Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Grouchy Start

It's been a long time since I cut a demo reel together, and I'm realizing now that I'm probably not going to cut one any time soon simply because it hasn't been necessary for me in years. However, much of my studio work, specifically on Robot Chicken, is streaming for free online already so I might as well post some links to the stuff I contributed to. 

This sketch, A Grouchy Start, was entirely animated by myself. It's a rare treat to be the only person to animated an entire sketch simply due to scheduling practicality. Most sketches take place in multiple places, meaning multiple sets, so a single sketch will bounce around several stages and animators before it is finished. Since this sketch takes place entirely in one alley, it only touched one stage, mine!

Ricky Recycle Bin was an excellent puppet to play with, his larger than life attitude lent itself to broad acting choices, and being a Muppet-style character, meant lots of acting with the head. It had lots of input in the acting choices and really had fun when he looses his temper. As a result, this is one my favourite sketches. The Ricky puppet was broken in the spine and both shoulders by the end of the sketch! Oscar and his brother were fine by the end though, despite what happens to the brother in the sketch.

This sketch turned out to be a favourite for viewers who have worked in a recyclable sorting facility, so this is dedicated to all you recycle heroes out there! Now the whole world can feel your pain!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Me in a time lapse captured while shooting The Boxtrolls

Post by The Boxtrolls.

*All rights reserved to Laika and Focus Features

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Boxtrolls International Trailer

The Boxtrolls International Trailer 1 is out

I did the stop-motion animation in the shots at 1:29, 1:43, 2:04 (holding the little box shot), and 2:06 (birds-eye-view shot).

*Elements stated above are the extent of my contribution to this trailer. All rights reserved to Laika and Focus Features

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Boxtrolls Trailer 2

The next trailer for Laika's The Boxtrolls is out!

This has some nice behind-the-scenes, backed by a smart music choice. One of my shots made it into this one, it is the overhead shot of the boxtrolls at the 1:04 mark. I animated the 4 adorable boxtrolls centered here:

I know all of their boxtroll names, but I don't think I can say them until the film is out. They've each got their own personality, not that you get much from this short clip. I'm told this trailer will show before Disney's Frozen.

*Elements of the single shot stated above are the extent of my contribution to this trailer. All rights reserved to Laika and Focus Features

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Boxtroll Teaser is here

Laika is giving the world a sneak peek at the next feature in a short teaser to show in the previews before Despicable Me 2. But if you can't make it to the theater, you can view it online here:



*I had no input into the trailer and poster. They are both owned by Laika and Focus Features

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

An Animated Life

Today we say goodbye to a very special man. Ray Harryhausen has passed away at the age of 92, and with him passes a golden era in stop-motion and special effects history. Ray inspired and influenced countless filmmakers, animators, puppet-makers and special effects artists around the world, including myself. Ray transformed my curiosity about stop-motion into utter fascination. His book, An Animated Life became my bible; from 2010 to 2011 I lived by the good book of Ray, and it still remains my most treasured hardcover that I own to this day. Its safe to say that I would never have made Scrap Metal without the inspiration I received from Ray's work. He was a modern renaissance master of his medium, and it still boggles my mind to think that he animated 7 skeletons without a frame-grabber. That sequence still holds up today. It's sad to see you go Ray, but I will always have your films to bring me joy and to continue inspiring me. Thank you for everything, you truly lived an animated life. Say hi to Ray Bradbury for us.

-Good bye.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Watch Scrap Metal in 3D!

Scrap Metal is now available to view in 3D exclusively only on Youtube! And its not that fancy-pants, polarized 3D crap you see now. No, this is Sheridan Scope - hard core, blue-and-red, 50's monster-flick 3D where the colours are all screwed up, but you don't mind in this case cause its all nostalgic and junk! So dig out those old 3D glasses you cut out of your cereal box 15 years ago and put them to good use!

*NOTE: After launching the video, click the 'change quality' icon, which is the little gear in the lower, right-hand corner and change the video to 720p for best resolution, then click the little 3D icon which will then appear just left of this icon. You get some 3D options, I'd suggest 'full colour'. For best results watch in full-screen and, if this embed gives you any trouble, just click the little YouTube icon in the lower-right corner to go straight to the YouTube page.