This was my first stab at the spider and the fly. Chuck liked the movement of the figures but wanted to get a little funkier with the characters. A little more attitude....
Last year I received an email from Chuck Gammage at Gammage Animation in Toronto saying that he’d bumped into my website and was interested in collaborating on an animated short. We had several phone conversations, exchanged a load of CDs generally hit it off pretty well as we are both big roots music fans. That project which will be based on the Willie Brown tune Future Blues is in the works, but several months ago, in the meantime, Chuck called me about a project for the Canadian UN, with a fairly small budget, and would I be interested? Heck yes. I was to design the characters for two shorts conveying the idea that cultural differences could be resolved through sports, or more simply, a ball. A brief outline of each spot was provided and I basically spent a day on this, generating 16 sketchbook pages of these characters in every situation I could think of that was pertinent to the storyline.
Chuck sent me the animatics which were very cool, but what really surprised me about the finishes was the soundtrack. Apparently, the people of Tuva aren’t the only ones with a tradition of throat singing. The Inuit’s do also. The soundtrack was done by an Inuit woman who provided all the sounds on these two spots with her voice. This just blows me away.
Hopefully this is the start of a long and fruitful relationship. If we can just find some clients that can look beyond the slick computer generated stuff.
Putting my ol' Hunt 102 nib through the ringer, I tried to funkify the characters as well as simplify them. Some of these are very close to what was used in the finish....
Here's a Zebra and Lion page. Lion's trying out some hairstyles....
Rob DunlaveyJuly 18, 2006
Oh man! Very fun sketches.
Those are a lot of fun Hal. Nice opportunity, you and the animators nailed it.
What's next? Kind of whets your appetite don't it?!
Edel RodriguezJuly 18, 2006
When I was a college boy I used to look at your stuff and try to copy it. I sucked at it and gave up, realizing you were the king. I went off into unfunny territory instead.
These are great, they really made my day, I could look at them over and over. I really like this place!
Robert ZimmermanJuly 19, 2006
Mr. G "got" your work, Hal. Great colaberation! Congrats to all.
I've entrusted my own doodlings into the hands of animation folk in the past and been mighty sorry for it (national and regional campaigns, I'm forever sorry to recall). You've got something here between mutual spirits - go with it.
Give us more soon, Chucky G. and Hal. You got somethin' real.
All images copyright Hal Mayforth and may not be used without permission | 802-229-2716