Co-writing for animation

I haven’t posted since the 6th January because of a mixture of being busy and taking it easy. Right now I’m working on the third D&D short which is due late this month so it should be live early next. In between scenes I’ve been looking at the sky with my binoculars, playing World of Warcraft on weekends and in the evenings and sleeping well.

I entered Waterlollies into Annecy International Animation Film Festival, sending my DVD by express international courier on Feb 11th so that it would arrive by the deadline Feb 15th. It cost $50 to send but I figured it would be worth it, being such an important film festival for animation.

February 20-fucking-9th it arrived at their offices (grr!) but they graciously allowed my film to be judged because it was postmarked Feb 11th. Phew! Not that it did me any good. I hadn’t heard anything for a while so I went to the Annecy website and saw that Waterlollies hadn’t made the cut.

I was, I guess you could say, devastated. I usually make my films in NTSC aspect ratio and frame rate, but I made Waterlollies in PAL, especially for Annecy (France). The Annecy festival was a golden rung in the ladder towards getting recognition and finance to make the Brackenwood feature film.


I was feeling really low for a couple days until I spoke with my friend Ryan, who is co-writing the Brackenwood feature film with me. We had a 2-hour story meeting over Skype and it lit some rockets under me. I’m really excited about the project. There’s a lot of work to be done but I’ve basically been giving Ryan the bare bones of the story and he’s tearing it apart, telling me where and how it sucks and what should be added, moved or deleted to make it work.

Ryan lives and works in Los Angeles and is currently head of story on a couple of big-name upcoming features. I’m 100% confident that with his help in writing this movie, Brackenwood will be a success. Several times, people have expressed concern that I’m teaming up with someone on the other side of the world, but Ryan is one of my three closest friends and we’ve worked together for almost 15 years. So ssshh now 🙂


When we went to see Ween play their sold out show in Sydney, I wish I had taken the camera, especially when I got backstage and met the band. It was an amazing show and in true Ween style, the theatre was a complete mess of smashed plastic cups and crushed beer cans by the end. A security guy told me that he had never seen the theatre in such a state and it the big topic of conversation among the theatre staff was that the bar sold over 6000 beers to the crowd of 2500. Brilliant.

The show itself was the best thing I’ve ever seen, and probably the loudest thing I’ve ever heard (apart from the time my hearing was temporarily damaged from using a 12g shotgun every morning for a couple of months). Meeting Aaron, Mickey, Claude, Dave and Glenn afterwards was just awesome and they were really cool. Jeanette and I got to chat privately with each of them, except for Dave the bass player – who was catching up with old friends at the time. Aaron even mentioned that my Transdermal video had become an integral part of his kids’ lives growing up (can’t believe it’s been 5 years since that video).


Mickey was just brilliant.. he loves hanging out and chatting with fans and his tour blog has been calling for fans to come fishing with him. I just love the way Ween treat their fans.. like old pals instead of the frothy freaks we are!

Anyway, the backstage meeting was the perfect end to a perfect night. As much as I wish I had photos, I can’t think of anything worse than meeting your heroes and just snapping a camera in their faces the whole time. Memory’s good enough for me (touch wood) 😀

Don’t touch that remote

Next post, I think I’m going to talk about Toon Boom Digital Pro (and perhaps Storyboard Pro if I get find a little more time to actually use it!). Until then!


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