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!
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.
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.”
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
Final Composite: crushinc.com/
Five friends Five musicians One garage WE WILL NOT BE QUIET
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.
G A R A G E
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.
Sam Chou recently took part in an Art Show featuring artists from the Toronto animation scene. It was held at the Gladstone Hotel and hosted by Tammy Semen and Kyle Marshall. Congrats to another successful event, a fun time was had by ALL!
His piece was titled “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”. (it was was bought by the amazing Donovan Bros. at Blame Your Brother Studios)