The Fat Man Walks Alone!

In preparing for our annual presence at the San Diego Comic-Con (next week!) I’ve been putting together some bits and pieces to show off some more of our characters in action. High on my list of faves is this clip of Happy Fat Guy jauntily strutting his butterball body across stage.

Watch him bounce! Look at him glisten!

Wait til you see him actually dance!

The First Story Revision Is Complete!

We’ve received copious amounts of helpful feedback on the first version of our storyreel. In response, after lots of deliberation and creative spitballing, we’ve decided to simply stand pat. No changes necessary! To all those who chipped in with your insightful thoughts, ideas and criticism, we’d like to offer a very hearty “You’re wrong!”

I am, of course, jesting. I was thrilled with the notes we got. They were extraordinarily helpful, and I think the changes those notes inspired have made the film wayyyy better. We removed a sequence, added roughly two others, and tightened a lot of things up. It feels a lot more noirish now, and I think the story has a better flow. 

Many thanks to everyone who contributed, I am truly grateful.

Here’s a tiny clip that demonstrates one of the revisions. It occurs at the beginning of the Jail sequence (see here for the earlier version) and was a way to inject a little more exposition into the story. It was vaguely inspired by the "go to the mattresses" montage from The Godfather, whose approach I liked more than the standard spinning-newspaper gag.

Now I just have to finalize the dialog and it’s onto casting!

2HC Fave Films Part IV!

I only recently stumbled upon this short while perusing the internet, so forgive me if it’s old hat to anyone. (I’m in my 40s and have accepted that my finger is no longer anywhere near the pulse.)

"The Music Scene" grabbed my attention mostly because it’s so unrelentingly visceral. The combination of the song by the Blockheads and the pulsating visuals by director Anthony Schepperd’s works perfectly. And you rarely see this style of free-form abstracted animation very much, especially not done this effectively and while still maintaining a narrative structure.