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

Jon Schnepp
Schnepp at the 2012 New York Comic-Con
Born(1967-05-16)May 16, 1967 [1]
United States
DiedJuly 19, 2018(2018-07-19) (aged 51)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationProducer, director, voice actor, editor, writer, cartoonist, animator, cinematographer, panelist
Years active1986–2018
Partner(s)Holly Payne

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 ABC's 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.[2] His company, Schneppzone, works on short films and television series.

Schnepp died on July 19, 2018 due to complications following a stroke.[3]


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 2006–12, 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 2012–15, Schnepp was a regular contributor to AMC Movie Talk on YouTube, an online show dedicated to film news and commentaries.[citation needed] After the series' cancellation by AMC Theatres and subsequent pickup by Collider, Schnepp remained as a regular contributor.

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.[5] Partially raised through a successful Kickstarter campaign,[6] it premiered on May 1, 2015, and was released through VOD on July 9, 2015, to positive reviews.[7][8][9]


On July 12, 2018, Schnepp suffered a massive stroke that left him unconscious and on life support.[10] He died of complications a week later on July 19, aged 51. Schnepp's fiancée Holly Payne announced his death via a Twitter post.[11]

Selected filmographyEdit

Film, television, and webEdit

Year Film Director Producer Writer Actor Other credits and notes
1986 Ferris Bueller's Day Off Yes Extra
1995–99 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Yes Animator, voice role (C. Ling Tile), editor
1995 HorrorGirl Yes The Demon
1995 Club Dead Yes Video game; voice role
1998 Upright Citizens Brigade Yes Two episodes
1999 Cast in Stone Yes
2000 HBO First Look Editor
2001 The Removers Yes Yes Yes Short film
2003 The Orlando Jones Show Editor
2003 Brainwarp Yes Yes Yes Role: The Indescribable Disaster (voice)
2003–09 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Yes Yes Role: The Wisdom Cube / Gary the Dairy Fairy (voices)
2004 Nerd Hunter 3004 Yes Yes Yes Yes Short film; role: Videogame Nerd
2005 My Big Fat Independent Movie Yes Role: Mexican Standoff Extra
2005–06 Mind of Mencia Visual effects
2006–12 Metalocalypse Yes Yes Yes Character designer; role: Dr. Gibbits (voice)
Animated series
2007 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am Yes Video game; role: Dumbassahedratron (voice)
2009 A Day in the Life Yes Editor; role: Officer Miller
2009–10 The Venture Bros. Yes Animated series
Co-directed with Christopher McCulloch
2010 Caller ID Yes Role: Jeb
2010 Black Panther Yes Co-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 Yes Yes Segment "W is for WTF?"
2012–15 AMC Movie Talk Himself (panelist)
2014 Turbo FAST Yes Role: Donald (voice)
Episode: "Tur-Bros/The Snailman"
2015 The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?[12] Yes Yes Yes Editor; Himself
2015 Wrestling Isn't Wrestling Yes Short film; role: Rabbi
2015 AMC Heroes Himself (host)
2015–18 Collider Movie Talk Himself (panelist)
2015–18 Collider Heroes Himself (host)
2016 Nerdland Sequence animator
2018 Temple of Art Yes Documentary

Music videosEdit

Year Artist Song Notes
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[13]
2008 Dethklok "Murmaider" Director
2008 Dethklok "Briefcase Full of Guts" Director
2008 Dethklok "Birthday Dethday" Director
2008 Dethklok "Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle" Director
2008 Dethklok "Hatredcopter" Director
2008 Dethklok "Thunderhorse" Director
2008 Dethklok "Go Into the Water" Director
2009 Dethklok "Bloodlines" Director
2009 Dethklok "Dethsupport" Director
2009 Dethklok "The Gears" Director
2009 Dethklok "Burn The Earth" Director
2009 Dethklok "Black Fire Upon Us" Director
2010 Exodus "Downfall" Director[14]
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[15]


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  2. ^ Carras, Christi (July 20, 2018). "'Metalocalypse' Writer-Director Jon Schnepp Dies a 51". Variety. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "R.I.P. Jon Schnepp, A Genuine Hero". Collider. July 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Hallam, Scott (April 26, 2012). "Metalocalypse Director Jon Schnepp and Zenescope's Benjamin Jackendoff Talk Animating Grimm Fairy Tales". Dread Central.
  5. ^ Toro, Gabe. "See Nicolas Cage As Superman In The Death Of Superman Lives' Trailer". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  6. ^ "The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?". Kickstarter. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  7. ^ Leane, Rob. "The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened? review". Den of Geek. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  8. ^ "THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN LIVES: WHAT HAPPENED? (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Nordling Reviews THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN LIVES: WHAT HAPPENED?". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  10. ^ "'Metalocalypse' Director Jon Schnepp on Life-Support Following Massive Stroke". Music Feeds. July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "Holly Payne @TDOSLWH on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  12. ^ Couch, Aaron (4 September 2013). "'Death of Superman Lives' Trailer: Nicolas Cage is Man of Steel (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  13. ^ "EXODUS: 'Riot Act' Video Makes Official Online Debut". 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  14. ^ "EXODUS: 'Downfall' Video Released". 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  15. ^ "FORBIDDEN: 'Omega Wave' Video Released". 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2016-07-28.

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