Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hello Again!!/Sneak Peek

Hello Internets!

It's been a busy summer and fall this year!  I've been working on a wide range of projects, some of which will be released to an unsuspecting public in the very near future. Unfortunately my busy work schedule has kept me from posting regularly.

Well have no fear!  The drought is over! Our national nightmare is finally at and end!


Here is a link to a blog post from the Getty Museum detailing one of the super secret projects I worked on this summer.  It is a short art film project from world renowned artist/photographer Thomas Demand.

The blog post describes the project without offiering any visual clues.  We'll have to wait the the premiere of the work for that.  However it provides a brief but insightful glance into Demand's work and process.

Take a look!

I was one of the "team of highly skilled animators and technicians," and got to work with several old friends as well as some current and former students on the project. (More on this crack team of specialists in a later post.)

It was one of the most challenging and unique projects I've ever worked on! Long hot days and physically demanding work.  But what an interesting project!  When the finished piece is premiered I have no doubt all the hard work will have been worth it!  I am proud of the work of the whole team and it was an honor to work with such a well known and respected artist.

Check back soon for more posts!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Coming Soon: Black Storm Trooper III

Hey gang!

Its been a busy couple of months.  I've been working on a couple of great projects that I can't tell you about just yet...

What I can tell you is that work has begun on Donald Faison's Black Stormtrooper: Part III!

Here are some preview pics taken via Hipstamatic!

Donald prepping to animate.
(That's his serious animation face!)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Christmas in July!

Happy Birthday America!

In celebration here's the last of the Happy Honda Days 2010 commercials I worked on @ Buck last year.

I forgot to post this one last Christmas but what better time to post it than now?! Its one of my favorites!

And how about some Behind The Scenes pics form another Christmas themed project I worked on, Community!


Animating in a Winter Wonderland.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

You never really change, like they say...

Here's a brand new Jane's Addiction video I worked on recently.

It's for their new single "End to the Lies" from their upcoming album "The Great Escape".

It was directed by Alex Bulkley and produced by Victoria Howard of Shadow Machine Films.

I was the Animation Director.

Warning: There is some brief nudity so NSFW, but it's tastefully done. 

Anyway, you've been warned.

Check it out!

This job was a fun and intense run, with a great cast and crew!  I'm happy with how it turned out.

Thanks to everyone who was involved!

I'll be posting some behind the scenes pictures shortly.  Keep an eye out!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Plain White T's Boomerang BTS Pics

Here are a few behind the scenes pictures from Plain White T's video shoot for their single "Boomerang"

It was directed by Tim Nackashi and produced by Fuliane Petikyan

Plain White T's perform under a whirlwind of confetti
while Director Tim Nackashi and 1st A.D. KC Grim look on.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Get in and Let's Go-o-o!

Here is the video for Foo Fighters new song "Miss the Misery"

It was directed by Pete Levin, and produced by Andrew Ahn.

I served as Animation Director.

Take a gander!

Creepy, cool and fun!

We had an abosolute great cast & crew including some of my current and former students from both CalArts and USC.

For a complete list of credits, some behind the scenes pics and a note or two about Pete's influences for the look of the video, please check out his blog.

(Also thanks to Jerry Beck of for the thoughtful post about the video!)

Working on this video was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my career thus far!

I'll be posting a few of my own behind the scenes pics in a bit.

You might miss the misery, but you won't want to miss those pics!  Keep your eyes peeled!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Finding Ferguson

One of my good friends and frequent creative collaborators Trisha Gum was recently accepted to a directing workshop at the prestigious American Film Institute.

She is currently raising money for the film that she will be producing in the program.

In order to help that cause we made this short film that explains the program, the project, and her fund raising goals.

Check it out!

We made this short from start to finish in just a few days!

Please visit her Kickstarter page and take a look at her website .

If you can, please think about donating.  It would mean a lot to me, and help out a good friend and a sooper talented lady!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Foo Fighters Video Preview Pic!

I recently worked as Animation Director for a Foo Fighters music video!

Here's a preview pic!

The video was directed by my friend Pete Levin and the shoot was a blast, with a great cast & crew!

I'll be posting the video itself and a few more behind the scenes pictures shortly.

Stay Tuned!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Around, Around, Around & Back Again!

Animated on this video at the beginning of the year with Director Tim Nackashi and Animation Director Javan Ivey, and it's finally out!

Here it is "Boomerang" by Plain White T's! It's a catchy Beatlesque tune, check it!

Absolutely great experience working with Tim, Javan, the band & the entire crew!

Here's an earlier post of some behind the scenes from VH1.

I'll be posting some behind the scenes pics of my own shortly.
If you keep coming back to my blog like a boomerang you'll be sure not to miss 'em!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Simpsons "Willis & Crumble" BTS Pics

Its been a while since its aired, but as promised here are some behind the scenes photos from the Simpsons parody of Wallace & Gromit.

Chiodo:Team Simpsons! (from L-R) Assistant Animator Tim Smyth, Art Director Charles Chiodo,  Director Stephen Chiodo, Lead Animator Teresa Drilling, Me, Producer/Editor Edward Chiodo, Producer/Consultant David Silverman

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cartoons don't cost very much!

I love this show!

Fred Armisen has never been funnier and Carrie Brownstein is AMAZING!

Being an animator and having lived in Portland, I find this clip especially funny!

"Could we get it by Saturday?"


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Acura Transformation BTS Pics

I've been seeing the Acura spot I animated on last year, pretty regularly on the TV these days.

Here are some behind the scenes pics of the 3 day, all night shoot.


Lead Animator Kevin Glick double checks his marks.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Willis & Crumble in "Better Gnomes & Gardens"

Unfortunately the Willis & Crumble clip from the "Angy Dad" episode of the Simpsons has expired on Hulu.  I will try to track down another copy of the clip to post.

However in the meantime I did manage to find a blog posting that contained clips of each one of the animated parodies contained within the episode.

Check it out!

Suspended Blog

Original Post:
In case you missed it, here is a clip of the Simpsons episode that I worked on.  It's a parody of Aardman Animations lovable characters Wallace & Gromit.  The clip includes guest voice work from Halle Berry, and W & G creator Nick Park.

Take a look!

It was a fun episode and contained several animated film parodies including Pixar, and The Triplets of Belleville.

We shot the stop motion at the Chiodo Bros.  It was great to work with them again!

The animation crew was composed of myself, lead animator Teresa Drilling (who has experience animating the real W & G!) and assistant animator Tim Smyth.  Both are old friends whom I've had the pleasure of working with before.

The shoot included some long days but I think it was well worth it!

I'll have some behind the scenes photos up in a bit.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Plain White T's BTS

Update:  Well unfortunately looks like VH1 has taken the video down.  I'll see if I can't find another link for it somewhere on line.

Here is a behind the scenes clip of a music video I worked on in January with director Tim Nackashi for the band Plain White T's and their upcoming release Boomerang!

Check it out!

Shout outs to Animation Director Javan Ivey!

I'll be sure to post the finished video when its released.

Lots of stop motion! Lots of confetti! Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Carls Jr. BTS Pics

Two weeks ago I got to work on another Carl's Jr web spot over at Bix Pix with Director Karni Baghdikian. This time as Animation Director.

I'll be sure to post it when its finished.

In the meantime here are some behind the scenes pics from the previous Carls Jr. web spots for the Philly Cheesteak Burger.

The job was fun but I'm not sure how I feel about the burger... 
(To be fair, I haven't actually tried it.)

Lead animator Nancy Parczyk prepares for a shot.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Say, Jack...Cover me!

The wait is over!

It's finally here!

From Mr. Donald Faison...

Part two of an epic tale set in the world of Star Wars Legos!

Ladies and Gentlemen...

Black Storm Trooper 2!

Again Donald actually animated most of this!  As well as writing, directing, and editing it!
(And check out the voice talent!)

I dunno 'bout you, but I'm looking forward to part 3!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Happy Honda Days BTS Pics

As promised here are some some behind the scenes photos from the Happy Honda Days spots.  It was a fun job with  a great crew!

The animation team preps for a shot.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Make the holidays even happier!

The holidays are over but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy another Happy Honda Days spot!

Check it out!

I'll be posting some behind the scenes from these spots shortly...keep an eye out for it!

Happy New Year everyone!