Team Spaceman

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TEAM SPACEMAN MEMBERS

Jared Hedges
Animation Director/Producer

Jared Hedges began his career as a writer, and earned a degree in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.  He has worked for over fifteen years writing dialogue for animation, video games, and commercial spots. As a Head Writer for Funimation, Jared managed teams of writers for hundreds of half-hour episodes of English-version anime, with shows airing on Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, IFC, SyFy and Fox 4Kids. In 2006 Jared won "Writer of the Year" at the American ADR Awards. He's worked on Dragon Ball Z, Shin Chan, Fullmetal Alchemist, Yu Yu Hakusho, Darker Than Black, Samurai SevenPsychoPass, and many others. He's written for video games including Stuntman: Ignition, No More Heroes 2, and Aliens: Colonial Marines.

After years writing for animation, Jared turned to 2D animation of his own in 2008. He has animated commercial shorts for many of the world's top brands, and in 2014 Jared and his producing partner Dave Cain were awarded a spot in Tongal's Hall of Fame for their years of producing winning content.

With his Team Spaceman studio, Jared recently created ten animated shorts for the Amazon Original Series, Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street. He has also directed and animated pilots for Comedy Central and Spike.

 

Joel Bergen & Alex Muniz
Writers/Producers
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Joel Bergen & Alex Muniz have written episodes of the Disney Channel and Disney XD shows The Replacements, The Emperor’s New School, and Packages from Planet X, as well as Nickelodeon’s Emmy-winning Back at the Barnyard.

With Jared Hedges, the team wrote all three seasons of the cult hit Adult Swim show, Shin Chan, (a “TV-MA” reversioning of a popular Japanese children’s show), which Anime Insider Magazine named “Best Series on TV” in 2008. The team went on to write the English language scripts of many more kid-oriented shows such as Sgt. Frog, Fullmetal Alchemist, Toriko, Psycho Pass, and the mega-hit Dragon Ball Z, including the theatrically-released DBZ films Battle of Gods and Resurrection 'F'. They are currently working on the newest series in the franchise, Dragon Ball Super.

Joel & Alex have also developed and sold two animated pilots with Jared: Buddy’s Repo for Spike TV and Classless for Comedy Central. The latter starred Woody Harrelson and Charlize Theron as the lead characters’ voices.

The two are graduates of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and were selected for NBC’s inaugural “Writers on the Verge” fellowship.

 

Dave Cain
Writer/Producer

Dave Cain began collaborating with Jared in 2013 to create winning commercials for brands such as Pringles, LEGO, Olay, Oral-B, Excedrin, Hill's Science Diet, Crest, Iams, Secret, and more. Together, Dave and Jared reached #3 on Tongal's "All-Time Leader Board," ranking them near the top among over 100,000 Tongal creators. (While Team Spaceman has been doing less competition work on Tongal in the last year, we're still ranked #8 All Time.)

Dave has been very busy with various exciting projects in 2015-16.  He's developed a pilot with the tv network Sprout for an original animated series, and has been writing and producing segments for the children's show Bubbles & Splash on PBS. He wrote the short film "The Sub," now in post-production, and is currently writing the comic book series Winken Blinken and Nod, with issue # 1 just released in March 2016.

 

PRODUCTION PARTNERS 

Okratron 5000
Audio Production

High quality, professional audio is essential to animation, and Team Spaceman frequently turns to Okratron 5000 for its talented pool of voice directors, voice actors, and audio engineers.

One of the largest audio production companies in the southern United States, Okratron 5000 offers voice recording, sound design, post production and mixing for games, television and film. Founded in 2004 by voice actor and director Christopher Sabat, the company has produced audio for hundreds of episodes of animated series and animated and live-action theatrical releases. Past work includes Dragon Ball Z, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, War of Arrows, Borderlands 2, Splosion Man and Ms. Splosion Man, Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel, Prince Adventures, Spikeout: Battlestreet, Wreckateer, and Orcs Must Die!

In 2015, Okratron 5000’s work on Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods won the BTVA award for “Best Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Feature Film.”  

 

Paper Brain
Animation Studio

Team Spaceman was excited to partner with Brandon Ray and his Houston-based animation studio, Paper Brain, for an animated music video about energy conservation, commissioned by a major museum for a new exhibit (details to follow), and Brandon helmed a full suite of other animations for the museum.  Paper Brain specializes in 2D animation with a handmade, paper-craft style, and is constantly expanding their reel with new animations styles, including hand-drawn, stop-motion, and original puppets.  Paper Brain created animated shorts for all three seasons of Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street.

Paper Brain's animated short film, "Nine to Five Ned," was honored with the "2015 Best Animation" award at the Rockport Animation Festival, and received an "Award of Merit" at the Chico International Animation Festival.  Their animated music video for "Be Brave" by Aja Monet won "Best Music Video" at the Rincon International Film Festival.

Team Spaceman looks forward to teaming up with Brandon and Paper Brain for more animation soon.