Hole in ‘Da Roof! Preview!

Here’s the preview of “Family Pants’ Hole in ‘Da Roof!”. It took years of weekends and nights to put the thing together with writing help from Jason Sawtelle.

We wrote the script years ago, with the original idea to simply write a 22 minutes of “black out” gags in the old fashioned Tex Avery style. (Where you have a simple set up, then start with gag after gag separated by a fade to black and back again.) We thought we couldn’t hold a viewers’ attention with such an epic outing even if our gags were fantastic! So we decided to make it a conventional sit-com format. (But managed to squeeze in some Tex Avery style slapstick and silliness!)

I made a rough storyboard directly in Flash using a PL-400 wacom tablet and emailed it to Jason for his opinion. Some of it I agreed with, some I did not and some I simply had to omit due to lack of time!

We recorded the dialog from a real studio in one afternoon. We did each line separate to help me stay in character, because sometimes I could lose the character of a voice if I were to jump from one guy to another. By the end of the day, we all were sweating and hoarse!

I edited the soundtrack in ProTools Free over the next year. After that, I broke the cartoon in to 12 parts so my flash files wouldn’t explode from the file size and started key framing from the rough boards. Next came animation and the tough job of coloring. I’m not too confident when it comes to color, but after watching some Pink Panther cartoons, became inspired from a limited palette.

Complete details of how I work can be found in another post under Animation Production Process.

Why make a DVD? Well, I always wanted to be a syndicated cartoonist and draw comic strips. After 5 submissions to the major syndicates and being rejected, I started drifting toward on-line comic strips. Perhaps I could syndicate on-line? Then I animated one of the strips as an extra feature to the site and found more people like the animated cartoons than the static ones. Plus zany antics work more easily animated than in comic strip form, especially with such a limited space to work in. So I made a slew of shorts. Eventually I thought, where can I go with this? Jason came into the picture again with an idea to license cartoon shorts on-line, but it fizzled out. So thanks to CustomFlix and WAB I pursued making a DVD. Here’s a review on this mess, if you wanna take someone else’s word!

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