PepperMelon is a CG Animation and Character-Design driven studio, which got represented by two-time Academy Award winning production company Passion Pictures and Patricia Claire Co. in the US & European Markets (Disney-Pixar, Digital Domain, Hornet, Sehsucht).
A group of artists, all unique and original in their own way, all jumbled together in one same place… well, that could prove to be quite a mess. In PepperMelon we have a way to organise things, basing firmly on strong creativity and daring individuality. We have a way with things, might not be the best, for sure, and we’re still learning... big time. Here’s a bit of the people behind PepperMelon.
Nando Sarmiento / Principal & Chief Executive Officer - @NandoSarmiento
My job is taking risks, making mistakes, having major frustrations, deciding things, discuss things, making coffee, question things and, basically, make everyone feel as comfortable as it gets in their workplace. I'm also the link between the artists and the outside world, so I serve as a shield for the team, taking the hit and the fall and responsibility to keep the guys and gals as safe and happy as I possibly can. I sometimes direct, create videogames and manga too (but on spare time --frowny face).
Ignacio Godoy / MD & New Business - @nachogod
There's nothing more rewarding for me than seeing my projects in constant movement. I think a big part of life is about putting your desires on wheels and watching them hit the highway, and this miniature philosophy could be applied to everything I live for. I see ideas and methods take different forms every-day, and it’s up to me to take the wheel and steer them into the direction I want most. I guess that's why my interests lie in both production and, to thicken the metaphor: cars.
Max Dangelo / MD & Chief Executive Producer - @_MaxDangelo
The biggest challenge for me is bringing a new outfit to the office everyday... no seriously, I love producing FIERCE pieces for any type of client. I don't want to get poetic or anything but it's amazing how a brief can blossom and transform into an actual piece of art; and that's because we have the chance to express our creative visions in every stage of the process. I love all the aspects of my job here, from a simple print work to a crowdfunding project. In a nutshell, and quoting a famous 90' song, it's all about one thing "You Better Work."
Mariano Russo / Director - @MARIAN0X
What I enjoy the most is creating universes, worlds, characters, concepts. Stories. I’m an adult with children superpowers. I play, have fun and enjoy the process, and I try that everyone involved play, have fun and enjoy that process too! Even if that means starting all over from scratch until we find just the right mood we are looking for. My job at PepperMelon, besides keeping Masky (Max = Producer) away, is hatching ideas that bring the best out of every project. But most importantly, ideas that bring the best out of each and everyone of us.
Miguel Cortina / Animator - @nerbios3d
It's quite difficult to describe my job here and I still don't know why I get paid... I'm just a happy man with a serious expression who understands and got caught by "the motion", and after a couple of years... I kind of like it, sounds stupid right? Yeah, I can be silly sometimes, but the motion is not always in front of us. You have to learn to see further and - although I'm not a fan of Stanislavski - I get all the juice I can from every experience and apply it to my challenges. I came from a planet where sometimes we act and speak in a quirky way, and we laugh about it. But unfortunately in this planet the air makes me shy. Luckily I've found PepperMelon and the animation, the perfect combo to express myself with freedom, from where I came to where I'm going.
Well, basically my job is to bring cookies to work everyday, making tea and always having a smile on my big face. Jokes aside, I love Videogames, computers.. - and having a solid background in 3D & technical direction, I've changed my path a bit and opened my way into production very hasty. Right now, managing teams and supervising entire projects from top to bottom is what I'm really passionate about. Have I said I've found myself to be very picky with details? Well, that too. The difference of a good project from an awesome project is always in the tiny details. MAGNUM!
I love learning new stuff. For example, meeting people, exploring different styles, discovering amazing cultures and everything that can give me a new point of view or enhance my own. We live in times of globalization, which not only gives us the ability to talk with friends that are far away, but it also gives us the power to do the things we want in the place, time, and with whoever we decide to. Well, definitely that’s my job. Make things happen where and when we want.