Earlier this year I took a chance and got in touch with David O’Reilly – my hero – who put out a call for people to do some stuff. I did some 8bit graphics under his direction for something called ‘Heaven’s Countryland’. I didn’t know what it was but it was a rad gig. Usually I plan out 8bit work fairly extensively but was encouraged to work almost straight ahead. It was a nice change-up and a pleasure to collude with my biggest animation hero (seriously, his work is da bes. External World, an episode of Adventure Time in 3D, the 3D videogame sequences in the Spike Jonze film ‘Her’, Octocat).
I noticed yesterday that the finished shorts were posted on YouTube. They’ve received lovely retro treatment, the audio is spot-on – I DIG THEM!
I discovered the last two (my personal favourites) have been selected as ‘Shorts in Competition’ at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in September. Nice.