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Jake S. Friedman is a New York-based writer, teacher, and artist. He is a longtime contributor to "Animation Magazine" and Animation Mentor, and has also written for "Animation World Network, " the "Philadelphia Daily News," and the "Huffington Post." He was an animation artist for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, and "Saturday Night Live. "Currently he is an adjunct professor of art and animation at the Roy Disney Studio for Animation Studies at Mercy College in New York City and is writing the authorized biography of animation legend Art Babbitt. Chris Wedge is an Oscar(R)-winning film director, producer, and cofounder of Blue Sky Studios. Beginning his career as a stop-motion animator, Wedge later joined MAGI/Synthavision, where he was one of the principal animators for the groundbreaking Disney movie "Tron" (1982). He directed the character animation sequences for the Warner Bros./Geffen Films production "Joe's Apartment" (1996), and served as creative supervisor on numerous feature films and commercials. Wedge wrote and directed Blue Sky's first film, the touching short "Bunny" (1998), which won an Academy Award for best animated short film. It was the first film to use radiosity, Blue Sky's own advanced ambient lighting technology. In addition to the Academy Award, "Bunny" has won more than twenty-five international awards for animation excellence. Wedge then directed (with Carlos Saldanha) Blue Sky's first two computer-generated animated feature films, "Ice Age" (2002), which was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature film, and "Robots" (2005). He was executive producer of "Ice Age: The Meltdown" (2006), which has grossed more than $638 million worldwide; "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! "(2008), the first Dr. Seuss CG-animated feature film; "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," which grossed over $887 million worldwide; and the global hits "Rio" (2011) and "Ice Age: Continental Drift." Last year, he directed the animated feature "Epic," a 3-D CG adventure comedy that reveals a fantastical world unlike any other. Earlier in 2014, he was an executive producer on "Rio 2." Wedge is a 1981 graduate of the SUNY Purchase film department. He received his Master of Arts degree in computer graphics and art education from the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design at Ohio State University. After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Carl Ludwig began his career in the aerospace industry at the Bendix Corporation, where he designed instrumentation and air data equipment for the Lunar Excursion Module, and the C5A, Mohawk, S3A, and B1B aircraft. During his tenure at Bendix, he received two patents for his work. Ludwig then joined Celco, a specialty display company, where he served as a design consultant. While at Celco, he was instrumental in the design of NASA's first "quick l ... Read full biography