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PALM ROT PICTURE IS DONE – Trailer & Process

Finally finished with PALM ROT.
Minus some minor sound stuff, it’s good to go – so I’m already submitting to festivals.

Right now I’m cleaning house on some process stuff laying around the apartment, but before I toss it, I’m gonna digitize it.

I made this packet before I started production last June so that I’d be able to keep my head on straight over the next 13 months.

     It’s interesting to go through this thing again, because after I got into the swing of production I stopped referring to it. I’d come up against problems in certain scenes and think I was real clever for solving them, but in almost every case I’d written down the solution a year ago.

   And because I love behind-the-scenes featurettes, here are some gifs that show the progress of particularly troublesome comps:





A few of the last cool render-errors:

Master Comp 3 (0-00-39-08)3

Master Comp 3 (0-00-43-05)

Last thing – when I was home for my birthday back in June my brother Phil gave me the original crate that inspired my thesis.

bottle comparison 1

These jars were filled with flies that went to SPACE.

bottle comparison

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2 weeks ago I successfully defended my thesis:


The film is 95% done – but since my defense it’s been a California road trip with my parents and freelance work, now I’m going home for a wedding – so that last 5% won’t get done until late June (hopefully). Then I post it, then I draw for fun for the first time in a year.

Until then – here’s one of the last glitches from the film, and road trip pics:

39_Bottle Grab_-liquid lines only

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50_Baptism zoom (0-00-21-23)

49_Airboat Take Off_v2


Been toying around with adding a -.01% lens distortion on the wider shots. I think it works as a subtle glaze on top of the final composite.

The only reason I have the time to muck around with finishing touches like this is because animation brother and all around generous person Jesse James Dean has offered to help me finish coloring the last few shots before my defense on Wednesday. Now all the can bottles haves sparkles. Thank god.



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1 month left. That tiny priority list is all that is left to DO. Items number 2 and 3 are no jokes, though. Gotta sprint to the finish. Here are some happy accidents from the climactic final shot:

64_Rocket Palms4

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62_Solution towards palm_PAN2

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