This week’s crew profile is with storyboard artist Miguel Puga!
Miguel Puga - Storyboard Artist
did you become interested in animation and why?
I grew up in a rough neighborhood in East LA. I had a few cousins that grew up a couple of blocks from our house who joined gangs and got into a lot of trouble with the cops or other rival gangs. My parents didn’t want us to be running with the wrong crowd, so they bought a lot of VHS movies like Tom and Jerry, the Looney Tunes, Woody Wood Pecker, whatever they could find that would keep us inside. - And it worked. Then they realized the TV was raising us, so they signed me up at the local non-profit Music and Art after-school program. I took every art class they offered and one of them was an animation class, and it was taught by a 65 year-old UPA/WB animator. Watching him animate made me want to pursue a career in animation. I must have been 6 or 7 years old, but I knew I wanted to draw for the rest of my life.
was your first job in animation?
Technically my first “job” was actually an internship back in ’06 at Oddbot Studios. They had me working on animation, storyboards, DVD covers and EFX. That’s where I met and sat next to Todd Oman - he’s one of our Character Designers on TLH. But I got paid to do it.
you could befriend one animated character, who would it be and why?
Mickey Mouse because that was my nickname growing up, and he’s always so jolly. Oh boy!
is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
‘’ Wipe up, not down.“
- If you had to eat one kind of food every day for
the rest of your life, what would you pick?
A pizza wrapped around a burger with a fried egg and tater tots in it. I’m thinking of calling it “ The Dawn of BurgZZA” or “Pizza BURGER Tater Huevos!” Patent pending.