Sunday, February 25, 2007


This week work continued on the Crawford the Cat project. Above is a storyboard page from the show. The storyboard is generated from the script. On this particular show, however, the scripting is not entirely finished. Because of upcoming sales meetings, we are producing a sequence of the show in concurrence with the completion of the writing and storyboarding chores. This is not entirely unusual for us. On “The Ugly Duckling’s Christmas Wish,” a movie we made a few years back, our distributor on that film, Sunbow Entertainment, was able to do advance sales based on a few minutes of the show. That film did pretty well for itself, particularly in Germany. On its initial German broadcast, it won the TV ratings for its timeslot. They sent us a copy of the show with the German dub. Again, it was fun to hear how they had recast the show with the foreign actors. I’m always amazed at how close they can come to finding actors that sound like the English speaking actors.
Speaking of actors, we also recorded some more track for the show this week, so that direction and animation can continue for the promotional piece. I’ll try to post a clip from that recording session as soon as it’s edited.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Slightly Snowbound

Harriet from the Crawford The Cat Special.

Well, development and preliminary production work did continue this week, despite the fact that Indianapolis was hit with a sizable snowfall on Monday night – about 14 inches - and it’s snowing again as I write this. I personally was unable to make it in to the studio for two days, and did what work I could from my home. My business partner Brian Reynolds, on the other hand, was able to do quite a bit of initial animation production work from his home on Tuesday. However by Wednesday afternoon, he had to brave the elements and get back to the studio. The city does a pretty good job plowing the streets; it just takes a little time, especially when it’s coming down as fast as they can clear it away. Regarding the production of this special, as soon as we get a little further into it, we’ll post some animation clips on our website for you to view.

My wife took the above picture of our youngest daughter, Olivia, playing in the backyard during the first day we were snowbound at home.

Ahh winter!

Saturday, February 10, 2007


Currently our studio is in development on a new website featuring our character CRAWFORD THE CAT. We're very proud of the site as it develops and hope that it will be well received by parents and the educational market. Being a parent of young children, the project is very close to my heart. The anchor to the website is "CRAWFORD’S CORNER" - a “how-to” series of 13 x 5 minute shorts designed for preschoolers, kindergarten and older. The shorts, completed in 2003, have not been seen in the US television market until now -and only at
Stop by the website and take a look. We hope you like it!

We’ll post more on later, and more about the Crawford television special we're developing.

Sunday, February 4, 2007


We put the first :30 second FAT TUEZDAY on our website as well as on YouTube this week. It’s a new venture for us in that it is the first property we will be introducing exclusively on the internet. FAT TUEZDAY features Tuezday – a modern day hippo who interprets life in her own way. Weight loss and the pressures of society on women to keep rail-thin (and Tuezday’s take on it) will be the subject matter for the first ones. Hopefully, they’ll each be amusing and none too serious. They’re each slated to be less than a minute in length. My business partner Brian Reynolds likens these short episodes to comic strips – only with moving pictures. Eventually the shorts will be made available for downloading to ipod and etc.

Check out FAT TUEZDAY here or on YouTube.