Saturday, January 23, 2016

"Zootopia" Crew Caricatures

While playing around with the awesome Photoshop brushes by Shiyoon Kim, I drew some caricatures of my colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Our Zootopia directors - Jared Bush, Byron Howard, and Rich Moore. Incidentally, our crew wrap party is tomorrow! Cheers to these talented and immensely hardworking filmmakers who brought together this wonderful film.

Our wonderful lead actors, Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman!

Our animation leadership (the Zoopervisors!) - Jennifer Hager, Chad Sellers, Nathan Engelhardt, Bobby Huth, Kira Lehtomaki, Renato Dos Anjos, Tony Smeed, and Jim Hasman.

The roughest, toughest critter, never known to be a quitter! Zach Parrish, fastest animator on Zootopia and head of animation on Big Hero 6.

Unflappable Minnesotan Kaileen Kraemer is always helping animators out of jams when it comes to technical difficulties. She has a heart as big as her hair!

Waiting for lunch at Disney's Tujunga studio food trucks with animator Abe Aguilar.

Hilarious and awesome animator Alex Snow!

Dave Sandwich - three Davids, one small corner of the animation department (Hardin, Lisbe, and Stodolny.)

Ice skating with animator Riannon Delanoy during production.

Justin Sklar, one of my favorite animators / personalities at the Disney studio. We began as trainees together in 2011.

Our animation production support - Mariel Song, Nicholas Ellingsworth, Sarah Kambara, and Mary Howie.

Monday, January 11, 2016

"The Brave Locomotive" Two-Page Spread

Sample two-page spread from my children's book The Brave Locomotive, to be released fall 2016. Stay tuned! :)

"Zootopia" International Trailer

Stills from scenes I animated in the new international trailer for Disney's Zootopia. Bun means business!

"Zootopia" Trailer

Stills from scenes I animated in the new trailer for Disney's Zootopia. I am thrilled to have been a part of this movie!

And from USA Today, here is a screenshot of Judy, Bonnie and Stu Hopps from another scene I animated.

"Monument" Poster

A piece of development art for a personal project.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

"The Brave Locomotive" - Opening Sequence Work In Progress

This is the opening sequence to a musical short film I developed independently in 2008 at the age of 23. It was conceived as a love letter to 1940s postwar Disney animation as well as the musical stylings of the Andrews Sisters. The music was composed by Tom Hambleton at Undertone Music in Minneapolis. 

Animated in my spare time between 2009 and 2011, the project was shelved when I got hired at Disney Animation in the fall of 2011. The entire six minute film exists as a story reel with completed songs, but only this opening sequence made it to animation production. Many of the shots are missing effects, still have rough layout stand-ins, or didn’t make it to cleanup. 
The project sat dormant from 2012-2015 while I animated on several Disney feature films. I recently made the difficult decision to cancel the project and retire the incomplete animation online. It is the creative authorship of a much younger filmmaker and its time has passed. I learned a great deal from this project and I’m eternally grateful for the insight, feedback, and contributions of everyone who helped me during its development. 
With a heavy heart, I lay thee to rest, Linus! 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

"Big Hero 6" and "Feast" Animation Reels

Scenes I had the privilege of contributing animation to in both of Disney's Oscar-winning animated films.

"Mechsplorers" Model Sheets

Some poses and turnarounds I made in 2011 based on characters created by Aaron Quist for a series of Make shorts.