BIOGRAPHY

JAY BLANDA

Jay's professional career started when he left Joe Kubert's Art School with a starry eyed, optimistic spring in his step to work for the video game company Hypnotix as a 2D traditional character animator  -- That's right, the type of animation where you draw the same picture over and over again with just a little movement every time, for just a few seconds of magical movement. Though he had no idea about the world of video games, his passion for animation and need to pay the gas bill landed him happily at Hypnotix. 

After a couple of years animating video games for Sesame Street's Dragon Tales, various Scholastic properties and the first ever animated Mack Truck bull dog, Jay decided to chase his dream of animating TV comedy and began working for Camp Chaos on Vh1's ILL-ustrated as a 2D character animator, then Nickelodeon's Kappa Mikey.

Starting an online comedy network with other accomplished animators, Jay began producing, directing and writing, while also learning 3D motion graphics, out of necessity. 

Ever since, Jay has animated for some of the top entertainment companies; HBO, RollingStone Magazine, Complex Magazine and USA Networks.

RESUME

ROLLINGSTONE MAGAZINE / WENNER MEDIA

COUNTRY RAM REPORT
Titles & Motion Graphics Animator

Conceptualized, designed and animated the opening titles for this mini-doc series sponsored by Dodge Ram.

CLIMATE CHANGE
2D & Motion Graphics Animator

Animated titles, lower 3rd graphics and 2D animation for this interview featuring Stephan Jenkins from Third Eye Blind.

DAWN OF DEF JAM
2D Character & Motion Graphics Animator

Created a unique pencil character animation to tell the story of Rick Ruben’s humble begginings in this Peabody nominated, mini-documentary from Rolling Stone Magazine.  Also Animated the titles and lower 3rd plates to match the pencil style I designed for the documentary.

RICKONASSAINCE
Motion Graphics Animator

Animated titles, lower 3rd graphics for this interview featuring Rick Springfield.

MASTERING THE CRAFT
Motion Graphics Animator

Conceptualized and created titles for this mini-doc series sponsored by Patron. Directed and shot the live action scene on top, of which, I later added and animated titles/fx.

TRIGGER
Motion Graphics Animator

Created and animated titles and lower 3rd title plates for this mini documentary from Rolling Stone Magazine on Willie Nelson’s one and only beloved guitar, Trigger. 

COMPLEX MAGAZINE

COMPLEX [CON]VERSATIONS
season 1
Titles & Motion Graphics Animator

Conceptualized, designed and animated the opening titles for this mini-doc series sponsored by Dodge Ram.

COMPLEX [CON]VERSATIONS
season 2
Motion Graphics Animator

Animated titles, lower 3rd graphics for this interview featuring Rick Springfield.

COMPLEX UNIVERSE
Titles & Motion Graphics Animator

Conceptualized, designed and animated the opening titles for this mini-doc series sponsored by Dodge Ram.

DUMB AS HELL
Titles & Motion Graphics Animator

Conceptualized, designed and animated the opening titles for this mini-doc series sponsored by Dodge Ram.

USA NETWORKS

DIG
Titles & Motion Graphics

Animated text and effects for this yearly recap for USA Network’s hit TV show DIG.

USA - MOVIE STUDIO REEL
3D & Motion Graphics

Animated the titles and effects for USA Network’s 2015 movie studio reel.

ROYAL PAINS INTRO
3D & Title Graphics

Designed and Animated this promo for the TV show Royal Pains that pastiches the famous Game of Thrones intro.

SUITS
Titles & Motion Graphics

Animated titles, effects and transitions for this promo celebrating USA and Lexus’ partnership for the TV show Suits.

INFAMOUS HERO

INFAMOUS HERO
February 2015

A mini doc series addressing the real life situations from the HBO series VINYL. We were responsible for all motion graphics and visual treatments.

HBO

1973 SHAPING THE CULTURE
February 2015

A mini doc series addressing the real life situations from the HBO series VINYL. We were responsible for all motion graphics and visual treatments.

MOLEHOUSE

EVIE

EVIE APP
April 2017

Animated Evie's squirrel logo for their app's pre loader and designed/animated various stock, customizable screens for their Snapchat channel.

CLIMATECHANGE.ORG

CLIMATE CHANGE
December 2015

Conceptualized and animated this narrative explaining the importance of a two degree change in the climate’s temperature.

COLLEGE COOKING NETWORK

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COLLEGE COOKING NETWORK
December 2015 - Current

Running the company on a daily basis, our responsibilities included; delegating everyday tasks to independent contractors and developers, producing /directing /writing various comedy sketches, developing show concepts, building and managing the company’s 3,000 square foot film studio, designing and managing the company’s website and YouTube channel, creating traditional 2D animation, motion effects, editing, sound design.

Vh1

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ILL-USTRATED
December 2015 - Current

Running the company on a daily basis, our responsibilities included; delegating everyday tasks to independent contractors and developers, producing /directing /writing various comedy sketches, developing show concepts, building and managing the company’s 3,000 square foot film studio, designing and managing the company’s website and YouTube channel, creating traditional 2D animation, motion effects, editing, sound design.

NICKELODEON

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KAPPA MIKEY
December 2015 - Current

Running the company on a daily basis, our responsibilities included; delegating everyday tasks to independent contractors and developers, producing /directing /writing various comedy sketches, developing show concepts, building and managing the company’s 3,000 square foot film studio, designing and managing the company’s website and YouTube channel, creating traditional 2D animation, motion effects, editing, sound design.

ASIFA EAST

ANIMATION

AWARDS

2001

BEST STUDENT FILM

*All works owned by Cleaver Animated or it's clients.