THESCRATCHPOST, came-about as a means to help artists working in film keep a finger on the pulse of the job market. Viviana Palacios, aka Shadoukat invented the site under the name 'Ask Dr. Clam' where she'd post contact information of the dozens of companies she'd contact while looking for her next gig. The idea of the site was born by the level of frustration looking for a job, in an already competitive field, and that "no one deserves the stress and endless circles searching, so let's make it easy for everyone". Siteography: 1997 Ask Dr. Clam 1998 The Job Squad 2000 The Scratchpost THESCRATCHPOST has become bigger and better throughout the years. Thanks to a few folks who contribute their time, energy, sweat and blood to make sure you're provided with engaging content, and the tools you need to be a well prepared artist. Here are the faces behind our site that are active contributors: Shadoukat aka Viviana Palacios Viviana is the original creator of “ask Dr. Clam”, which evolved to The Job Squad and now THESCRATCHPOST. Aside from upkeeping the site, she has spent the past 12 years creating either Visual Effects for television and film or designing websites. When not at work, she enjoys taking out her Nikon SLR to explore her sorroundings or create crafts. Most of all, she enjoys wearing fun socks and being a pretty kitty. Adam Byrne Adam is responsible for the all new creatures you see here on THESCRATCHPOST. He has worked at Blizzard and is now heading NC Soft Orange County. He loves to play video games, spend time with friends, watching movies, reading and creating his own comics, and drawing on his spare time. Dariush Derakhshani has been farting around LA for a few years now. After getting a masters in animation at USC fim school, he began by working at places like Sony Hi Def, South Park, and Rhythm & Hues to keep the USC student loan man happy. He is currently working as a staff animator in Maya for In Sight Pix in Venice during the days, and teaches 3d Studio Max, Maya, and After Effects at The Art Institute of LA, Gnomon, and UCLA Extension. He is bald and likes talking to small furry animals. Phil Holland was always fascinated in the world of movie making. Inspired by ground breaking visual effects work in many popular films during 80's and 90's he decided to pursue a career in film. In July of 1999 Rhythm and Hues Studios hired Phil and he's been working there ever since. During his tenure at R&H he has contribute in some way on over 60 feature films. He also freelances as a conceptual illustrator and commercial photographer in his spare time. Phil is a featured artist at ConceptArt.org and enjoys contributing to the growing creative community through teaching and mentoring. He is currently working on getting his own projects into production while exploring his interests in directing and other creative fields. Pamela Kleibrink Thompson is an recruiter/hiring strategist and career coach specializing as an animation recruiter and visual effects recruiter. She speaks regularly at schools and industry meetings. If you are interested in her professional services as a career coach, speaker or recruiter, contact her at PamRecruit (at) q.com.