Monday, September 28, 2009


This episode was not only storyboarded by the Emmy winning Eddie Trigueros, he wrote the story as well! And what a story he wrote- full of love, betrayal and jealousy! Juicy stuff!

Jealousy is the funniest emotion as far as I'm concerned - and it's certainly my favorite to draw.
It's so shameful and socially unacceptable - and everyone tries so hard to pretend that they don't feel it - but everyone does.

But my favorite thing about jealousy makes sane people lose their minds in ways that are both terrifying and hilarious. Like the Astronaut that put on diapers to cross state lines and kidnap that woman. Terrifying and hilarious. She said she did it for love, but that was jealousy, pure 100% uncut, crazy jealousy. So once you establish that a character is jealous, they can do the craziest stuff, things that would normally be unthinkable, and it will ring true with an audience.

People do the same kind of thing when they're in love - which is why Frida acts like she does. They crap on their friends, turn their back on their family... All good stuff too.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

And The Winner is...

El Tigre!!! Four times!!!!
Our crew made a sweep, bringing home four Emmys for the little tiger that could
Jorge Gutierrez for Character Design
Jerry De Jesus for Production Design
Eddie Trigueros for his EL TIGRE board - Frida's Brain
And The Director's won for Best Directing!!!

The winning episode was "The Good The Bad And El Tigre."
Check out the beat boards below!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Big Night This Saturday

Hey Everybody,

Wish the El Tigre Directing crew luck on Saturday night. We're nominated for an Emmy!

Jorge and Jerry DeJesus have already won in their Individual Achievement categories, for Character Design and Production Design. Tigre alumnus Eddie Trigueros also won for Storyboard on The Mighty B! Hopefully we directors can keep up with out super talented colleagues!

Here are the beat boards for Chupacabros. There are only four more Tigre beatboards after this. Then I'll start posting beatboards from my current job - The Fairly Oddparents.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Mech Daddy

I'm a huge giant robot nerd. Working in Los Angeles, you don't get a chance to direct many shows about giant robots. So when Jorge gave me a chance, I really wanted to do a good job.
One thing I tried to do was push the contrasts - between close ups and wide shots:
Contrasts of small objects and large objects
Between wanton destruction and suburban life

Three dimensional character movement and two dimensional character movement.
Contrast between dark interiors and bright interiors
The rockets not starting was a little experiment in adding tension...

There's a killer shot missing here of Giant Robot Sanchez flying above the clouds with his children in his hand - and the bright sun at his back. It was put in after the pitch because of a suggestion by Audrey Diehl -one of our Network Executives, who always had really good ideas.
I think the shot worked so well because it nicely contrasted all of the tension built up at the end of the sequence.

Contrast between fast cuts and long cuts. This last shot ended up over 20 seconds long. The previous 20 shots were all shorter than three.
It was an experiment, and I think it came off. And if we had more episodes, I definitely would have tried to do more. 

Monday, January 5, 2009

Tigre + Curevo

This was the last beat board I did before Gabe Swarr became our second Director.  Prior to this I had directed every episodes myself. It was an awesome experience, but mentally and physically I was at my limit - and you can see at the end of the beatboard, my arm just gave out.

After Gabe came on, life got a lot better, and so did the shows. With half my Directing workload lifted, there was a lot more time to spend on everything! As the Supervising Producer I still worked on every episode. But with a super genius like Gabe at the helm, I didn't have to worry about much. His episodes are some of our best. My only regret is that we didn't promote him sooner.