attention all kickstarter funders: all prizes will be issued in october, due to set backs with music clearance and addition sound 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 copies of the book. 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


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 was fortunate enough to meet many talented artists from pixar during the summer months, that helped focus my knowledge on the production stages within the pipeline. the highlight in terms of putting it all together into a short was when Andrew and lou came to cca. The filmmakers discussed their workflow, the creative process, and the benefits of being able to make this film with the facilities at Pixar Animation Studios. 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

PRE-PRODUCTION fa16


color script

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.

GE and I celebrating the fact that we completed the pre-production necessary to move forward next semester. A lot of things of folks doubted that we would be as far ahead as we were. However, we keep on pushing and I didn't sleep for at least a month during the semester; but I 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...

GE and I celebrating the fact that we completed the pre-production necessary to move forward next semester. A lot of things of folks doubted that we would be as far ahead as we were. However, we keep on pushing and I didn't sleep for at least a month during the semester; but I 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...


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


live action reference for storyboarding


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