Thursday, April 16, 2015

"The Brave Locomotive" - Opening Sequence Work In Progress

This is the opening sequence to a musical short film I developed independently in 2008 at the age of 23. It was conceived as a love letter to 1940s postwar Disney animation as well as the musical stylings of the Andrews Sisters. The music was composed by Tom Hambleton at Undertone Music in Minneapolis. 

Animated in my spare time between 2009 and 2011, the project was shelved when I got hired at Disney Animation in the fall of 2011. The entire six minute film exists as a story reel with completed songs, but only this opening sequence made it to animation production. Many of the shots are missing effects, still have rough layout stand-ins, or didn’t make it to cleanup. 
The project sat dormant from 2012-2015 while I animated on several Disney feature films. I recently made the difficult decision to cancel the project and retire the incomplete animation online. It is the creative authorship of a much younger filmmaker and its time has passed. I learned a great deal from this project and I’m eternally grateful for the insight, feedback, and contributions of everyone who helped me during its development. 
With a heavy heart, I lay thee to rest, Linus! 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

"Big Hero 6" and "Feast" Animation Reels

Scenes I had the privilege of contributing animation to in both of Disney's Oscar-winning animated films.

"Mechsplorers" Model Sheets

Some poses and turnarounds I made in 2011 based on characters created by Aaron Quist for a series of Make shorts.

Honey Lemon Animation Test

An early test I animated of Honey Lemon for Disney's Big Hero 6. Special thanks to Jin Kim, Nathan Engelhardt, and Mark Henn for their guidance and feedback on this character.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gogo Tomago

A marketing pose I did of Gogo Tomago from Big Hero 6.

Zoo Sketches

Some quick sketches of mammals at the Los Angeles Zoo as research for Disney's Zootopia.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Big Hero 6" Trailer 2

These are more stills from scenes I animated in the newest trailer for Disney's Big Hero 6! Only six weeks left until the movie arrives in theaters!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Big Hero 6" Publicity Poses

My poses of the Big Hero 6 team on display at the front entrance of Walt Disney Animation Studios. A daily dose of pressure to walk past during production...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"Big Hero 6" Trailer

These are stills from scenes I animated in the new trailer for Disney's Big Hero 6. Only four weeks left until animation wraps on the movie!

Monday, June 30, 2014

"Big Hero 6" Poster

This is a poster I worked on for the film Big Hero 6, based on an idea by executive producer John Lasseter and a sketch by director Chris Williams. In instances like this, animators work with production and marketing and pose the rigs. It goes through the pipeline of every department just like an animated scene in the film.