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Meet Jojo Aguilar, Art Director of Trese

img_9129Jojo Aguilar is a Production Designer, Art Director, and Concept Designer who has worked in the entertainment industry for close to 30 years. He started right out of high school at Hana- Barbera at 1988 as a character designer. Feeling he needed more formal education, he left to the Philippines to study Commercial Arts at the University of Santo Tomas.

He returned to animation in 1997 where he worked as a BG artist at Sony. Since then he has worked steadily for many studios including Disney, Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Marvel, and Fox to name a few. He has worked as a supervisor in Character, Background, and Prop design.

His works include dozens of 2d shows and features and 17 cg animated projects, video games, and theme park design where he won a TEA award for an attraction he art directed. He has also taught concept design at the Concept Design Academy in Pasadena.

On many projects, he has been the first one hired to create “Look of Picture.” Some of these include Tron Uprising and Green Eggs and Ham. His latest projects have been visual development for the Ugly Dolls feature for Reel FX, Art Directing at Dreamworks for the Camp Cretaceous series for Netflix and Art Direction on Trese, a horror action adventure for Netflix. He is currently Production Designing on 2 animated projects for Netflix.

He currently lives in Santa Monica and works as Creative Director for Lex & Otis, LLC in Glendale, California.

Meet Johnny Brillantes, Founder of Pisano Pictures

Today’s Meet The (818) interview highlights photographer, filmmaker, Burbank kid, and founder of Pisano Pictures, Johnny Brillantes. Recently featured in Voyage LA, this San Fernando Valley local uses his unique brand of humor and perspective to create films and recreate movie/tv scenes with a twist. His Quarantine Scene series, created during the pandemic, bring not just his creativity and directorial skills to the forefront, but highlights various collaborations with about 50 different creatives with the goal of staying busy during this quarantine. We talk about being next door neighbors, his inspiration for pursuing film, current and future projects, as well as advice for aspiring filmmakers.

Follow him on IG @pisanopictures and visit his website

Meet Patrick Ballesteros, Artist, Illustrator and creator of Patrick Ballesteros Art

img_8624Meet Patrick Ballesteros, artist, illustrator, teacher, and owner of Patrick Ballesteros Art Shop. Some of his art work is displayed and available for purchase at The Perky Nerd in Burbank where he was the featured artist in a couple of their art shows and even curated the Sweethearts, BFFS, and Bromance Art Show in February of 2017.

In this episode of Meet The (818) Interviews, we chat about his art style, his inspiration, and his reaction to the line cap during one of the SD ComicCons. He talks about the layers of story telling involved in his art work and how teaching challenges him to explore other styles and to continuously push his creativity.

Visit to view and purchase his art. Follow him on IG and FB @patrickballesteros.

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