Jacob Ospa - Animator, Film Maker
Jacob Ian Ospa, Native, New York was born on July 21, 1986. He began
drawing at the age of 3. Beyond scribbles, he could draw famous cartoon
characters like Mickey Mouse, Mighty Mouse, Popeye ...just about
any by eye.
In school Jacob was the apple of every art teacher's eye with his
illustrated reports and art projects. At the ripe young age of 7,
Jake won 3rd place in the Grammy Poster contest and was honored at
Carnegie Hall along with the other winners of 16.
Jake began attending Saturday art classes for young people at SVA
when he was around 9. Around this time, June, Jake's Mom, an SVA
alumnus, set up a meeting with Reeves Lehman, the head of the film
department of SVA for Jake. It was then and there that Jake made
up his mind that this was the place for him, and it stuck.
Jake illustrated a whole series of book called The Simon Series and
posters for the National Tourette Syndrome Assocation from the ages
of 12-14. They are still being sold.
Jake has designed backdrops for Theatre and has already been freelancing
for Hot Diggidy Dog Productions.
In Middle School Jake had a teacher named Mark Sacerdote. He changed
Jake's life. He opened the animation portal and the rest is history.
Jake had been invited to be part of the Young Animators Program in
Brooklyn through Mr. Sacerdote and was quickly invited to appear
as a guest speaker screening his early works.
At one of those events, Jake met Don Duga.Jake's mom knew Don from
SVA and he invited Jake to enroll in his evening animation course
Jake was attending college at the age of 15. In Don's class Jake
began many short films including "Welcome To Tourettaville",
where he met and turned Grammy winner Dr. John into a chararater
named The Big Bleeper.
During this time Jake was at LaGuardia High School in the
Then as planned, Jake got accepted to SVA.Â Â Welcome
to Jake's domain!
Jacob's influences include Winsor McCay, Chuck Jones, Bob
Clampett, Tex Avery, Rod Scribner, Frank Tashlin, Max and Dave Fleischer,
Preston Blair, Bill Watterson, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Milt
Kahl, John Kricfalusi, Joe Murray, Jeff Smith, Bill Plympton, John
Dilworth, Don Duga, Bruce Timm, Jack Kirby,Â Neal Adams, Elzie Segar,
Sylvain Chomet, Brad Bird, Nick Park, Walt Disney, Hayao Miyazaki,
Ub Iwerks, Matt and Mike Chapman, Yuri Norshteyn, Joe Shuster