Sunday, December 2, 2018

Back on The Simpsons

Its been a little over a year now since I've been back on The Simpsons and its been fantastic so far!  I started back as a layout artist and took a test for storyboarding soon after I started.  The first episode I got to board was Werking Mom, XABF21 from last season, which just aired recenty.  It was a THRILL to see shots that I worked on with our TALENTED storyboard team light up on the screen.  Mike Anderson, David Silverman, Matt Schofield along with the other board artists and the amazing layout artists brought the show to life!  There was a wonderful Article in the Dispatch about this epsiode at the link above.  I'm about a aweek away from starting work on my 4th board now and I love the process!  Looking forward to getting to do more in the in the future and continuing to learn and develop in this area!  Below are stills from two of the shots I boarded in the show. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Baby Animals Rant the News

To date, we have produced well over an hour of animated content for our web based series entitled Baby Animals Rant the News which I co-created along with writer/ producer Dan Ewen.  The series has a home on Twitter as well as a page on Facebook with over 1.6 million impressions on Twitter.   We've been fortune to attract some well known voices for our 2 minute animated rants, which usually have a political slant, including comedian George Wallace and actress Constance Marie.  We've currently produced 36 episodes and plan to hit the 100 episode mark.  We've really enjoyed producing this series and look forward to continuing it as long as we can.  The first episode premiered on Dec. 22, 2016.  Tune in and follow us on our sites! 

Connecticut Science Center Lava Animation

Lava Animation Video Link 01

The Connecticut Science Museum recently went through a LARGE renovation, and I was excited to be able to animate the 40 foot tall lava animation that is one of their new showcased pieces.  The animation consisted of two one minute loopable cycles of animation (a resting state and an exploding state, pictured above) with :30 second transition animation inbetween so that the volcano can be active indefinitely.  It was a ton of fun to do and always enjoy fun freelance projects like this.  Can't wait to see it in person sometime. 

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.