HE-Man: First Snowfall playing at SDCC next week
You know that feeling you get once you finish a project and you think, “I can’t wait to show this to everyone!!” ?
Well, after almost two years of waiting, I’m thrilled to finally be able to talk about THIS!
Waitaminute….So let me preface this. The reason I do what I do, and the reason I’m in the animation industry, may be because of the 80’s Filmation Series, HE-Man and the Masters of the Universe. I was 6 years old at the time and I had no idea what a “Universe” was, but mine was definitely rocked. The show featured a bizarre fantasy world with wizards and cyborgs and the main character, HE-Man, had more muscles than anatomically possible. He was as wide as he was tall and he rode on a green tiger. It was easily my favorite show. One day, my dad took my one HE-man action figure, Zodac, and propped him upright. I watched as my dad took out a pencil and etched him out on a scrap piece of paper. It blew my little mind. I didn’t know you could create those images. (I still remember the feeling) From then on, I carried a pencil and paper wherever I went.
Two years ago, things came full circle and I had the opportunity to pitch Mattel a HE-Man short. The short film I pitched was touted as a no-holds barred fight between HE-Man and Skeletor. Not a safe, 1980’s zap-ray fight, but their very last battle, a gritty, full-contact fight we’ve been waiting 30 years to see. And I, being the life-long fan turned “action director” of animation, was the one to do it. There will be sweat, there will be action, there will be blood. (that was my last line in the pitch lol)
They were compelled enough by my treatment that I was commissioned to direct and produce it.
So, I’ve been sitting on this film and unable to publicly show, let alone talk about it.
And now finally, I’m happy to announce that HE-Man: First Snowfall will be playing next week at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con! WOOO! It will be playing amongst a handful ofher HE-man commisioned shorts. produced by some world-reknowned studios. (Rumour is that Titmouse Studios and 6 Point Harness also did one but I can’t confirm) I’ve been trying to get details from Mattel regarding location and showtimes but I can’t seem to get a specific answer. All I know is that it will be a Mattel event.
When I get more information I will share with all of you. #moretocome #sittight If any of you know any details of this, please fill me in.
Special thanks to Sean Branigan, Martin MacIntosh, Rich Duhaney, Ta2 Sound + Music, Mathias Horehager, Marge Dean, Kevin Sukho Lee, Mike Valiquette, Steven Bryant, Rob David, Lloyd Goldfine, Peter Escarcega, Christine Chang and Ellery Vandooyeweert.
HE-Man:First Snowfall short film to screen at Mark Taylor Autograph Session (FYI. He was the concept artists for the 80’s Filmation series!)
Skeletor’s Lair pop-up shop -701 8th Avenue (corner of G Street) San Diego. To gain access to Skeletor’s Lair, you have to go the Super7 booth #4945 to obtain a Power Token first. (link here)
Saturday – July 23rd at 3:00pm PST.