Thursday, June 21, 2007


Well, here are some lovely Bgs from the last few weeks.
The guy surrounded by Vikings there is a cartoon version of me. I get mashed. yeay.
The bgs above are painted by Lily, Adrien and Ross . Storyboards for all of those ones were by me , layouts by Telman Morina. Character posing by Barry Reynolds and Jean Baptiste Van Damme.

Things are getting quieter here in Kilkenny now, tommorrow Alessandra and Alfredo , our two Italian friends are finishing up the last sequence to be animated in Kilkenny.
They animated seq 042 where Brendan and Aisling first meet in traditional animation and then moved on to the Flash animated sections - the dreams, nightmares and so on. A classy job they did too. The Vikings made of Ink and the chalk drawings taht come to life are really cool already and with all the efx and stuff on them , I think they will look really classy on the big screen.
Martin, the clean up supervisor in Brazil sent them an email thanking them for doing such tidy and well marked up work on those traditional animation scenes, which was a nice boost for them. I think they will be happy to see that sequence all coloured up and completed.

All the Clean Bgs are finished and colour Bgs are being supervised by Adrien and Lily now until the end of July. The overseas studios are busy though and its great seeing nice stuff coming in everyday via Hobsoft. The animation in Hungary is going well, and the Belgian team are rockin' on as ever. We hoped they would visit us last weekend but a strike in the airport prevented it! Hopefully they will make it another time.
So thats it really... things are ticking along ....

BTW - watch out for the first episodes of SKUNK FU on BBC1 this July....hard to believe its actually starting to air!!! I have some documents in my desk beside me about Brendan and Skunk from 2002 ! Its amazing how long these things have been developing.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Hungary Starts

some photos of our trip to the lovely Kecskemet studios , the last studio to join the production, after almost two years of planning! Darko, Ferencs , Vera, Edit and everyone there made us very welcome and the work we've seen so far has been great. Its a beautiful studio, founded in 1971 , and I have been a big fan of their beautiful series Hungarian Folktales for a long long time. They certainly have a great sense of style. That big Barrel thing in front of the studio is a Zoetrope that when you spin it you see some animation! Fabian will live and work there as animation supervisor from Cartoon Saloon until the end of the production ... but I'll be coming up with reasons to visit him as often as possible! I found some interesting culinary delights for the vegetarian in Hungary..Fruit soup, poppy seeds on pasta and so on... very interesting! And even learned a few words of Magyarul surely the coolest sounding language ever.