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The Possum Animated – in progress storyboarding

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

I’m working on a short Possum film that I’m hoping to fully animate.  This one will take time, I know, I know… but as long as it keeps progressing it’ll get done eventually.  I’m pretty stubborn, so we’ll see what happens. Here are some random board panels I’ve been working on.  The whole short will be about 3 or 4 minutes long as of now, and I’ve probably boarded out a little over half of it. fishlips_3000_0030 fishlips_3000_0033 fishlips_3000_0035 fishlips_3000_0049 fishlips_3000_0068 fishlips_3000_0079 fishlips_3000_0088 fishlips_3000_0089 fishlips_3000_0090 fishlips_3000_0091 fishlips_3000_0092 fishlips_3000_0103 fishlips_3000_0107 fishlips_3000_0130 fishlips_3000_0133 fishlips_3000_0135 fishlips_3000_0149 fishlips_3000_0150 fishlips_3000_0159 fishlips_3000_0021 fishlips_3000_0026 fishlips_3000_0027


Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 13th, 2013

It’s that time of year again…….


Possum Christmas 2013

Lots going on.

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

For those of you who look at this blog to see updates on how the latest issue of The Possum is coming along, I thought I better give you a little something and assure you that I haven’t given up on issue #6.

With that said, I have taken a little bit of a detour from The Possum as of late to try to finish a couple other projects that have been kicking around in my head for some time.  I’ve been plugging away on a children’s book, which I’ve been posting some of the pages as they’ve been getting completed….. (some of the pages, not all of them)

I’ve also been trying to finish a short animated piece based off of a children’s book that my wife has been working on.  I’m using it as an excuse to learn how to use Toonboom and it could also be something I might try to develop further into something more some day.  This is where I’m at with it at the moment:

alphabuddies March 30 work in progress from Possum Press on Vimeo.

Also, I’ve been chomping at the bit to start making a Possum animated short and I’ve finally started to do some very rough storyboards. The plan is to make it look something like this… or maybe this….  (This one may take a while to finish, but you know what?….. I’m a stubborn man).

There’s a lot of different ideas rattling around inside of my head but I’ll just keep working away at them all and hopefully I won’t go crazy.

P.S.  I didn’t even mention Captain Smith and Broccoli Boy and all the other Possum stories that I have yet to get to (24 hour comic inspirations, Spy Guy team ups, merchandise….)  How is it possible that people get bored?

3 Colours – final animation

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

3colours from Possum Press on Vimeo.

This is a short piece of animation that I animated for my church. It’s based on a strategy of explaining the gospel using 3 colours (black for sin, red for the blood of Christ, and white for our salvation). The concept was first introduced by Charles Spurgeon in the 1800s as he created “The Wordless Book” which consisted of a book with 3 pages (black, red and white). You can find out more about it at

More ‘in class’ animation demos (Featuring Steve Tacola!!)

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Here’s a couple more ‘in class’ animation demos I did during a couple lectures for the second year animation class I’m teaching at Seneca College. The first was done to explain the weight lift exercise to the students and try to get them to make their characters lift using the whole body, rather than just using the character’s arms.

And here’s one I did today, using good ol’ Steve Tacola, saying “Not me.” I was explaining how you can spice up your lip sync by putting in little head shakes, and showing them how to do it while keeping the character moving in a certain direction.

Both of these were done in about half an hour under a projector, on paper of course. I shot them later during the work class just for fun, and to see how they turned out. It’s kind of fun animating straight ahead and not having to go back and fix all the mistakes!

Possum Head Rotation

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

This was something I did as an in class demo for the animation class I’m teaching at Seneca College, here in Toronto. It ain’t perfect, but what do you want for a half hour or so’s work?…… (sheesh).

I thought I’d share it with you, as this is the first Possum animation I’ve gotten around to doing. Hopefully in the future there’ll be a whole lot more!

Little Mermaid 3 pencil tests……. (because everyone knows that the world needed another Little Mermaid movie)

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Eh……… it put some food on my family’s table for 6 weeks.  (I only worked on one little song sequence that was going to be used as a trailer for the movie).  This was done a few years ago, for Disney, via Yowza animation, here in Toronto.

I had some sketches from this project that I wanted to post, but I can’t find them right now. If I do find them, I’ll post them, but for now all that you get is some crummy animation.

Magical amount commercial

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Here’s a commercial that I did some animation on last year (November 2007) through Yowza animation here in Toronto.  All of the animation up until the 34 second mark was animated by me.

The song is pretty addictive (much like smoking).  My 4 and 2 year olds at the time, were constantly singing this song, which was pretty funny.  Now their favorite songs are “takin’ care of business” by BTO and “wouldn’t it be nice” by the Beach Boys. 

Curious George Animation

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Here’s some animation I did a few years ago, on the Curious George feature by Universal, via Yowza animation, here in Toronto.

I posted my rough animation a while ago here.

Zucaritas – Karate Soccer

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

click on image to play

This was my first commercial directing animation for Chuck Gammage. It is a Zucaritas (Frosted Flakes) commercial for Mexico. In this case, we were matching to live action, so there wasn’t much room for creativity, as the shots were already determined for us. Sam Chou went to Brazil for the live action shoot (They didn’t trust me alone in Brazil on my first live action shoot, with nobody speaking english) and co-directed with me through the layout stage. Then he buggered off as quick as he could. The animators were me, Chris Land and Sam.
Don’t mind the image quality. Click on the image to view the commercial.  (Or just click here). 

Curious George Pencil Test Animation

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Click here to view some pencil tests of mine, from the Curious George Feature, by Universal Studios.  This is about 8 or 9 months worth of work, done for Yowza Animation here in Toronto.  This was a really fun movie to work on. 


Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Classical Animation Medly

Here is a sample of some of the commercial animation work I have been doing over the last few years. All of these commercials were for Chuck Gammage Animation in Toronto.

Stop Motion Medly

I spent a year doing stop motion animation for Disney’s Jo Jo’s Circus, at Cuppa Coffee animation. It was a lot of fun, but I missed drawing. I’d love to try out some feature stop motion at some point though.

UN commercial

Friday, June 23rd, 2006


Hey. Here is a commercial I animated/directed for Chuck Gammage Animation. It’s a United Nations Canada commercial for their “Sport in a Box” campaign. You can view it on Cartoon Brew. I did the lion and zebra spot, and Sam Chou did the fly and spider spot. They were alot of fun to do, but it was a very tight schedule. Hal Mayforth designed both spots.  Click on the lion/zebra image to view the commercial directly.