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.

New Stills – Fly Colt, Fly

Here are some new stills of the Feature Doc we are working on.  The idea was to captivate the audience and explore the darker, more mysterious side of Colt.

…..so broody ;)



The Rumble Reel

This is going to be a huge fight weekend.  To celebrate, we’ve cut a reel together featuring all the animated fights and ‘splosions we’ve ever done.

Caution: This contains animated violence, fighting and ‘splosions.
This is not for your mother.


Why?...because Style5.TV always enjoys a good fight. ;) 


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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)

Here it is, in all of it’s controversy.