Each Year Fresh Takes honors an individual from our local community for outstanding achievement in one or more of the Media Arts. The Fresh Takes staff selects the candidates with final approval by the Board of Directors.
2010 Brad Lewis
Brad Lewis produced Ratatouille and co-directed Cars 2. He won a Producers Guild award for his work on Ratatouille. Previously he produced Antz for Dreamworks. In June 2011, Lewis left Pixar to join Digital Domain’s new animation group in Florida, Tradition Studios. He also performed the voice of Tubbs Pacer in Cars2 and had a role in The Incredibles.
2011 Jason Schleifer
Jason is the Head of Character Animation for Dreamworks Animations upcoming film Peabody and Sherman. He was also the Head of Character Animation on Megamind, a supervising animator on Madagascar 2 and Night of the Living Carrots. He also animated on Shrek 3, Over the Hedge, Penguins Christmas Caper, and Madagascar. Jason was Animation Lead at Weta Digital on The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King.
2012 Kenny Ortega
Kenny is a Sequoia High School class of ’68 is the most celebrated choreographer and helmsman of film and live stage shows in America, choreographing some of the most famous dance scenes in film – Dirty Dancing, producing live sports-ceremony extravaganzas – XIX Winter Olympics opening, and stewarding one of the most phenomenal musical drama franchises – High School Musical. After nearly 3-decades of working in stage and screen, Ortega collaborated with his old friend Michael Jackson on what was Jackson’s first tour in 10 years. However, the “This Is It” tour never happened as Jackson died an untimely death in 2009. As a tribute to Jackson, Ortega collected an estimated 80 hours of rehearsal film and directed the film Michael Jackson, This Is It.