Miguel Jiron

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Sto­ry­board Artist

(Sony) Hav­ing grown up ob­sessed with comic books and an­i­ma­tion, Miguel Jiron is thrilled to be work­ing on Sony’s up­com­ing Spi­der-Man an­i­mated fea­ture. The 33-year-old sto­ry­board artist says the char­ac­ters and ideas he gets to play around with in the film are a to­tal dream. “I’m re­ally hon­ored be­ing part of this team to bring Miles Mo­rales into features,” he tells us. “As a first-gen­er­a­tion im­mi­grant, it’s very mean­ing­ful for me to see char­ac­ters like Miles out there — not only be­ing a hero, but be­ing Spi­der-Man. That’s a very in­spir­ing idea.”

The Ba­ton Rouge na­tive says he be­came in­ter­ested in an­i­ma­tion thanks to Dis­ney movies and Looney Tunes car­toons. “I drew com­pul­sively through­out my child­hood, lots of Un­cle Scrooges, Roger Rab­bits and my own char­ac­ters,” he says. “As I grew older, I be­came more in­ter­ested in film­mak­ing and contemporary art, but at some point, I wanted to make my draw­ings move and tell sto­ries. I even­tu­ally went full cir­cle and went to grad­u­ate school for an­i­ma­tion at USC, fo­cus­ing on story art.”

Jiron started work­ing as a story artist right out of grad school, land­ing a job at Il­lu­mi­na­tion En­ter­tain­ment on The Se­cret Life of Pets. “My port­fo­lio wasn’t par­tic­u­larly the strong­est, but I think the round­about way I set­tled into an­i­ma­tion in­trigued them, along with my per­sonal work,” he says. “I learned so much work­ing there.”

In the fu­ture, Jiron hopes to fin­ish pro­duc­ing and co-di­rect­ing his hor­ror-com-

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