Thursday, December 12, 2013

Troll Slayer Gets an Xbox One

Troll Slayer gets an Xbox One for Christmas.

 LEGAL NOTE: This cartoon contains elements of PARODY and is not meant to be taken seriously in any way, shape or form. Xbox One is owned by Microsoft. PS4 is owned by Sony. Dead Rising 3 is owned by CAPCOM.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Average Joe: Carry On! (Ep #5)

Joe's family vacation is off to a bad start!

This is part one of a story arc I'm starting where Joe and his family go on vacation. So, obviously, he needs to be tortured by the airport staff first. This is only the beginning!

This is our first cartoon animated in Toon Boom Harmony

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Joe's gas station get robbed by none-other the TROLL SLAYER himself. This should be interesting. This is the conclusion of the "Joe's Crappy Job" story arc started in Episode 2.

OMG! This episode was featured on Toon Boom's blog! Check it out here!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Tips on Lip Sync Animation

Hey everybody! James here.

I get a lot of requests about my process for doing lip sync animation. So I thought I'd share a brief tutorial on basic lip sync.

Here's my process in a nutshell, it allows me to basically fly through doing lip sync. I call this the "layered lip sync" technique.

NOTE: I almost always do the lip sync AFTER the final body and facial animation is completed. That way I'm focused on the performance first, which is the most important aspect of the shot.

I. Blocking

What I'll do first, after listening to the audio about a thousand times and memorizing all of the vocal inflections, is scrub through the timeline and pick out where I want the mouth to open and close.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Average Joe: The 'Ol Ball and Chain (Episode 3)

In this episode, Joe is bullied by his rule-loving assistant manager.

Check out the other episodes HERE.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Animation Process: Part II

Click here for Part I.

Hey Faux Reel Fans! James here again.

Continuing from where I left off in the last post, here's the rest of the Faux Reel animation process.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

The Animation Process: Part I

Hey everyone, James here.

I've been getting a lot of questions about the Faux Reel animation process so I've decided to put together a series of blog posts detailing exactly how a shot in one of our cartoons goes from script to final animation.

I'll be using a clip from the upcoming Average Joe cartoon. I'm animating it as I write this blog post so it's actually still unfinished which is why I'm doing several posts instead of just one long one.

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