Authorship

Posted by on Dec 15, 2010 in Feature Articles | No Comments

I’ve had a crazy busy year in 2010 (knock on wood), with my happy little virtual studio completing an eleven minute industrial film, two pilots, six original Sesame shorts, and about 150 (believe it or not) one-minute flash cartoons for Sesame Street E…

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

I haven’t shared this particular story in one of my books, and I think that’s because I didn’t know how I could frame it into a learnable lesson. One of my favorite quotes from my friend, veteran development executive Linda Simensky is, “You’re not wor…

It happened in NY Animation: 2010 Edition

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It happened in NY Animation: 2010 Edition

The whole world seems to be “list happy,” so how can I resist compiling a list of important happenings in NY Animation for our soon-to-be-departing year. If you notice any milestones missed, feel free to include them in the comments below. Wishing you …

5 Lessons from the Fab 4

Posted by on Nov 27, 2010 in Feature Articles | No Comments
5 Lessons from the Fab 4

There are two kinds of people in this world. People who appreciate The Beatles, and people who will eventually appreciate them. Think I’m wrong? All the Beatle-bashers I’ve known eventually asked me to lend them one of their CDs. Richard O’ Connor, I’m…

The Trouble with “Name That Tune”

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The Trouble with “Name That Tune”

Stills from Bonnie and Clyde (1967).Forgive another post comparing an old live action movie to today’s animated features, but I am once again moved to do so. I recently caught a screening of Megamind, not because I was burning with curiosity nor was i…

RISD and The Slacker New Wave

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RISD and The Slacker New Wave

Above still from The Fran and Will Krause Cartoon Network pilot, Utica Cartoon, which is an example of how RISD’s Slacker New Wave broke through to the mainstream over a ten year period to put a stamp on today’s TV animation era.Adventure Time, Regular…

“…the better the drawer…”

Posted by on Nov 7, 2010 in Feature Articles | No Comments
“…the better the drawer…”

Some more stills from my latest short, Grandpa Looked Like William Powell, which is decidedly (and unashamedly) not about sophisticated drawing nor full animation. At my book launch event at MoCCA, my friend, talented animator Stephen Mead, asked me if…

New Book Week!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2010 in Feature Articles | No Comments
New Book Week!

It would be a missed opportunity not to use this space to announce that my new book, Directing Animation (Allworth Press) finally drops this week on Tuesday November 2nd! To celebrate the occasion, I’m moderating a panel on the subject of directing ani…

Recent Gig as a Case Study

Posted by on Oct 20, 2010 in Feature Articles | No Comments
Recent Gig as a Case Study

I just finished up a big gig that encompassed all my virtual animation studio phillosphies in one. The job was directing an eleven minute film for a Southwestern state’s conservation division. Now, bear in mind that I have no agent or rep, nor do I loo…

Dissatisfaction and You

Posted by on Oct 15, 2010 in Feature Articles | No Comments
Dissatisfaction and You

Call it a symptom of being part of the New York animation scene that I have always gravitated towards the animation heroes that develop their own unique approach to the art form and carve out a singular career. Our town, maybe more than any other anima…