Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Slim's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Yep, this thing has made its way to lil' ol' me. I can't believe it and honestly didn't want to be called out in it for multiple reasons. But, I also have terribly guilt and can't let my friends down. So, I decided to take the opportunity to put my own spin on it (are you surprised). Anyways, here is Slim's A.L.S. Ice Bucket Challenge.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After Effects Lip Sync Problem

Been having this issue with lip syncing in After Effects so I thought I would make a video about it. If I turn up an answer I will be sure to follow up with another video.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Take Back Chicago

This is an animation I created in association with Grassroots Illinois Action to promote and raise awareness for their new website, The goal of the website is to help the communities of Chicago look up their aldermen, find out how they are voting, and learn what's really going on in their city.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bun House Games: D-Man Plays Don't Starve

I have to admit, instead of animating I've been playing a lot of PS4 instead. So, I thought I'd put all my hours spent playing into good use and release a play through video every once in a while. Recently I've been obsessed over the game Don't Starve. It's a fairly hardcore survival sandbox type game that sort of resembles Minecraft in the way you play. However, it is much a much more stressful experience overall. For this reason I wanted to put one of my fellow Bun House Crew members through the experience of playing the game for the first time. Below is the result.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Dog Walk Cycle

This is my first real stab at a dog walk cycle.  I've been practicing more using Duik as an animation tool as well.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Johnny & Berry

A hilarious short from Sang Lee not only about the importance of confidence, but also a lesson in being a good wingman.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cartoon Network Rebrand 2002

I guess this must be old if it's from 2002, but I had never recalled seeing it before. At first I thought I was entertained by it simply for nostalgia's sake. But as I watched more and more I realized there was a lot more to it than that. These cartoons WERE all a very important part of my childhood, but what I loved so much about them was their ability to make me laugh without a single line of dialogue. Call me simple, but I can't help but laugh out loud at some good ol' fashioned slap stick. Nothing's funnier than a cartoon slamming into a wall and crushing like an accordion. If nothing else, this serves as an amazing reference for various types of animations (I particularly liked the three panel one where each character sneaks on their tiptoes across the frame).

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Machine Gun Popcorn - Outtakes

As you may know I recently entered the Tree City Film Festival with my buddies of the Bun House Films gang. We created a bad martial arts film called, Machine Gun Popcorn, and well...these are our outtakes. The music I used is Barracuda by The's. Enjoy. We certainly did.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Sometimes you have to make an animation that gets a lot of information across and as animators we have to come up with new ways to make the not so interesting more interesting. I think this video from Sidekick Animation for Neebo is a perfect example of that. Their art style is simple, but they use that to their advantage with use of fun transitions and negative space.

Monday, March 24, 2014

機関銃ポップコーン - Machine Gun Popcorn

Over the past weekend the Bun House Films team and I entered the 2014 Tree City 50 Hour Film Festival.  It was certainly a challenge to get a film out in just one weekend, but we managed to make it by the skin of our teeth while still upholding the quality and humor that you've all come to expect from the Bun House name.

We were given a genre (Bad Martial Arts), a prop (National Geographic Magazine), and a line to say in the film ("If a tree falls").  With those ingredients, below is what we collectively came up with.  We call it, Machine Gun Popcorn.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


A beautiful short animated film from Luiz Stockler about thoughts, life, anxiety, depression, and going bald.

See more about Luiz' process for this film below.

Yokohama // Orange

I see a lot of ads these days that follow a similar recipe as this one from Giant Ant for Yokohama. Good writing mixed with various clips of video and animation that on their own would probably mean nothing, but when all put together add up to something greater than themselves. In this particular piece I'm really drawn the 2D animation they lay over their video footage. It just gives it that extra zap of fun that it wouldn't have otherwise.

Tiny Worlds

I absolutely adore these little shorts from Rushes. I mean the 3D alone looks amazing, but I really love the 2D animation supplementing the submarine video. It all blends together well to create a really fun piece.

Monday, March 17, 2014


A strangely captivating and oddly engaging story from Maria Blasucci, Andrew DeYoung & Tony Lewellen.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Countrylife #3

Really love this animation from Andrea Manzati (illustrations), Aude Danset (animation), and Wesley Slover (sound design). I really appreciate that 3 separate artists created this piece because I think what makes this animation so successful are those three parts working in unison.

Font Men

Really love this short piece from dress code about the work and process of artists Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones.  Fonts are one of those ultra-specific forms of art that most people probably don't stop to think about, but when you break down fonts and the reasoning behind them, you open up a whole world of interesting problems and solutions. I also really love the animation they have sprinkled throughout. I can't think of a better way to illustrate the subtle differences between a single font type.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Coworker Portrait #5

I recently finished another portrait for my coworker. This is probably my favorite portrait I've done yet. She wanted it in the style of Alphonse Mucha, which I felt was semi in my wheel house. The style itself is part illustration part photography, so I figured if nothing else I'd be able to fudge it. Took a few afternoons but I really like how the colors came out and the I had a lot of fun bringing the hair to life.