Mid-Year 2018 Update

Quick little post before I head off to Annecy! Annecy is the world’s biggest animation festival in France that happens every year. I luckily got to be part of the South African delegation going over, sponsored by the DTI (Department of Trade & Industry) and arranged by Animation SA. Thanks guys.

Thanks to the beautiful, the lovely Kayla Archer for helping me put together my mini show bible pitch 🙂 Looking forward to showing this around. Kayla also helped me with my new business card – so nice!

  

So, what’s been happening? It’s been a busy time, but, has it ever not been busy? I can feel things tapering off a little bit recently, which has been great to catch a breath.

Moosebox is looking so flippen’ kiff 🙂 Really so proud of what we’ve done here. A couple episodes are complete proper from start to finish, and we have a bunch more to go. Mind’s Eye Creative continue to knock it out the park with the animation and production, Audio Militia continue to knock it out the park with music & sfx and final mix, and it’s been a pleasure being involved in the process.

We recently completed a little side-project: an animated short with Cartuna for College Humor, called ‘Slide Into the DMs: The Gameshow’ – a throwback to Nickelodeon’s classic gameshow ‘Double Dare’. There’s something very satisfying about figuring out how to make a small budget work for a project. I worked closely with 2 collaborators: friend James Wolfaardt designed the characters and backgrounds, I created the boards and animatic and directed the short, and animator-extraordinaire Kevin Goliath (currently working at Mind’s Eye Creative) built the rigs and handled animation. We did things as efficiently as we could and are pleased to have this one in the can for 2 great clients we admire. It’s got 250k views in 2 days. Kiff! Here’s the vid:

I was looking for a Bru & Boegie pic I drew a while ago (couldn’t find it) but found a bunch of stuff, including a bit of dev for a Bru & Boegie film I wanted to make. When I read the 2-page script out at the workshop, you gotta believe me when I say the room was in hysterics:

And then, oh ya, I’m putting up a new video every Wednesday – about 10 years ago I made 52 episodes of ‘HappyLand Shorts’ and I’m putting ’em up. Nice! Would dig it if you could please subscribe to my YouTube channel, been really great seeing it grow slowly, almost at 10k subscribers. I’m starting to get paid for advertising views on the video, so, that is nothing short of amazing.

I’ve just come back from a ‘Game Jam’ week sponsored by Free Lives. They booked out a house in Hermanus, and MAN it was rad just making games for a week! We started some cool stuff, I jammed a lot with Ben and Cukia from Nyamakop! Gonna add a bunch-o-images in a gallery below:

Cool beans!

March Mueslibox Update

Guys, I started this post weeks ago and never finished it, so, here it is, as is. I figure lemme rather get this out and keep things ticking along. What I’ll say is – Moosebox is looking flippen’ amazing 🙂 Everyone’s been doing really fantastic work to make this thing as awesome as we all know it can be. Really, can’t wait to share once it’s done 🙂 S’gonna be GREEEAAAT!

Hello dear my best dear best of friends and strangers. Today is an unusual day, in that I find myself with a bit of time on my hands to ponder the universe and do a thing or two, like make a new post on my site, perhaps read a bit more of my book and then doodle some new ideas for shows. What a blessing.

It has been a busy time, but I’ve found great relief from someone who’s agreed to take on a job that threatened my sanity, and then for other work, everyone seems to be doing what they’re doing best for Moosebox which is fantastic. We talked about Moosebox during CTIAF (Cape Town International Animation Festival) to a pretty full house, and that went down really well.

What is he going on about? #CTIAF #MOOSEBOX #RoadToMoosebox

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The dream team #moosebox #CTIAF #kiff #roadtomoosebox @mikdog @mindseyecreative_

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I recorded the audio for the talk, which you can hear here (Edit: I haven’t uploaded it yet). Not quite the same without the visuals, but still pretty interesting?

Thereafter I went to Joburg to meet with Alexi Wheeler at Mind’s Eye Creative, the animation studio that’s producing and animating the series. It was super cool having Alexi there where the show’s being animated.

While I was there I got some time to get to know the MEC crew a bit better, to chat with Ryan the designer and Steve the animation director, as well as spending time with Jen and Nick that run the show and other stuff. Was a great, productive, time. Would have dug to go to MEC’s 7th birthday braai, but alas, I was knackered by the end of the week and spent much of the day horizontal.

Also, we went to The Animation School in Joburg to deliver another Moosebox talk. We had 2 hours this time and could afford to really get into it, and *still* were rushed for time. So, we could easily do a 3 hour indulgent talk on Moosebox 🙂

At the moment, we’re busy doing music and sfx for Moosebox with ‘Audio Militia’ in Johannesburg.

That’s the post, folks!

Bonus: kiff little featurette here where I say a few supportive things about everything and Moosebox gets some lurvin’. Nice:

http://themediaonline.co.za/2018/04/south-africas-booming-animation-industry/

End 2017 / Early 2018 Update

Friends. Am still alive. It has been a long time since I made a post. Why? Mostly because my attention has been razor-focused on an awesome project – MOOSEBOX. Awww Yisss Boiii.

#moosebox

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MOOSEBOX

Earlier last year, Nickelodeon greenlit 20 short webisodes of Moosebox (ha!), and I couldn’t be more stoked. Seriously. I partnered with writing-machine-and-likeminded Greig Cameron to go through the 60+ existing Moosebox story ideas and, like a game show, we whittled them down to a final list of 20 (with some new stories thrown in to the mix) by a process of elimination. I went to Cape Town to spend time with Greig, and we got through a surprisingly large amount of stories in the time we spent together, mostly making each other lol until tears, and then figuring out a basic three-story structure for the eps. Greig is the head writer at Supa Strikaz and I think probably has the most experience in South Africa for writing for kids aged around 6-12. (Supa Strikaz is on its 5th season, it shows on eTV and Disney XD in various territories.)

Mind’s Eye Creative are handling full-service production and animation! Mind’s Eye is a fully-fledged 2D studio in Johannesburg, having done rad work on ‘F is for Family’ on Netflix, other awesome International service work and super homegrown projects including a trailer for Rudolph Boonzaaier’s pilot ‘The Last Library‘ (that really impressed me). They’ve been offering a heap of great support, are extremely capable, have awesome and talented peeps working there in their 2D pipeline, and we all want to make this the best series we can 🙂

We contacted local scriptwriters we knew and had (sometimes) worked with before, we tweaked scripts as necessary and then contacted local board artists who we knew and whose work we liked and got through 20 episodes! Animatics are juuust about signed off (they’re amazing) and each is unique and entertaining. We’ve managed to hit that sweet videogame vibe while still keeping Moose and Catbox’s best friendship at the core, and I think they’re all just shining gems.

Voices are being recorded in New York (today!) and I just can’t wait for you guys to see what we’ve been cooking up behind the scenes. I’ve been working on this almost full-time from about mid-July last year, aaand it’s building up to be a cracker.

I unearthed the first time I told my buddy Keegan about Moosebox in an email in June 2013, as well as some veeery early sketches I attached to the email, some of them I showed Alexi Wheeler from Nickelodeon at Annecy in France in 2013. Moosebox has come a long ways since, it’s looking great 🙂 Huge thanks to Alexi and other key people at Nickelodeon for running with thisS.

BRU & BOEGIE

Guys. I have failed in my plans to finish this Bru & Boegie episode by the end of 2017. It’s in various states on completion, but once I got going with Moosebox it took a backseat. I’ve chipped away at it in little bits, but it feels like a cake that’s waiting for me to eat it. EAT IS I SHALL BRU & BOEGIE – EAT IT I SHALL.

I put a lot of myself into these personal projects and it helps me try out new techniques and experiment with stuff that later feeds into my commercial work, and with wanting to keep up my Youtube channel, this is a good avenue for it.

I have a number of other episodes recorded, including one written by Greig with voice-over from a friend who used to do the voice-over adverts on eTV. Dayeem, they’re just sitting in states on inertia, but I’ve really been focusing on doing the best jobs I can for all the paying work I get, kind of a ‘Love the one you’re with’ thing, so – sorry Bru & Boegie. I love you. I’m coming back for you. But guys – MOOSEBOX!!! It’s gonna be great. But also I love you Bru & Boegie. Kisses.

A guy called Thabang Gabela is opening a new comics shop called ‘Comic Edge SA‘, and he bought 20 of my Bru & Boegie comic books to sell, so, that’s nice 🙂


MUSIC

Bro’s. Our 10-year old band that went defunct has restarted, it’s called WILDFINGER, we had a gig recently and recorded it, as well as a jam session, which you can hear HERE:

I’ve now got a house, and I made one room a drum room, and I’ve been setting it up to make cool tjoons and am in the process of making it more soundproof to keep happy neighbourly relations.


DOGSHOW WITH CAT

The show I made with Triggerfish and Disney as part of the StoryLab is no longer with Disney, but is being shopped around in North America by a Canadian company. Hopefully they get a nice l’il nibble yum yum.

OTHER PROJECTS

DA BES BAND

As part of a ‘pressure release valve’ (and to try new techniques) I put this little animatic together whilst doing Moosebox animatics:

MTV

Here’s that short James Wolfaardt and I did for Cartuna and MTV:

GIPHY

Once again James Wolfaardt and I worked with Cartuna to bring you these animated GIFs for GIPHY that you can post on your Instagram stories by hitting the GIF button and searching for ‘Cartuna’. Kiff:

Smile

Shrug

Whatever Man

Mind Blown

PERSONAL

Being able to work in animation brings a lot of energy and colour to my life. So, that’s a nice thing to have (I think). I am grateful, and thanks for visiting my site fren.

Here’s me and my boet and Duncs at my brother’s 30th birthday party this last weekend in Yzerfontein. Kiff.

Another kiff pic from @tatyana_levana_x shotness

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