Why We Have Not Returned to the Moon (2012)
The question that has plagued us for decades! Wonder no longer, Why We Have Not Returned to the Moon! This little 2D animation is something of a tribute to the Georges Méliès film 'A Trip to the Moon' (1902).
I painted the backgrounds and spaceship in Photoshop. For the moon, I did a quick pencil test, then painted layers directly in Photoshop using a tablet, and threw it all together in After Effects. I really should learn Toon Boom or some other program that does onion-skinning, but for now, Photoshop seems to do the job quite nicely.
The Long Way Home (2009)
When Jack's car breaks down, he is lured into a forest and pursued by a sinister force lurking within the shadows.
A surreal short film shot on the Canon HV20, Canon 400D for two time-lapse sequences, VFX created using Blender, shot in and around Victoria, Australia.
The Frog Prince (2011)
An animated retelling of The Frog Prince fairy tale, told in 43 seconds.
I made this in my spare time over the course of two and a half months, mostly for fun, but also to teach myself how to animate. I was fairly new to After Effects and Flash and wasn't too sure how other people make their digital 2D animations, so I came up with a kind of traditional animation workflow, working digitally, but without using vector art.
I painted everything in Photoshop CS4 using a Wacom Intuos 4 graphics tablet, and began with drawing a number of pencil tests to get an idea of the character movement for each shot. In Photoshop, I had each layer correspond to a different 'cel' or frame of animation, and after making the pencil tests, went back through and drew the final clean lines. Next up I painted the solid colours on layers beneath the clean-up work, and imported each layered Photoshop file into After Effects as a composition, where I adjusted timings and added a couple of fades. It was my first time doing lip-sync animation too, which was incredibly time-consuming, but a whole heap of fun!
Software used: Adobe After Effects CS4, Photoshop CS4, Premiere CS4, Soundbooth CS4, Native Instruments Guitar Rig 4, Kontakt 4, Steinberg Cubase LE 5.
Chicken Rider (2010)
A tribute to Easy Rider.
I made this little animation in a couple of weeks, using coloured pencils for the backgrounds, a cheap fineliner for the cel styled bits, cleaned it all up and coloured it in Photoshop, then layered and animated it in After Effects. It's intended as a tribute to Dennis Hopper and the film Easy Rider. The music is of course Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf.
I'm a self-taught multi-disciplinary hobbyist and lover of cats. Right now I'm working on a webcomic Universe of Home and long-term procrastinating the editing of a Young Adult sci-fi novel. I'm always on the lookout for a small project though, and above you can see a few little animations and shorts I've worked on. If I had to choose between a Zombie Apocalypse or the existence of Sexy Vampires, I'd take the vampires any day.