Sunday, December 30, 2012


seq07 720 from Christopher Magee on Vimeo.

...sent across the ocean to Shannon on Monday for in-betweens and clouds...


seq06 from Christopher Magee on Vimeo.

...mailed off to Janelle on Monday to make it smooth and beautiful...

Friday, December 28, 2012

deep blue sea at high noon

Merry Christmas

getting closer

things as they stand (furry brother likes to sleep on the storyboards, for some reason):

furry brother.


main to do:
• make ogre run through increasingly rough water
• the theatre set

Saturday, December 22, 2012

portable workspace.

animating with the clipboard - it was o.k.

...but the arrival of the animation disc today was a big improvement.

propped up by camera tripod, with ruler taped down in front for front support.

the disc itself spins like butter.

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Master BG list has arrived! Halfway!

For any folks interested in all things Background-related, I have now uploaded half of the list of BG's for OM in the Backgrounds tab.  It will amaze you.  Really.

Actually, assuming pages 11-20 yield about the same number of BG's as the first ten, there are significantly fewer BG's than we originally thought.  Still a good amount of them, but doable.  I'll have the second half - plus deadlines! - up later this weekend.

Eri                  c

Friday, December 14, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I like long walks by the beach... at night.

It's actually true, though the beach here in Seq03Sh02 looks like it has limited real estate...
See you guys tomorrow!

Emilio Estevez

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Hi Team!

Check the Background tab for an AMAZING breakdown of O&M Color Palette Timing!


Friday, December 7, 2012

our fresh young interns

Amanda, Shannon, Matt, and Giselle, ready to take on ogres over winter break...

sandwich day

Today we worked in the classroom and experienced some changes. Goodbye to Maya, who we are sincerely sad to see leave us. Hello to Matt, who sat in today and officially started his role as Eric's background coloring assistant. Janelle met James Earl Jones.  We ate sandwiches.

As winter break draws close, we will keep in touch via this blog and DropBox, and also through the mail, with drawings flying across oceans and continents.

And bye to Dave Brubeck, who is now taking a bit more than five.

On to Sequence VI....

Sunday, November 25, 2012

naming conventions

Hi there,

Better late than never, and before we head out for winter break, I just posted a series of images on a new page for the blog that indicates how keys, breakdowns, in-betweens, and tracebacks should be labeled and how timing charts are interpreted. See sample below, and let me know if you have questions!
~ Chris

Monday, November 19, 2012

caught up with pencil tests

Seq IV, Shot 04: ogre licks lips. from Christopher Magee on Vimeo.

...and pushing through Sequence IV, then on to the next one.

Need to give you guys your assignments before Winter Break scatters us.

Almost got that little iPad brush stylus today, but alas, there's not really a use (and therefore excuse) for it. We'll see how long my Willpower of Steel holds out.

I love going back to that ol' drawing board...

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

It's a BIG one...

So here we go with 160ppi.  We will now be able to animate the Ogre's pores and the Mermaid's scales into the project.  Good luck with that, animation team.


p.s.  This big fella is called Seq_4_Sh_3_bg.  Just so ya know.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Not the Jersey Shore...

...though I did realize we should have gone out into Sandy the other night to record some good ocean storm sounds...



Ok, so I decreased the storybook-y vibe and upped the dark, messy broodiness...
I think this is it.
By the way, I realized that you guys requested Seq2sh01 yesterday;  that is this shot!  let's see some tests with this guy.

Amanda and Giselle animating ogres.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ogre listens to a shell

This one took forever to convert on Vimeo, for some reason.

OM Seq3 Sc 8&9 from Janelle Smith on Vimeo.

Working through Sequence IV. Need to finish throwing Sequence III into the timeline and post it.

Need also to post timing chart and in-between naming conventions.

And waiting for the hurricane to arrive, of course...

Please update your part of the "to do" list, everyone.

Friday, October 26, 2012


Sorry I missed the second team today, I was obliged to be home for some household repair...

After fishing around the old Google, I caught a fix for my Photoshop crashing issues which, turns out, was due to my tablet.  But [fingers crossed] it seems to be all better.

So here's one finished, with more to come.

So here it is with some adjustments...


Monday, October 22, 2012

animating at jury duty

Nothing like animating while in the waiting room for jury selection. But it's all about constraints setting us free, eh? A good opportunity to sit down and animate with no distractions. Anyway, that was the beginning of Sequence IV.

And nothing like being told you can go home now after all that waiting, because the case didn't go through and they couldn't use a bunch of us.

An interesting day, after all...

picking up the seashell

III_07 from Christopher Magee on Vimeo.

Janelle on the in-betweens.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

journal entry

Janelle and I worked on a bit of animation and then headed out for falafel, and then I went off to figure drawing (for which animation is a good warmup, or vice versa).

Sequence III keys are done. We're at least a month behind and about to start sequence  IV, which should both be fun and a lot of work, as the Ogre tries to catch some fish but bumps into the Mermaid.

After a week of illness, car trouble, and general mayhem amongst us, hopefully this week the whole gang will be here and hale and hearty and ready to move forward with backgrounds, color, and more animation! : D Considering moving more folks into animation in order to speed that process up, although there's a trade-off between speed and the time it takes to animate well: proportion shifts, staying on model, finding better angles, and fine-tuning timing. As it is, barging ahead to get everything done, and then turning back to revise things later.

Interns Shannon, Amanda, and Giselle finding their groove (they have lots of classwork to contend with in addition to this), and the linework is improving (stay off the gas pedal). Timing charts! Gotta keep everything tidy.

Interesting to see how the story starts to feel as pieces get filled in with pencil tests. Room for shifting around of sequences...

buenos noches, los muchachos!

~ Chris

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Foley Adventures, Part 1

While Chris is in Ottawa, the rest of the team has the task of finding sounds for the film. Here we are at the beach.

We didn't have a muffler for the recorder, so we improvised and used a sock. It worked out quite well.

Obligatory beach photo!

 I'll upload the rest once I find the cord to connect my camera to my computer. It's around here somewhere...

Friday, September 21, 2012

Chris in Ottawa: Pumpkin Carving Picnic

Nothing like being at a major animation festival to make you glad you're working on something and not just wishing you were.

A lot of great work (and also some that makes me wonder). But that's what it is.

Now, back to Ogres and Mermaids...

Friday, August 31, 2012

Edit of II2 cont'd BG.  I think the sand works better here...

animatic update, 30aug12

Sequences II, V, and XIV: see "animatic in progress" page.