The Creative Team behind Rapunzel's Etymology of Zero

Our Awesome Team

Seth Podowitz
Seth Podowitz

Director & Producer SETH PODOWITZ (Director / Producer / Music & Sound) has worked in the entertainment industry for the last fifteen years as a director, producer and film & TV composer (among other various jobs) working with clients including Starz, Film Roman, Cartoon Network, EA, and many others. He is currently living in Shanghai, China working on Shanghai Disneyland.

Katie May
Katie May

Writer & Producer KATIE MAY is a playwright. Her plays include Abominable (The Lark Playwrights Week, 2015) Manic Pixie Dream Girl (fringeNYC & A.C.T. Costume Shop) Black Sheep Gospel (Great Plains Theater Conference), A History of Freaks (Finalist, David Mark Cohen Award in Playwriting), among others. May is the recipient of fellowships from the Virginia Piper Writing Center, National University of Singapore, and a grant from Women in Film Foundation. She holds an MFA in playwriting from ASU.

Liz Anderson
Liz Anderson

Voice of Rapunzel & Producer LIZ ANDERSON is an actress, filmmaker and social justice advocate. Recent projects include SanFranLand, Dyke Central, This Time Will Be Different, Trauma, Necessary Evil, Flesh, as well as numerous TV and radio commercials. She is a PlayGround company member, Kevin Spacey Foundation Emerging Artist, and recipient of the Women in Film Finishing Fund Grant. She is currently in post production with her directorial debut WWII Sci-Fi film, The Toll. BFA NYU Tisch.

Eileen Laitinen
Eileen Laitinen

Animation Director & Co-Producer Eileen Laitinen is a San Francisco based animator and illustrator. Her work for Rapunzel's Etymology of Zero includes storyboarding, character design, effects animation, and character animation. When not working, she rock climbs and tinkers with 3d printers. She is a graduate of SF State University.

Mary Hale
Mary Hale

Animator Mary is a cave-dwelling animator, with the exception of her odd trip outside to record the behavior of local natives and mingle with her near and dear. The Etymology of Zero inspired Mary to join in on the fun of bringing the new and improved, sharp, spirited and spunky Rapunzel to life.

Katie Siller
Katie Siller


Zoe Gutterman
Zoe Gutterman


Jan Heiman
Jan Heiman


Rachel Whalon
Rachel Whalon


Patrick Russell
Patrick Russell

Voice of the Prince PATRICK RUSSELL is an actor and PlayGround artistic company member, and faculty member at the American Conservatory Theater School. He holds an MFA in acting from ACT.

Khamara Petus
Khamara Petus

Narrator KHAMARA PETUS is an actress and explainer at the Exploratorium, where she gets kids excited about the magic of science.

David Azer
David Azer


Scott Falkowski
Scott Falkowski


Brenden Oshima
Brenden Oshima


Charlie Corriea
Charlie Corriea


Merritt Lee
Merritt Lee


Christopher Belsky
Christopher Belsky

Legal Team CHRIS BELSKY is a talented, honest, generous, serviceable man. He also ensures that copyrights are complied with and that bring your dog to work day is celebrated at YouTube. BA from USC, JD from UC Hastings.


Architectural Consultant

Sandra Patterson
Sandra Patterson


Our Partners!

Women in Film Foundation & the Women in Film Finishing Fund Grant


Manic Pixie Productions

Time and Tide Productions


Dances With Light



A Huge Thank You to Our Supporters!!!

Mary Helen & Dane May

George Bryce

Alex Mehr

Eileen Laitinen

Connie Laitinen

Dan Drake

Nancy Christiansen

Jan & Ed Belsky

Annie Stuart

Jim Kleinmann

Barry Stone

Christopher Belsky

Kim Villamar

Elaine Clark & Voice One

Jason Plunkett

Crescendo Studios

JE Talent

Kurtis Lee Hermes

Kari Vassbotn

Kathy Seely

Erica McCay

Tom Swift

Jay Yamada

Joel Reamer

The Screen Actors Guild

Jay Yoon

Rob Stacey

Nicole Voorhees

Kim Estes

Jan Heiman

Laura Baber Melissa Morlok Beigel

Tom Silverman

Timothy Faust

Cindy & John Farrell

Christopher Strider Cook

Scott Fulmer

Sarah Wahba

Kenneth George


Mary Purviance

William & Karen Brandenburg

Brendan Campbell



Katie Hushion

Mark Topinka


Celine Le Therisien


Christopher Bernard

Nick Read

Jesse Coane

Raphael Crawford-Marks

Phil Brady

Amanda Charles

Anya Paperno

Azin Sahabla

Benjamin Woodall

Brett Gilland

Carl Witty

Crutcher Dunnavant

Diana Helman

Diane Smith

Erica McGillivary

Geoff Schaeffer

Giovannie Espiritu


Jack Conway

James Medellin

James Christiansen


Jenna Benson

Jonathan Svilar

Katelyn Patterson

Kirk Shimano

Mark Something

Max Wall

Michael Wueste

Michelle Mako



Roy Zemlicka

Sara McCardle-Blunk

Shari Totman

Sonia Koval

Steven Greenstein

Susan Gardner


Susan K Jolly

Tiffany Beck

Tiffany So

Valerie Vasilas

Catherine Riedo

Marissa Skudlarek

Jason Foster

Chris Saunders

Jacob Devaney

Greg Runnels

Brian Thomas

Gerar Mazarakis


Heather Hickman

Ryan Jarell

Matt Holland

John Yellnek

Mark Runnels

Rick Weiss

Lauren B. Hanover

Matt Podowitz

Jason Calacanis




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