Jon Gutman is an LA based artist, animator and filmmaker who specializes in visual storytelling through camera, composition and staging. A native New Yorker, he studied fine art at the University at Buffalo before moving to Los Angeles to attend film school at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. As a student in their Division of Animation and Digital Arts, his award winning short film, Memorial, was displayed at over 30 film festivals and exhibitions worldwide including Anima Mundi, the Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Siggraph Animation Theater and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
After a brief stint as a lead CG artist on commercial and music video projects for clients such as HP, Honda and Prince, Jon accepted a layout position at DreamWorks Animation, focusing primarily on final camerawork and set dressing. He has since transitioned into a rough layout / previz role, where he works with directors, story and editorial teams to find creative ways to enhance storytelling through cinematography. In his 9 years at DreamWorks, he has worked on over 10 films and shorts including the How To Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda series. Jon believes in previsualization as a powerful cinematic tool and finds the work to be the most fulfilling part of his professional journey yet.