attention all kickstarter funders: all prizes will be issued end of december, due to set backs with music clearance and addition editing on the short film. we also did not budget correctly for the cost of creating the art of book in print form, so instead everyone will be receiving digital ibook copies of the book with "the making of" film. we thank you for your support of this student film, understanding and patience as we are working to give you the best product. in the meantime please enjoy our archives of the project. 


JUNIOR and senior PROJECT DEVELOPMENT FILES: SP16-SP17 

junior review pitch

Original Artwork for Sunken Forest Idea. Created in Charleston SC. Watercolor 2016©.

First Draft of Story.

Senior Thesis Pitch for Short Film The Sunken Forest.


summer 16 research and development to build the class syllabus


fiction research

Last June,I developed a system in order to watch up to twelve movies at a time in order to spot continuity between staging and layout within shots called DREYFUSS. By looking at the directors body of work and the contributions of their cinematographer, I'm able to then mix and match genres in order to merge the overall narrative I'm working on at the time.  

film analysis for inspiration


non-fiction research

McManigal, J. W., and Grant Heilman. Farm town: a memoir of the 1930s. Stephen Greene Press, 1974.


conceptual art

Concept Artwork for Sunken Forest. Digital 2016 ©.

story reel boardS: THE SUNKEN FOREST


character designs

ZEDOK. Final.

BANGER. Final.

 

BO MIGHTY. Exploration 1.

The Sunken Forest Poster created after getting approved to continue my Senior thesis Pitch. So excited to bring this to the public. 2016.© By Mister Kennedy


summer 16 inaugural pixar@cca story intensive


The Pixar lecture of clarity: when everything clicked

I've been meaning to post this since the lecture in November, but decided to wait till now with Oscar talk buzzing around the animation department here at CCA. Last summer I was fortunate enough to meet many talented artists from Pixar during the summer months, that have helped focus my approach and knowledge on the ways or organizing and staging the pipeline for my senior thesis film The Sunken Forest.

The highlight in terms of putting it all together into a short film was when Andrew and Lou paid a visit to the campus. The filmmakers discussed how their relationship grew, their workflow strategies, the creative process, and the benefits of being able to make a film with co-worker and use of the facilities Pixar Animation Studios. Hopefully my request that they should consider teaching at the college won't fall on deaf ears. 

cca nahl hall fa16©


fa16 pre-production

syllabus fa16


The Sunken Forest Poster B. 2016.© By Mister Kennedy

The Sunken Forest Poster B. 2016.© By Mister Kennedy

research field trip: angel island san francisco bay fa16

fa16 crew members

live action reference for storyboarding

This was just a video workbook of sorts that I compiled during last semester to help the crew with the cinematic approach of the film. I also have begun to write the ending/introduction to the pitch version for the series, for Adult Swim called Nicodemus. Hopefully I can at least get the storyboarding done for this, even if it doesn't make the film.

 

                       visual development: the land trust                      

                             Cruz (taking the photo), Belofsky, Mosbe and Chipman

                             Cruz (taking the photo), Belofsky, Mosbe and Chipman

The creation of the Land Trust came about from observing my peers in classes during my first year at cca. seeing in them traits that went above and beyond the limitations of what was being assigned.

it reminded me of this interview that Steve Jobs gave to the BBC in 1995. it describes an approach that I strive to have in my life at all times.


color script

I gave Cruz this set of images and expressed that I liked the feel and tone of the art direction; she gave me an array of palettes to select from that following week. Studying and working along side of Cruz has been a privilege in plusing my own sensibilities in design and color theory.

Images taken from Kanye West's Runaway.© 2015 Art Direction by Vanessa Beecroft. Production Design by Martin Krejzlik

Images taken from Solange's Cranes In the Sky and Don'y Touch My Hair. ©2016. Art and Creative Direction Solange Knowles and Carlota Guerrero. Director of Photography Arthur Jafa & Alan Ferguson

Recruitment poster. Out of the 28 students whose portfolios I examined and gave feedback during the three weeks before Thanksgiving, it was really tough to narrow it down to 14.

Recruitment poster. Out of the 28 students whose portfolios I examined and gave feedback during the three weeks before Thanksgiving, it was really tough to narrow it down to 14.


when in doubt ask steve segal 

Steve Segal has been an influence on my practice since meeting him here at CCA on a Saturday in the summer of 2015. I asked myself what professor teaches on Saturday's and why. The answer I discovered for myself was, because he cares about animation and is a steward of the medium. At the request of GE, Segal sat in on the final day of our pre-production semester and gave notes on how the storyboards where reading, turns out this was the best thing to happen all semester. To cut to the chase "It was bad, confusing, not good..." Honesty, is what Segal gave me and I proceeded to figure out ways to take his notes and run them by other mentors.

I value Segal opinion because of the vast animation history that he continues to build and share his students. He's actually passing the torch to the next generation and challenging the quality and entertainment value of what's being put forth. Always a friend.

GE and I celebrating the fact that we completed the pre-production necessary to move forward next semester. A lot of things were against the process trust, folks doubts, and clarity on my behalf that would enable us to be as far ahead of the curve. However, GE was there along with John Hays giving encouraging words to keep on pushing and I didn't sleep for at least a month adding up all the times during the semester. After all this was the first time a student was given the opportunity to lead a class and I wasn't going to half-ass the effort. Let's hope the next semester is as rewarding. I'm ready for a few weeks with my wife and children and the feeling that cold weather gives you around the holidays. Here I come Chapel Hill!

GE and I celebrating the fact that we completed the pre-production necessary to move forward next semester. A lot of things were against the process trust, folks doubts, and clarity on my behalf that would enable us to be as far ahead of the curve. However, GE was there along with John Hays giving encouraging words to keep on pushing and I didn't sleep for at least a month adding up all the times during the semester. After all this was the first time a student was given the opportunity to lead a class and I wasn't going to half-ass the effort. Let's hope the next semester is as rewarding. I'm ready for a few weeks with my wife and children and the feeling that cold weather gives you around the holidays. Here I come Chapel Hill!

The Old Well on the campus of UNC.

The Old Well on the campus of UNC.


Production sp17


sound reference

music composition consultation

Dan Olmsted has taught me a lot about Sound for Animation over the past few months. The class give students skills to create original sound design, dialogue and music for their animated film projects. Raised in Palo Alto, CA and educated at UC Santa Cruz and SF State University, Dan joined the staff of Berkeley's Saul Zaentz Film Center in 1987, and spent 15 years working there as a sound editor and re-recording mixer. The Zaentz company produced such well-known films as 'Amadeus' and 'The English Patient', and also provided sound design for many other documentary and feature films. For a list of his film credits, visit the Internet Movie Database at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0647465/. Now working at Berkeley Sound Artists, Olmsted continues to design and mix sound for a wide variety of films.  Dan has helped me quite down my approach to sound design, as well as how to take notes on composition correctly.

Dan Olmsted has taught me a lot about Sound for Animation over the past few months. The class give students skills to create original sound design, dialogue and music for their animated film projects.

Raised in Palo Alto, CA and educated at UC Santa Cruz and SF State University, Dan joined the staff of Berkeley's Saul Zaentz Film Center in 1987, and spent 15 years working there as a sound editor and re-recording mixer. The Zaentz company produced such well-known films as 'Amadeus' and 'The English Patient', and also provided sound design for many other documentary and feature films.

For a list of his film credits, visit the Internet Movie Database at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0647465/.

Now working at Berkeley Sound Artists, Olmsted continues to design and mix sound for a wide variety of films.  Dan has helped me quite down my approach to sound design, as well as how to take notes on composition correctly.

Ben came to mind as soon as I found the soundscape I thought this film should have. We worked back and forth on the sound design for eight weeks via FaceTime, texts, and phone calls. His understanding of the 1980's feel I needed helped to motivate the crew while the worked and listened. Even though I decided only to use his score as a template while revising the animatic, I feel that his contributions to the show allowed us to forge a working relationship that will continue on the next project. Please check out his website and amazing IG page. Ben's 10 track score will be a bonus to all who pledge $300 or more.


music composer 

After the third animatic was complete with revisions Harry came onto the project to expand the soundscape, in order to flourish out period elements that would best suit the tone of the show. I was looking for something straight lined and little ornamentation; than what is currently in trend, and Selick delivered. All this was possible thanks in part to the Sunday Morning Walking Mom's Club and GE.


sp17 crew members


Andrew Lyndon given me the ROZ "Always Watching"glance in A2. SP2017©


black friday

Everyone talks about that day when things take a turn towards the worst. Three weeks into production, we were still trying to get the storyboards to read, I take responsibility for that being the writer and director. I had been given some great notes from people I had show the rough animatic to, after reviewing what Segal had told me after the wrap of pre-production "It's not good." So I was in the process of retreating and editing down the scope of the story, on top of dealing with an eye infection that had come out of the blue. The events that took place on the tenth of February almost halted production, yet lessons were learned during pre-production and words of wisdom from Jobs, Lasseter and Catmul fostered in new creative thinking, keeping the crisis small. Luck favors the prepared and working in pairs...

Everyone talks about that day when things take a turn towards the worst. Three weeks into production, we were still trying to get the storyboards to read, I take responsibility for that being the writer and director. I had been given some great notes from people I had show the rough animatic to, after reviewing what Segal had told me after the wrap of pre-production "It's not good." So I was in the process of retreating and editing down the scope of the story, on top of dealing with an eye infection that had come out of the blue. The events that took place on the tenth of February almost halted production, yet lessons were learned during pre-production and words of wisdom from Jobs, Lasseter and Catmul fostered in new creative thinking, keeping the crisis small. Luck favors the prepared and working in pairs...

animatic versions

Well this had to be the most time consume, challenging but vital part of the process. Thank the heavens that I had the talented editor Tagawa to work with during the process of working, reworking, reworking, reworking, and working.