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This second minisode for GSF was a lot of fun to do because there’s very little movement and I had to pretty much do everything with cuts, pushes, angles, and to try to play on the repetitive theme of the shots themselves. I put in some little jokes in the background with the help of the guys at GSF though I’m not sure if everyone can see it due to the resolution, but they’re there

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I signed on to do topical animated minisodes for the guys over at Global Sports Fraternity. All of the clips will be based on this season of the NBA, so the agreed turnaround time is about a week to keep things fresh and relevant. The way it worked, the guys at GSF would send me an audio file and I would put animation to that. They did all the writing and audio work and I

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Last week I was skiing in Italy so I wasn’t able to do any work on “Broken Egg”. It was a really nice break for me to get out of the office and recharge – then again, so is the Music stage. What I love about the Music stage isn’t just that I love to write music, it’s that I’m able to work it strategically into my workflow so that I can break up the

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Ok so here we are with the second part of the Storyboard stage. If you didn’t catch last week’s blog you might want to do that before you read this. Last week I did the thumbnail storyboards on a bunch of Post-Its; this week I took out my sketchbook, 2 pencils (H and 2B), a kneaded eraser, straight edge, and a pencil sharpener and sat at my drafting table to do the proper storyboards. I

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Ok, storyboards… I love them. This stage is where I get to have a lot of fun. It’s basically where the images I’ve been developing in my head and feeling out in the Art Direction stage meet story which meets stream of consciousness imagination (I wrote that four times; it’s seriously the best way I can explain it). I’ve already roughed out a bit of the song with a really old midi sequencer called JazeWare;

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So this is the second post in the Art Direction stage for “Broken Egg” so if you haven’t read that yet, you might want to in order to get the whole picture of the Art Direction stage. Ok, on with the post. Now that I’ve gotten a feel for painting with Corel Painter to get the art style I was after, I’m going to move on to the characters. Depending on the project, you can

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Since, for this particular project I don’t have any dialogue to write, the script portion is just made up of bullet notes – just putting in the list of events and actions that happen in chronological order. I’ve gotten that portion down on a few sticky notes and I’ll revisit it before my storyboards phase to make sure everything still works on both a conceptual as well as visual level. Right now, however, I’m doing

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I’m working on my new short “Broken Egg” and now’s a good time to make a post about the first stage: concept. This stage is not a very complicated… well… concept; very simply it’s where I decide whatever I want to do with the project – where I want it to go, what I want it to say, etc. This is where notebooks, sticky pads, unused envelopes, and napkins come in handy. Usually an idea

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I did a bunch of small animated shorts for a company called United Stations. They are a company that produces radio content and they wanted to add animation to some of their radio sketches; so they gave me the audio clips, and I did the rest. As a freelancer you take any job you can get, but it always feels good to take one-man-animation gigs like this that I can just unleash on. Each of

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With this first open release of a short I wanted to have all the elements come straight through me; so all the designs, voices, sound effects, music, and animation got their own slot in my workflow. Because of all these disciplines I had to jump between I wasn’t able to spend all the time I wanted to on the animation in specific. To get around the issue of time I did almost all the animation

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