I've got a few bits of scattered news this week -
My Plympton Animation University course is coming to an end. The students have done terrific work - it's been really fun to watch their films come together. Next week we'll have some kind of class film festival, and I'm excited to see all of the (semi-)finished films.
I also just found out that the newest "Couch Gag" I created for "The Simpsons" is scheduled to premiere on (probably) the March 12 episode. So please keep an eye out for that. This will be my FIFTH couch gag, and I don't think any other guest animator has done more than 1 or 2.
There are actually two endings to this short piece, one suggested by Mr. Matt Groening himself, and the other one by me - it's a pretty cool spot, so check it out and let me know what you think. They told me one ending will be for TV and the other is for the internet - and I'm curious to see the kind of sound they added to it.
Finally, congratulations to Signe Baumane and Sturgis Warner, who reached their Kickstarter goal of $126,000 for their new animated feature "My Love Affair With Marriage". Their campaign was very successful in the final week, and they even exceeded their goal, raising over $132,000 - I thought maybe they were crazy to set the mark so high, but they did it! Hooray!!
Also, speaking about crowdfunding, my brilliant animator friend Alex Budovsky showed my the first 20 seconds of his new short film, "Breezin' Along with the Brooklyn Breeze", and it looks like it will be the best thing he's ever done. He's got an IndieGogo campaign, please check it out and support it if you can. It's going to be a fantastic film! Please follow this link:
Images from "Breezin' Along With the Brooklyn Breeze":