Revengeance

Over the last couple of years I’ve gotten to know Jim Lujan “on the internet”. He’s a very talented animator. He’s super creative. He knows EVERYBODY! But most of all, he’s super freakin’ nice. Seriously. The nicest guy.

Anyway, Jim sorta hit the independent animator’s lotto when the legendary Bill Plympton approached him and asked him to work on a film together. I say sorta cuz Jim really earned that honor by all the work he had done on his YouTube channel, Jim Lujan Animation.

Jim and Bill came up with Revengeance. Jim wrote it. Bill is animating it. Now, Bill Plympton is like the Michael Jordan of animation. He’s super good, super creative, and super fast. But, for someone sitting on the sidelines, watching and waiting for this process to be done, this movie is taking a long long time to finish!! I can’t wait to see it! But, Bill is animating it in his style. He draws out every frame. Sometimes, he’ll draw the same frame several times so that it has that shimmering look to it. If you haven’t seen any of his movies, they are truly wild. The look and feel is otherworldly, yet so real. It is the most 3D of the 2D animation. I did manage to get my tentacles on some footage. Scroll down and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

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The Great Adventures of Kounterclockwise

Thought I’d update you on what I’ve been up to. Kounterclockwise is a hip hop group straight outta Cleveland, Ohio. They consist of Deacon Burns and Kaya Rogue, husband and wife. Deacon is a great rapper, musically gifted, and a brilliant wordsmith. He’s also a full on nerd. He loves sci-fi, comics, and animation. He’s one of the people that inspired me to get into it in the first place, and he’s been one of my animation “crew” from the start. So, when he asked me to help him on a TV show pilot, I was geeked!

Well, our little 5 minute speculative pilot is turning into a 20 minute epic, in true Deacon style. But, he’s got a tripped out imagination and a whole lot to say. So, it’s gonna be totally original. Plus, we’re getting help from the “bugged out and zany” animation of Matt Smith. There’s a whole bunch of Cleveland celebrities contributing voice work. Award winning animator Jim Lujan is helping out. Deacon is promoting the living daylights out of this thing and creating some real excitement. He’s so pumped about it, he’s “buzzing in his balls!” I don’t know if I’ve ever been that excited about anything, but maybe. This is pretty cool.

I wish I could share the show with you now, but I haven’t drawn it yet. I did do the very beginning though. Here’s a look.

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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.

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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.