2012 Year in Review: Style 5’s HIGH FIVE

It’s tough being a small studio.  We don’t get contracts from Disney or Nelvana.  We don’t have tax credits to cushion us, nor have millionaire moguls to back us.  For the most part, we are a handful of passionate artists and storytellers and we battle everyday to continue doing what we love, which is telling compelling stories through animation.  2012 was a great year, filled with little battles and little victories.
Here is our top five moments or HIGHS of the year.
Call it, the….um….. Style 5 HIGH FIVE!  (*high five)

ON TO THE TOP 5!!  (in no particular order)



We were so very excited when we were approached with an opportunity to work with  Richard Comely’s iconic Canadian Super-Hero.  All I can say right now is that the project has been quietly in development by the newly formed Captain Canuck Incorporated and the Toronto animation house, Smiley Guy Studios. Stay Tuned!!


#4. RUSH

One of this years highlights was meeting RUSH and producing an animated segment for their 2012 Concert Tour.  If you missed the concert, be sure to get their 2012 Tour DVD and check out “Family Goy”.

Yes, we partnered with Aron Dunn from Treason Media to develop an original series about a rising MMA star and his best friend/manager.

This will knock you the F out.


#2. TAAFI (Toronto Animated Arts Festival International)

Toronto had its FIRST Animation Festival and we were happy to be a part of it.  We brought our favorite artists together and produced the bumper for the inaugural festival which was featured in The National Post and MetroNews!  Looking forward to TAAFI 2013!!

#1. Fly, Colt Fly

This is an action-packed documentary about the Barefoot Bandit.  It is half live-action, half animated.  We’ve been producing the animation for the 90-minute documentary since mid 2011.  Look out for the festival tour, it’s gonna be a wild one!


It has been a great year filled with exciting projects, milestones, small hiccups and small victories.  Thank you all for your kind words, love and support!  We will continue to give you kick-ass animation and to tell compelling stories.   We have lots in store for you in 2013!!




Production Blog # 2: Breaking and Entering

We are at the tail end of our Production, and we are still in constant awe at how brazen this kid was.   Btw, he never had flown before, let alone formal flight training.  You’d think after a crash landing his first flight and narrowly escaping death, you’d kinda lay low a bit, re-examine your priorities.  You know, maybe some soul searching.

Or maybe he did that……. and that’s what led him to steal another four more planes.

I admit that he was a criminal and he was quite reckless at times, but I’ve developed a bit of admiration for him.  He had a goal, and nothing was going to stop him from getting it.

On the Production side:

It’s funny, but we still get questions on how we do our animation,  and we still get shocked reactions when we tell them that it’s mostly drawn.  Yes, we still draw.  🙂   This is a 2D production, with traditionally techniques.  We just do it on a Cintiq.

I love you Cintiq.



oh snap….Shit just got real




Captain Canuck

Just a little something to whet your appetite…


Hope to tell you more soon!

Production Blog # 1: A boy that likes to steal things…

Almost two years ago, we were approached with a very exciting project.  I can’t disclose the title yet, but I can tell you it’s a Live-action/Animated  Feature Documentary about um…a boy that likes to steal things. ( and by “things” I mean large flying locomotives.)  No, this is not fiction, this actually happened.

Anyhoo, we’ve been working pretty hard on this project and wanted to start documenting our progress and at the same time give you a sneak peak of what’s going on behind our doors.

Digitally painted Backgrounds


Some of our talented artists doing their thing.


Will show you more soon!



Phew! Now that we caught up on a bit of sleep I can finally say….WOW! What an incredible weekend!  The Toronto Animation Arts Festival (TAAFI)  launched their inaugural festival and it was a huge success, bringing in quite  an amazing crowd.  Style 5.TV contributed to the festival, creating the pre-screening bumper for the Fest.   We’ve kept this under wraps for quite a bit of time,   I’m so glad we can finally share it with you!

TAAFI Bumper 2012 from Sam Chou on Vimeo.


Thank you TAAFI for a great weekend of animation screenings, workshops, seeing old friends and making new ones!  I cannot wait for TAAFI 2013!

Here is a post I had written about our talented team.  – taafi.com

and also a feature from The National Post.

 Lettie Lo lettielo.blogspot.ca/
 Marko Bajic mbajic.com/
 Kristoffer W. Mikkelsen kristofferwmikkelsen.blogspot.ca/
 Scott W. Forbes blog.wscottforbes.com/
 Seo Kim blog.instantdoodles.com/
 Sam Chou style5.tv/
 Andre Guindi andreguindi.blogspot.ca/
 Brentton Barkman brentton-barkman.blogspot.ca/
 Tabitha Fisher tabithadraws.blogspot.ca/
 Sean Branigan sean@branigan.ca
 Music/Mix/Score by Steve Gadsden ta2music.com/
 Special Thanks to Ben McEvoy, Rich Duhaney and Barnabas Wornoff.

The National Post: Taafi

Wow!  It has been such a crazy and exciting time for us.  This year has been chock full of surprises, ups and downs but we couldn’t be happier.  I shouldn’t reflect too much, because there is still SO MUCH TO DO!  Yes, we are still hammering away on the Feature Documentary which by the way, is looking pretty sweet.   I can’t wait to show you…um….next year.

BTW. We were recently featured in The National Post for our contributions to TAAFI (Toronto Animation Arts Festival International)

In just 30 seconds of animation, Sam Chou and his team of artists have captured exactly what it’s like to live in Toronto.
Chou, from the Style5.TV animation studio, is the director behind the new “bumper ad” for the inaugural Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI), which runs July 6-8 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The short film, which will play before every festival screening, uses a wealth of animation styles and locales to celebrate what “defines the city.”
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I can’t wait to share it with ya!  Have a great weekend and see you at TAAFI!



Pencil test to Final Comp

Many people ask us how we “do our animation”.

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at a few of the stages we go through to get our glossy final product.



The process is definitely a slow one, it took me two weeks to do all the rough character animation, and another week for it to be cleaned up and painted. FX, tones and highlights took one more week, totaling to around 4 weeks.

FYI. This RAID project was completed almost 10 years ago, but the stages and principles have remained relatively the same, only now we’d animate using the Cintiq rather than Pencil and Paper.
Director: Sam Chou
Producer: Chuck Gammage
Agency: Zubi
Final Composite: crushinc.com/

Garage gifs

WOOT!  Here come the GIF’s!!

*Warning...this page is heavy.*

Oh Franko….when will you learn?


“GARAGE” trailer, by Sam Chou

Five friends
Five musicians
One garage

Here is a trailer we created almost three years ago, for an animated series called “GARAGE”.  I’m so happy to finally be able to share it with you.

Adrian and his four friends don’t quite fit in anyplace,
but THE GARAGE, where the frustrations of school,
bullies and your usual teen angst can be drowned
out with guitars, drums and vocals.


S E R I E S   S Y N O P S I S

Ever since Adrian has been able to walk, talk, and hold an electric guitar,
his one and only ambition in life is to be in a world- renowned rock band.
No feeling could possibly come close to that of being in front of thousands of adoring fans, chanting your name, hanging on to your every word, buying your t-shirts and albums like ravenous scavengers.

But first, he has to make it through high school.


Mike from Canadian Animation Resources did great little piece on it and you can find it here!  I also have to thank Jerry Beck from CartoonBrew for spreading the word and giving GARAGE the spotlight for a couple of days.

Also, thank you CATSUKA and TAAFI for reposting the video and giving Garage some much needed viewership.

Created and Directed by Sam Chou style5.tv
Produced by Chuck Gammage cganim.com
Character Designer: Seo Kim blog.instantdoodles.com/
Mix and Music by ta2music.com/

-early concept design by Seo Kim.