Ottawa & after Part 2

Unlike some of my friends that saw the films this year at OIAF, i was throughly impressed with the variety & content of the work shown. yes there was the expected crap, but there was some solid work in the program. I think people easily forget the amount of work that goes into a film, commercial or music vid, christ! that shit's hard, lets give people a break & enjoy their spotlight with them, even the crap (can you tell i had a film in the program?)

So heres MY picks for the categories that i saw, i wrote 3 in certain categories in order of my winner choice. you can check out the actual winners HERE

- Persepolis - hands down. but the other 2, AAchi & SSipak & Free Jimmy were both awesome in their own ways, go see them all no matter what theyre descriptions say, trust me i almost didnt

NEW MEDIA COMPETITION - Animation Short Made for the Internet
- i know what i said above, but i wasnt really impressed with any of the internet stuff, i think people need to step up the internet work, huge huge potential

Narrative Short Animation
- Madame Tutli-Putli - its already a classic, probably the 10th time ive seen it & im always blown away, it lives up to the hype
- Pearce Sisters - wicked wicked, whole time watching it i was trying to figure how it was done, just gorgeous & ugly to look at
- Sainte-Barbe - great simple story, & beautiful stop mo to look at

Experimental/Abstract Animation
(why do the abstract filmakers always make their film way too long?!?!? should be a rule for them to be under 3 minutes)
- Framing (Bildfenster / Fensterbilder)

Undergraduate Animation
- Beton - super awesome anti-war film from the guys who know it the best, israel
- Doxology - fun film, the way experimental film should be, interesting & fun
- Pressure Cooker - craziness, i hate goeblins (jealosy)

Graduation Animation
- Milk Teeth - i was so happy this won, everyone i know hated it, its great & dark dark dark, oh & odd
- For the Love of God - hilarious & grad film?!? huh? this category is always so weird....
- Key Lime Pie - beautiful to look at, fantastic design

Promotional Animation
- National Lottery 'The Big Win' - gorgeous execution & just feels good to watch, lottery?!
- Cravendale 'Out of Stock' - so stupid & awesome, wish i came up with it
- 5 Alive 'Echo' - awesome variety

Television Animation for Adults
- John and Karen - brilliant english humour, wicked wicked timing
- Golden Age - so awesome, just hilarious

There was more, but i missed the kids stuff cuz i was busy watching the awesome UPA retrospective, if you werent inspired after watching these, you need to be in a new business. damn those guys were so good & no one has been able to come close to their genius since. i took some pics during one of the last films, why didnt i clue into doing that during the previous ones?

the simplicity is retarded

like i said im inspired

few other pics from the weekend, in the big theatre

on our way to redeem our free drink tickets

So overall i had a wicked time at the fest & now my new goal is to do films just so i can get passes into more fests, its awesome. i met some new awesome people that i really hope to keep in tough with, priscilla, greta & the rhode island posse, tim & jordyn (well we re-met), andre, darryl & more whom i cant remember their names. great to see some old faces that actually seemed genuinely happy to see me again, weird. Can't wait for next year

Going with this new goal of mine, The Flower got into Film pop montreal!! phil & i are crazy excited cuz not only do we get our film played on the big screen & get passes for the film fest, but our pass allows us into the music fest thats running during the same time oct 3-7! what you say? yea mofo, respect. Its playing in all its glory on OCT 6 & 7 from 12-5 at the Film pop screening room at the Puces Pop Arts & Crafts Fair which is at the Canadian Grenadier Guards Armoury - 4171 de L'Esplanade (just south of Rachel) so if you're around town, please come on out & i promise to let you sucker punch me, just because, BUT if you cant see it there, here it is again

The Flower
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& finally did some life drawing again last night at Florian's, it was great cuz i painted this time out & they arent the worst thing ive ever done, gypsy luck. i was using an old palette with gouache still on it so it gave me some nice colour surprises, i really enjoy playing with colours that arent actually there

this one's my fav

im working on a bunch of other things right now, which hopefully in the next post i'll be able to share.


van & ottawa part 1

A bunch of stuff has been happening in my little ol life over the past couple weeks, so i'll make 2 posts to cover it all. first off, i went to vancouver for alittle comic con, that was fun, sold a few things, but didnt expect to sell much, just really went to meet more people & i like lugging prints around with me to other provinces ;{) Made a few new connections, saw some old friends & made some new ones, so that always makes a trip worthwhile. stayed at my friends Jess & vincents incredible penthouse in downtown van, so rare to be in a place that has windows in every room. But the real reason for going to BC was visiting my lady on the set of the stop mo feature Edison & Leo being shot in Mission. everything for it is of course top secret, but its looking gorgeous & a ton of my friends are working on it, so you know it will move like angels themselves pushed them along. Mission was awesome for me because i did nothing but read & draw over-looking the frasier river, it was exactly what i needed. i kept feeling that i should go exploring in the forest & mountains behind me, but i didnt & it felt good. some pics of that part of the world

beautiful weather the whole week, had to bring it back with me tho, its now 6 degrees, ehhh



then after being back in montreal for 2 days, i scurried off to the ottawa anim fest with some nfb folk. 5 full days of animation beauty. i stayed & partied it up with the amazing gang at headgear which had a 10 year retrospective program that contained a hour doc covering the full breath of their work, which included me slugging away on this commercial, click the pic below to see the whole commercial

some pics of the HG crew
kicking the ball after the screening but before the dinner

great dinner

big party at barrymores on another night

issac decides that they need to dance on stage

then they felt ottawas iron fist

Dave coopers work was at another party venue, so incredible, completely fell in love with some of them, theyre are soo so so so sooo much better to see in person. expect some paintings from me now, thanks dave

giant spider outside the national gallery

there SHE is on the big screen at the national gallery theatre during the canada showcase

so thats it for now, i'll post again in the next day or so with my fav films from the fest, some inspired sketches, & stories.


vancouver & a nade

tomorrow im off to the next major city in Canada on my list to see my lady after 2 months (its gonna be good) & to take part in Vancouver's humble comic con. Not sure if im completely happy with the pic above, i think i'll tweak it some more, or just redo it, but it's nice to have a chance to work in illustrator for a bit. So if you're in the vancouver area come on by, kick some sand in my eye, & maybe if your lucky will be worthy enough to talk to my girl. I'll have prints, a bunch of new blobs & my sketch books. Oh & its only running from 11-5 so hurry on in

look what im part of! A custom toy event on Oct 4! we're doing our renditions of B.U.D. & Nade toys. Check out the new cool store Camion De Pompier for more details when things get closer to the show. It's gonna be my first time doing one of these, im pretty stoked, i think ive got a pretty darn good idea for my nade. The toys are gonna be up for sale during the show & boris is sponsoring, so consumption of beverages is requested. Come on out montrealers

its been too long, & will probably be just as long before i do some more again, but i got 2 more mojizu's up for the vote. These 2 fellas were found a new & almost complete, cuz i just got my hard drive back from getting all the data recovered WOO! just click their pretty faces

Bountee has also suffered from me being too busy to create any new content, but i have released chewy in blue for the girls

& a guys black skull shirt

both are in the "most wanted" section, so thanks peeps for voting. nice thing about bountee is regardless of whether people vote your shirt on to the most wanted, you can still buy any shirt thats made on there, fancy eh?