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Animation Production Blogs

In darkened rooms everywhere there are animation artists tucked away, creating their own films based on their own visions and what they would like to see.

Independent Animator Nobuhiro Aihara in a very familiar mess of creativity
I thought it would be nice to do a post and share some of the blogs and stuff that I am aware of that follow the production of some of these independent films. SOmetimes if you are working on one of these yourself it is nice to see others' progress- if you're not and want to it is nice to be able to see other people doing it. If you know of any others that I can include feel free to message me with links:

The Dam Keeper is a film that is in the works that is created by Dice TsuTsumi and Robert Kondo.
"Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo are both Art Directors at Pixar who have worked on Academy Award winning films such as Toy Story 3, Ratatouille, and the upcoming Pixar film, Monsters University. " (from their Facebook Page)
The Dam Keeper FB Page:

Cheatin' is a film by Bill Plympton that he has been chronicling on his vimeo page.
"Mr. Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation and is the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he graduated from Portland State University in Graphic Design. Bill Plympton moved to New York City in 1968..."
... where he then made and makes a ton of stuff (I am summarizing).  
The Cheatin Vimeo Diary:
The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead is a series by Elliot Cowan that is now being made into a feature by the same gentleman.
"The world of Boxhead and Roundhead is not merely stressful; it is unstable in the extreme and rotten to the core.The hapless twosome are Laurel and Hardy in hell. Their hopes, dreams and peace of mind -- even their physical well-being -- are constantly undermined by infernal machines, animals and, most viciously, their fellow humans, ironically often including themselves. The stylized black, white and grey designs and expressionistic animation (Box and Round move like demented Jello), convey a bracing cynicism, as well as fear, anger and hopelessness. In this world, the bottle is not only not half-full, but smashed on the road and the protagonists’ faces drubbed through glass shards and spilt vino." 
John Canemaker – animation legend and Oscar winner. 
The Boxhead and Roundhead Facebook Page: 

Tess and Tedman The first independent film, part of a series, made by me (Darcy Vorhees), and advancing at a snail's pace.
Tess and Tedman is the story of a convoluted friendship between two outsiders who have known each other for so long that their friendship has ceased to be considered voluntary. Despite their completely different opinions on everything, and despite their constant frustration with each other, they continue to talk to each other for reasons that aren’t clear to either of them.
The Tess and Tedman Facebook Page: 
Let me know if you have other production blogs to recommend, it's nice to see what others are up to.


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