Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

We'd like to wish everyone a happy new year and all the best in 2010! Now get animating stuff! Cheers!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Great interview with the Toronto Public Library's word out 2009

This interview is a couple weeks old but i've been so busy i only just saw it now.
Ellen Besen and I were interviewed for the Toronto Public Library, as part of their Word Out Teen Summer reading series to talk about animation and out book Animation Unleashed.

Part 1:
Ellen's interview .

Part 2:
Bryce's interview .

I'm especially a fan of all the positive comments form the kids. Makes me happy!
I really should re-read what i type more thoroughly though next time. I could really use an editor! ha ha



Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Where the BLEEP is my car?!

Here's a project we just finished for A little mix of rough 2d animation, photos and stop motion. We got to be totally over the top and it was just way too much fun to do!

Credits where credits is due:

Client: Sharpshooter inc.
Exec Producer: Stan Olthuis
Director/Designer/Compositor: Bryce Hallett
Animators: Bryce Hallett and Jett Atwood
Music and Sound: Matt Reid
Cel Colouring: Anna Oster

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

There's been much happening here at Frog Feet these past couple months. In addition to creating various animatics for the fine folks at Storieboards a music video for Delica and a PSA for Trace Pictures , I've just finished animation for the opening of Pocket Change Films' feature film: "At Home By Myself... With You". It's a fun little rom-comedy about a girl (Kristin Booth) who develops so many phobias growing up she never leaves her apartment, even though she is a travel agent. Eventually a new neighbour moves in next door..and well you can see the movie. Hopefully it will be in the 2009 Toronto Film Fest but we're still waiting to here and find out for sure.

Here's a couple of screen shots from the opening animation of "At Home By Myself... With You". All done in a sort of paper cut-out animation style. Several other animated sequences were also created for the film and I'm anxious to see them on the big screen!

-Frog Feet

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Another good review and fun times at Kalamazoo.

I've been busy animating today. I'm all pumped and inspired after attending the Kalamazoo Animation Festival International this weekend. It was a lot of fun. I got to speak on a few panels, dust off my student film from years back to screen, and it was well received, and got to hang out and meet many fun and interesting animation types.
(Quick shout out to all the students who competed in the KAFI Cartoon Challenge 2009. They made some really good PSA's and were a lot of fun to meet and talk to. Cheers guys and gals and congrats on your hard work and well made films! It was fun! ).

It was a pretty decent drive from Toronto to Kalamazoo too. The 6 or 7 hours just flew by. Gotta thank Bruce Simpson for the ride!

At some point i'll have to start actually adding sketches to my skethblog again. heh
in the meantime here's a link to a nice review of "Animation Unleashed" i came across while procrastinating.

BC Blogcritics LINK. Thanks to and especially Tim Girard for writing this great little review! That made my day.

In lieu of some sketches here's screen shots from "Delica: Counting Stars". A little music video i've been working on whenever i could get the chance that i finally finished last week.
Look for it at the next Delica concert!
-Frog Feet

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

the TAIS chicken jam!

Hey there animation enthusiasts!!
TAIS, the Toronto Animates Image Society is putting the call out for this year's Anijam. Make a 10 second animation with this year's theme, send it in by May 29th, they'll edit everyone's entries into one big cartoon jam and screen it at the open screening June 5th at the NFB in Toronto. They'll also post it online and there's some fun prizes!
CHeck out the clip below or go to for more details.
It's a lot of fun and good to stretch those creative muscles!

Last year's "MonsterJam" was a bit hit and lots of people turned out.
It's loads of fun. So come on out!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Happy Sunday

So we posted our first podcast yesterday and already got a shout out for it and a great review of the book ! Check it out here:Link to Ian's Animation Blog review
Thanks to Ian Lumsden for the great review. Check out his blog descriptively called "Animation Blog" which has many other great reviews of animation, animators and things animation related. Good stuff.
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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Animation Unleashed the Podcast! #1

Ellen Besen and myself have started creating video podcasts that allow Ellen to discuss various concepts and topics from her Book, "Animation Unleashed", while I ( Bryce), sketch along as she goes.
It's pretty interesting so far and not bad for our first attempt. It will be great to see where our collaboration goes, as we have lots of good ideas for future versions.
Check it out!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Congrats to everyone who participated in the SuperU and animation contest

I just thought I'd give a little shout out to David Wesch for winning the Animation Contest Part 2 with his film "Blind Date".
I had the pleasure of being on "the panel of expert judges". It was a lot of fun and there were some really good little animations but this one I believe was the strongest and deserving of it's award. Actually I'm kinda jealous! I wish this website was around when I graduated from animation school! It has cash prizes and a chance to show your films on the TV!

Anyway congrats David and to the other finalists and participants!
If there are other aspiring canadian animators and filmakers out there you may wanna check out their site and see some fun short films!

Frog Feet