For Glendale resident Douglas Rogers, life took an animated turn in 1998 when he was hired as art director for "Shrek."
"I had come to Los Angeles to do 'Othello' at the Shakespeare Festival. Jeffrey Katzenburg (producer of 'Shrek' and DreamWorks chief executive) was looking for someone who thought outside the box because at that time only 'Toy Story' had been made. I went over to DreamWorks and they showed me this 22-second test," Rogers said.
"I realized what they were showing me was a new medium. I thought to myself, 'When am I going to be at the edge of a new medium?' It was like someone had shown me color, or they had shown me sound. They wanted some help developing castles. Where else are you going to get to do a castle?"
Rogers, who has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Baylor University and a master of fine arts from Yale University's School of Drama, says it was fate that brought him to California where he ended up working on "Shrek."