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SCV In the Movies | Episode 54: Director Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life)

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Episode 54: Director Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life)

Hollywood animator Jorge Gutierrez already has one big-screen animated hit under is belt with 2014’s amazing “The Book of Life,” and is currently working on a big-budget animated “Kung Fu-ey, Western-y, Outer Space-y” film. Jorge took some time out of his slammed scheduled to join us for our 50th episode (!) and share the amazing story of his rise from a talented young artist in Tijuana, to a stop at SCV’s CalArts, to the top rungs of Hollywood’s animation ladder. (BTW, Jorge is not just the nicest guy in Hollywood, he may be the nicest guy in both Mexico and the U.S.)


E.J. StephensE.J. Stephens is a noted Hollywood historian, author, lecturer and tour guide. An Indiana native, E.J. has lived for 10 years in the Santa Clarita Valley with his wife Kimi and their two children, Mariah and Dylan.

By day, E.J. can be found in Burbank on the Warner Bros. Studios lot where he is a tour guide and an audience coordinator on Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show. When not giving tours at the studio, E.J. and Kimi host tours of their own for their Newhall-based company, Newhallywood Tours.

Early Warner Bros. BookE.J. has co-written four books on subjects ranging from the history of Warner Bros. and Paramount to Griffith Park and the Santa Clarita Valley (the latter with Kimi and Dr. Alan Pollack). The trio is currently working on another SCV history book titled “Then & Now: The Santa Clarita Valley,” scheduled to hit the shelves in early 2014.

Bill WestBill West is a movie nut who serves on the board of Friends of Hart Park, gives tours of the Hart Mansion and maintains the Friends’ website.

In his spare time, Bill writes software for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he has contributed to Star Tours, Toy Story Midway Mania, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and other attractions. Previously, he wrote software at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Bill and LilianaBill enjoys lounge music and he plays the drums for pickup bands. He lives in Santa Clarita with his Realtor (his wife Liliana) and their son Josh. Pets include Maya the Mutt, Luigi the Canary, and a cat whose name he can’t pronounce but is Polish for “kitty.”

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