Monday, June 21, 2010
We have over 2 minutes animated so far, so here's your exclusive sneak peak at what we've been cooking up. After the break, learn about our process from our Lead Animator, Jon Henshaw! So please enjoy your family dining experience at An Okay Place To Eat!
I'm Jon Henshaw. I'm the Lead Animator on An Okay Place To Eat. I've been an Animator for the past 12 years and have worked on numerous commercials for Cartoon Network, the Adult Swim series Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law. It was on Harvey Birdman that I was able to make the transition from animating with pencil and paper to the digital realm of Flash. It was also the basis for running a production where animators don't have to be in the same building, working on the same project. Through the power of technology, we have been able to create a virtual studio, where animators, directors, and producers can all work remotely at their desired location and contribute to the project.
Our Animation team consists of Vicky Lelgant, Dawn Nakama, Deke Wightman, Chris Paluszek, and Caroline Foley. Some are working Georgia, some in New Jersey, and some in Los Angeles. To set the style of animation, I did the first couple of shots. It's my job as Lead Animator to keep the style consistent across all animators and all scenes. I want the animators to have fun with the characters and the shots. I want them to follow the storyboards, but if they want to add little nuances to a shot or a character that will heighten the shot, then I'm all for it! It's my experience that if animators are happy and feel connected to the production they are animating, then it will end up being a better product.
Right now, we are deep into production and animation is going very smoothly. The show is looking great and we're gonna keep plugging away to finish up by August.