animation is an incredible team effort. And its all about communication.
For example, because many people are responsible for each character,
the director needs to make sure everybody remains consistent. You
have to insure the entire crew knows the story and that they know
their part of it. I have been blessed with some great crews that pulled
off some incredible work under some very stressful circumstances.
Thank you to every body who worked on these shows!
These are the
short films I have directed so far. All these Veggietales titles are
available at Amazon.com if you cant track em down at your
Easter Carol (2004)
released in time for next Easter, but its in the can already.
Interesting story about the production of this show: I started
working on the treatment back in 2000. It was supposed to be my
directorial debut at Big Idea. But we shelved the project because
it was deemed too complex for our abilities at the time. So Phil
Vischer pulled the script for Lyle the Kindly Viking out
of his magic bag of tricks and gave me the helm. So I kept all
the drawings I had done for Easter for about two years until we
decided to pull it out again. Im glad we did.
Ballad of Little Joe (2003)
This was a
very fun show to work on, and I think it shows. You can tell everybody
was enjoying their work. Oh how I would have enjoyed some more
budget, though. Cant take credit for the Silly Song. Thats
all Mike Nawrockis (except for Khalils rap
yeah, I fumbled through that rendition.)
The Star of Christmas (2002)
This fun little
show is full of production stories. Despite its tight budget and
playing second fiddle during the production of Jonah,
it came out remarkably well. At the crew screening, I had several
folks tell me it was the first time they had gotten so emotional
at a Veggietales show. Just goes to show you dont need a
huge budget to make people cry (in a good way).
Kindly Viking (2001)
My Veggietales directorial debut and baptism into the world
of computer animation! It's the story of a small viking who doesn't
like to loot and pillage like all the others. He prefers to share
his homemade potholders with the local monastery. Oh, and I co-wrote
the co-feature, "Omelet". This show also includes Marc
Vulcano's Silly Song, "High Silk Hat".
While at Disney
I wrote and directed two short live action films, Pitch Stick
and The Making of Mulan, a parody with Pat Morita
presented at the Mulan wrap party. I hope to eventually post some
images from them and maybe a quicktime or two, so stay tuned!