Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tree City's 3rd Annual Film Festival Poster

Last year I had the joy of participating in the Tree City Film Festival with my film troupe, Bun House Films.  This year we are back, but I also had the opportunity to design the poster for the event this year. 
I was provided with a single line to inspire my design - "The root of all evil." From there my mind started working up ideas.  I looked at a bunch of other poster designs and tried to pull things I liked from all of them to create my own piece.  One thing I liked was creative use of negative space.  Obviously poster designs need room for text so this is a useful technique to create space.  I also really liked when poster designs were kept to a very small color palette.  For my poster I ended up using 4 greens based off of Tree City's main brand green.  The actual design was just my interpretation of the line I was given.  Obviously the city is known for their tree's so I wanted to tie that in as much as possible.  The film festival actually takes place in a historic train barn so incorporating that somehow was another goal of mine.  From there I just began creating this eerie and whimsical world which you see below.  I was given a lot of free reign on this design so I really just let the artwork lead me in creating the final piece. I'm happy with how it came out and I can't wait to participate this year!

Micah 8 Year Portrait

Recently had the privilege of doing a portrait for another coworker.  When someone at my company has their 8 year anniversary they are rewarded with a much larger and more robust portrait.  This was the first 8 year portrait I've been able to do so I was particularly excited.  This was also my first time attempting pixel art seriously. It was a little bit of a risk combining two firsts like that, but I think it paid off. I really enjoy the 8bit result.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Chris Koelsch Animation Reel 2014

Hello all! I come to you quite relieved to finally present you with my 2014 animation reel. If you're checking your calendar you probably noticed that we're halfway through March already. happens. That just means this reel has a little extra juice for you. Oh, and the music was provided by the lovely Eric M. C. Gonzalez. You can check out more of his work here. Enjoy the reel!

Bun House Logo 3D

It's been a while since I've posted, but I've been pretty busy with side projects and finishing my new reel up (which will also be posted in the near future). Anyways, enough excuses. Here is my first real attempt at getting back into 3D animation since college, which for me is about 7 years. I created this in Cinema4D and for anyone who doesn't know, for a beginner, that program can be quite daunting. Luckily I had watched enough tutorials and was comfortable enough with After Effects that most of those skills carried over. Regardless it was a lot of fun to make and animate something from start to finish. I hope to do more 3D animation in the near future.

Monday, February 2, 2015


I created this portrait for a coworker, but he said he "wasn't the biggest fan of it".

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Bun House Gang in Cutting Room Floor - UNFINISHED

Bun House Films first attempt at an animated film. This is the first two minutes of what ended up being a little bit of an over ambitious project. However, I didn't want the work I did to sit around doing nothing so I thought I would post the first two minutes.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cutting Room Floor Update #3 - Backgrounds and Animation

In this update I'll be showing you some of the backgrounds I have been working on along with some of the beginning stages of animation. I've been moving slower than I'd like lately and that's mostly because background creation isn't my favorite thing to do, nor is it really what I'm best at. Regardless, I've gotten most of the main backgrounds completed at this point, at least enough to start animating with. Below are some examples of how I have larger scenes that I can cut into.

I'm excited to say that I'm starting to piece the animation together now after so much time.  That meant remaking the intro I had made so long ago.  I was excited to do this for a few reasons, one being that I'm now animating my characters using the AE plugin, Duik.  This makes the animation process a hell of a lot easier for me, and also gives me better final results.  Below are the two versions; the top one is my older version and the second is my updated version.  As you can see the characters have a little more individual personality to their run cycles and they are a little less floppy (aside from Slim of course). Anyways that's it for now, stay tuned for more updates.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Into the Orange - A portrait for Nicole

Every time a new person is hired at the place I work they get a unique portrait based on their personality created by one of the artists here.  I tend to throw my hat in the ring every so often, but this time was special.  Normally I don't know the person very well but Nicole has worked on the video team as an intern for about a year and now she is full time. Needless to say we are pretty close.  She's a huge film buff and a lover of the color orange, so she told me to get my inspiration from old horror movie posters.  I had a lot of fun with this one and really liked how it came out in the end.

This is Nicole.

I started with a simple sketch.

And ended up here.

Closer shot for detail.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

C.P. the place to be

Growing up in Toledo, Ohio there is one thing that almost everyone does each summer, and that's go to Cedar Point. It's one of our few claims to fame in this area and I'd be damned if I didn't celebrate it's majesty at least once a year. We didn't make it out until Halloweekends this year, but with my iPhone6 and GoPro in hand I managed to make a little video out of what was pretty much a perfect Cedar Point day.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Star Wars Uncut: The Empire Strikes Back is Finally Finished!!

A long time ago in a galaxy far away I submitted an animation to Star Wars Uncut: The Empire Strikes back as a fun way to make work for my reel and get better at character animation. I had seen the first uncut film, but hadn't known about it at the time to participate. So when the chance arose for me to add my name to the long list of fans I was sold. That was almost 2 years ago believe it or not, and just yesterday I received word that one of my animations made the final cut and would be in the film. Below you can see said animation for scene 337, "Something is wrong". To see the full film go to Star Wars Uncut or!

You can check out the full movie below, and if you want to check out my scene specifically go HERE.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cutting Room Floor Update #2 - Getting back into it

Alright I'm back, and a little later than I had anticipated. I got sick so that knocked me out for about a week and I also had a freelance animation that I was working on at the same time. Those are both done and out of my system now and I'm back to full time working on Cutting Room Floor (aside from my day job that is, still gotta pay for the cat litter.) Anyways, I'm still in asset and background creation mode. Below you can check out a timelapse video of me creating and rigging Professor Hoodlebrink and also a still image of the Bun House Mobile interior shot. Much more to come in the following weeks as I still plan to finish this by Halloween.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

17th Brussels Short Film Festival - Supervenus

Amazing animation and story telling by Frederic Doazan in his piece, Supervenus. I love the Monty Python-esque style paired with the absolute grotesque and dark humor.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cutting Room Floor Update #1

For those that don't know I am undertaking a much lengthier animation in my MeanMug & Slim style in the vein of old Scooby Doo cartoons. I've completed the script and audio recordings and I'm estimating the final piece coming out to around 15 minutes, which is a great length for an animated short. However, that's a lot of work and planning for just lil' ol' me. Probably in over my head actually...but I figured it would be entertaining and possibly educational to show you bits and pieces along the way. Seeing as how I have my script all read and a general storyboard, the next thing to do was to get my characters into After Effects, rig them up with Duik, and test them out. Below are some fun results I've had playing with my newly rigger character. Stay tuned for more updates!

And here is a bonus shot of D-Man with a giant bong, just because.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Arup - Future of Mobility

Really inspired by this most recent animation from Ross Phillips for Arup. It's a long piece and it really kept me entertained throughout the whole thing, and to be fair it's almost like two pieces in one. I love how the first half of the animation is setting up the world we live in via the dialogue, but the animation isn't exactly 1 to 1 with the script. We are seeing a separate story that is enhancing the feeling of the dialogue, instead of just reiterating it. I also like how we then take that character and actually build him out more with the specific family stories. The transitions were seamless and the piece really felt alive.

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.