Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Shana Tova 2011

For this Jewish New Year (Rosh HaShana) I made a Rage Mouse themed greeting. As many of you know, the New Year custom is to dip apple in honey, so that we have a sweet year. I chose to dip an angry mouse in it.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Too Badass...

My sons Ben, Gidon and Dan made a short film titled Too Bad Ass  inspired by Freddiew's channel on youtube.
Check it out! I'm so proud...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Recording Eric Bauza for 'Rage Mouse'

Rage Mouse in on fire. Today I spent a session recording amazing voice talent Eric Bauza, of Loony Tunes and countless other animated characters fame. Eric was in a studio in Burbank, CA, and I was directing him via video chat from Sydney, Australia. I got some snapshots of Bauzilla in action...
In this preliminary scratch session for my film, Eric voiced three different characters with a ridiculous range of depth and comedic style. Being a creator as well, his understanding of story and character makes him a pleasure to work with and huge contribution to the success of Rage Mouse.
I'm about to start cutting the dialogue into the story reel. After almost a year of boarding this project alone, it's like I've opened the door and let in a stellar team from CG animation, design, cinematography, music and voice... every one a talent, a team player, and all together the rocket fuel to launch this film in to space.
Enjoying every second of it. More in it soon.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pitch Boards

I recently drew a set of pitch boards for writer Producer D.J. MacHale's new live-action feature project. The images below are NOT from his project, but I made them in a similar style. 
The key is fast visualization of dramatic moments, quickly working out angles and indicating the action. Occasionally, a color treatment is made to communicate mood, or to liven up a static composition. These presentation images are more invested than animation boards, because their purpose is to engage an audience in a business meeting, quite different to an animator briefing or editorial session on an animated film. In pitch boards, every frame must deliver the promise of entertainment, whether in comedy, epic action or drama.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011