Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Moral Orel meets its Maker....

It is getting late in the day on a Wednesday night as I type this entry from my desk in the Animation Department office at Shadow Animation. Several animators are still out on the stages finishing up the final handful of shots on an amazing third season of Moral Orel. We're wrapping up several weeks earlier than originally planned- Moral Orel has officially been cancelled.

It's not all bad news though! Cartoon Network let us down easy, allowing us to shoot thirteen of the planned twenty episodes. And they look amazing. We are rushed here at the end, as always, but somehow this amazing crew of people has managed to create something beautiful on a really tough schedule. All the departments work at an insane pace to ensure everything is built, rigged and lit so we can shoot around 11 minutes of animation a week. The scripts that show creator Dino Stamatopoulos wrote this season provided us with a lot of inspiration. I feel like this season will give viewers a truly unique stop-motion experience that can't be compared to anything that's ever been done with the technique. I was really honored to serve as Animation Director and doubly honored to take the helm as Director on one of the episodes titled "Alone".

Please support stop-motion on Cartoon Network by tuning into the final season of Moral Orel when it begins airing in August! I'll announce the exact date and time as soon as I know it, and also I'll post some behind-the-scenes photos.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Announcing Buddy System Studios

My buddies John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner have started their own stop-motion company called "Buddy System Studios". This animation power-duo can handle all your stop-motion needs. I had the honor of working on their first couple of contracted projects and I can tell there are big things ahead for these guys. Head on over to Buddy System Studios and check out their reel.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Brawl Magnet has left the building...

I finished the last shot of the scene I have been working on! This marks the completion of just over six minutes of footage from SuperBattle. My goal now is to polish this first act of the film (with sound design, music and effects) so that I can start showing it around to try and get the support I need to finish.

Here's a 3d shot of Brawl Magnet as he made his exit... (for now).