11 April 2016

13 February 2016

Animex 2016


This year I had the pleasure to be invited at Animex Festival with Dan Lund to give a talk about our Global Barn, how we made "Aria for a Cow" and to have some of the art  Amos Sussigan and myself  had made displayed at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.

The festival runs for a week with speakers coming in to give lectures about their different field of work and experiences, networking events with the students/attendees, and workshops. I had gone for 2 days in 2014 but this year was to outdo anything I have had the chance to go to before. This wasn't only because of the range and quality of the talks, the various events that went on each day, a special screening of Zootropolis, and even an engagement to round up the week, but mostly for the people I have had a chance to get to know. I was told about the "Animex family" before hand but I now really understand it's meaning, and I was welcomed with open arms into it. I have left the festival with many new friends, stories that inspire me from people with their individual journeys and just happiness enjoying how much fun it was to all hang-out and share our joint passions.

Aria's display at MIMA
Aria's display at MIMA
Dan bringing the audience to tears
Dan Lund and Renato Dos Anjos handing out school's animation prizes
Daffy, Renato Dos Anjos and myself
All the speakers introduce themselves at the networking night
The crowd
One of the many family meals
Derek Sakamoto and myself on a day trip to Durham
The week ended on a intense game of Mafia in the hotel bar.

Here are some of the inspiring people I have had the chance to meet:

Andrew Whitehurst Vfx supervisor/double Negative
Daffy VFX Supervisor / Director
Elizabeth Rega Professor of Anatomy
Pascal Etangsale  Environment Lead / The Moving Picture Company
Renato Dos Anjos Head of Animation/ Disney
Gabrielle Kent Festival Director / Author
Jez Hall Director/ Brown Bag Films
Louise Bagnall Director & Artist/ Cartoon Saloon
Austin Wintory Composer Musician
Christine Phelan Animator/Valve
Ken Wong Lead Designer/ Ustwo
Will Byles Executive Director/ Supermassive games
Louise O'Connor Incubation Director/ Rare LTd
Emil Kraftling Senior Game Designer/ Avalanche Studios
Gary Napper Lead Game Designer/ Sony
Michel Koch Art Director/ DONTNOD
Raoul Barbet Co-Game Director/ DONTNOD
Derek Sakamoto Lead User Interface Designer/ Blizzard Entertainment
Bianca Iancu Games Artist at Stainless Games Ltd

10 November 2015

10 October 2015

I had the chance to help out with some of our diva's festival selection announcement artwork as she travels the world, with Klik making it our 10th selection! 

Festivals coming up:
Warsaw Film Festival! We'll be screening twice - once on October 17th and once on October 18th
 -  Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival October 30 and November 1 in Amsterdam
 - Austin Film Festival Sunday November 1st and Wednesday November 3rd.

18 September 2015

16 May 2015


San Francsisco Film Festival

I've had the pleasure to go to the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival   where Aria premier in the shorts category. I have had such an amazing time getting back together with the crew, celebrating like we should with a wrap party to remember, our first interview and sharing our knowledge with some very enthusiastic school kids.

Our first press interview
Showed Aria at ILM (overseen by yoda ;) )
The crew!
Crew Wrap Party

School 1 Presentation
School 2 Presentation
Smuggler's Cove
Roam Artisan Burger
Roam Artisan burger is the best!

31 March 2015

Aria for a Cow Teaser

Aria for a Cow is an animated musical short based on a previously unreleased song by the Oscar winning team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (“Little Shop of Horrors”, “Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”).
When a callow young farmer shows himself to be completely uninterested in the sensitive art of milking a dairy cow, Aria, a bovine diva, along with her singing and dancing back up bulls, belts out a tune demanding to be respected for more than just dairy products. Aria and her friends take us through a fast- paced musical journey. In the end, our young farmer learns to respect the collaborative effort that made Krelborn farms and its cows an award winning dairy farm.

14 March 2015

1 December 2014

California and CTNX

Got to see the Oscar shorts contenders (with Dan Lund and Amos Sussigan)
Team Aria reunited for CTNX
Made it to Hollywood
Hanging out with my buddy Baymax
CTN set up
Vanas Booth
"The Last Book Store" in LA
Nightcrawler viewing and Q&A at the Academy
LA's Haunted hayride
The Walk of Fame
Sunny LA