TJ Sullivan grew up in Milford and discovered his artistic talent at a very young age. He attended Jonathan Law High School and then studied art and illustration at Central Connecticut State University, and got his first job animating medical videos. Finally, he moved to California to receive his dream job of animating cartoons for DreamWorks studios.
Being an animator requires a great amount of work, responsibility and most important, patience and time. An “animatic” for television shows and movies is an edited version of illustrations, which appear as a comic book along with a written script and the voice animators’ recordings. It takes about six months for one episode to be made because important aspects of the show, such as camera layout, are done abroad after many reviews. Once the product is shipped back to the studio, the finishing touches are made and the episode or movie is ready to air.