Jon Schnepp

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Jon Schnepp
Schnepp at the 2012 New York Comic Con
Jonathan David Schnepp

(1967-05-16)May 16, 1967 [1]
DiedJuly 19, 2018(2018-07-19) (aged 51)
OccupationProducer, director, voice actor, editor, writer, cartoonist, animator, cinematographer, panelist
Years active1986–2018
Partner(s)Holly Payne

Jonathan David Schnepp (May 16, 1967 – July 19, 2018) was an American producer, director, voice actor, editor, writer, cartoonist, animator, and cinematographer.


Schnepp was known for the documentary film The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? , which he directed and wrote. He also directed episodes of Metalocalypse , The Venture Bros. and a segment of The ABCs of Death . He was also known for his work with Collider, appearing regularly as a panelist on the site's Collider Movie Talk, Collider Nightmares, and Collider Heroes series, the latter of which he hosted. [3] His company, Schneppzone, works on short films and television series.

Schnepp died on July 19, 2018, due to complications following a stroke. [1]


Schnepp served as animation director for Nickelodeon's What's Inside Heidi's Head?, and as editor on numerous episodes of Cartoon Network's Space Ghost Coast to Coast . He co-directed the pilot for Upright Citizens Brigade for Comedy Central, and directed segments and the title sequence for the series run. He also released The Removers and Brainwarp, two pilots he produced and directed, on DVD by Film Threat . He then went to Brazil, working with Debbie Allen, editing and creating the title sequences for two sitcoms airing in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Schnepp co-created, co-wrote, and directed Nerd Hunter 3004 for the Channel 101 pilot. He also guest stars as a voice actor on three episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force . In two episodes he voices the Wisdom Cube and in the other he plays The Creature from Plaque Lagoon.

From 2006 to 2012, Schnepp served as director on Metalocalypse , an animated series on Cartoon Network about Dethklok, a chiefly-fictional heavy metal band. As well as directing several episodes per season (the most recent of which aired in 2012), he designed and created the look of the five band members, and works closely with the show's co-creators/writers Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha. He directed the 2009 Dethklok Tour with Mastodon, providing an animated accompaniment. Schnepp helped write all four Dethklok comic books, and designed variant cover arts.

Schnepp co-directed Season 4.1 of The Venture Bros. Schnepp was featured in The Damned Things' music video for "We've Got a Situation Here".

In 2011, Schnepp directed music videos for the bands I Set My Friends on Fire and Forbidden. In a 2012 Dread Central interview, he spoke of directing an upcoming animated horror film Grimm Fairy Tales. [4]

From 2012 to 2015, Schnepp was a regular contributor to AMC Movie Talk on YouTube, an online show dedicated to film news and commentaries. [1] After the series' cancellation by AMC Theatres and subsequent pickup by Collider, Schnepp remained as a regular contributor. [5]

In 2015, Schnepp directed the documentary film The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? , which documents behind-the-scenes events surrounding the cancelled Tim Burton film Superman Lives . [6] Partially raised through a successful Kickstarter campaign, [7] it premiered on May 1, 2015, and was released through VOD on July 9, 2015, to positive reviews. [8] [9] [10]


On July 12, 2018, Schnepp suffered a massive stroke that left him unconscious and on life support. [11] He died of complications a week later on July 19, aged 51. Schnepp's fiancée Holly Payne announced his death via a Twitter post. [12]

Selected filmography

Film, television, and web

YearFilmDirectorProducerWriterActorOther credits and notes
1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off YesExtra
1995–99 Space Ghost Coast to Coast YesAnimator, voice role (C. Ling Tile), editor
1995HorrorGirlYesThe Demon
1995Club DeadYesVideo game; voice role
1998 Upright Citizens Brigade YesTwo episodes
1999Cast in StoneYes
2000 HBO First Look Editor
2001The RemoversYesYesYesShort film
2003 The Orlando Jones Show Editor
2003BrainwarpYesYesYesRole: The Indescribable Disaster (voice)
2003–09 Aqua Teen Hunger Force YesYesRole: The Wisdom Cube / Gary the Dairy Fairy (voices)
2004Nerd Hunter 3004YesYesYesYesShort film; role: Videogame Nerd
2005 My Big Fat Independent Movie YesRole: Mexican Standoff Extra
2005–06 Mind of Mencia Visual effects
2006–12 Metalocalypse YesYesYesCharacter designer; role: Dr. Gibbits (voice)
Animated series
2007 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am YesVideo game; role: Dumbassahedratron (voice)
2009 A Day in the Life YesEditor; role: Officer Miller
2009–10 The Venture Bros. YesAnimated series
Co-directed with Christopher McCulloch
2010Caller IDYesRole: Jeb
2010 Black Panther YesCo-created with Mark Brooks
2011 Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope Guest appearance only
2011 Underworld: Endless War Yes
2012 The ABCs of Death YesYesSegment "W is for WTF?"
2012–15 AMC Movie Talk Himself (panelist)
2014 Turbo Fast YesRole: Donald (voice)
Episode: "Tur-Bros/The Snailman"
2015 The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? [13] YesYesYesEditor; Himself
2015 Wrestling Isn't Wrestling YesShort film; role: Rabbi
2015AMC HeroesHimself (host)
2015–18 Collider Movie Talk Himself (panelist)
2015–18Collider HeroesHimself (host)
2016 Nerdland Sequence animator
2018 Temple of Art YesDocumentary

Music videos

1991 Infectious Grooves "Therapy"Extra
1992 Iron Maiden "Be Quick or Be Dead"Extra
1994 Melvins "Revolve"Extra
1997 Metallica "The Memory Remains"Extra
2007 Dethklok "Bloodrocuted"Co-director (with Brendon Small)
Exodus "Riot Act"Director [14]
2008Dethklok"Briefcase Full of Guts"Director
2008Dethklok"Birthday Dethday"Director
2008Dethklok"Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle"Director
2008Dethklok"Go Into the Water"Director
2009Dethklok"The Gears"Director
2009Dethklok"Burn The Earth"Director
2009Dethklok"Black Fire Upon Us"Director
2010Exodus"Downfall"Director [15]
The Damned Things "We've Got a Situation Here"Guest appearance only
2011 I Set My Friends on Fire "Astral Rejection"Director
Forbidden "Omega Wave"Director [16]

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