Monday, November 26, 2007

Philippe and Pierre...Animated

Since I left Soup 2 Nuts, I have been directing a series of short animations (30 sec-1 minue) that are going to debut on the web. It's a collaboration with Mike Levine and Pileated Pictures. The goal is to turn these into something bigger...maybe interstitials...maybe a series of shorts for TV. We're about two months into production and we just finished animating the fourth episode. Here is a test loop that the team whipped up. Stay tuned as we move closer to completing the shorts.

video

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

60 Seconds to Save the Earth


Surreal. Completely surreal that I'm on the homepage with Bill O'Reilly. The project came a long way since my first post back in April!

There were a bunch of folks who helped me spread the word about my video. A special thanks goes out to:

Swampscott High School
North Andover High School
Amador Valley High School, CA
The Boston Globe
The Animation Block Party
Cold Hard Flash
Bostonist
Boston Magazine Blog
Tak @ The Weekly Dig
Massachusetts College of Art
The Swampscott Reporter
Current TV

...and last but not least, Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Global Warming 101

So I have been trying to promote the heck out of my PSA, The Sky is Falling. In doing so, I talked to the entire Swampscott High School...at once! I gave a talk about my art, the PSA, and global warming. I put together a little slide show to help illustrate my points. Here's the beginning of the talk:







Well, who am I to talk about global warming if...







But...



The reason why I'm here is because everyone can play a roll in educating others...even cartoonists! When I was doing my research for my PSA, I realized that many people don't know what global warming is, so here's a little Global Warming 101!





Here's an example all of you can understand. This is Jimmy. He's a typical Swampscott High School student. It's a 90 degree day and he's chilling out in a tank top and shorts. He's looking good.



Now...It's still 90 degrees and he adds two layers of clothes. He begins to sweat and feel dizzy.



Now he puts on an Eskimo snow suit! His body begins to rebel. He's nauseous, sweating profusely, and his bodily systems begin to shut down...he's about to pass out! The extra layering (like the thickening C02) is trapping in all the heat and disturbing the natural bodily processes...just like what's happening to the Earth.



There were about ten more slides that discussed topics such as CO2 emissions, electricity usage, and simple solutions that even someone like "Jimmy" could do to help make a difference. I put the whole presentation together over the weekend, and gave the chat on Monday AM. It was a great experience to talk to so many young folks. If anyone is interested in seeing the rest, drop me an email, and I'll happily share it.