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Congrats to Executive Producers Charlotte and Bill Rinderknecht. PETE'S ODYSSEY been awarded an INDIE FEST award.

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First off... MERRY CHRISTMAS! Second, I hadn't posted in a while thinking that any day my blog was to be moved to AWN. As busy as they are... that hasn't happened yet... so, I will just continue with my current blog entries until is does happen.

The last month or so has been busy with the Holidays, finishing up projects and making sure PETE'S ODYSSEY is out there at festivals.

So far we have been selected to 4 film festivals. We won a first place for Best Animated Short... at the AG Indie Film Festival in Smithfield, NC. By the way, I usually stop of at Smithfield when I travel North to see clients in D.C. and in New Jersey and other places in the Northeast.

Also, PETE is a finalist in the Beaufort Film Festival in South Carolina. It is an official selection in the Savannah International Animation Festival and the Amelia Island Film Festival.


Art Time!

We are entering PETE in festivals to take advantage of her shelf life.

In the meantime, I am working on other projects - preproduction and scripts.

Now I have a bit more time for drawing. Here are some recent drawings and sketches.


Footage from the PETE'S ODYSSEY


Here is some footage I took at the premiere of PETE'S ODYSSEY. It has the students, Michelle Armstrong singing and a snippet from PETE - shot off the screen.

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Plus a sketch from my book....


Even More Animated!!!



WHAT A NIGHT THAT WAS!!! An event we will remember for years.

For me it was gratifying to see the students again. When you do a project like this you tend to form bonds with your co-workers. The students were so amazing (probably the 20th time I have written that)!

Those of you in New Jersey can catch the making of PETE'S ODYSSEY on cable and the New Jersey Network (NJN).

Speaking of the premiere - it was the first premiere of one of my films I have attended for the last the films.

When the North/South project, ANIMAGIC, premiered December 7th 1995 in Belfast, I was already working for Disney and that weekend was a big press weekend - prior to the opening of the Disney Institute. So I kind of had to stay. Now, I wish I had gone to see the kids and teachers who participated on the project. Actor Bob Hoskins presented the film...


Another Making of PETE'S ODYSSEY


The premiere of PETE'S ODYSSEY went extremely well last Friday night, October 9th at Bloomsfield College in New Jersey. It has taken me a week to come back to Earth and resume my daily tasks.

This video was presented at the premiere...

Where are my "skinny" pictures?

Again many thanks to the folks at Bloomfield - to the students, the faculty, Lynne Oddo and Vincent Potuto and especially my partner in crime, Charlotte Rinderknecht

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Okay, tonight is the premiere of PETE'S ODYSSEY at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, NJ. - just minutes from the Big Apple!

The festivities begin at 6:00 pm.

Singer/songwriter Michelle Armstrong will perform several songs including the soundtrack from the music video, UNAFRAID TO FIND.

To say that we can't wait to see the film on the big screen is an understatement!

Yesterday, was media day at Bloomfield College, the New Jersey Channel folks descended on the campus to interview the students, educator/filmmakers.

The atmosphere in the halls outside the studios was carnival-like with students,crew and everyone else milling about...

Michelle flew in from Austin, Texas to be interviewed and to perform live for the crew.



Finally, the animated film PETE'S ODYSSEY will premiere on Friday, October 9th at 6:00 pm at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, NJ. The event will take place in Van Fossan Theater, 476 Franklin Street (on the corner of Franklin St. and Fremont St.) on the campus.

will appear live to sing her song UNAFRAID TO FIND which is the basis for this music video.

For more information call 973-748-9000 ext. 507

For maps and directions go to:

I'll be there...Executive Producers, Charlotte and Bill Rinderknecht will be there.



Whew! An amazing event occurred earlier this month.

The student animators at Bloomfield College came through again- big time. They animated, tweened, cleaned-up, scanned and worked their way into animation stardom - well at least in MY mind they did.

Amazing, truly amazing is the word.

And now....PETE'S ODYSSEY is in the can...pretty much ready for it's premiere, Friday night, October 9th at Bloomfield College.

Thanks so much to Lynne Oddo, Chair of the CAT major and to Vinny Potuto, animation professor...they are awesome!


Finally - A "Cafe Day"


Finally, a "cafe day". Actually, today was a "multiple - cafe day"! Due to appointments in town, I spent almost 5 hours in cafes in around Savannah. The first was at the Sentient Bean. a cafe just south of Forsyth Park in the heart of Savannah. Several scenes at the beginning of the film MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF EVIL were shot in the park.

During my time in the "Bean" as it is known by us locals I sampled a peach-ginger scone with the obligatory cup of java. While there, I worked on clean-up and fixes for Pete's Odyssey . I finished 2/3's of a scene when it was time to move.

My next stop was the cafe in Barnes and Noble out by Oglethorpe Mall. Once I established my work space - I jumped right in...forgot all about lunch and kept going for over four hours. I completed the scene I began and them fixed two other longer scenes.


The 3 week Incubator Studio - the most fun intensive expereince!

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Here is a vblog from the summer intensive I taught at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

The students were amazing!

Can't wait until August - when I return to Jersey!

Entirely Animated!!!


Pete's Coming up Big in Bloomfield

For the last 10 years or so I have been wanting to do an "Incubator Studio" - where students work hand in hand with professionals on a real project. Now PETE'S ODYSSEY has afforded me (us) that opportunity.

Now the "Incubator Studio" is more than a concept - it is a reality!

I have been here in Bloomfield, New Jersey for almost two weeks working with the students from the animation program at BLOOMFIELD COLLEGE.

The experience has been very active and fruitful. The almost twenty students involved in the studio have been wonderful! Much to my amazement, they have been involved in every aspect of the production: from animation and inbetweening to clean-up, layouts, color keys and the backgrounds.