More About Me

My name is Rochelle Krause. Animator. Storyteller.

I fell in love with animation because of the great 1940's Warner Brothers cartoons with Bugs Bunny and Co. 

Was shocked when I discovered that Bugs was drawn by people! I knew then—at age 7 or 8—that I wanted to be an animator.

Drew inconsistently in junior high, high school and college, making a few films—shot on a silent 8mm camera—along the way. Some of those "early years" films are on this site.

Overcame my shyness, briefly, to land my first internship in NYC with cameraman John Donnelly's (J.D.) Bigman Pictures. My next internship was with Colossal Pictures. Wouldn't it have been great if I had gotten a job with Jumbo, too!

College graduation (from Columbia University with a degree in American history) brought with it zero work prospects. Spent 6 weeks in Los Angeles shopping around a terrible portfolio to Spumco, Hanna Barbera and others whose names I've forgotten.

Returned to NYC disheartened and spent the next 5 years as a desktop publisher learning Photoshop, Illustrator and QuarkXPress. These skills would later come in handy.

Abruptly quit my DP job (ah, those were the days when you could quit a job and find another one quickly!) and with pure luck landed a production assistant job at J.J. Sedelmaier Productions in White Plains, NY. Met some talented and nice people there—Irene Cerdas, David Wachtenheim, Robert Marianetti, Dean Kalman Lennert, Tom Warburton, Michael Wetterhahn, Don McGrath and Gideon Kendall. Alas, due to circumstances, I abruptly left that job, too.

Was rejected from MTV Animation to work on "Daria" because my drawing wasn't strong enough. Funny, I didn't see too much "drawing" or "animation" in Daria but, whatever!

Fell back into graphic design until the technology improved sufficiently for an independent animator to make AND distribute their work. I recognized a few years ago that the time is NOW for all artists to create and distribute their work to the masses without concerning oneself with a silly middle man (except for pitching tv and film ideas in which case there's still the silly middle men.)

DIY or die!