Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Grave Escape Pt 1

First boards done 100% in Photoshop
One of our best episodes. Some of my best work. Some of everyone's best work, I think.
Animated in Hollywood, USA - by the great 6 Point Harness Studio.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Coup De Race

Here's the last of the beat boards done in Corel Painter. At this point in the production, the general instability of Painter was costing us more time than it saved. I had to finish with pencil and paper to make the deadline.
After this it was all Photoshop.
Coup De Race was animated by the supurb 6 Point Harness studio in Hollywood, and they really delivered.
Musically, the cartoon tips the hat at Hair Metal Masters , Motley Crue. And I've never seen Composer Shawn Patterson happier!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

El Tigre Wins!

Holy Cow! El Tigre won the Annie last night for Best Television Production for Children!

To stand on the same stage as three of my biggest animation heroes, Brad Bird, John K and Glen Keane...Unbelievable!

Here's what I wanted to say last night, but forgot the instant I stepped up to the podium:

An award like this belongs to the entire crew, so I'd like to thank everyone - both at home and abroad, who worked so hard to make something we can all be proud of.

I would like to give a special thanks to our friends at Boulder Media for giving us the best animation on TV.

Also a special thanks to Shawn Patterson for his beautiful music.

A big thank you to Tim Yoon, the World's Greatest Line Producer.

And a big thank you to Jorge and Sandra for letting us not just work on, but really be a part of their wonderful creation.

A few pictures:

Sandra, Jorge, Me and Tim Yoon - World's Greatest Line Producer!

World's Toughest Composer Shawn Patterson!

Me, Annie Nominated super genius animator Monica Kennedy, her friend, Annie winner Sandra Equihua, and DOUBLE Annie winner Jorge Gutierrez!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Eye Caramba

Sometimes a script wouldn't be ready when beatboard were due to begin. When that would happen, I would talk with the writers to find out what the network was happy with and what was likely to change.

In the case of Eye Caramba, the only thing we were sure of was that there would be a fight at the end.

As a side note, one of the things that did get approved (and boarded) was a sequence where the Mayor's goons torture and murder White Pantera's hero liscence.

We cut it for length and taste reasons.