Former Disney and Digital Domain directors, Chuck Williams and Aaron Blaise are working on an original animated feature, "Art Story".
Thanks to a recommendation from my friend Angelo Libutti, I got the chance to work for Chuck and Aaron on The Legend of Tembo at Digital Domain (DD). Angelo was in the story department at DD, helping craft Tembo. I would visit his desk every day for inspiration. The movie was looking great and everyone was really excited about the project.
Sadly, the studio shut down in 2012 and Tembo was shelved. In spite of Digital Domain and the VFX industry's troubles, the experience at DD on Tembo was one of the best professional experiences of my life.
Chuck and Aaron's "Art Story" is an animated film about a kid and his grandfather on an adventure through the world of classical paintings. It's a great idea for an animated film. It's been getting a lot of press and support on Kickstarter. It raised over $350,000, exceeding their goal.
The Legend of Tembo on Splinebomb
The Legend of Tembo on CGMeetup
Some animation tests I did while at Digital Domain.
I animated two walk cycles here. The one where he's following the butterfly and another where I copied a Milt Kahl march from Jungle Book.
I animated Tembo at the end of this test where he grabs the branch, swings, and gets stuck out on a limb.