The news blog is back again after a year. The time has flown by. Production of season one of 101D is slowing and the crew is getting smaller every week. The last few shows are going through animatic and layout. Its been an amazing ride!
Now that Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed! has been released, I thought I'd post a couple of board panels from the very first episode "Edubot" 4000. This was the first Episode and was done in Photoshop. And also, for comparison, a few frames from "Pie Sky" drawn in Panelforge . I did one show using Panelforge which had its good points but didn't work at all well on Mac at that time.
Life at Passion is great and going by way too fast. The show and the team are awesome. I'm really lucky to have such a great story crew. Bianca Ansem, Max Loubaresse, Althea Aseoche and Robair Nelson. Missing is Adrian Maganza and out of house Barry Reynolds. Top drawer talent and people.
The times here again to move onto new things. Many thanks to all the guys at Cartoon Saloon for having me these last 6 months. Ive loved working on Wolfwalkers and the two new shows they're developing.
Ive a pretty free week before I move onto my next role as Storyboard supervisor at Passion Pictures. Im really excited to start work on another great show with a great team.
I'm a very lucky chap.
I'm back after my time on Wolfwalkers. Great to work with Tomm, Ross, and the team at Cartoon Saloon. The projects they have cooking in their new studio are amazing!
Tomm and my fellow story artists pictured.
I'm home working on a great new Saloon project. It's pretty epic and its a given with the Saloon that it looks amazing.
Freelancing is going well. I continue to stick to my guns and work on things I really want to. Im currently over in Ireland helping out on Wolfwalkers. So great to be working with the Cartoon Saloon guys again.
Work is going great right now. I'm working with the wonderful folks at Plugin Media on their new show Such a brilliant bunch of people!
And also developing a few things with my pals at Mackinnon and Saunders. I'm alway enthused coming away from the MS studio. So many things to try and not touch.
We are pitching next week anyway...so a few more early starts needed yet.
My thanks to the amazing Studio Soi for having me on their project. I'm home again now, freelancing on a great new show and working on some fun new stuff with my producer pal.
On Sunday (tomorrow) I fly out to Stuttgart to start working on the show Rasmus Klump for the brilliant Studio Soi.
A nice release image of Nella and Trink.
In less than two weeks I start as a director at the wonderful Studio Soi. I can't wait to meet the guys there and dive in. Lots to do before I leave for Germany. Very exciting!
Nella The Princess Knight, the show I Series Directed, is set to premiere on Nickelodeon USA in February 2017. Not sure of the UK date yet. The official release image really doesn't do the show justice.
The last week or so Ive had a very rushed but fun job to do. Illustrating 30+ images for my friends Mackinnon and Saunders, for a project called Scary Fairy. An epic spooky poem written and performed by Craig Charles with the BBC Philharmonic. The images were projected at the concert last night. I couldn't make it unfortunately but the show will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Friday 6 January.
Many thanks to all at MAF for the invitation to run a Storyboarding Workshop and the super cool badge! I had a great time.
It took a while to get back into gear after the Christmas break, but things are progressing full steam. By the end of the month, the crew will be double what it is now. We so need more biscuits!
Voice records have started in New York. Our cast is amazing! Next step is dropping the real dialogue into the animatic in place of the scratch track.
Also in the news our studio is in the top 50 creative companies in England.
And Ive even started on my Animex talk. No pressure.
That was quick! Christmas already!. The show is moving very fast and we are well into animatics. Brown Bag Films is building an amazing studio in Manchester with an awesome international crew. We have a new art director all the way from L.A, and a Spanish animation director due to start in the new year. We also have another American staff writer in house AND a studio dog called Jack.
Also in the new year I'll be speaking at Animex . My first public talk. Gulp!