Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Saturday, December 8, 2007

A set up and a couple treatments for projects

A set up and a couple treatments for projects. The layout for the top item was by Trevor Dean Freeman.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Old keys for movies scanned from slides

Old keys for movies scanned from slides; one from mid-nineties and two from late eighties. Not sure who did the layout drawings these were taken from. The older the slides get the more they seem to be losing chroma. I had heard at the time that Ektachrome started losing it after about five years, and Kodachrome 15 or 20. These weren't Kodachrome.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Dark Years

An interesting way to make a quick an visually unusual documentary. Directed by John Halfpenny.

Chuck Gammage Animation is proud to announce:
Using bold animation interspersed with archival footage this animated documentary will have its world broadcast premiere on December 26, 27 & 28 on History Television. A television extravaganza not to be missed! Approximate Running Time: 3 X 46 minutes

The Dark Years Synopsis

It was the late 1920s and Canadians were enjoying greater prosperity than ever before. Then it all came tumbling down.

History at its most entertaining, The Dark Years blends dynamic graphics with documentary authenticity and a zippy sense of narrative to chronicle Canadian life during the dirty thirties.

Viewing history through the prism of an urban newsroom, the 3-part series frames the stories of ordinary folk against the big issues of the day—mass poverty and the looming threat of fascism. Celebrity aviators and visiting royals share the stage with prairie farm girls and rail-riding hobos.

Playfully referencing film noir and Looney Toons, The Dark Years presents a multi-textured portrait of a country in crisis and offers astute insight into our own interesting times.

Co-produced by Barna-Alper Productions and the National Film Board of Canada in association with History Television, Animation produced by Chuck Gammage Animation Inc

France Daigle, Producer - Chuck Gammage Animation
65 George Street, Main Floor / Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5A 4L8
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007


project concieved by Andrew Short; not sure who did the layouts.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Missed Beats

Three acrylic story beat panels I painted for a company I worked for in Toronto a decade ago. That's what they were called, the first time I'd heard the term. It was for a direct to video sequel that never went ahead at the time. They were done from lovely drawings by Frank Lintzen.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Cubist Civil War

Two more from a Cubist Civil War Sequence. Layouts by Pasquale Montagna.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Development sketch

A development sketch. Not sure who's layout drawing I worked from.

Monday, October 8, 2007

back after long absence

Explosive greasy bones

Two old colour keys from a tv series; top is unmistakably from a design drawing by Ted Bastien and the bottom one probably is too. My director, in the full sense of the word on this project as he's a superb painter and had a specific vision for the show, was John Van Bruggan.

Two of the streets

From layout drawings by Pasquale LaMontagna.

House interiors

Layouts by Pasquale LaMontagna.

Three simple

Three simple bgs for a promo I worked on a bit over a year ago. The layouts may or may not be Andrew Short's; the whole idea was Andrews though.

Four more digital

Four more digital images from within the last year, reposted after taking them off . They were just directionless experimentation for my own purposes.

Two more

New old scans

Old work from television series from way back. Ted Bastien would probably have done the location designs that I painted from.


This stuff posted earlier this year I think when I spent a bit of time trying to do some digital painting that looked painterly. I took it down when I reorganised the blog to have large pages with portfolios of work, and want to put it back. Because it is recent, it is reposted here.


A couple of street scenes from Germany in the 1930's; very strange to have to paint a background with a swastika in it. But that was then, and this is now. Layouts by Pasquale LaMontagna.


Two goauche colour sketches from the early '90's. This wasn't 'my show', I was helping in a crunch for the artist who had developed the look of it, Derek Holmes, along with the Art Director (and Director, I think) John Halfpenny. I'm not sure who did the layouts, or rather location designs for this.

Interior of a house

Three interior bgs; layouts by Pasquale LaMontagne.


Some bg work from the spring done for Chuck Gammage Animation Inc. Layouts by Pasquale LaMontagna. Director John Halfpenny and the Assistant Director Firas Momani.