Monday, December 22, 2008

A FESTIVUS FOR THE REST OF US!!!

Well, tomorrow is Festivus (December 23rd). This year it falls on a Tuesday just like the actual episode.
I read an article yesterday that said more and more people are beginning to celebrate Festivus and have Festivus parties.

I find that unreal...I've always wanted to go to a Festivus party.

Festivus of course being the holiday that Frank Costanza invented in Seinfeld due to his frustration with Christmas.

How do you celebrate Festivus you ask?
Easy.

Step 1. Buy an aluminum pole instead of a tree. It requires no decoration. Tinsel is distracting.

Step 2. THE AIRING OF GRIEVANCES: At the Festivus dinner, you gather your family and friends around the table and tell them all the ways they have disappointed you in the past year.
"I got a lotta problems with you people...and now youre gonna hear about em!!!"

Step 3. THE FEATS OF STRENGTH: Festivus isn't over until the head of the house hold is wrestled and pinned to the ground.

And there you have it. Mind you, when Kramer thinks a holiday is a little "out there"...you know you have something pretty messed up on your hands haha.

HAPPY FESTIVUS EVERYONE!



"Crouger! YOU COULDN'T SMOOTH A SILK SHEET IF YOU HAD A HOT DATE WITH A BABE--...I lost my train of thought..."

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Merry Christmas Mr. Bean


One of my favorite parts of Christmas are all the nostalgic Christmas Specials that air on TV.
So many greats that get me all sentimental and trigger memories of past Christmases from all though out my life.
Some of my favs include: The Grinch (the Chuck Jones version, not the crappy live action one)...the film "A Christmas Story"...the original Muppets Christmas...Charlie Brown...and the Mickey Mouse Christmas Carol.
BUT!
The ultimate Christmas special...in my opinion (as you can probably guess from the caricature above) is "Merry Christmas Mr. Bean"
It's got such a good balance of comedy and Christmas.
You get to follow Mr. Bean through every stage of the season.
Mr. Bean playing with the nativity scene and all his crazy expressions while he's conducting the band...gets me every time.
And not to mention the turkey-on-the-head gag that EVERY other TV show ripped off after it initially aired.
(I'm lookin at YOU "Friends")
Rowan Atkinson...genius physical comedian...He's like the Charlie Chaplin of the 21st century.
anyways...What are YOUR fav Christmas specials?

Friday, December 5, 2008

YEAAAHHHHHH!!!!

I'm still obsessed with Jack Black in Tropic Thunder...











"Let's move!...We only have 16 hours til they wake up!"

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Patsy Pals Animatic

The semester's almost done and I'm pluggin away at The Patsy Pals...Thanks to everyone who's checked out the Animatic and given me some feed back.
I'm excited to get this thing done for April.

Tonight we had an awesome guest lecture by Animation Director, Bob Jaques.
I've been extremely fortunate to meet a bunch of animators like him that I admire.
It's great to hear how they think and I've learned a lot from all of them.
So thanks to Bob for taking the time to speak to us.

Not to mention it's inspiring...which reminds me...I should probably get back to work on the film.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Keith Doppleganger


I hope I look as good as Keith when I'm 104...
The drawing below is of a model we had in class today who reminded me of Keith Richards...So when I got home I had an insane craving to draw the real Keith...
and so i did.
Now I'm satisfied.

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Patsy Pals Leica Reel

So here it is! The leica reel for my 4th year independent film.

I still have some tinkering around to do with it. I want to re-record some of the dialogue and stuff like that. But it’s pretty much locked for production at this point.

The music I used is just temporary place holder stuff. I’ve got a very talented musician slash composer, Dan Rodrigues, workin on the score. So I’m excited to see what he’ll come up with.

So next step…Production baby!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Doctor of Cartoon Violence










Finished the boards for the Patsy Pals...

Expect the animatic REAL soon...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

TPB


Another Canadian comedy: Trailer Park Boys.
(left to right) Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles

This show's pretty low brow, but it def has its moments.
Great characters and hilarious dialogue...if you can get past all the F-bombs, it’s actually pretty well written lol.

I love it cause unlike most Canadian comedies...it remains funny even though its so DISTINCTLY Canadian...Usually the more "Canadian culture" that’s packed into a show, the more lame it becomes...probably because they usually rely on Canadian political humour...*barf*

They also don't rely on those worn out old Canadian stereotypes...they poke fun at the country indirectly by dropping some pretty obscure Canadian references...some of the jokes are so obscure even the most red blooded Canadian has to stop and think.

"Get me a couple bags of chips...dressed all over and zesty mordant"

If that quote doesn't make you laugh...you're def not from Canada. And if you ARE Canadian and still don’t get it…look it up…you’ll laugh.

Zesty Mordant...pshh

Saturday, September 20, 2008

One Year Later

I just realised my blog turned one year old 5 days ago...
How could I have forgotten such a monumental occasion (sarcasm).
It's been a good year...Evil Stevil Jumps Again...Internship in LA...hopefully if i keep the work up that momentum will carry on.

Friday, September 19, 2008

"You're entering a world of pain..."





I recently bought the new 10th anniversary edition of The Big Lebowski...Definitely one my favourite movies.

It's one of the few films that I can watch over and over and still enjoy it every single time.

The movie's full of great quotes and hilarious characters. John Goodman's performance always stood out for me. You rarely see this guy in a role like that but he pulled it off big time.
Come to think of it he's also done a lot of voice acting roles for animated films.

Anyways…did a sketch of his character, Walter Sobchak and cleaned it up in flash...I've been continuing to draw in flash a lot since the internship this summer. I want to stay in good practice cause I’m seriously considering doing the clean up for my 4th year film digitally.
In terms of clean up style, I love how you can achieve a really bold hierarchy of line fairly quickly and easily.
So...y'know...practice makes perfect.

PS. I'm in love with my new moleskin sketch book.
It’s like a little new testament of doodles.
Can anyone tell me what the hell the little pocket in the back is for though?
I have a few ideas haha.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Family Guys


Dad.................Nonno.............Grandpa

Friday, August 22, 2008

Kenny vs. Spenny


More caricatures...It feels good being able to draw just for the fun of it. I usually don't get the time to during school or work.

Today I've attempted to capture Kenny and Spenny....Probably one of the funniest and most original shows to come out of Canada.
For those of you who have never seen it. Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice are two best friends. Kenny, a crude antagonist and Spenny, a neurotic pacifist. Every week the two compete in a bizarre competitions like “Who can wear an octopus on their head the longest?”, “Who can gain the most weight?”, or “Who can break the most laws?”…stuff like that. The loser must complete a “humiliation” as decided by the winner. The show works perfectly…Kenny cheats…while Spenny tries to win fair and square…they clash big time.

I often wonder how authentic the show is or how much of it is scripted. Every once in a while I do some stand up comedy at Yuk Yuks and one night Spenny was there as well…I spoke to him off to the side while we waited to do our set and he was EXACTLY how he is in the show…goin on and on about how nervous he was about doing stand up, and he has no idea why he’s doing it, he doesn’t even enjoy it...blah blah blah.

“Real” or not that show is hilarious…lookin forward to the new season this year.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Dumbest, Finest Sitcom Ever


Recently Nick at Night started airing re-runs of Family Matters.
As a result, I've been watching more of that show than any human should. I mean like...HOURS....of Family Matters...every night
I totally forgot how stupid...and yet so GOOD that show was.
I def think that show was the peak of corny sitcoms.

i mean...common
a wholesome, all American family...check
wacky neibour...check
obnoxious laugh track for shit that no REAL person would find funny...check
insane, out of this world situations that range from robots, to evil ventriloquist dummies, to being stranded in hot air balloons...and so on...check
and a lame moral at the end of every episode...check

yup. that sounds pretty good to me.
so anyways...lately i've been in caricature mode...so i decided i had to draw Steve Urkel...how could i resist. I'll admit he gets pretty irritating after the 5th or 6th episode in a row...but he's so animated...real life cartoon character.

always ruined it for me though when he'd break character while STILL in the Urkel costume to talk about gun safety or something at the end of an episode...would always make me feel so disillusioned

on a side note...i saw a pic of what Jaleel White looks like now...google that...it'll blow your mind...he definitely does NOT look like Urkel anymore.
I wonder what ever happened to Waldo Geraldo Faldo and 3J....pshh...3J

*this post is dedicated to Tapan*


Speaking of comedic secondary characters with BIG glasses...heres a facebook wall graffitti i did for Sammi...395 days ago...
Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys.

Friday, August 1, 2008

See Ya Later Hollywood

Well...My time in Hollywood has come to an end...it's definitely a bitter sweet feeling. Probably one of the richest and most significant experiences of my life. I'm sad to go but it's also renewed my passion for this art form and has given me incredible insentive to kick 4th year's ass.
We went out with a bang though...tonight we had a pizza party at 6PH with Glen Keane...



John K...Eric Goldberg...and Glen Keane in one summer...*pees pants*...a tri-factor of animation genious if you ask me...it was an incredible honour to meet them all. They were all so humble and enthusiastic to speak to us and share some of their infinite wisdom.


Glen spoke to us about his experience in the animation industry, spoke about his film rapunzel, and offered some great advice regarding getting to know your characters and investing your personality into your film and characters.


He was even kind enough to draw me Ariel witch I got him to make out to Sammi since she 's obsessed with the Little Mermaid and used to roll on the ground pretending she was Ariel.


I think i can speak for all us Sheridan interns out here when i say wev'e had a great time, learned a ton, and have been welcomed with open arms by all the great people at Six Point as well as all the amazing artists we met.
a job well done guys...I tip my hat to you all. It's been a good one.



My only regret is that I couldn't accept John's invitation to hang out one last time tomorrow night before I leave. unfortunately I'll be like 20,000 feet in the air.
He's been exceptionally good to me and it still blows my mind that i got to be all buddy, buddy with my largest influence. Thanks John...I'll catch you next time.
Next stop...the great white north for my last year at Sheridan...Now I can get back to posting art on this blog and get this film goin. Sweet D.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Eric Goldberg and Friends

So I'm DYING to post some of the stuff I've been working on at Six Point Harness...But sadly that'll have to wait, cause at the moment if i post it I'll be breaking my confidentiality contract and will be killed soon after. So I want to fill the void on my blog somehow. Why not with some more animation big shot encountrs. Once again. Brendan and Six Point Harness have pulled through to allow us Interns to rub elbows with the greats. Today we had the honour of meeting and talking with Eric Goldberg.


For those of you who aren't familiar with his work, He animated the genie in Aladdin, Phil in Hercules, the flamingo with the yo-yo and Rhapsody in Blue for Fantasia 2000, scenes in the new goofy short "How to Hook Up Your Home Theatre"...and co-directed Pocahontas...He's currently animating Louis the Alligator in Disney's new 2D film the Princess and the Frog.
So yeah...Quite an impressive resume...He was the nicest guy and offered incredible insight into character development and character animation. Given the characters he's dealt with in the past, he' got a knack for an animated comedic performance. It was inspiring to hear him speak and he had nothing but positive predictions for the future of 2D's return to feature. I would think he knows a thing or two about whats goin on with that. He's also got a new Character Animation book coming out in July that discusses how to create and handle a strong character in animation. It will also come with a DVD that contains animated examples of the theories presented in the book. I'll definitely be looking for that one.

I was also lucky enough to be invited by John K. to go to his house for some cooling beverages with him and a bunch of his animator buddies. It was such a surreal experience to be hanging out on a personal level with one of my biggest influences...at his house even...it was amazing to pick all their brains for a night...theyve all worked on incredible stuff...and for some canadian animation intern like me to be hangin out with a room full of big shots...it was the most humbling experience of my life...fortunately for me...they were all really welcoming...and Eddie Fitzgerald even made some of his world famous (in the blogging community) faces for me haha. (pictured below) Mike Fontanelli did not seem impressed with the antics of Uncle Eddie haha.




This internship in LA continues to be a once in a life time experience for me. I'll be taking so much home with me from this summer. Hopefully I'll be that much more equiped and inspired for my 4th year fim.
I'll try to get some art up soon.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

John K.



So today was pretty damn cool. When I had my interview for 6PH, one of the questions I was asked was what animation artists inspire me. After listing a couple names I said "and John K. big time" to which my boss, Brenden, replied.."pshh, I can f***ing introduce you to him for sure." (his casual swearing actually really put me at ease during the interview haha..a well placed f bomb warms the heart) Brenden being a great guy whos taken all of us wide eyed Canadian interns under his wing stayed true to his word and got John to come in and talk to us all. Now i don't mean to get all sentimental, but when i was a kid Ren and Stimpy basically opened my eyes up to how much fun animation can be, and the limitless possibilities it holds. I learned to draw by watching those cartoons over and over and drawing what i saw on screen. I still remember the first time i saw ren and stimpy...I was asleep...my dad comes bursting into my room and woke me up saying "Frank! you gotta see this thing on TV...there's a cartoon cat looking for his FART!"....genious.

So anyways...a decade later...I'm in LA doing what I love..and I got to meet one of my largest influences...he gave us a very insightful talk on the "animation biz"...his honesty can come across as harsh at times...but he def knows what hes talking about and his passion for the art form is extremely evident. I'm a passionate guy myself...I think you have to have that passion to be an artist, and as most artists do...we have some pretty solid ideals of what our art should be, and what it should live up to. John genuinely wants the best to come out of the animation industry...and his words were extremely inspiring...I was lucky to meet this guy, fortunately everyone can check everything hes about at his blog...if you havent read through it...you should at:


http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/



Here are some experimental doodles John did on Painter during his visit...

pretty good stuff. I def had a nerd attack today







Sunday, May 25, 2008

Hollywood: 3 Weeks Later

Unfortunately I haven't been able to post since I arrived in Hollywood, but here I am...3 weeks in...alive and well...amazing.
I've had an incredible first impression though. Not only is LA an awesome, surreal place..Six Point Harness is such a great studio...it definitely surpassed my expectations. The people who work there have welcomed us so readily. Within the first few days they trusted us to work on "real" projects. So far I've done lots of designing...a little bit of animation. I'm all settled by this point, and already 100 times more comfortable with flash than i was on my first day. But so far so good! I'll try my best to post updates as the summer progresses. Unfortunately I don't think I'm going to be able to post much art work due to confidentiality agreements...damn top secret cartoons.

A character design I did for work...not the usual style I prefer...but you gotta leave your comfort zone every once in a while and try something different...this particular project has some strict ass style guidelines though. Hopefully i made the best of it.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Sheridan 2008 Film Trailer

Our good buddy Brock did a Great thing for all us third years at Sheridan. He put together a beautiful montage of scenes taken from all our group films. A great eidt that captures some of the finer moments. I love it. Nice work Brock.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Evil Stevil Jumps Again: A Retrospective Look


So now that the film’s done, school’s done, and I’ve had a chance to settle into some relaxation, I figured it would be interesting to do a little retrospective piece on the experience I’ve had with the film over the past year. Here are a few things I learned through production of this film…some serious…some funny...some seriously funny:

1) Don’t over work a story.
2) Strong characters go a long way.
3) Maintaining continuity takes a lot of organization and communication.
4) Clean up is a bitch.
5) Adobe After Effects is God.
6) Energy drinks are your friend.
7) Sleep is for the weak.
8) Your peers are your greatest resource for learning.
9) When designing a character, be conscious of line mileage. (Tons of wrinkles and hairs suck.)
10) Entertainment value is everything.
11) You’re not making a film for yourself; you’re making it for an audience.
12) Animation is not just a career path, it’s a lifestyle.

Like any valuable life experience, this group film definitely had its ups and downs. As tedious as animation is as an art form…I forgot about any of the struggle we had, all the sleepless nights, any frustration…it totally vanished upon seeing our finished film at the screening. It was such a rewarding experience to have developed some stupid idea I came up with in the shower all the way to something tangible that an audience can enjoy.
All the 3rd year films turned out incredible, and as a class I think we can all be very proud. Each one had its own unique story and visual style. Now, of course I’m a little biased, but our group in particular took on a pretty ambitious film idea, that ended up being one of the longer films and I truly believe it was a success. As a group we were definitely fortunate to have ended up with one another. We had a strong bunch with such a wide variety of strengths to draw from and I’m thankful I got to share this experience with them.

I think the real eye opener for me, was when I started showing our film to my friends and family outside of the animation bubble, who know nothing about the technical side of it. I can sit and pick out every mistake in our film….every continuity error, every pixel that may be off….But does that matter?...Does that ruin the film? Absolutely not. I think as artists we tend to claim ownership of our work and can easily become selfish and want to create it for ourselves…but all art is nothing with out an audience. Animation especially, is a medium used to entertain others. Our audience enjoyed our film (thank god) and didn’t notice any of those nit-picky mistakes that only an animation nerd would. They see it for the story and for the characters. And that’s what it’s all about. If you can communicate a well developed story with engaging characters and have some funny drawings along the way, you will succeed in entertaining your audience and as an animator. (not to discredit the technical side of animation of course.)

Anyways, I went and made a bunch of screen captures of our film for you all to enjoy. I tried to pick frames with some of the more interesting facial expressions and such. Unfortunately I can’t post the actual film online because I think we want to submit it to a few festivals. I’ll be posting my own individual scenes shortly. But for now, take a look at the screen caps. I put the name of the person who did the particular scene under each picture.
Have a good one.


Matt


Haine


Jack

Igor


Frank

Frank


Frank


Frank


Frank


Frank

Frank


Frank


Frank


Frank


Frank

Frank


Frank


Veronika


Frank


Frank


Rory


Rory


Rory


Rory


Haine


Haine

Rory

Rory


Rory


Rory


Veronika


Jack


Kayla


Jason


Igor


Igor


Tracy


Tracy


Jack and Haine


Vivian and Rory


Vivian


Rory


Rory


Jack


Si Yeun


Veronika


What a ride. Can't wait to do it all again next year...but this time...on my own...*menacing music*