Eastern Conference Champions – The Box

This is the video we made with the boys from the Eastern Conference Champions. By far the most interesting song we’ve ever made a video for… We used an new untested (until this production) rotoscope process on this video. The actual techniques we used on this is a bit of a secret, but we will say we did use a ouija board to channel a rather hyperactive spirit from 1985 that claimed to supply the cocaine to the animation crew during production of A-Ha’s rotoscoped video. This paranormal entity’s tweaked advice, was particularly useless so we just kinda winged it…

Also, note the psychopaths’ line dance in the video. If you learn this dance before you hit an ECC concert, you can join all the other people on the dance floor in a post modern hipster mating ritual that always ends in heaping handfuls of ass.

Trust us.

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JiJ : Two Buckets “turntablin'”

This is an interesting piece, because it’s really not set up for a specific animation routine… instead, it’s built as a series of layered actions so that the compositor can set it to the music. So there’s sets of actions; drag, release, center switch, just the basics… but set to the music, it looks pretty sweet. This particular sequence is really just a line test… it’s not set to anything in particular, but it shows how the moves work.

In theory, we could probably make an interesting little Flash game out of it all, too… the elements are there, anyway.

There’s a couple elements that aren’t included here… there’s sway in the bar, for instance, and a flicker to the record reflection so that it’s not so static. But I gotta leave something for you guys to check out in the final.


Layered line test, completely drawn in-system using a WACOM Cintiq and some custom HTF techniques. No trees were harmed in the making of this production. Took a couple days to put it all together.

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Ye ole 2007(ish) reel

This is the older Humouring the Fates demo reel from 2006 era. We think it was released in Jan 2007. We’d like to thank all the animators who helped make the work found in this collection. We’d also like to extend a warm “thank you” to all the clients who paid their bills. Hopefully we’ll be able to release the 2008 reel sometime before 2013…

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racer-oates.jpgThe very first post.

My honors.

This is our new endeavor to try and reach out to that outside world a little more and interact with our art as we make it. Which just boils down to: we’ll have to talk about our work more… show updates of things as they happen. That kinda crap. So here is the place where we share the riotous joy that is making cartoons. Our plan is to show you some of the insider making-of art, stories, gripes, and a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make animation. One frame at a time…