FXX EVERY ‘SIMPSONS’ EVER CAMPAIGN
I had the great opportunity to work on this campaign at LA-based studio Roger. I had fun animating characters like Groundskeeper Willie, Ralph Wiggum and Mr. Barns.
Roger has a super talented team and everyone did a crazy awesome job on this campaign. I am just happy to have been a part of it. Roger was featured on Motionographer where you can read an Q&A with Executive Creative Director TerryLee.
Now go and get your binge watching on!
I LOVE BEING AN ANIMATOR!
Thanks to my bud Arthur for sharing this with me. Check out a cool peek into the makings of the Turtles facial animation FX.
THE ENDING IS BRILLIANT
This is a well done animation by 4Creative for a good cause. You can check out Channel 4 to learn more.
TOY OF THE WEEK
PHEW! Time is flying by fast! I have so many new toys I can not wait to share with you.
This week I am sharing my exclusive San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Baymax action figure from Disney’s Big Hero 6. This little guy was very hard to get.
First, you had to wake up really early to be in the front of the line to get into the convention. Second, when the doors open you have to speed walk as fast as you can because they will kick you out if you run. If you are lucky you will reach the Disney Big Hero 6 booth before they finishing handing out ONLY 50 tickets.
I missed out on a ticket for the first two tries. The 3rd day however I struck gold and received one of the last few tickets left. I was a happy camper.
BABY GROOT. SOOOOO CUTE!!!
Nellie and I went on a mommy/daddy date and saw Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. It was a fantastic movie and I give it a 10/10.
There was also a bonus scene after the movie ends of baby Groot dancing. Cool tidbit, the video reference the animator used to animate baby Groot was actual a video of Director, James Gunn dancing. The clip was received so well from a test audience that they put it right at the end of the movie.
You can read more about it HERE.
R.I.P. ROBIN WILLIAMS
I am so sad he is gone. I feel fortunate to have immortalized Robin Williams in my Class 6 animation while attending Animation Mentor. I used the audio from Good Will Hunting when Robin Williams is telling a story about how his wife farts in bed.
Turns out this dialogue was improvised by Robin. You can read more about that HERE.
We will miss you greatly. My prayers and thoughts go out to all of his family, friends and fans.
THIS IS LAUGH YOUR BUTT OFF FUNNY
I hope this video can bring a smile to your face and a laugh to your gut!
These are pretty awesome!
A PART OF AN ANIMATION BREAKFAST
It has been my tradition for the past few weeks at my current freelance gig to get the animation juices flowing with a lucky bowl of cereal! Isn’t it charming! (See what I did there…lucky and charming…get it?)
DONNIE IS MY FAVORITE!
I loved Donatello before I even knew what a geek was. He is always the first TMNT toy that I buy when a new set comes out. Besides loving turtles in general, Donnie always appealed to me because he loved to create things. He even created my favorite TMNT character of all-time in the new Nickelodeon series, Metalhead.
Donnie always seems to prefer peace rather than fighting but when the time comes he is more than capable of taking care of himself with his Bo Staff.
As I grew older I began to realize how much Donnie and I have in common. I love technology, I am a lover not a fighter and I love the process of creating.
Who’s your favorite?
MY HEROES IN A HALF SHELL! COWABUNGA!
I Love my girls. They are precious to me. We are all excited for the fun times ahead!
You can TMNT yourself HERE!
THE LEGEN OF THE YOKAI
For the past couple of months I have been watching and keeping track of the new TMNT movie coming out. I am grasping for the hope that the movie has a strong story, humor and awesome action.
I have to say, I am convinced this movie is going to deliver. I am a big TMNT fan and sometimes that can be a detriment because I can become too critical. I want to put that aside for this movie and just be a big kid again and enjoy another generation of the TMNT.
Above is a cool trailer that tells of a legend that happened long ago. Check it out and be a kid.
THAT’S NO MOON!
So there I was animating and I needed a snack. I grabbed a bag of Barbecue “popchips" and busted open the greatness that they are. What happened next I did not expect. THE DEATH STAR CHIP!!! Crazy right!?
So yeah, thats my highlight for today. Oh, and the project I am freelancing on right now is the coolest project I have ever worked on in the past 10 years of my carrier. I am super excited to share it with you after they air on TV in October. Stay tuned!
May the potato be with you!
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes
Another awesome song by Weird Al for his new album, “Mandatory Fun.” Check out the music video! It is a fantastic kinetic typography piece. I love this guy!
HEROES IN A HALF SHELL: A TMNT ART TRIBUTE EXHIBIT
Saturday our little family visited Gallery Nucleus for a TMNT exhibit. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the TMNT. It is crazy to think I am the same age as TMNT.
The first 30 attendees received a free TMNT toy and the following 500 attendees received a free TMNT mask with your color of choice. The line for this exhibit was incredibly long and wrapped around the block. It was fun to see so many TMNT fans in one spot.
The exhibit had free drinks, photo taking with the TMNT themselves and a killer collection of fan art. The upstairs proportion of the gallery included concept sketches and imagery from the 3D cartoon series of TMNT on Nickelodeon. It also had props from the live action TMNT movies including Michelangeo’s robotic head and the rat puppet that was used for the flashback scene in the first TMNT movie.
There was an original TMNT arcade signed by Kevin Eastmen that you could play and 3 artists signing. This included Ciro Nieli, Executive Producer & Irineo Maramba, Design Supervisor of Nickelodeon’s TMNT. The third artist was Dan Duncan, TMNT Comic Book Artists, IDW Publishing.
We had a great time but there were so many people there that we eventually had to leave. It was a bummer because TMNT fans are a good crowd.
If you are ever in the Alhambra area stop by and check out Gallery Nucleus.