#15 – Sean Seal

 Sean Seal is an incredible artist and he was kind enough to spend some time with me in the podcave. Listen to our talk on the player above. You can also subscribe to the Paul Pate Podcast on iTunes and listen to it there. OR! For video, click on the pick below to go to my YouTube channel, Paul Pate Podcast.

sean sealIf you want to dig deeper into Sean’s work, be sure to visit his blog where he has a STAGGERING collection of impressive watercolor trees, and much more!

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2015 East Lansing Film Festival – The Train Job

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The Train Job to screen at the East Lansing Film Festival

The animated short film called The Train Job will screen on Friday, November 6 at Wells Hall on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. It was directed by independent animator Paul Pate. The Train Job is a 20 minute wild west adventure about a train leaving Dodge City in 1894. The main character, Cookie Wilson, is voiced by 13 year old Ryan Gleason.

MSU is where Pate, an artist and illustrator, attended college and met the film’s co-writer, Alfred Laurence. Laurence also directed the music and voiced the film’s villain. Other contributors to the film included Kaya Rogue and Deacon Burns of the hip-hop group from Cleveland, Ohio called Kounterclockwise. Jim Lujan from West Covina, California contributed music to the film, which had an all original score.

Paul Pate created the film on his Apple computer in his basement studio he calls “the Podcave”. He does his artwork in the mornings before he goes to his day job. You can find out more by visiting his website http://www.paulpate.com or checking out the Paul Pate Animation channel on YouTube.

2015 MiMFF

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Rockford Filmmaker Wins at Made in Michigan Film Festival

The animated short film called The Train Job was screened on Friday, October 16 at the Bronner Center for Performing Arts in Frankenmuth, Michigan. It was directed by independent animator, and Rockford resident, Paul Pate. The film was awarded “Best Animated Film”. The Train Job is a 20 minute wild west adventure about a train leaving Dodge City in 1894. The main character Cookie Wilson was voiced by Pate’s stepson, and East Rockford Middle School student, Ryan Gleason.

This was the 7th year for the film festival, which featured over 50 films that were made in Michigan. The Train Job has also been selected to screen at The East Lansing Film Festival on Friday, November 5 at Wells Hall on the MSU campus. MSU is where Pate attended college and met the film’s co-writer, Alfred Laurence. Laurence also directed the music and voiced the film’s villain. Other contributors to the film included Kaya Rogue and Deacon Burns of the hip-hop group from Cleveland, Ohio called Kounterclockwise. Jim Lujan from West Covina, California contributed music to the film, which had an all original score.

Paul Pate created the film on his Apple computer in his basement studio he calls “the Podcave”. He does his artwork in the mornings before he goes to his day job. You can find out more by visiting his website http://www.paulpate.com or checking out the Paul Pate Animation channel on YouTube.

Sketchaday portrait

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Wow. This is about a 75 minute drawing. It took me probably about three hours. My computer kept crashing!

One of my favorite things to do is download new photoshop brushes. I won’t say the brush, but I suspect it was what was crashing my computer. Too bad, because it is quite a beautiful set of brushes. Perhaps I should try the paid version.

Anyway, for whatever reason I was determined to get through and this is the result. I finished it off with a standard photoshop chalk, which pretty much accomplishes the same thing.

This experience makes me think creative types shouldn’t be struggling with their technology or media. It is there to assist. You DO have take time to master it. But, from there it is best if it works FOR you. At some point, if you’re struggling too much with it, it is working AGAINST you. It’s hard to define exactly when that is though. For me, this morning, I wasn’t going to reach that point in time. I was determined to finish! Not always the case though.

Here it is. I’m glad I finished. I hope you like it.