My Magnum Opus “Tomatohead” Teaser and Trailer


Hi all, i know its been A WHILE since i posted anything, but i’m back! I also want to go in a different direction with the blog. Previously i just posted youtube links to random tutorials and a bit of commentary but after a while got bored with it. Now after a year long hiatus i have found something worth blogging about.

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The video you see above is an idea for a web-animation series that I am working on called Tomatohead, Mr. Tomatohead, or Mr Tomatoheadman (I haven’t settled on a name yet)

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(Very old conceptual drawing of the character)

The story in a nutshell is about Tom (voiced by Adam Crain IG:@dangercrain) a 32 year old fast food restaurant manager is looking for love and hopefully start a family. However he has one problem, he was born with a giant Tomatohead, distinctly red skin and a peculiarly green leafy head of hair which makes finding Mrs. Right kinda challenging. That’s not the worst of his problems tho he shares his one bedroom apartment with his roommate Frank (voiced by Chris Krider IG:@kriderthewriter)

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(Animated gif of the character Frank)

Oh! I forgot to mention Frank is kind of  a criminal and is occasionally visited by his friends/clients. Tots (voiced by me) and Reg (voiced by Chris Briggs) not the place you want to take a date at the end of the night.


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(Character sketch of  Reg on the left and Tots on the right)

Despite the conflict Tom has with his friend Frank as well as his two friends, they face challenges that brings the four of them together making for laughs, gasps, sobs and everything in between.


(Tom looking scornfully at a sleeping Frank before heading off to work)

I take it you have guessed correctly that i want to do this not only in 2D but also frame by frame animation with a few elements of 3D mixed in which means it may take a while to finish.  No worries, i fully intend to share with you the different milestones of the production process in each blog post. From story boarding, voice acting, editing, and finally animation.  I will also be post about music the highs and lows of working alone and with people, also lets not forget the second most important part… Marketing and Merch!

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(Frank and the boys chillin in the car)

I hope your excited because I know I am stay tuned for more 🙂

Mr Madila by Rory Waudby-Tolley

When Royal College of Art student Rory Waudby-Tolley was struggling to find inspiration for his final film, he stumbled upon the business card of Mr. Madila, a gifted spiritual healer.

According to the card, he solves problems concerning “black magic, love voodoo, sexual impotency, business transactions, exams, immigration problems, court cases and gambling.”

Intrigued, Rory called the number and recorded a series of conversations with his newfound friend, exploring the inner mind, the fabric of the universe and the nature of reality itself.

“Everything is mostly nothing,” Madila said. “Look closely and you can see all the little bits and pieces, and all the gaps in-between.”

Rory cut the audio and added visuals to create this thought-provoking yet brilliantly funny animation, which he showed to Madila.


Advanced Video Editing Tutorial – Taran Van Hemert

02:25 Chapter 0: Chapter navigation
03:13 Chapter 1: Using YouTube’s interface
05:49 Chapter 2: Things to know while watching
06:34 Chapter 3: My hardware
DIY macro keyboard part 2:
13:08 Chapter 4: How I use AutoHotKey
14:28 Chapter 5: Preparing the edit
Multi-monitor recorder:…

20:07 Chapter 6.1: Explaining my most common AHK scripts
20:52 6.1a: AHK monoMaker()
21:36 6.1b: AHK preset()
22:57 6.1c: MACRO F2 7 ENTER
23:40 6.1d: AHK Right click playhead mod
24:42 6.1e: AHK Instant application switcher

25:52 CHAPTER 6.2: A-roll rough cut – TUTORIAL BEGINS HERE!
28:40 6.2a: MACRO Ripple delete clip at playhead

31:12 Chapter 7. A-roll rough cut (Macbook Pro)
40:07 7a: Dual mono and the audio track mixer

42:27 Chapter 8: B-roll first pass
42:48 8a: AHK trackLocker()
46:13 8b: “Scale to Frame size” is dangerous
46:54 8c: Talkin’ ’bout the Ripple Tangent
50:51 8d: Brandon conversation #1
1:00:49 8e: Problems with track targeting & source patching
1:02:59 8f: AHK insertSFX()
1:04:54 8g: How to bleep audio
1:06:57 8h: How to assign shortcuts to label colors
1:11:24 8i. The #1 amateur mistake: Sound effects & music too loud. Example:
1:12:05 8j: Amateur mistakes 2: No motion or audio
1:12:43 8k: Brandon conversation #2
1:15:18 8l: How to save a transition as a preset
1:17:11 8m: AHK openLatestFile()
1:21:09 8n: Using transitions on adjustment layers
1:22:17 8o: Amateur Mistakes: Lord Privy Seals
1:24:37 8p: Reverse image searching
1:26:57 8q: Don’t delete, use “disable”
1:29:42 8r: Tried to learn 1 new thing: audio thumbnails
1:31:30 8s: “Stair stepping” clips on the timeline
1:32:08 8t: “KiIl your darlings”
1:39:34 8u: One long take vs. the “coverage” of multiple shots
1:42:17 8v: Crashes and autosaves
1:47:23 8w: Templates are great, but might lead to more crashes
1:50:28 8x: Even educated guesses can be wrong
2:00:22 8y: AHK runexplorer()
2:05:05 8z: A quiet environment is important when editing
2:09:21 8aa: Screen capturing bugs retroactively with Shadowplay
2:10:36 8ab: Accelerated Scrolling 1.3.AHK
2:16:31 8ac: AHK script: instantVFX()
Fix Premiere’s hot text bug:
2:21:54 8ad. Things to try when Premiere is slow/buggy
2:24:56 8ae. Always render at your sequence resolution
2:26:18 8af: Nesting is often the answer
2:27:41 8ag: Photoshopping adventure
2:36:20 8ah: Fixing/creating the final shot
2:40:45 8ai: Searching through a music library

2:43:21 Chapter 9: Taking way too long to fix/create the final shot
2:45:42 9a: Amateur Mistakes: Neglecting “Eye trace”
2:47:03 9b: Amateur Mistakes: Showing too many things at once
2:48:55 9c: Amateur Mistakes: Not considering bitrate

2:52:40 Chapter 10: Intermission: Taran visits the WAN show

2:55:29 Chapter 11: Third pass, fixing and finishing
2:56:50 11a. How to screenshot web pages
2:58:33 11b: The biggest mistake in the entire edit
3:00:34 11c: Brandon conversation #3
3:01:09 11d: Talkin’ about scheduling
3:06:13 11e: Jon conversation
3:08:27 11f: Text tracking with AE
3:13:15 11g: RSI/tendonitis: How I deal with it

3:20:04 Chapter 12: Adding GPU and CPU temps, doing final pass
3:23:10 12a: Why I use Premiere
3:25:27 12b: Do I recommend Premiere? 300+ bugs and features:…
3:27:48 12c: How speedrunning inspired my workflow

3:32:01 Chapter 13: Final Floatplane export, and QC check
3:34:20 13a: Quickly re-export using cineform smart rendering
3:35:50 13b: AHK filemover()

3:36:58 Chapter 14: YouTube export

3:40:22 Chapter 15. The past
3:47:28 Chapter 16. The future
3:51:07 Chapter 17: Comparisons to Monty Oum

3:54:32 Chapter 18: Recommended preferences
3:55:33 18a: Preferences Panel
4:00:32 18b: Timeline/sequences
4:02:46 18c: Wrenches & hamburgers
4:03:03 18d: History states
4:04:44 18e: Button editor
4:07:46 18g: (DO NOT) use media browser for unlinked files
4:08:39 18h: Keyboard shortcuts panel

4:11:51 Chapter 19: Final tips
4:12:41 19b: Professional advice isn’t always correct
4:14:24 19c: Click every menu, learn every feature
4:15:35 19d: Recommended watching
Reality TV editing:
Cinemassacre 200:
Ocarina Of Time Speedrun in 22-38
RLM Star Wars review:
Do schools kilI creativity?
4:18:08 19e: Conclusion

All my scripts!
1st long tutorial:

Outro Music: Sugar High by…

A very indepth and advanced Video Editing Tutorial by Taran Van Hemert

Jayanam – Blender Grease Pencil Animation


This is the next Blender Grease Pencil tutorial in which I show how to create a 2d animation.

I add interpolations between the keyframes by adding so called sequences, which makes the animation smoother.

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The Tutorial You’ve been waiting for

Someone had to do it lol!

In this “Blender Advanced Dynamic Breasts Rigging Tutorial” You will learn to properly setup a complex rigging for Dynamic breasts in blender. This setup will be achieved by using Armatures and Mesh Deform Objects. This setup also works for buttocks, bellies, etc. I hope that you find this tutorial helpful.
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The Grease Pencil in Blender 2.8

Daniel gives us a quick sneak peek on the new Grease Pencil in the upcoming Blender 2.8

The new Grease Pencil’s main focus is to create a more friendly interface for the 2D artist, while keeping the advantages of having a full 3D suite underneath. Grease Pencil is no longer just a stroke, it’s now a real Blender object with huge improvements to brushes and tools.

Credits go to the Grease Pencil developers Antonio Vazquez and Joshua Leung. While Daniel Martinez Lara and Matias Mendiola support the developers with demos and testing.

This development is happening on the ‘greasepencil-object’ branch, based off 2.8, and it will be merged soon so everybody can test using the build-bot.

2D Animation done in blender using the Grease Pencil, check it out!

AustinMcConnell- I made a movie. it stunk

In 2013, I shot a film called “Sprouting Orchids”. Here’s a retrospective about the production. If you’re a first-time filmmaker, you need to watch this.

I thought this guy was waaaay too hard on himself regarding his indy film Sprouting Orchids.


He did make a good point about vanity and how it can cloud your mental state and sour the relationships of the people around you.

That is a lesson that i think we all can learn from. Support this guy’s channel by subscribing and you can follow me too.

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Just Write – How CGI Transformed Animated Storytelling

When CGI took over animation in the late 1990s, it didn’t just upgrade the visuals of the medium: it helped transform the way animated stories are told. In this video, I trace the progression of American animated films from conservative fairy tales to liberal allegories.

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Blender Guru – Beginners Guide to Learning 3D Computer Graphics

An inspirational video about Blender and its capabilities by Andrew Price (BlenderGuru)

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Roberto Blake – Business Advice for EVERY Animator and Artist!

There are alot of starving artists out there, and its not because you are a bad artist or animator its usually because you don’t know the “ins and outs” of that particular business. That is why this video is for you, Robert Blake gives you his 2 cents on what he would do if he was an Animator/Artists in this day and age. Check it out, and you can Support him here:

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