Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Just a quick reply to Tsuka,

I am delighted there is interest on catsuka forum about the film of course;
Its very encouraging.
The source of the cartoon ,movie teaser was the Belgian coproducer who submitted with the permission of teh other producers to that site in Wallonia.
Just noone told me.

Oh well. Just hope the longer and hopefully nicer one they are planning for Cannes will get its debut here!

Anyway am in Walking the Dog in Brussels now and we are starting to see some very nice stuff here .


Monday, April 28, 2008


Well folks,

someone let the cat out of the bag. The trailer on Catsuka is not an official trailer for the public, just something that was cut for the last Cartoon Movie by our partners, les Armateurs.
Its a pity as we still have quite a bit of compositing to do and its not really representative of what we would like to have in the trailer - there WILL be a longer one for public consumption later.
We wanted to only put up the "official" trailera nd I only discovered this one when is aw the comments on this blog!!!!

The films release looks likely to be pushed to next year now, because of the incessant delays that plague this production.

The music on that trailer is "Aislings Song" but only a rough test track that bruno made last year. The voice of Aisling , Christin Mooney recorded it and I think I posted about the session when it happened.
I gave a presentation of some work in progress in Oslo this weekend, everyone is impressed with her voice acting.

It was good to see Olve again and lovely to meet Yaprak and the others there.

Today, I got some positive response that pending some satisfactory sample pages Glenat will publish the BDs of Brendan. One with the prequel about Brendan and one with the prequel of Aisling.
I just have to squeeze some time in these next few hectic weeks to do the samples well enough to be sure it goes ahead!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

its just sick is all it is....

Our friend in the forest, Charlotte Aberg from Sweden sent us this message today...

In the 2007, the 'artist' Guillermo Vargas Habacuc, took a dog from the street, he tied him to a rope in an art gallery, starving him to death.

For several days, the 'artist' and the visitors of the exhibition watched emotionless the 'masterpiece' , conceptually based upon based on the dog's agony, until eventually he died from starvation and dehydration.

But this is not all... The prestigious Visual Arts Biennial of the Central American decided that the 'installation' was actually art, so that Guillermo Vargas Habacuc has been invited to repeat his cruel action for the biennial of 2008. Let's STOP HIM!!!!!

Click on the following link or just copy it in your browser to sign a petion to stop him to do it again.

Please Please do it. It's free of charge and it will only take 1 minute to save the life of an innocent creature. Please also send this e-mail to as many contact as you can... Let's stop him!!!

Unfortunately this is all true…Try 'googling' the name of the artist if you want to be sure….Charlotte

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

brendan comic

Heres a page from the Brendan comic I'm working on. Its the back story of how Brendan was saved from the Vikings as a baby. Hopefully it will go ahead and get published early next year..but I think I'll keep going with it anyway..its nice to draw stuff and bring it a finish all on my own..nothing like the complications of a international co-production! I drew this in Flash and coloured it in photoshop. I robbed Lily Bernards (I fixed your surname Lily ! sorry again!) prop designs from a background she did for the film though, so those little pots and things in the hut are hers! Sorry, Lily.


the vikings are at the door and the roof is on fire....the smoke is very cool ...but we have to get out!
animation by Caroline Piochon in Walking the Dog , Brussels. Cleaned up in Kecskemet, Hungary - composited in Spirit studio Angouleme. Bg by Lily Barnard. fire effects by Jeremy Purcel in Galway. Smoke made in Angouleme. Layout by Telman Morina in Kilkenny (but hes Albanian). emmm storyboard by me in Kilkenny.

ahh a picture from all over the world it is. so it is.


well, I'm still buzzing around between Paris and Brussels, now the guys in digital Graphics are helping out with the compositing. Hopefully, if everyone keeps the output up in all the studios we will finish the pictures very soon, like in the next few weeks or so. But its a slow old trudge and its hard to keep the momentum up thats for sure.
The first trailer that was cut was not approved by the producers so a new one is being cut at the moment for Cannes. Hopefully I'll get the Ok to stick that up soon.

The editing is an interesting, slightly painful but very exciting process.

I'll be going to Norway this week end for the Frame by frame animation festival, it will be interesting to see a part of the world I have'nt been to, and meet up with my old college buddy Olve Askim up there.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

lovely liselott

hey check out my wifes blog! She is blogging about her current artists residency in Kilkenny.
Shes a fine artist. Even if I do say so myself, hurhur

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Congrats to Camille and Okan

Man, its the future right now.
I just watch Camille and her turkish beau get married on live webcam, they are in Istanbul, I am in Kilkenny.
Class, now wheres me hover car?