Julia had the impetus to start a new podcast series and I’m the first guest! We chatted in Cape Town about how I started out, about my spirit animals ‘Bru & Boegie’, Jozi Zoo and eTV, Goldfish music videos, Happy Land, Adventure Time, ComiCon, Moosebox, Dogshow with Cat, freelancing and a whole bunch of other stuff. She’s a super interviewer and I look forward to more of these podcasts with other animators.
How are you? Once again we distract ourselves from the crushing void with entertainment. Good. There are good things in this life. Don’t think about the eternal void.
Dogshow with Cat
The last few months I’ve been busy developing my new show with Disney, ‘Dogshow with Cat’. It’s changed a fair bit from the short pilot we did earlier this year, and I’m pleased to say, I think it is flippen’ AWESOME. One of the coolest things I’ve made. We have a great script for an 11-minute pilot written by Greig Cameron, overall support from Triggerfish Studios (Ant Silverston and Raffaella Delle Donne), an awesome mini pitch bible full of kiff images I’ve poured hours, days, weeks into, great story outlines, great characters, a great setup, a fantastic world that I’m sure you’d love. So, I hope the big D take the next steps with us. I’d love to show you images but for now I’m gonna keep things under wraps.
I walked Otter Trail recently! Man, it was cool. It’s a 5 day hike, you take all your own food, a sleeping bag (there’s huts every night and a basic bed and mattress to sleep on), did it with 8 other cool dudes. Loved it. It’s mostly along the coast, we had awesome weather except for one day where it rained most of the day. Anyways, was great to be in nature, get back to basics (even though it was nice having a roof to sleep under at night, as well as toilet and cold shower) and get a good bit of exercise going up and down canyons, crossing rivers and being kiff. Here’s a mini gallery from the Otter Trail. Great bunch-o-doodz.
So, my buddy James Wolfaardt has written an awesome ‘Beatboxing Dave‘ script, we’ve recorded the voices at BASE Studios here in Plettenberg Bay, he, Ben Badenhorst and I did all the voice work, James has done these cool character designs for the other characters, and this is my next personal project that I’ve set into motion and now have to finish. Here’s some of the character designs from him.
Dudes! Jarryd Jacobs (who I featured not too long ago) did some rad ‘Beatboxing Dave’ fan art. I sent him the new script and he’s done some really lovely work. I think I may use the Beatboxing Dave house he did. That’s great. Check it out:
Guys. Guys. Guys. I launched an online shop that sells stuff from my brother Dave and I. It’s pretty new, but, you can buy stuff from it. I still have a bunch of stuff of my own to add, and the hope is that it’ll make us some loot once the thing gets more knows. I’m doing a soft launch now, we’ve had 2 sales thus far and fulfilled the orders, so, that’s quite exciting. My thinking is to just start the thing and now we have a channel at least so that when we have an idea to make something kiff, we have a channel to make it available for purchase. It’s run on Shopify which seems pretty robust. I’d prefer some different tools for shipping but I’m getting the hang of it. Tip: use discount code IAMSOKIFF for a 20% discount at check out.
And then, by the title image, you may have guessed – I’m doing a new Goldfish music video 🙂 yep, that fishy smell is afoot, we’ve got a concept, an animatic, production has begun and I’ll be focusing on that for pretty much the whole of October. Awesome. I’ve bought Toon Boom Harmony Premium 14 and used it on the last Bru & Boegie short. Works pretty well, and I discover new techniques to speed up workflow almost every time I use it for a project.
Game Jam Island
THEN I’m off to ‘Game Jam Island’ in November – over 2 weeks in Mauritius, spending time with cool peeps and the Broforce team (Free Lives) because I’m lank keen to break into the videogame industry. Gotta do it. I’m excited. Got my tickets.
A new Bru & Boegie short, with love from me to me.
I think one of the best things I’ve ever made.
Great job everybody 🙂
EDIT: It was selected as Cartoon Brew’s ‘Pick of the Day’!