Earlier in September I was hired to animate/motion graphics for a sweet mini series produced by Shepard Fairy and MTV called Rebel Music. I animated things from text/titles to maps and other neat Shepard Fairyesque things. You should check it out! It is now streaming on Netflix!! YEAH!
And so I attended another AMAZING film festival, the Rincon Intl. Film Festival.
Puerto Rico is freaking amaazing. The natives are super friendly, the food is to die for and the scenery is also to die for. I died a lot there. In the best way.
The festival staff are incredible supportive and they really take care of the filmmaker that attend. I felt like a Puerto Rican Goddess. The filmmakers were super sweet,and the film program was very well programmed with themed nights from Fright Night to Romance Night (my film, I Love You So Much was in that night, which I found to be hilarious because it is a bizarre take on ‘romance’)…all very good. The films always played outside with a breathtaking view of either the ocean with palm trees or some tropical background. I actually felt like I was in a movie watching movies. It was a surreal amazing experience everything from showing my film to meeting amazing programmers and filmmakers and even natives. If you are a film enthusiast I would serious suggest making a trip to Puerto Rico to attend this amazing little festival that I hear is growing significantly every year!
OH! Also. My film, I Love You So Much won BEST FICTION SHORT FILM!!! HUZAAAH!
On to more fests and making films!!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LADY GAGA!!! I made this rad thang for Mother Monster in about 4 days. ENJOY!
I was recently apart of a panel at SVA called Animation Domination. My pals Lizzi Akana, Alan Foreman and Michelle Higa were also apart of it. It was fun and informative and we talked a lot about animation and Ke$ha and more…
this is a still of my face talking at the Q n A at Town – freakin- Hall NYC…**note the lens flare
I Love You So Much will be playing at the Rincon International Film Festival in Puerto Rico and the Floirda Film Festival in April! I am super excited because these are two amazing fests that are extremely supportive. I suggest that everyone in the world attend these fests! I will be attending the Rincon International Film Festival in Puerto Rico! Come say hola to me and my date, my mom!
I got this tumblr thing all the cool kids have been talking about. There are about three posts. I linked it to this site as well because that is how I roll and also because I am lazy.
For over 10 years, Animation Block Party has been dedicated to exhibiting all genres of the world’s best independent, professional and student animation, including the premieres of first-time filmmakers and the highlights of award-winning veterans. For more information, visit: http://www.animationblock.com.
NYC’s historic Town Hall is hosting a ten-part film series called The Best Fest Film Series. The very best of Animation Block Party at Rooftop Films will be part of this brand new Town Hall experience, featuring highlights from a decade of Animation Block Party/Rooftop Films collaborations.
Films include “I am Tom Moody” by Ainslie Henderson, “Sidewalk” by Celia Bullwinkel, “Re-Collection” by Nicholas Kallincos, and more. A panel discussion with Animation Block founder, Casey Safron, Rooftop Films Program Director, Dan Nuxoll plus award winning filmmakers Julia Pott (Belly) and Leah Shore (Old Man) will follow the screening.
Still from the premiere of my new short live action film, I Love You So Much, with composer Fritz Myers and gnome pjs.
I just completed one of my most favorite jobs ever, making a viral birthday card for Ke$ha from MTV. I had three days to make it! I think I have a thing for lumberjacks!? ENJOY.
**shout out to my homie, Lizzi Akana who directed Ke$ha’s Your Love is My Drug animation sequences and that I had the pleasure of working on. Thank you for showing me the magic that is Ke$ha. <3
YAAAY! I am repped commercially as a Director at Z Animation. The coolest animation company, obviously. Here’s to you, 2014!
It has come to my attention that my alma mater, RISD wrote a little blurb in their magazine about me. NICE. I also like that they mention that Indie Wire named my face when it was FIlmmaker Magazine. Get it straight RISD, get. It. Straight.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! In celebration of new things and my new film I Love You So Much premiering at Slamdance this month, watch my new Trailers!
Unsure what to get your loved ones for the holidays, or just a fabulous gift in general? Get the gift that keeps on giving with Holiday Parties number ONE hit, FRUITCAKE. You might have heard it while watching Leah Shore’s number one holiday card, Fruitcake. GET IT. You will want to gorge yourself with fruitcakes for years to come!
“We’d love to spend Christmas Day at Leah’s house, she must have some pretty wild Christmas’ to come up with this shit!” – Animated Review
Here are a few GIFs I made using excerpts from my 2013 HOLIDAY CARD. PLEASE SHARE.
YUP! You heard it right, my new short live action/animation hybrid film, I Love You So Much will be premiering at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah! COOL! Congrats to everyone who has helped me with my film: Fritz Myers (composer), Dorian Tocker (DP/Editor), Crystal Pei (color), Ken Barbara (sound), and the very talented Jarret Kerr (actor)!!! And to everyone who has supported me!!! <3 HUZZAH!
Congrats to all of my fillmaker friends who have films in the fest including Michael Langan, Caleb Wood, Sean Buckalew, Bill Plympton, and a TON more! Not to mention Sundance…there are too many to name. You guys are fabulous.
I enjoyed the audience feedback at the JAC/RIIF Encore Series on OLD MAN. She is a controversial film, that Old Man. And I love it.
So glad your film was part of the JAC/RIIFF Encore series on Nov. 21. We hand out audience voting/feedback sheets and here are the audience comments for “Old Man”:
1) Dreadful man. Excellently done, I had to put my hand in fornt of my eyes a few times, the imagery was so in sync with the voice/words., 2) the very psychotic ragings of a murderer who needs no coverae or special focus by anyone., 3) Creepy., 4) Disturbing., 5) They were all excellent., 6) I’m glad this guy is behind bars – scary and made me angry., 7) Why use your creative powers on psychotic rantings?, 8) Could barely understand what was being said., 9) Horrible ranting crazy man., 10) He really is as crazy as we have heard. Nonsensical., 11) This man should be given no publicity or voice. Do something about a good person next., 12) Just like Manson!, 13) What a fascinating stream of consciousness dialog from the notorious C.M. – animation perfectly matched the madness of the dialog.
Keep on creating!
All the best —–
STAY TUNED WITH SOME NEWS ABOUT MY NEW FILM ‘I Love You So Much’
MTV just hired me to make the coolest thing ever!! A birthday card to Miley Cyrus love MTV! I had 3 days to make it, 3 pots of coffee, and endless tweak… ENJOY! Please share!! I made an instagram account JUST FOR THIS.
There are two versions. The first one being my fav, 16×9 better audio and more mushroom Miley’s. The second version was cropped for instagram :( Still cool, but not as explosive in my opinion.
The band Neonfaiths new EP just dropped. I highly suggest you listen to it. It is rad. I also shot their photos using magic.
Hey all! My pal and talented Director/Animator pal Lizzi Akana asked me to work on the new Sharon Jones music video she was directing/making. Check it out. Spread the word. AKANA ROCK DA HOUSE.
My film Old Man will be playing in a Filmmaker Magazine 25 New Faces compilations on Wednesday October 2nd at the FAMOOOUS IFC. I am beyond excited, honored, surrealized, humbled, eager, thrilled, animated, hot to be showing here. It is literally on my bucket list of amazing things to accomplish in my career. Huzzah. Huzzah to the other talented filmmakers. It should be an amazing show. Really. You should go. Support us. :)
I am honored to announce that I am an official animation judge for the Chicago International Film Festival 2013. It is one of my favorite festivals in general and I cannot believe I get the honor to judge the crap out of films. I love this. I hope to do more of this in the future! HUZZAAH! ! ! ! !
Also. I believe judges should be given crowns to signify their judgyness. Something like this is preferred:
This past weekend I attended the Animation Block Party here in classy Brooklyn. It is a favorite festival of mine and everyone who attends is severely talented. There is also corn at the Habana Outpost. Best weekend. I was also mentioned in the Wall Street Journal. FAME.
Have you heard of that hip, new cool band called Grouplove? Oh good. Watch this teaser thing I animated for them. Holler Ace N Son.
I am honored to say that I am one of those 25 new faces. The article doesn’t say it, but I thank Jonathan Seligson and Michaeala Olsen for their dedication and help in OLD MAN and of course my extremely supportive super producer, Carl D’Andre. xoxoxoxo
also on indiewire, if you prefer indiewire…
FULL HEADSHOT SHOT BY THE TALENTED MICHAEL LANGAN!!!!
I was hired to make the cover/ep for the fabulous band, Neonfaith, its all blacklight. Stay tuned for their main photo whenever their EP drops. I barely did any tweaking in photoshop. SKILLZ people. Skills. I used a cannon 5D, black light, paint, and my eyyyyes….
A lot is happening with stuff. Stuff I cannot talk about. Stuff I can. So I will.
RECENT Awesome things that have happened for me and my art stuff:
1. MEATWAFFLE, my RISD 2009 Undergrad Thesis was inducted into the Sundance Permanent Collection at the UCLA Film Archive. Pretty rad. I am honored.
2. The short viral thang I directed and animated for VICE/Warner Bro’s. Project X Party Legends: Big Sean got accepted into my FAVORITE film festival ever: the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Prepare yourself Canada. I am coming. For your beaver tails. I made this thing in 2-3 days and went insane. And then I too partied.
3. I was interviewed by my pals at Frenzer Forman Animation and CartoonBrew:
4. I met and talked to at length, mr. David Duchovny. He is still seriously good looking.
If things keep getting this fabulous I might just blow up. Like literally. Scanners style.
Stay tuned friends!
Thanks to Mr.Raegan, today is National Catfish Day. It is also the premiere of MTV’s tv show Catfish. They hired me to produce a slightly offbeat viral thing for both days and this is what I came up with (music by Fritz Myers):
Old Man won a special mention award at the USA Film Festival!! YAAAAY! DAALLLAS! YAAAY! AWARDS!
I am extremely fortunate and honored to have Old Man play at the USA Film Fest in Dallas! I will even be there! IN THE FLESH. I will be in an exclusive compilation shorts block which will have a q and a by the one and only STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY. He’s cool. I’m cool. Everything’s cool. I CAN’T WAIT! TEXAS HERE I COME!
Exciting news. I am making a new movie and fast! WHY!?! HOW?!?! QUE?!
LIVE ACTION. Short film. Me. Jarret Kerr. Dorian Tocker. All in one room. Making a movie.
Stay tuned on this awesome movie of mine….It is a comedy. It is funny. It actually is narrative-ish. There might be some cartoons in it but at a minimum.
“With nothing but his own words to draw from I think this was a much more honest presentation of the man….Leah Shore stripped all of our cultural projection away and simply interpreted his words with images based on what he was saying, not who we think or what he’d like us to think he might be.”
HEY! I am super excited to have my film play at SXSW this year! I get the honor of playing with some amazing films from the new Pixar short to Julia Pott!! EXCITING.
If you are in Texas I highly suggest that you and your crew come see the animation shorts. I will be there! In the flesh!
***I also literally just broke my toe, but that will not stop me from SXSW-ing!!
“Leah is what JJ Villard could be if he pulled his dick out of nostril.”
- Chris Robinson
Hey! I wanted to post the Domino’s Ad campaign I had worked on for the election/pizza-awesomeness.
I got to work with the fabulous Greg Slagle of Kinetiscope who Directed the campaigns. I was the Animator/Creative Director. It was made and fabricated very quickly. I even got to do a few voices!! I really hope to do more voices/creative directing in the future. It is so much fun.
My most recent film, Old Man will be showing at SXSW 2013 in March! I am very excited for this one!! It is seriously one of the best festivals I have ever been to! SEE YOU THERE, AUSTIN!
Hey! So glad I can finally post the commercial/ad I helped animate on! It was one of the best things I have worked on so far in my professional career. Small crew, the McCartney’s and awesome animation!! I even got to hangout and work with my buddy, Lizzi Akana (http://lizziakana.com/) with whom I worked for on the Ke$ha music video!! ROCK ON! Enjoy!
Hey Guys! Finally the promo I made for GenArt!! I made it REALLY fast and am pretty happy with the final product. I wish I had more time, but that’s what everyone’s says about everything the backgrounds are done by the ridiculously talented Dylan Hayes. Rainbows. Cupcakes. Movies. Fashion. Cupcakes.
I made my holiday into a GIF!!! There are also other awesome gifs on this site that is curated by Kneeon’s Mike Healey! ENJOY!
It’s time for my holiday card once again! I felted up a storm and made this beast. A look behind the scenes pics will be up soon, but for now enjoy!!! Happy Holidays to all and to all a HAppy Happy Holiday!
my new reel is finally doone done done!
REEL REEL REeeel!
At Ottawa this year, I got to befriend one of my favorite new animators, Noam Sussman. If you havent seen his shit, let me just say, it’s amazing. and that’s that. Watch his short GUM, it blew me away….https://vimeo.com/39983980
Anyhoo. He is weird and lives in Toronto and their Thanksgiving is in october? WEIRD. He drew this brilliant penis turkey. I decided with Noam’s blessing that I would retaliate with a vag turkey…enjoy.
They should do it.