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.

Honey Lemon Animation Test

An early test I animated of Honey Lemon for Disney's Big Hero 6. Special thanks to Jin Kim, Nathan Engelhardt, and Mark Henn for their guidance and feedback on this character.