Saturday, March 28, 2009

Animation from "Gwyllgi"

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Big news for the "Unbound" film, a mythological dramatization of the devastating potato famine in Ireland: We have a title for the film! It will be Gwyllgi” (pronounced "goo-li-chi") which translates to the "Black dogs" of Welsh Folklore.
videoFirst run at the entrance of the news van....
videoThis is Robbie Robertson's initial animation of the central character Bob as he is hearing about a meteor hurtling toward his little apartment....

Heather at the controls...
We had our second voice recording for both "Buki" and "Meteor" recently in the Theater Department's recording studio. Our audio engineer was Heather and our lead voice talent was Joe. The recording samples had us all laughing during the review especially with "Buki", the little sushi experiencing everything from being flung into space to nearly being cut into slivers by falling glass.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It appears that the new co-director on "Meteor" has a gentle, nurturing touch with his team. Pedro encourages his minions with a kind word and praise yet Megumi still eyes him with a bit of suspicion....
A poorly animated scene tends to set him off a bit... Hey, this could be a great reality show! It has all the right elements: no sleep, emotional stress, betrayal, people freaking out in close quarters - now we just need someone to eat some bugs...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


The facial rig is complete for the character "Buki" for the film of the same name. Let the animation begin!

Monday, March 9, 2009















Here is the amazing recording studio where we did our first passes with our favorite theater voice talent Joe Calarco and friends. Production manager Amanda Thomas for "Meteor" is intently listening to the takes, or maybe just has Aerosmith on her I-pod, hard to tell....
The creators of our 2D animated short "Unbound" are seen here from left to right with some extra faces from our other film "Meteor". Second from the left is creator and co-director Sarah Banning, fourth from the left is creator and co-director Amy Clark, production manager Bill Stewart to her right, and far right is post production manager for all three films (whew), Megumi Tsuji.
Our third 3D animated film is "Buki", the little sushi with an aggressive craving for soy sauce. Show here (from left to right) are creator and co-directors Kijeon Nam, Howard Cheng (standing) effects artists Quoc Nguyen and Vincent Nguyen, and Production Manager "Crack that Whip" Stephanie Reyes.
One of many "Meteor" production meetings with (from the right) creator and co-director Heather Crilly, Production Managers Diane Schulz and Amanda Thomas speaking with storyboard artist Rachell Farwell. "Meteor" is a 3D animated apocalyptic spoof in a reptilian world.

Two background layouts for village in "Unbound by Brandon Franco.
This is a size comparison chart for the main characters in "Unbound", see the following film for one in action....
videoThis is a color test for (Working title) "UnBound"; the story of Bean - a spirit who is tied to a ravenous shape-shifting beast that has descended upon a village during the black death. When the beast focuses its attention on a young girl, Bean is forced to decide between her loyalty to a longtime companion and the life of a child.
This is one of the three short animated films in production at Prickly Pachyderm Productions and will be done entirely in 2D animation. The team is led by creators and co-directors Amy Clark and Sarah Banning with Production Manager Bill Stewart.














The news van for "Meteor" by creator Heather Crilly who is co-directing the film with Pedro Santana. Production managers Amanda Thomas and Diane Schulz, the van has now been modeled and is ready for it's paint job...

To reduce some stress, we have begun weekly Nerf Wars just before noon. We thought it would be fun but underestimated the competitive nature of some of our team mates....

Quoc, April and Vincent strike a pose....
The ever-so-shy April manages to blast her way into the Prickly Pachyderm Productions history book as the 1st Nerf War Winner of the season! Huzzah!

Soda Can Effects Shot

videoThis is a tough one for Vincent and Quoc, our short film "Buki"'s effects team. They are trying to create the explosion from a shaken soda can as it opens and takes off. So far, we have pudding....