Monday, January 23, 2017

SING!...and some boards from it.

Very happy to be starting off the new year, able to look back on 2016 and my good fortune at having been a part of 3 fun, unique and successful animated films all released in a single year.

That's a true rarity that I will always be grateful for.  As we all know, these little films we make take years and years to complete, and if you're lucky in our business you occasionally can get one credit per year at best, but to have 3 in one was totally the luck of the draw.

SING really turned into something special and surprising, and like most animated features, it was a different creature at the start than the one that was released into the theaters.  That's just how the process of making animated films seems to go, and it's usually to the benefit of the film.

So, much of the boarding I did on SING was from the 3rd ACT of the film, which is the part that changed most dramatically.  More on those changes and how they came about in another post.

But here's a brief, fun sequence between an exhausted Rosita and her dance partner, the ever enthusiastic, Gunter.

Friday, January 13, 2017


Happy New Year and with that comes a new challenge.

I've really wanted to concentrate on my own writing for a while now.  I've always been working on scripts, pitches, outlines throughout my years in animation, but this year, I really want to make writing original content a priority.

So, to that end, I've started a public Facebook page where on the 13th of every month (-plus one extra story posted on Halloween) I will post an original short story with accompanying sketch.  The stories are weird, dark, sad, twisted,  gruesome, all the things that I like.  Think, Edward Gorey, meets Tim Burton, meets me.

It's a good way to keep myself accountable to my own creative writing goals.  Other bigger writing projects are in the works, but I thought this might be a kind of writing sketchbook.  The stories are written in about a day, so I'm not giving myself too much time to fret over them, just going with my first initial instincts and putting them out into the world.

I hope it will be fun and inspiring and entertaining.

Would love any and everyone to follow along on the journey.

I'll still be posting tons of boards from my animation work too.  I've got to catch up with postings from Angry Birds, Pets and Sing! before Despicable Me 3 hits, otherwise I'll never get everything up and out.

Here's the link to, THE GLASS GIRL on my Facebook page for my 13 stories.