Motionographer® From Engineer to Inventive Director: Who’s David Calcano?

I’m the co-founder and inventive director of Fantoons Animation Studio in Los Angeles.

For this text, I give attention to my journey –  my desires, successes, and failures – however extra importantly, how on earth I ended up beginning a studio that now works with folks like Jack Black, Iron Maiden, Rush, The Seaside Boys, and Steve Martin.

I’m initially from Venezuela and have at all times liked music and animation. My dream, although, was to be a author. 

Then we began to get a tiny bit of labor…

We had been employed to create comedian strips to advertise a UK indie movie referred to as Anuvahood. Quickly after, I had a buddy that gave me the chance to create an animated internet collection, which ran for 5 years.

Round that point, I began Fantoons´ social media. I didn’t find the money for for brand new animations, and being a lover of comics and illustrations, we began to do parodies, comics and artwork primarily based round music…however nothing appeared to work.

The land of alternatives and desires.

We lived in a tiny condominium the place my workplace was in a closet. 

Issues began to occur. Fantoons started producing small print runs of our social media comics, which landed us an exhibit at San Diego Comedian-Con! I used to be amazed!


The band and their supervisor liked the quick a lot that the animation opened every present of their Japanese tour–together with a sold-out, 20,000-seat Budokan enviornment present in Tokyo!

Afterwards, they employed us to do all their visuals. It was a dream come true.

This considerably validated that I used to be not absolutely insane after 4 years of strife.

I wished to work with Rush formally, so I despatched the guide to their workplace in Canada. It was, once more, a giant threat. The band might have merely mentioned no, however a miracle occurred.

Our unofficial Rush guide turned official!

We’ve executed seven books with the band, with two extra within the works! We’ve additionally created animated movies for 2 of their greatest songs, certainly one of which incorporates cameo voice roles from the band themselves!

Our Rush partnership has been the very best and most satisfying relationship of my skilled profession. Taking dangers and being silly can flip into wonderful issues should you do it for the correct causes.