Yong Duk Jhun Birth: March 26, 1970
Head of Layout at DreamWorks Animation -Yong is in charge of camera control which includes (Lens package, Stereoscopic views) - Layout of scene starts from story boarding and a rough of how the scene will look is tested on the computer.
Yong was born in South Korea. As a child he always wanted to be a school teacher. When he got to high school all he could think about was going to college. He studied art in high school and when he got his bachelors in graphic design he began work for about 2 years. He was then influenced by his best friend to go to the US and get a masters in Computer Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Yong believed that going to the US would give him more opportunities to get a better position in his line of work. After working on the film A Veggie Tales Movie, he got an interview with Dream Works and has been working with them for the past 9 years.
Yong was a happy boy when growing up. He had lots of friends and was very content. He grew up in a conservative family and was raised with many great morals and values. He is the middle child of one older and younger brother. He loved to play soccer. He is now married and has two kids.
received a BFA degree in Graphic Design from University of Seoul(1996), Korea and a MFA degree in Computer Arts (Concentrated in Animation) from the School of Visual Arts, NY, USA(2000)
Jonath: A Veggie Tales Movie (2002) - layout artist
Over the Hedge (2006) - rough layout artist/animatic
Kunb Fu Panda (2008) - head of layout, Cinematographer
Monsters vs Aliens (2009) - layout artist
Shrek Forever After (2010) - head of layout, Cinematographer
The Croods (2013) - head of layout, Cinematographer
Comments On Style:
Influences: His Mom and Dad are his main influence. In terms of professional work, his influence comes from his visual creativity. He also likes works done by Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton and Hayao Miyazaki.
When asked how he would describe himself with 3 words he stated that he is fun, unique and is like water. Water has the potential to fit into any hollow object and in a way he is capable of adapting to anywhere he is. He is a great personality. Easy to get along with. Very funny, inspiring, helpful and humble. He would also describe himself as a free soul.
Yong had a funny story to tell from the time he was working on the layout for the movie Father of the Pride. Yong was sitting at his computer playing a concept video of how the camera would be moving through the scene and Jeffrey Katzenberg was sitting beside him to approve or disapprove it. Half way into the video Jeffrey told Yong to stop it. Jeffrey looked back at his team who was jotting down notes and told them that they had done it wrong and so he looked back at Yong while putting his hand on his shoulder and said with a smile, “This is not your fault.”
Another story Yong told was when he was working as the layout for Kung Fu Panda. During the chopsticks fight in the movie, the chopsticks were originally upside down. So in order to fix it, since the chopsticks were already parented to the fingers, they made the top of the chopsticks bigger and the bottom of the chopsticks smaller.
The Croods (2012) (post-production) (head of layout)
Shrek Forever After (2010) (head of layout)
… aka “Forever After: The Final Chapter” – USA (informal title)
… aka “Shrek Forever After: An IMAX 3D Experience” – USA (IMAX version)
… aka “Shrek: The Final Chapter” – USA (promotional title)
… aka “The Final Chapter” – USA (poster title)
… aka “Shrek Forever” – Japan (English title)
Monsters vs Aliens (2009) (layout artist)
… aka “Monsters vs Aliens: A Monstrous IMAX 3D Experience” – USA (IMAX version)
Kung Fu Panda (2008) (head of layout)
… aka “Kung Fu Panda: The IMAX Experience” – USA (IMAX version)
Over the Hedge (2006) (rough layout artist/animatic)
“Father of the Pride” (layout artist) (14 episodes, 2004-2005)
– The Siegfried and Roy Fantasy Experience Movie (2005) TV episode (layout artist)
– Stage Fright (2005) TV episode (layout artist)
– Road Trip (2004) TV episode (layout artist)
– Sarmoti Moves In (2004) TV episode (layout artist)
– Thanksgiving Episode (2004) TV episode (layout artist)
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002) (layout artist)
… aka “Big Idea’s Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie” – USA (promotional title)
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