Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Blast from the past #5

This was fun - a little something I animated in between Producing and overseeing various productions at Fatkat/ Loogaroo.

"A few years ago we were cooking up some pilots with Cookie Jar Entertainment. They were for a new educational series called Academy TV.

Our team always likes going the extra mile, you know the old "under promise and over deliver" model. So we decided to one up them by cooking up a station ID for them as welll.

They loved it and here it is!"

says Gene Fowler (company Owner | President)

Animation done by me (Andrew "Big Show" Blodgett).

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

3D Animation - How IT works

How IT works! Have you always wanted to know how they make those amazing 3D commercials on tv? Well, please check out the video and find out the in's and out's of the whole animation process!

Any questions or comments are more than welcome and if you like to know more on the makers - please visit :)

STEVE JOBS: Stanford Commencement Speech 2005

Some inspiration:

Viral ToyStory3 Trailer

Viral trailer for Toy Story 3 spoofs the recent surge of horror/surveillance movies.

Happy 5th Anniversary AnimationMentor!

 Time flies... I still remembered, back in 2004, on the forums at (now CG Society), reading about the conceptual foundation for a new online school called... "Animation Mentor," and thinking (mentoring... an old idea made new) "that is a kick-ass idea... I WANT IN!" 

 Now, years later, I'm half way through the program, and, as it turns out, it is Animation Mentor's 5th Anniversary.

Happy 5th Anniversary Animation Mentor!


From Carlos Baena:

After working for two long years on our free time, in March 2005, Bobby, Shawn and I opened the doors to our first group of very enthusiastic/motivated and passionate animation students. Many friendships and experiences were born out of what to the three of us was a very scary new adventure. I remember our very first Q&A. We met at Bobby's house...and we were ready to start meeting students online. About a 100 students were waiting to log into this Q&A from all over the world. Within a minute of the Q&A starting, the server crashed. Couldn't handle things. We were terrified to say the least. I sat on the floor a bit lost. All our hard work and sweat, and many sleepless nights spent on the School all of a sudden seemed like they would not see the light, and that perhaps we were trying to achieve something ridiculously ambitious.

However, in the following weeks to that, and thanks to our very patience/supportive students, mentors and a ridiculously talented/hardworking staff/crew...what seemed like it was going to be a nightmare turned out to be one of the experiences of our lifetime. Things got turned around slowly, and our online community was born. Pretty unreal. So, the crew, the teachers, the students, have always showed us sides that have made the experience unforgettable.

I think one of the things I remember constantly is the support from people in a lot of ways.
A moment I clearly remember, was one of our first Birds of a Feather in Los Angeles' Siggraph. It was just a few of us. Bobby, Shawn, Rachel, Becky and Lleslle if I remember correctly. We were going to have a few of our first mentors speak about their experiences. We were stressing and rushing to get the event ready and organized for the students to arrive. One of the first people entering the room while we were finishing things quickly and running around one side of the room to the next, was one of our mentor guests of that day, Jason Schiefler. Someone who's been definitely one of the most supportive mentors we've had in our School, and someone who I respect tremendously. Jason was coming to just speak about his experiences. However, first thing Jason says walking in the door without even saying hello "Ok guys, what can I do to help!". Those exact words. Right in that moment, that showed me a lot about Jason from the very beginning. So for me, it's been always moments like that were people surrounding us have been there with us very very generous along the way. Hopefully we've been trying to do the same as much as we've been able to.

So from here I wanted to say Happy 5th Anniversary to AnimationMentor, the crew, the teachers/guests/students who I've been lucky enough to meet/hang out in these 5 years...and a big thank you for being there along the way. Thanks to you, I've been lucky enough to meet people from all over the world, who have treated me above and beyond what I could ask.


ps: check out this "Once Upon a Time..." video in the front page of the Public School site that will show you more about the beginnings of us starting all this.


Click here to see related post on my start at Animation Mentor.
Click here to see related post "Animation Mentor"

TRON Original Trailer - Fan Modernized

Some trends, old and new:

 There’s a real art to cutting a good trailer. While the basics have remained the same over the years, some aspects of that art have changed greatly in the past two decades. Watch the original trailer for Tron, for example, and you’ll see a good tease for the film and the story, but one that is very much locked into the pulse of technology and storytelling common at the time.

 In response to that, a fan has cut a new trailer for the 1982 film. It’s Tron as it might be sold today. The work is quite good; check it out:

A few things make this trailer quite a bit different than Disney’s original marketing materials. The title cards and graphics common to today’s style are used; there’s a more current score (some of it sounds like Batman Begins or Transformers); and the footage seems to have been given a couple bumps in post-processing to make it a bit more vibrant.

But the storytelling is there, and this edit does a good job of selling Tron as a character-based action film in an unusual world.

Monday, March 22, 2010


"The Disney Renaissance from 1984-1994 produced some of the most captivating and inspirational animated films of all time.  The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King, to name a few.

Don Hahn (producer of countless Disney Films) and Peter Schneider (former President/Chairman of Walt Disney Feature Animation) sit down with the guys at "Speaking of Animation" to talk about the famous Disney era and their documentary, Waking Sleeping Beauty, which chronicles the studio’s rise back to the top.

They talked with them about artists, executives, studio culture, power struggles, and of course, filmmaking!"

Click here to check out the Podcast interview at "Speaking of Animation"

"From 1984 to 1994, a perfect storm of people and circumstances changed the face of animation forever.

Waking Sleeping Beauty is no fairytale. It is a story of clashing egos, out of control budgets, escalating tensions... and one of the most extraordinary creative periods in animation history."

 Here is the trailer:

Again to find out more:
Click here to check out the Podcast interview at "Speaking of Animation"
Click here to check out the official movie website.

Animation Mentor

Currently, when I'm not running around trying to keep my business together and doing various contract work, I'm often busy doing stuff for my current school.

 Here is a little bit on my crazy-cool-insanely-awesome school...

What Animation Mentor is All About!

"our mentors"

"Our mentors are the heart of what we do at Animation Mentor. You'll learn animation tips and tricks from some of the best animators in the industry. They'll also teach you how to be successful as a working animator in a real-world production environment. Our mentors are professional animators working at studios such as Pixar Animation Studios, PDI/DreamWorks, LucasArts Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Sony Imageworks, Industrial Light & Magic, Tippet Studios, Reel FX Creative Studios, Blue Sky Studios, Weta Digital, Digital Domain, Rhythm & Hues Studios, and that's just a few."

How Animation Mentor Works

Matt Strangio - Pixar Animator and Animation Mentor Graduate

Animation Mentor Student Showcase Summer 2009

To find out more:


Just for fun and some inspiration here is something else I came across:

Friday, March 19, 2010

Learn to Speak Body

 In animation, in order to help bring our characters to life, (among other things like the 12 Principles of Animation, etc), we study 'body language.'

 Here is a comical look at some samples of 'body language:'

"Yes, in just a few easy lessons you too can learn to speak body just like humans do."

The Muppets: Beaker's Ballad

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Def Poetry Jam

 Just for fun here is a little Spoken Word / Def Poetry action:
(WARNING: Some course language in the following) 


 And a shout out to my sister 'Michelle' who occasionally uses sign language in her work with handicapped children... "Hey Sis!"

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Red Ball Internet - sign concept

  Here is a sign concept I did, back in the fall of 2009, for a corporate mobility company called "Red Ball Internet"The gig:   
"Using the company's existing logo and URL, design a sign that communicates what the company is all about."

 Trying to communicate a lot of company and technological information, into one single image, without muddying it all up with a lot of text, was a bit of a fun challenge.  And..., of course, limited time was a factor.  So after a bunch of research into the company, and ALL... that is wireless technology, I ended going with a "the world could be yours" sort of approach - here is the result:

Flinch Studio 2010 HD Show Reel

 My buddies at Flinch Studio have just put up their new 2010 HD Show Reel!

 Along with various teams of creative artists, designers, and animators; as a Senior Producer at Fatkat Animation Studios I had the pleasure of being involved with a number projects for Flinch Studio - for end clients like "Pepsi," "Family Guy," and "Gushy Grams." The 2010 Show Reel consists of stuff from the last 4-5 years, plus a few classic favorites, it is a fun walk through some of their history.  I'm glad I was able to be apart of the fun.

 Flinch Studio is a full-service Animation and Broadcast design studio, boasting an impressive client base and diverse portfolio of animated shorts & interactive content.

 To see more check out their website at, and/or their fan page on Facebook