenderly known as "Fluffy".   Sculpted hands and arms for FATHER'S DAY.  Sculpted shriveled face for SOMETHING  TO TIDE YOU OVER. 

                                                                                                                                                                

    SPECIAL TV PROJECTS

    CREEPSHOW -Greg Nicotero Series: Animation sequences of the Creep

    OTHER ANIMATION  CREDITS

    RUNNIN DOWN A DREAM -Tom Petty Music Video 

    IN LOVE WITH A CAPITAL U -  Joe Diffie Music Video                             

    STAR FOR JEREMY (8 min.)                                                                                                                  

    TOM’S LIFE- 10 min. pilot for Fox Animation TV series

    XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS- (one episode) Animated skeleton battles

    ROUGHNECKS:STARSHIP TROOPERS CHRONICLES- one episode) Animated main characters and giant robot

     

    STORYBOARDING

    MONEY FOR NOTHING   (TOM SIGEL)           CEMETERY CLUB  (BILL DUKE)

    LORENZO'S OIL  (GEORGE MILLER)             DARK HALF  (GEORGE ROMERO)

    CREEPSHOW 2 (MIKE GORNICK) -Thumbnail roughs and scene timings        

    TV Series: Kid N Play, Widget    

    TEACHING

    Twenty-five  years with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, as teacher and designer of courses and curriculums. Classes taught include Life Drawing, Animal Anatomy (sculpture), beginning and advanced Traditional Animation courses, Computer Modeling, Camera and Lighting, Storyboarding, Pre-Portfolio, and  Portfolio. Besides campus, I also taught for our Online division as well  I wrote much of the animation curriculum when we started the animation program, and contributed to ongoing changes, including new versions for AI Online.

    DEGREES

    Bachelor of Science in Media Arts and Animation

    Master of Visual and Performing Arts (with a focus on animation) Terminal 60 credit degree

    Professor titling from Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

     

    OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS and SPECIAL PROJECTS

    Ray Harryhausen, Master of the Majicks- Scanned thousands of photographs, contributed personal materials, for this new three volume set of books on the legendary master animator.

    Wonder Island- Children's series (in development)

    The Art Institute of Pittsburgh- Animation faculty and designed most of the animation curriculum.

    Douglas Education- Designed a full animation curriculum, encompassing cel animation, stop-motion, and cg.

    Autopsy of the Dead(dvd)- Interviewed for this look at the cast and crew and making of the original Night of the Living Dead       

    Interviewed for a number of dvd special features sections for various dvd releases of Creepshow, Creepshow 2, Evil Dead 2

    Convention guest appearances: Famous Monsters of Filmland, Chiller, Monster Bash, Resintopia, CinemaWasteland, and more, signing autographs, doing panels, and explaining how we created the animation and effects on the feature films mentioned.

    Sculpting and producing resin kits including: Mighty Joe Young  holding Cowboy(released through Resin Realities), the Ymir Attacking the Farmer, Cyclops holding Sinbad, Night of the Living Dead Johnny kit, and new ones in progress.