Check out the full episode here!
Season 4 of Game of Zones was already well under way when the Charles Oakley thing happened. I hoped Craig and Adam would incorporate it into the show, and a few weeks later my wish came true.
For the Pacers segment, I did the thumbatic as well. That took some extra time, hence the much more inconsistent character drawings. Also, around this time Toon Boom released Storyboard Pro 5.5, which completely changed my workflow with its excellent new perspective tools. From this point on in the series, layouts were all done in Storyboard Pro. I also began to shade the layouts with basic values. It made things easier in parallax situations where characters were sandwiched between multiple background layers, as well adding depth and clarity.
Here are the animatics for the two segments of Bleacher Report’s Games of Zones Season 4, Episode 2. Watch the complete episode here!
Once again again, Craig and Adam had a very well thought out thumbatic to guide me. Those guys are incredible. I think this staging with the horses is a brilliant way to shake up a dialogue heavy animation scene without over-burdening the production team — I wish I could take credit for it, but it was their idea!
Episode 2 also takes us to Houston — Games of Zones’ “Dorne” — to look in on James Harden and Mike D’Antoni…
In addition to the layouts and animatics, I also did background paintings for the Bulls segment. The challenge was to make them detailed enough for the long camera move as well as the tight cropping in the close-ups.
Layouts from the Rockets segment.
It’s time for some behind-the-scenes of the internet’s favorite basketball webseries! Check out the first four episodes here, then watch the animatic to see how things changed in Episode 1, including a deleted Tim Duncan retirement scene!
I have to give a lot of credit to the show creators Craig and Adam Malamut who provided a very detailed “thumbatic” of what they wanted, which made my job a whole lot easier.
I also did the background art for the opening Oklahoma Thunder sequence.
I recently wrapped in my role as story and layout artist for the web series “Game of Zones,” and the new episodes are starting to roll out! The Bros at Bleacher Report have a great season in store for you, with hilarious writing and tons of basketball easter eggs for you to find. Here are the first few episodes – stay tuned for more episodes and behind-the-scenes artwork!
I’m finally getting around to posting this project from last November — a fun little promo for renewable energy I animated with IMG Media for the South African Embassy:
I love it when these little cartoon modern projects come along — it’s such a fun style to work with. Serena Henderson did the lovely background art.
Here’s some behind-the-scenes art:
A few days after submission we got back some pictures of John Kerry giving a talk with this animation playing on TV’s behind him. Pretty cool!
First, if you haven’t seen this cartoon, check it out! And hang around — I promise it’ll be worth it!
The Warriors commissioned this short as a treat for the team before they start back up for the 2016/2017 season. They gave Bleacher Report a list of inside jokes for each team member, and the very, very clever Malamut brothers wrought those jokes into a hilarious (and catchy) song before enlisting my help to do the animatic, background art, and some animation.
Sadly, the Powers-that-Be required some changes before it could be shared with the public, so the cartoon above is NOT what the Warriors were shown. That cartoon is sadly lost to history, BUT (here’s where I make it worth your while) I did obtain permission to share the much bawdier Animatic. Enjoy!
I should note that at the time I finished work on this animatic, the ending still hadn’t been approved, so Craig and Adam covered that last bit while I moved on to other things.
I don’t want to piss off the Warriors, so I can’t comment on all the Easter Eggs. But there are a few things I think I can point out that non-rabid sports fans might not otherwise pick up on:
Directly above is Vinny — the character I designed that got cut. He’s Anderson Varejao (the guy with the hair)’s trainer — the joke was how small he looks compared to Varejao. I’m not sure but I think he was cut because most people wouldn’t know who he was. They replaced him with Ian Clark.
I have to give a massive shout to the Malamut brothers, Craig and Adam, who conceived and executed this whole idea. They even did the voices! They wrote the friggin music! And Craig’s thumbnails made my job on the animatic a breeze. Well… as breezy as a deadline like that can be…which is to say… still pretty hard actually… but so much fun. So guys, if you’re reading this, thanks again!
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