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Reflecting on Lessons & Life in Animation with Chris Wieme

Reflecting on Lessons & Life in Animation with Chris Wieme

Chris Wieme is an incredibly capable and efficient animator, and he has carved out a lifelong career in 2D animation in central and western Canada. In this episode Chris talks about some of the key lessons he's learned as an animator. For anyone embarking on a career...

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Looney Tunes reboot will premiere at Annecy

Looney Tunes reboot will premiere at Annecy

Looney Tunes returns! It has been a dream to be part of the effort working with the talented team at Warner Bros to bring the Looney Tunes characters back to life at animation shop Tonic DNA in Montreal. With producer Howard Huxham, our core team of animators brought...

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John Stobart’s Worldscape

John Stobart’s Worldscape

Maritime painter John Stobart is not just a legendary painter, he's a capable and inspiring teacher. In fact, it was John's Worldscape series that encouraged me to "get out and paint," as he was fond of saying. Painting outdoors is both terrifying and overwhelming if...

Les Dindons, or Turkeys, for Educ’Alcool

The Educ'Alcool campaign in Quebec has been a lot of fun as we were mandated to produce old school animation. Both are getting loads of air time in Canada. This spot is Turkeys, or Les Dindons, below both the English and French versions. Les Dindons...

Educ’ Alcool Porcupine

Another Educ' Alcool commercial of mine that Guillaume Blackburn and Sam Cabanac animated. We all have a lot of unbelievable fun on these particular commericals. Here's some rough animation by Sam Cabanac of some of the characters....

Purchase Todd’s animated musical The Promise Birth of the Messiah. Streaming will be available soon.