Friday, August 5, 2016

In Honor of the Olympics!!!

Way back, I got to work with director Steven Dean Moore on the episode where the Simpsons go to Rio for Carnival.  Favorite scenes I drew on- thongs disappearing into Homer's crack, the guy on fire who says, 'I am on fire and I dance' and the sea of multi colored rats.  Simpsons took a little heat from this episode, but city looks AMAZING so far in the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.  Can't wait to watch, especially swimming. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Former Student Alan Becker and Animator VS. Animation


Alan Becker, my former student at CCAD, posted a retrospective video of his work on his his web series Animator Versus Animation.  I had Alan in a number of classes and he exemplified all the qualities you like seeing in a student- hard working, listens to critiques and asks a lot of questions, works a LOT outside of class and always looking to improve.  He's built a huge following on YouTube of his animation and continues to grow his brand each day.  'Thanks' to Alan for the wonderful shout out in he video.  I was an extreme pleasure to get to work with him.  With someone that driven, as a teacher, you're suggesting little course corrections here and there but basically step back/ get out of the way and let them go.  Best of luck, Alan, as you continue to grow as a filmmaker and can't wait to see what the next ten years has in store for you! 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

TOONBOOM Article About Web Series Greg and Charmaine

A nice article went up on Toomboom's website today about my new web series Greg and Charmaine.   Click here to be redirected to their website.  A copy of the text is included below:

The animated web series “Greg and Charmaine” debuted as a Funny or Die Exclusive December 17th 2015.  This marketed co-creators Dan Ewen and Tom Richner, debut on the highly popular site Funny or Die. “Dan and I had kicked around various concepts and pitches in the past, all of which led to an unending abyss of sadness,” Richner said. “We decided it was time to make something from scratch.”
The process was not that simple, as Ewen is based in Santa Monica, and Richner was animating in Columbus, Ohio, 2,250 miles away. “We had this nice, little production pipeline going where Dan would write and record the episodes, then rifle the audio to me for animation,” Richner adds. “We hope people enjoy watching them as much as we did making them.”
The series revolves around a quirky family in suburban Atlanta, where chicken franchises flank yoga studios and new ideas mingle with old. “The ‘New South’ has always fascinated me,” explains co-creator and writer Ewen, an Athens, Georgia native. “New ideas spread faster and further now than ever before. Tom and I agreed that it was fertile ground, and we’re honored that the fancy pants Funny or Die people seem to think it isn’t horrible.”
Ewen also felt like a fresher take on the South was called for. “The media tends to boil the region down into clips of Larry the Cable Guy riding jet skis and popping Prilosec, no offense to Larry the Cable Guy’s fans, jet ski enthusiasts, and or those who suffer from heartburn, which is a very real thing.”
In addition to working as a layout artist and timer on “The Simpsons”, Richner continues to work as a freelance artist and animator and is currently an Associate Professor of animation at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Ewen wrote and is producing the franchise reboot, SON OF ERNEST. His DEAR SATAN is at 20th Century Fox, with the Farrelly Brothers set to direct. Ewen also has a blind TV deal at Universal Cable Productions. He is repped by APA. Richner and Ewen originally met as film students at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio.

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Making of Greg and Charmaine Video

CLICK HERE or click HERE, or HERE, or HERE or even HERE to be rerouted to YouTube to watch a short 'Making of' video for the web series Greg and Charmaine co-created by Dan Ewen and me (Tom Richner).  Thanks!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Production Art from Greg and Charmaine, A New Exclusive Animated Series on Funny Or Die

Initial concept sketch from background artist Brandan Leathead.

Color Study by Brandan Leathead.

Color Study by Brandan Leathead.

Color Study by Brandan Leathead.



A terdle.  Fun fact: The name TERDLE Productions came from the initials of the series creators.

Greg singing at church.  One of the photos posted on their social media accounts at the start of the pilot.
Scene setup.
An initial scene layout for the second episode, 'Charmaine's Boba Fettish'.

Close-up of the family.

Full view of the elements in the scene.

The kids: Herschel and Walker.

Concept for Fan #1.

Concept for biker fan.

Concept for ambulance driver fan.

Initial concept sketch for the kids.  They are (from back to front/ left to right) Couric, Maury, Lauer, Herschel and Walker.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Attending The Columbus Toy Fair on March 22

This March 22, I will be attending the Columbus Toy Fair at the Ohio Expo Center at the Lausche Building (717 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43211).  I will be displaying both the cardboard Millennium Falcon and some new builds as well.  Stop by if you can!  Hope to see you there!  BTW, here's a little taste of some of the new models below.