2018 Recap

(Featured image by Kazmology).

Whaddayear eh, whaddayear.

Honestly don’t know where to begin. It’s all a bit of a swarm. So, what I can remember is – obvs did a full series of 20 Moosebox shorts. That was my main thing this year. They’re finished btw, we finished in September, but Nickelodeon haven’t yet released them on web. I’m doing what I can to get them to do that.

We launched Moosebox at the inaugural Comic Con South Africa:

 

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Best photo lol! Team #Moosebox unite! 🙂

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Went overseas to Canada, and Annecy in France and Amsterdam with Kayla the awesome, did the Orange River river rafting for my brother’s birthday, did about 1,000,000 comic jams, prob went to Cape Town and Joburg a few times.

 

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Holidaze. Paris and Amsterdam w. @kazmology

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Bought a house last year and it’s been one of the most stressful years last year and beginning of this year as I poured all my resources into getting it ready to rent out for end of year, and throughout the year, and also living in it when it wasn’t being rented out. Repaired a wall that cost a bunch, and various other bits and bobs. Anyways, love the place now, it has 5/5 stars on Airbnb, and it’s really just fantastic. Would have little mini panic-attacks shortly after getting it, trying to figure out how on earth I’d make it work with repayments. Luckily, that’s just about when I got the Moosebox 20-shorts gig. Worked with Mind’s Eye Creative on Moosebox 9 months overtime unpaid (to be honest, it’s been one of the smoothest-sailing ‘big’ jobs I’ve ever been involved with, Mind’s Eye know their 2D pipeline well), and took on odd jobs throughout to try and float myself, doing work in the evenings after Moosebox which was for all intents a full-time gig. It was an exhausting year, and has slowly tapered off into a nice vibe where I was finding more time to catch my breath, play some PS4 and Switch, see my buddy James and generally just ‘breathe’. Kayla and I met someone in Annecy that turned out to be a really great contact. We got signed up to develop a rad animation show for some really lovely clients in the UK and US. We’re almost done with that, and are both super proud of this new show.

I started a Bru & Boegie short last year and still haven’t finished it :/ would have liked to have done more on it, but it just kind of got mad scope-creep and I keep adding stuff to it.

 

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Started this little #bruandboegie episode mid 2017, and guess what – HE STILL NOT DONE, LOL.

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Bru’s best ‘I’m the boss of me’ walk. #bruandboegie #toonbooming #ughtoonbooming

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Been earning some not-too-bad Youtube ad revenue. Clearly my 8bit animated vids with rad music by Japanese artist Take have rocked the party and pulled in the most loot with one vid clocking 6mil views.

I’m still feeling the effects from the fallout I had with my Bru & Boegie project in 2016. I think I had been building up all this energy for years to do Bru & Boegie, then when I finally got the deal, it was all systems go and I was firing on all cylinders. Soon into it, client was clear that I’d need to change some fundamental things about the show and characters to continue with the deal – it’s probably the only project where I’ve ever dug my heels in so deep with not wanting to budge. And I needed to quickly pack back all that energy and close up again. Weird time. It’s a hive of energy that continues to move in and around, and I’m just so grateful I got rights back early on in the process.

Haven’t really been making much music, played some live gigs with an old band and noodled in Ableton, some Sundays I bang around on the drums – soon as I got my place, I pretty much started working like a trojan. Things have levelled out thankfully, I’m finding a little more time to do passion projects.

 

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My 1st person VR Drum Simulator will be on Steam next month join the beta jks. #drums #vr

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Also, Otter Trail. Did that with buddies. Was a highlight. Damn that’s a great walk.

 

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Did Otter Trail. So much kiffness oh my sack. Gonna put up a multi-pic thing soon. #ottertrail

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We had some more fires in the Garden Route which was nerve wracking.

Did a Game Jam with the inimitable Free Lives crew at St. Francis I think.

Started learning 3D, which is rad.

 

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🐸 ‘Inbetween work attention, I noodle in the 3rd dimension.’ #bruandboegie

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Off to Prince Albert soon with Kayla-bean to meet some friends there, and the year’s turned out really nicely. Folks are down here in Plett and might be staying here more frequently, our cat Angie-Pange is here too, my bro Dave and his wife Jüte are here, so, it’s nice having a full house.

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Moosebox has landed :)

(Moosebox promo trailer)

A brief post in lieu of a longer one – we’ve wrapped the 20 Moosebox shorts 🙂 I couldn’t be happier or prouder of everyone that has worked on these – amazing team effort and an incredible result.

For South Africa the shorts are playing daily on Nicktoons ch308 on DStv at 16:24 CAT (after Spongebob – great slot!) and they should be on the Nickelodeon Play App in due course (though we don’t get that app in South Africa I believe).

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE THING! I’m currently en route to Canada for OIAF (Ottawa International Animation Festival) and thereafter Toronto to hang out for a couple days, maybe see some animation studios if I can.

We wrapped Sunday night and the first short was played the following day, been a bit of a whirlwind but Moosebox is in the can, and we’re jamming some stuff on Twitter, FB and Instagram 🙂

Special thanks to Alexi Wheeler, Richard Barry, Nina Hahn, Mind’s Eye Creative, Audio Militia, Greig Cameron and the numerous writers and board artists that all had a hand in making this the amazing production it is. Even more thanks to Fathima, Tas and Lindie from Viacom and Nick Africa for giving Moosebox an amazing launch at the inaugural Comic Con Africa, and to Ed Lewis our voice director from New York and the talented voice artists he directed who all delivered A++ voices for Moosebox 🙂

Moosebox is Nickelodeon International’s first International development from South Africa.

GO TEAM MOOSEBOX! ❤ ❤ ❤

(Part of the reason I haven’t posted in a while is I started drafting a post that was meant to be a pretty mellow small-ish bespoke small-batch artisanal piece about ‘Advice I Found Useful’ which instead morphed into a 3000+ word bulleted list on ‘Good Advice’ which I don’t think is practical, so have since separated it into ‘good advice I’ve received’ and ‘advice I’d give out’, I’ll wrap that post at some stage this year.

Mid-Year 2018 Update

Quick little post before I head off to Annecy! Annecy is the world’s biggest animation festival in France that happens every year. I luckily got to be part of the South African delegation going over, sponsored by the DTI (Department of Trade & Industry) and arranged by Animation SA. Thanks guys.

Thanks to the beautiful, the lovely Kayla Archer for helping me put together my mini show bible pitch 🙂 Looking forward to showing this around. Kayla also helped me with my new business card – so nice!

  

So, what’s been happening? It’s been a busy time, but, has it ever not been busy? I can feel things tapering off a little bit recently, which has been great to catch a breath.

Moosebox is looking so flippen’ kiff 🙂 Really so proud of what we’ve done here. A couple episodes are complete proper from start to finish, and we have a bunch more to go. Mind’s Eye Creative continue to knock it out the park with the animation and production, Audio Militia continue to knock it out the park with music & sfx and final mix, and it’s been a pleasure being involved in the process.

We recently completed a little side-project: an animated short with Cartuna for College Humor, called ‘Slide Into the DMs: The Gameshow’ – a throwback to Nickelodeon’s classic gameshow ‘Double Dare’. There’s something very satisfying about figuring out how to make a small budget work for a project. I worked closely with 2 collaborators: friend James Wolfaardt designed the characters and backgrounds, I created the boards and animatic and directed the short, and animator-extraordinaire Kevin Goliath (currently working at Mind’s Eye Creative) built the rigs and handled animation. We did things as efficiently as we could and are pleased to have this one in the can for 2 great clients we admire. It’s got 250k views in 2 days. Kiff! Here’s the vid:

I was looking for a Bru & Boegie pic I drew a while ago (couldn’t find it) but found a bunch of stuff, including a bit of dev for a Bru & Boegie film I wanted to make. When I read the 2-page script out at the workshop, you gotta believe me when I say the room was in hysterics:

And then, oh ya, I’m putting up a new video every Wednesday – about 10 years ago I made 52 episodes of ‘HappyLand Shorts’ and I’m putting ’em up. Nice! Would dig it if you could please subscribe to my YouTube channel, been really great seeing it grow slowly, almost at 10k subscribers. I’m starting to get paid for advertising views on the video, so, that is nothing short of amazing.

I’ve just come back from a ‘Game Jam’ week sponsored by Free Lives. They booked out a house in Hermanus, and MAN it was rad just making games for a week! We started some cool stuff, I jammed a lot with Ben and Cukia from Nyamakop! Gonna add a bunch-o-images in a gallery below:

Cool beans!