A pilot that I worked on as a Clean-Up Artist has just won two awards from Screen Nova Scotia, taking both Best Aniamted Series, and the DANS Award for Outstanding Achievement in Animation! I'm stoked to have gotten to work on a project that managed to get that level of recognition, and I'm excited to see where the project will go from here. I would love the opportunity to work on it again once I'm back in Canada.
Powered by a surge in views on Grave Mistake, my YouTube channel has crossed the 10,000 subscriber mark! This is an awesome achievement that I honestly never thought I'd get to hit! In celebration, I made a short video, bringing back the character that really did the heavy lifting in getting my channel to this point, using original animation assets and backgrounds from Grave Mistake, dug up from an old hard drive.
Big thanks to everyone who's clicked that subscribe button so far, and hopefully this will just be part of launching onward to bigger and better things when I do eventually make a proper return to professional animation!
These started as little doodles done to amuse myself, but I eventually built up enough of them to put together a whole asdf/Vine compilation style video for them. I'm actually really happy with some of the animation in here too - particularly the first skit and the "get out of your own head" skit.
After years of talking about it and planning, the first Doctor Chaotic short is finally complete! The time I've had out of studio has given me some free time and creative energy to finally pour into completing this short, which has existed as doodles and separate little plans in many various points since back when I was at university. The backgrounds are definitely something I want to improve on next time I do a Doctor Chaotic short, but I'm mostly happy with the character animation, and most importantly I'm happy that this finally exists, after so long stuck as an idea. Hope you enjoy it!
The show I've been working on and that I was working on last summer is now available to watch online! Season one is up on the CBC website now, with season two likely coming later this year! Addison is about a young inventor and her friends setting out to solve the mysteries of their local neighbourhood. It airs on CBC every Saturday at 10am.
Gotta say - it feels pretty great to have my name in the credits of an actual TV show! Hopefully the first of many!
The first season of the first show I worked on at Cartoon Conrad is now available to watch on Netflix! I animated on the second half of the season, and helped with animation revisions on various episodes of the first half, as well as touching up backgrounds occasionally when needed. My name's even in the credits for at least some of the episodes! Feels good to be a part of a real show for the first time.
At this point, I'm currently working on a different show, destined for television on CBC, but it'll be interesting to see if We're Lalaloopsy does well enough to get a second season.
A webtoon I helped animate on at Cartoon Conrad has gone online! I worked on the winter and Christmas specials for the show "Max and Midnight", and they're available to watch on YouTube now. Catch the embeds below:
So I finally got round to updating my CV/resume with my new Canadian contact address, as well as the work I did for Tribal Group. With so much stuff on there now, I figured it was time to bump This is Normal off the list, as it isn't technically animation work. 7 of the 13 items on there were either for a client or a studio, and 4 of the 13 have been since graduating. The storyboarding position at Huminah didn't work out, but I've got "maybe's" from a couple places over animation positions/commissions, so hopefully it won't be long until the next time I get to add more to this!
This new CV is available for download on the Work page!
So I've finally gotten the animatic sorted! I'm still one line of dialogue down from having all of the final voices down, but other than that, I've got the story, the jokes, the shots and the timing of everything all worked out! It's currently unlisted on my YouTube, but if you don't mind spoilers, it's embedded below the Read More break.
I recently took a side commission alongside my work at Sun and Moon, for this training company called Tribal, who do software to help businesses and educators track classes and training, etc. Similar to the Wessex ad, it's in a much more motion-graphics-like style.
Video's embedded below the Read More break.
So, the story of "Grave Mistake" is not quite over yet! Alongside hitting 10k views on YouTube, and getting noted recognition for being featured on the front page of Newgrounds (where it has another 8k views) when they introduced that new trophy, it has been nominated for the RTS Student Awards West of England in the Animation category! It faces stiff competition in the form of Frank Harper's beautifully crafted "Between the Trees", and Arty Hunt's politically charged "A Messy State of Affairs", but I still can't wait to see it up on the screen at the Watershed on February 11.
So the "Bring Your Own Animation" meetup group here in Bristol asked a few months back if anyone in the group was interested in creating some stings for them, and recently I finally got round to making my contribution. It'd been too long since I'd done anything properly with my character Sprakle, so I thought it'd be good to use him for it.
I wasn't sure I'd get the chance to use the above loop again, but luck came my way, and I'll be spending 6 weeks working full time at Sun and Moon Studios again! I was last there for a week of work experience in January this year, and I'm so glad that I'll get to join everyone there again.
Wessex Student Bus Pass
So recently, I was recently contacted by one of the people from CrowdReach.co.uk to animate an advert for the Wessex Star bus service for university students. All of the visual aspects were left to me, including the visual design (beyond a basic "motion graphic" style mentioned in the original e-mail) and the storyboarding, as well as the animation.
The deadline was super-tight - I only had the final audio in the last two days of working on it, and only had the script for two days before that, so this was completed in it's entirety in 4 days.
So with the free time I've had after finishing at A Productions, I've cooked up a quick entry into Show Me The Animation's "Do it in Ten" competition. The last theme they had was "Sweat", so I decided to play around a little bit with mine. You can see it on the SMTA website here, or on the YouTube embed below.
I've successfully applied for an internship at A Productions here in Bristol! I'll be there 8 weeks until the 21st August. It'll be great to finally have my foot fully in the door of the industry and to be working full time in a studio.
Let's do this!
I figured it was about time that I updated my showreel with a small selection of bits from "Grave Mistake", especially considering it's getting time to think about applying for jobs for after graduation.
On top of this, an updated CV is now available on the Work page.
So I've been getting on with the animation phase of Grave Mistake, and I'm really getting into the swing of it. My current strategy is to go through it and focus on animating one character at a time, going through their shots chronologically. It's working well so far - I'm a third of the way through the shots featuring the Girl.
While making one of the longer shots today, I found a piece of animation that, if you reverse it, looks like dancing. It was funny, so I went ahead and made it.
I asked around at uni to see if anyone else was doing anything like this with their stuff. Apparently, it's not unusual.