The end of my “Shame Film Festival”

Alright everyone,

It’s been a great week with some eye-popping animation. I hope you all have enjoyed watching these vignettes and hope that you were also able to learn from your experience here. After all, that’s why we keep this blog; to share ideas, designs, diversions and creativity.

To close this week, I thought I’d post two additional pieces of animation. One is a stop motion piece called Her Morning Elegance.

Her Morning Elegance


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Anime Blues

In the late 1980’s I was attending the University of Pittsburgh and trying to cut my teeth at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. At that time Filmmakers were the only gig in town for limited-release, avante garde films and one weekend we had the honor of hosting a film from Japan called Akira.


Image courtesy of Bandai and Geneon Entertainment

At the time, American audiences were familiar with Japanese animation pretty much exclusively through Speed... Read more »


Sweet Dreams

I completely forgot about posting this today alongside Kirsten Lepore’s “Story from North America.” She has a stop motion animation piece entitled “Sweet Dreams” which just received a Special Jury Award at SXSW 2009.


At the artist’s request, please watch in ‘HQ’ (high quality) mode on YouTube

Don’t worry Anime fans, I’ll get to you tomorrow 😉


Story from North America

My kids and I are HUGE fans of Thurop Van Orman’s “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack” about an excitable, adventure-loving boy and his washed-up, old sailor mentor. If you haven’t watched it, the show is downright brilliant.


Thurop Van Orman’s “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack”

This post isn’t about that show, but about the style of animation. Animators were worried in the late 70’s and early 80’s because their craft was being destroyed... Read more »


My 15 year anniversary…

Many of our clients don’t know that years ago I studied animation under legendary animator Chuck Jones (thanks to the extraordinary efforts of professor David Weinkauf). In fact, my first 16mm animations were done using the same equipment used by the team Warner Brothers (Tex Avery, Friz Freeling, etc) back in the golden age of animation.

Mr. Jones was the creator of classic characters like the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. He also collaborated... Read more »


10 Super Useful Tools for Choosing the Right Color Palette

Whether you are designing a clean corporate website or a grunge portfolio site, color is going to play a major role in how the design is perceived by the audience. That’s why it’s important to get the colors right upfront. There are plenty of tools out there made especially for this, but like anything else some are better than others. Here are 10 color tools that I think are exceptionally useful.

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