Alphabet Adventures takes you on a journey to the deepest reaches of the universe in Volume One: Outer Space. Explore the alphabet in pictures of aliens and rocket ships, and learn new words from the tongue twisting tales told about each letter.
who is this guy?
I am a sketchbook artist and writer, who moonlights as a digital producer at a venerable advertising agency in New York City. I've worked in the advertising, animation, design, digital, and post production industries for 15 years. In 2002, I won an Emmy Award for Motion Design, and in 2009, I won the Global Grand Prize in Motion Design at the Cut & Paste Design Competition. I live with my family in New Jersey.
about the alphabet adventures
I’m drawing everyday. Great!
Now… what do I draw?
As I’ve said in my essay about my Moleskine habits, drawing everyday keeps me from dying inside. But after a few months, it becomes routine, and boredom sets it. I needed something to strive for, to keep things fresh, to keep my mind stimulated.
On a whim, I drew a whole alphabet in the shape of different things. It took me a few days, and I really liked doing it, so I did it again. I found there was a lot I like about doing this over and over.
DRAWINGS AND ANIMATED SHORTS
THE ZOMBIE HUNTERS
Ever since 7th grade, when I first saw “The Night of the Living Dead,” zombies have freaked the hell out of me.
I started on this short in October of 2010 as a little 15 second animation I was going to send out as a Halloween card. Then, like a lot of my projects, I got swept up in some other things and didn’t finish on time. When I returned to the project months later, I started developing the project further and further, I came up with the Zombie Hunter concept and the storyline got darker. I dropped this cute little witch, a jack-o’lantern, and a ghost, and focused in on the zombie. I hope they return someday in something else.
The main Zombie design came from a sketch I did on a index card 5 or 6 years before. That’s how long it can take ideas to creep up on you.
There was this idea for a flashback scene that I cut, realizing that it might add another 6 months onto a project that already took 18 months to complete. Maybe some day I’ll add it in. I think it further rounds out the whole idea of the piece, and makes you pity the zombies more.
I composed the music track “What the F*** is Slithering Towards Me?” with the KORG DS-10 Synthesizer Plus cartridge for the Nintendo DS in the summer of 2010 as part of The Commuter Album. It’s such a creepy sounding song, I’m really pleased with how well it pairs up with the animation.
One final note, the sign at around :44 is based on a childhood mememory. Behind my elementary shool, there was a large fenced in wooded area in the middle of a residential block. Inside live 3 deer that somebody kept as pets. We would hang out by the fence before school, standing in the snowbanks by the side of the road watching the deer skitter around in the woods. I don’t think they ever came up to the fence to check us out but hung out back amongst the trees. On the fence was a sign. “Please do not feed Fitger, Rex, or Zombie.”
Motion Graphics and Post Production
Winner of the 2002 Best Motion Graphics in News or Documentary Programing
The Saline Project was only 2 years old when we were invited to work on “Mortal Enemies,” a documentary for the Discovery Channel. The show examined the intertwining personal histories of Ariel Sharon and Yasir Arafat through their involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
We were responsible for the 60 second animated opening sequence, as well as an number of story telling interstitials that appeared throughout show. With total access to the New York Times Photo Archive, a lot of Photoshop work, and After Effects’s then new 3-d Camera, we created a montage of “Living Photographs.” The camera pushing in and out of the photographs, using 3d parallax to give the illusion of space.
The Mortal Enemies production team rented out the production offices of “Shipmates,” which was on hiatus. It was a dating show, along the lines of “Blind Date,” but set on a cruise ship. Chris Hardwick, of Nerdist fame, was the host. During late night animation sessions we would raid the dv tape cabinet and watch raw footage of the show, as well as outtakes of Chris Hardwick’s monologues. It was glorious! At the awards ceremony, I forgot to thank Chris Hardwick in our acceptance speech. I’ve always regretted that.
MUSIC SOOTHES THE SAVAGE BEAST
I started violin lessons at the age of 6. I was in a number of bands throughout high school and college. Music has always been a major part of my life. I’ve only composed professionally for a handful of projects in the early 00’s, but I try to put together an album every 5 years or so. I don’t know if I have any fans, but I like it.
The video for Skrewtape was shot in a loft in the Starret Lehigh building at 26th and 11th, while working as a studio assistant for a painter. When the cat was away, I would download tons of music off Napster and just record myself doing stupid shit with my nikon cool pix. It could shoot 360 x 240 QuickTimes! Oh, digital age!
“Skrewtape!” comes from an audio recording of “The Screwtape Letters” . The story takes the form of a series of letters from a senior Demon Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood, a Junior Tempter.