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John Henry Picture Book Animation

I’m excited to announce the launch of a new animation I created with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. It’s the 50th anniversary of his children’s book “John Henry” and we created a 6 minute animated read-aloud. It was a great experience working with his original art work and making a video that is in keeping with his style. Hope you enjoy!

Shooting Vines




Vine is a sweet little smart-phone app that allows you to shoot short video clips and post them immediately. What makes Vine unique is how short the clips are and how it records video. It only records when you press the screen and stops recording when you remove your finger, up to six seconds. You can start recording on the same clip by touching it again, creating loops of images. Jump cuts condense time, as you can see in the Vine I shot of skaters in our studio building.

A tap of the screen will get you one frame and with multiple taps you can start making frame-by-frame animation. You can go Benny Hill-style with sped up reality or more painstaking hand-drawn cartoons. There are some fun, new video makers out there, such as the pencil sketcher Pinot and the wooden man adjusting Ian Padgham. The Vine app is free so try it out! The check out these tips from Mashable to make your Vines even better.

The Animated Doodles of Dan Berry

Here’s a cute music video for Jim Guthrie’s “The Rest is Yet to Come”. Artist Dan Berry made a panoramic background with simple animations of watercolor drawings. The result is a slow pan across a landscape of musicians, leaves and fire.

He provides a peek at his process by posting pictures of the video in various stages of production. His main software tools are Photoshop and After Effects, along with a good scanner and watercolor paper.

Dan Berry hosts a podcast where he speaks with cartoonists and others about their creative process. It’s called “Make It Then Tell Everybody” and is available on iTunes.

Animated GIF Stereograms



Stereograms set up flat, still images in such a way that they appear three dimensional to the viewer. In the mid to late 19th century photographers would shoot scenes using a camera equipped with two lenses a few inches apart. This would simulate our binocular vision and, when viewed through a stereoscope, would appear deeper and more lifelike.

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