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Friday, July 22, 2005

O' CANADA! ...again!!!

Q: What could be better than spending a week in Canada with nothing better to do than watching cartoons?
A: Getting to do it again!

Last year Greg Saunders and i were surprised to have our cartoon "Brother, Can You Spare a Job?" selected for the Ottawa International Animation Festival '04.

My music video for The Muffs' "Don't Pick On Me" was selected for the Music Video category for the OIAF '05- YAY!!!

Here's the list of animated music videos I'm up against:

Die Toten Hosen ‘Walkampf’ / Andreas Hykade / Studio Film Bilder / Germany
Mad Action ‘Smile’ / Jonas Odell / Filmtecknarna / Sweden
The Muffs ‘Don’t Pick On Me’ / Tom Neely / I Will Destroy You Cartoons / USA
Phoenix Foundation ‘Hitchcock’ / Reuben Sutherland / Joyrider Films / United Kingdom
Rheostatics ‘The Tarleks’ / Justin Stephenson / Trace Pictures, OZ Media Group / Canada
Xploding Plastix ‘Joy Comes in the Morning’ / Scott Friedman & Joe Ledbetter / Exhibit A / USA

It's a competition (and i won't lie- it'd be cool to come home with an award), but I'm just really excited to go watch a lot of cartoons. There's so much great animation going on in this world, but no one ever sees most of it outside of festivals. Last year i blogged about all the great stuff i saw at OIAF'04. Great films that really should reach a much larger audience, but probably never will.

This year, I'm looking forward to new films by John Canemaker and Henry Selick and special programs about Gary Panter's work on Pee Wee's Playhouse... but those are just the guys i've heard of- I know I'll see a whole lot more amazing stuff while i'm there. I can't wait.

for more info check out the OIAF'05 site


Friday, July 01, 2005

Don't Pick On Me

I'm really really happy to announce that i have finally finished my first music video.

It's a fully animated video- written, directed, and animated by me. It's for the song "Don't Pick On Me"
by one of my favorite bands: The Muffs

I hope that we will be able to get it up online somewhere soon.

update: The video is now up on the Muff website. Check the "Muffs Media" section and go to "Videos." to watch it!



YAY! I check the Drawn! blog every morning for a little inspiration. They've got a great eye for good illustration, animation, etc and they post about it all the time.

Well, today i found myself on there. YAY! Thanks for the link!