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Edward Lear's Nonsense Stories

Producer-Director: Artie Romero     Associate Producers: Tim Romero, Woodrow Martin, Anne Hecker
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Updated Monday, 2016.10.05
Hit browser "Refresh" or "Reload" button to see the latest changes. Use "Back" button to return to this page. Celebrity voices are impressions by Ron Hayden. Celebs are named on these pages so we can create consistent parodies, but except for public figures, their names won't appear in the shows.
 

Videos

That Nasty old man of Vienna: Nonsense Stories 18 - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.07.27: That Nasty old man of Vienna: Nonsense Stories 18, verse 2.1

Limerick: Edward Lear   Voices: Ron Hayden   Music: Footage Firm, Inc., Kevin MacLeod's "Fig Leaf Rag"
Whiteboard art: Woodrow Martin   Animation: Kristen Pontius, Frauke Wright, Woodrow Martin, Artie Romero, Matthew Rebel
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Post-production: Woodrow Martin, Kyle Redford, Artie Romero


Nonsense Stories 17: Young lady of Sweden - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.07.09: Webisode 17: Young lady of Sweden, verse 7.8

Limerick: Edward Lear   Voices: Ron Hayden, Artie Romero   Music: Footage Firm, Inc., Kevin MacLeod's "Classic Horror 1"
Whiteboard art: Woodrow Martin   Animation: Tracy Deines, Jerimiha Newlon, Matthew Rebel
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Post-production: Tim Romero


Nonsense Stories 16: Young lady of Welling - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.07.02: Webisode 16: Young lady of Welling, verse 7.5

Limerick: Edward Lear   Voices: Ron Hayden, Bethan   Music: Footage Firm, Inc., Kevin MacLeod's "The Cannery"
Whiteboard art: Woodrow Martin   Animation: Ahmad Philips, Jerimiha Newlon, Frauke Wright, Artie Romero, Matthew Rebel
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Post-production: Tim Romero


Nonsense Stories 15: Rats ate his hats - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.06.25: Webisode 15: Rats ate his hats, verse 2.12

Limerick: Edward Lear   Voices: Ron Hayden   Music: Footage Firm, Inc. (intro), Kevin MacLeod's "Fenster's Explanation"
Whiteboard art: Matthew Rebel   Animation: Brittney Owens, Anne Hecker, Matthew Rebel
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Post-production: Tim Romero


Nonsense Stories 14: Old man of Peru - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.06.18: Webisode 14: Old man of Peru, verse 3.13

Limerick: Edward Lear   Voices: Ron Hayden, Artie Romero   Music: Footage Firm, Inc. and Kevin MacLeod's "Netherworld Shanty"
Whiteboard art: Matthew Rebel   Animation: Kemi Oyebade, Woodrow Martin, Andrew Woolnough, Artie Romero and Matthew Rebel
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Post-production: Tim Romero


Nonsense Stories 13: Birds nose dance party - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.06.11: Webisode 13: Birds nose dance party, verse 8.6

Limerick: Edward Lear   Voices: Ron Hayden, Artie Romero   Music: Footage Firm, Inc. and Kevin MacLeod's "Rocket"
Whiteboard art: Matthew Rebel   Animation: Andrew Woolnough, Wayne Sullivan and Matthew Rebel
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Post-production: Tim Romero


Nonsense Stories 12: Young lady of Lucca - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.06.03: Webisode 12: Young lady of Lucca, verse 5.1

Limerick: Edward Lear   Voices: Ron Hayden, Bethan   Music: Footage Firm, Inc. and Kevin MacLeod's "Darkness is Coming"
Whiteboard art: Woodrow Martin   Animation: Jieting Chen, Wayne Sullivan and Matthew Rebel
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Post-production: Tim Romero


Nonsense Stories 11: Man of Coblenz - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.05.27: Webisode 11: Man of Coblenz, verse 5.2

Limerick: Edward Lear   Voice: Ron Hayden   Music: Footage Firm, Inc. and Kevin MacLeod's "Painful Disorientation"
Whiteboard art: Matthew Rebel   Animation: Jieting Chen, Andrew Woolnough, Kristen Pontius and Matthew Rebel
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Post-production: Tim Romero


Nonsense Stories 10: Hot buttered toast - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.05.20: Webisode 10: Hot buttered toast, verse 6.9

Limerick: Edward Lear   Voice: Ron Hayden   Music: Footage Firm, Inc. and Kevin MacLeod's "Human Beat"
Whiteboard art: Artie Romero   Animation: Andrew Woolnough and Matthew Rebel (intro)
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Post-production: Tim Romero


Nonsense Stories 9: Old man with a beard - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.05.13: Webisode 9: Old man with a beard, verse 9.8

Limerick: Edward Lear   Voice: Ron Hayden   Music: Footage Firm, Inc. and Kevin MacLeod's "Investigations"
Whiteboard art: Cecelia Schrock   Animation: Artie Romero, Andrew Woolnough, Rebekah Failla, Brittney Owens and Matthew Rebel
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Post-production: Tim Romero

2012.03.25: Work print of verse 9.8 edited by Tim Romero. Needed character dialog, sound effects, music, an improvised animated audience and credits.


Nonsense Stories 8: Young lady of Wales - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.05.07: Webisode 8: Young lady of Wales, verse 7.4

Limerick: Edward Lear   Story: Kemi Oyebade, Artie Romero   Voices: Ron Hayden
Whiteboard art: Matthew Rebel   Animation: Kemi Oyebade, Frauke Wright, Matt Rebel, Artie Romero
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Post-production: Anne Hecker, Artie Romero

2012.03.14: Work print of verse 7.4 edited by Anne Hecker.


Nonsense Stories 7: Young lady of Tyre - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.04.29: Webisode 7: Young lady of Tyre, verse 6.6

Limerick: Edward Lear   Story: Anne Hecker, Artie Romero   Voices: Ron Hayden, Artie Romero
Whiteboard art: Anne Hecker   Animation: Anne Hecker, Ashley Vanstone, Artie Romero, Andrew Woolnough and Matthew Rebel
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Music: Footage Firm, Inc. & "Darkest Child var A," Kevin MacLeod


Nonsense Stories 6: Old man with a poker - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.04.26: Webisode 6: Old man with a poker, verse 3.11

Limerick: Edward Lear   Story: Artie Romero   Voice: Ron Hayden
Whiteboard art: Jesse Knyphausen   Animation: Jieting Chen, Artie Romero, Frauke Wright, Matthew Rebel
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Music: Footage Firm, Inc. + "Monster Promenade" by Kevin MacLeod


Nonsense Stories 5: Old man in a tree - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.04.22: Webisode 5: Old man in a tree, verse 1.8

Limerick: Edward Lear   Voice: Ron Hayden   Music: Footage Firm, Inc.
Whiteboard art: Anne Hecker   Animation: Artie Romero, Brittney Owens (guy walking off), Frauke Wright, Rebekah Failla (squirrel) and Matthew Rebel (intro).
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Post-production: Tim Romero

2012.03.25: Work print of verse 1.8 edited by Tim Romero. It needed some bored audience dialog, sound effects, animated audience and credits.


Nonsense Stories 4: Old lady of Chertsey - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.04.15: Webisode 4: Old lady of Chertsey, verse 1.9

Limerick: Edward Lear   Voices: Ron Hayden   Music: Footage Firm, Inc.
Whiteboard art: Matthew Rebel   Animation: Kemi Oyebade, Cecelia Schrock, Matthew Rebel (intro) and Artie Romero
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Post-production: Tim Romero and Anne Hecker

2012.03.20: Work print of verse 1.9 edited by Anne Hecker. It needed a few animation enhancements, music, sound effects, an improv animated audience and credits.


Nonsense Stories 3: Old man in a boat - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.04.08: Webisode 3: Old man in a boat, verse 2.2

Limerick: Edward Lear   Story: Artie Romero   Voices: Ron Hayden, Chuck Hall
Whiteboard art: Anne Hecker   Music: Footage Firm, Inc.
Animation: Brittney Owens, Frauke Wright, Kristen Pontius, Artie Romero, Woodrow Martin and Matt Rebel (intro)
Nixon caricature: Bill Crowley   Post-production: Tim Romero, Woodrow Martin, Artie Romero

Work print of verse 2.2, 2012.03.14: Edited in Flash by Woodrow Martin and Artie Romero. Needs the standard intro sequence, lip sync for man in boat, animation enhancements, music, sound effects, audience and credits. Yeah, that's a lot. Thank heavens for Tim!


Nonsense Stories 2: The lady whose chin... - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.04.05: Webisode 2: The lady whose chin... verse 1.10

Limerick: Edward Lear   Story: Woodrow Martin, Artie Romero and Ahmad Philips   Voice: Ron Hayden
Whiteboard art: Woodrow Martin   Animation: Ahmad Philips, Frauke Wright, Matthew Rebel, W. Kirk Kennedy (clown) and Artie Romero
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Post-production and sound design: Tim Romero
Music: Intro by Footage Firm, Inc., "Enchanted Journey" by Kevin MacLeod, www.incompetech.com

2012.04.05: Final YouTube version includes "Cheech and Chong" and "Letterman."

2012.03.31: Fourth work print of verse 1.10, same credits as above."

2012.02.29: Third work print of verse 1.10, same credits. Needed the animated audience.

2012.02.24: Second work print, same credits. Needed timing improvements, music, sound effects, an animated audience and credits. Woody came up with the concept of panning from key to key on a larger whiteboard, an After Effects trick.

2012.02.18: First work print: The decision was made to avoid the "start and stop" reading of verses and go with a consistent format of intro, time lapse whiteboard art with superimposed animated "celebrity" narrator, match dissolve to Flash animation based on the whiteboard art, then credits.


Nonsense Stories 1: Old man of Mold - Nonsense Stories on YouTube

2012.04.01: The big premiere! Webisode 1: Old man of Mold, verse 4.3

Limerick: Edward Lear   Story: Artie Romero   Voices: Ron Hayden, Artie Romero
Whiteboard art: Matthew Rebel   Animation: Jieting Chen, Artie Romero, Frauke Wright and Matthew Rebel (intro).
Caricature: Bill Crowley   Post-production: Tim Romero  
Music: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and Footage Firm, Inc.

2012.02.29: Nearly perfect work print of verse 4.3, same credits as above.

2012.02.26: Earliest work print of verse 4.3. Still needed animation improvements, more music, sound effects, an animated audience and credits.


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Script and Reference Material

Script for narration of the first season's 33 shows with production assignments:
Nonsense_1st_season.html, updated 2012.07.27.

List of released shows:
Nonsense_1st_season.html#shows, updated 2012.07.27.

Complete digital copy of A Book of Nonsense with Edward Lear's illustrations

Edward Lear article in Wikipedia

Selected webisode treatments, 2012.02.02.


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Animation Segments

LadyofTroy, new verse 6.1 animation by Mike Salcedo, 2012.09.01.

7.8Tracy2, verse 7.8 animation completed by Tracy Deines, 2012.07.07.

9.11-01Tea02_Simmon12, verse 9.11 animation by Jieting Chen and Simmon Keith Barney, 2012.07.07.

AhmadPhilips_NS_7.5_V10b4, verse 7.5 by Ahmad Philips, Jerimiha Newlon and Artie Romero 2012.06.28

Jones, verse 8.2 "James Earl Jones" lip sync by Jerimiha Newlon, 2012.06.26

9-11_JuliaChilds_lipsynch, verse 9.11 "Julia Child" lip sync in progress by Stephanie Lynn Girard, 2012.06.23

Leach2, verse 8.1 "Robin Leach" lip sync by Jerimiha Newlon, 2012.06.19

6.5_KadieMillers_file_50, verse 6.5 by Kadie Miller, completed 2012.06.08

8.6-01Andrew03-MAY28, verse 8.6 by Andrew Woolnough, completed 2012.05.28

SmyrnaStuff-W-soundCS4, verse 1.2 animatic in progress by Wayne Sullivan, 2012.05.28

"Elvis" lip sync, verse 7.8 by Jerimiha Newlon, 2012.05.20

8-6_PhilHartman_lipsynch_WAYNE6, verse 8.6 "Hartman" lip sync by Wayne Sullivan, 2012.05.14

3.9_TEA_Andrew-01, verse 3.9 animation by Jieting Chen and Andrew Woolnough, 2012.05.11.

3-9_Goofy_lipsynch-01, verse 6.9 "Goofy" lip sync by Andrew Woolnough, 2012.05.11

2.12-rats-eat-hats-Brittney19, verse 2.12 animation in progress by Brittney Owens, 2012.05.11

9.8-Pierce-Failla22-Andrew-02, verse 9.8 by Artie Romero, Rebekah Failla and Andrew Woolnough, 2012.05.10

Barney7_Scene1, verse 5.1 lip sync by Wayne Sullivan, 2012.05.06

5.1_Tea_1, verse 5.1 by Jieting Chen, 2012.05.05.

woman_norway2_PREVIEW, verse 3.6 main anim layouts by Cecelia Schrock, revised 2012.05.03

SnakeDanceNew, verse 1.11 by Julie Christine in progress,
Music: Kevin MacLeod, www.incompetech.com 2012.05.02

5.1-Tea-Andrew-04, verse 5.2 by Jieting Chen and Andrew Woolnough, 2012.05.02.

6.5_lipsync-Kissinger_Simmon-046, verse 6.5 narrator in progress
by Simmon Keith Barney 2012.04.27

6.6-AnneH-Andrew_W-02, verse 6.6 by Anne Hecker and Andrew Woolnough, 2012.04.26

Audience_WildApplause2 Audience clapping, cheering, Artie Romero 2012.04.25.

6.9_Andrew_W_12 verse 6.9 anim by Andrew Woolnough, 2012.04.25
Voices by Ron Hayden, 2012.04.25

3-13_Man_of_Peru__Kemi-02_WM, verse 3.13 by Kemi Oyebade and Woodrow Martin
Judge voice by Ron Hayden, 2012.04.25

Audience_LEAVES by Artie Romero. 2012.04.24.

2-1_ViennaGuy_Kristen_1, verse 2.1 by Kristen Pontius, 2012.04.16.

WAYNE-ARNOLDV2a, Another "Arnold" aside by Wayne Sullivan, "That's very big of you."
Updated by Artie with a moving hold, 2012.04.13

6-9_EddieMurphy_Donkey_Dung02, misc "Eddie Murphy" lip sync by Andrew Woolnough 2012.04.10

WAYNE-ARNOLD7c, verse 3.9 "Arnold" aside by Wayne Sullivan, "One of those pigs."
Updated by Artie with a moving hold, 2012.04.08

3-11_Clinton_lipsynch_FraukeAER_headMoves8, verse 3.11 "Clinton" recitation, Frauke Wright, Artie Romero, 2012.04.06

6.9_Andrew_W_05, verse 6.9 main anim by Andrew Woolnough with scratch sound, 2012.04.06

6-6_DavidLetterman_lipsynch, verse 6.6 lip sync animation by Ashley Vanstone, 2012.04.05

3.1.1_TEA_Vr1, verse 3.11 by Jieting Chen, 2012.04.02.

6-9_EddieMurphy_lipsynchAndrew02, verse 6.9 lip sync animation by Andrew Woolnough 2012.04.02

Audience_Generic by Artie Romero and Sean Quinn, designed to be flexible in post
and allow various audio clips to be added as desired. 2012.03.31.

Audience_Old_Man_in_a_Boat_04, audience animation for another verse by Artie Romero and Sean Quinn, 2012.03.31.

Audience_7-4_Lady_of_Wales, audience animation for verse 7.4 by Artie Romero and Sean Quinn, 2012.03.31.

Audience_Old_Man_in_a_Boat_03, audience animation for verse 2.2 by Artie Romero, 2012.03.30.

AudienceAER10, audience animation for verse 4.3 by Artie Romero, 2012.03.29.

Whiteboard_Tea_4.7previewSWF7, verse 4.3 completed by Jieting Chen and Artie Romero. Revised *after* first work print, 2012.03.29.

FlyProgress2, verse 6.1: A large hoodlum fly annoys the woman of Troy by blowing smoke in her face. Mike Salcedo, 2012.03.28

4.3-cosby-lipsync_AER4, verse 4.3 "Cosby" completed by Artie Romero and Frauke Wright, 2012.03.25

1.8-Bee-10, verse 1.8, bored by a bee. Completed by Artie Romero, Brittney Owens and Rebekah Failla, 2012.03.25

1-2_Peewee_Tea_3, verse 1.2 "Pee Wee" by Jieting Chen, 2012.03.21

4-10-Rodney-lipsync-Kadie_cs3AER3, verse 4.10 "Rodney Dangerfield"
animation by Kadie Miller and Artie Romero, 2012.03.20

1-12_JimmyStewart_lipsynch_fraukeAER2, verse 1.12 narration, "Jimmy Stewart"
animation by Frauke Wright and Artie Romero, completed 2012.03.19

5-8_Ahh-nold_lipsynch_Kristen0319e, verse 5.8 "Arnold" narration by Kristen Pontius and Artie Romero, 2012.03.19

2-1_AlfredHitchcock_lipsynch_frauke_AER2, verse 2.1 "Alfred Hitchcock"
animation by Frauke Wright and Artie Romero, completed 2012.03.18

1-11_JohnWayne_lipsynch_frauke_AER3, verse 1.11 "John Wayne"
narration animation by Frauke Wright and Artie Romero, completed 2012.03.17

Talking audience characters test with character models, rigs,
3DS animation and After Effects compositing by Sean Quinn, 2012.03.16

9-8_GeorgeWBush_lipsynch_bOwens_04, verse 9.8 George W Bush narration by Brittney Owens, 2012.03.14

2.12-nicholson-lipsyncAnneH2_cs3, verse 2.12 "Jack Nicholson" narration by Anne Hecker, 2012.03.14

1.9-Kemi-02-SWF, verse 1.9 by Kemi Oyebade, 2012.03.10

1-8_HumphreyBogart_lipsynch_fraukeAER2, verse 1.8 "Bogart" by Frauke Wright and Artie, 2012.03.04

3-13_Nixon_lipsync-CCP7, verse 3.13 Nixon lipsync by Calvin Cobb Pierce, 2012.03.03

1.9-nicholson-lipsyncCeceliaAER3, verse 1.9 "Jack Nicholson" narration by Cecelia Schrock and Artie, 2012.03.02

2-2_Hecker_Nixon_26, verse 2.2 in progress by Brittney Owens, 2012.02.21
Still in progress: 2-2_Hecker_AER076addedWaveLayer2, silent, water effects improvements by Artie, 2012.03.02
"It sure is a lot of work to drown a guy."

6.1-carson-lipsync_frauke2AER1, verse 6.1 "Carson" narration by Frauke Wright and Artie Romero, posted 2012.02.27

Aside_Edith_Big-Of-U_Kristen0223-d, "Edith" aside "big of you" by Kristen Pontius, 2012.02.23

1-10-AhmadPhilipsAER2, verse 1.10 by Ahmad Philips, 2012.02.22

2-2_Nixon_asides_BrittneyAERpreview2, verse 2.2 Nixon aside lipsync by Brittney Owens, 2012.02.22

intro2_title_w_music, series intro by Matthew Rebel
with title and music, 2012.02.21

2-2_Nixon_lipsync_Pontius0221B, verse 2.2 narration by Frauke Wright,
with eyes by Kristen Pontius, updated 2012.02.21

6.3-rodney-lipsync_frauke01AER3, verse 6.3 "Rodney Dangerfield" narration by Frauke Wright and Artie Romero, 2012.02.21

7.5-rodney-lipsync_frauke01AER2, verse 7.5 Rodney narration by Frauke Wright and Artie Romero, 2012.02.21

2-2_Edith_lipsync_Frauke01AER1, verse 1.10 "Edith Bunker" narration by Frauke Wright, 2012.02.17

5-8_Cathey_AhhNold01-AERpreview4, verse 5.8 in progress by Brandon Cathey, 2012.02.15

3.5-shrek-lipsync_cs3ChelseaM-AER, verse 3.5 "Shrek" narration in progress by Chelsea McCue, 2012.02.15

7.4-cosby-lipsync_frauke1, verse 7.4 "Cosby" narration by Frauke Wright, 2012.02.14

7.4_Nonsensestories_KemiO-1, verse 7.4 by Kemi Oyebade, 2012.02.12


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Whiteboard Stills

33 verses have been drawn on whiteboard as of 2012.03.15.
These are fully (stop motion) animated, but this gallery just shows the key stills.
We still need to update this gallery to include all 33 webisodes' whiteboards. Click:

Gallery of whiteboard drawings


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Celebrity Caricatures

All 36 "celebrity" caricatures for the first season were completed by Bill Crowley on 2012.02.15. Click:

Gallery of Caricatures


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Audio Clips

Index of all audio recordings
by voice impressionist Ron Hayden, updated 2012.02.25

All "celebrity" voices are humorous impressions created by voice actor Ron Hayden. Although our satirical targets are referred to by name on these pages for purposes of creating consistent parodies, their names will never be mentioned in any of the completed shows, with the possible exception of public figures.

Story meeting
January 26, 2012 meeting with Artie Romero, Woodrow Martin, Anne Hecker and Joe LeDosquet.

Quicktimes of meeting:
Part 1 about 1.5 hours, 110 MB
Part 2 about a half hour, 12 MB


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Program Concept and Format

Updated 2012.06.25

Edward Lear's Nonsense Stories is a series of original animated webisodes. The first 12 shows in season 1 were produced for YouTube, then the show was moved to Blip.TV to allow us to continue revenue sharing with contributors. Based on Edward Lear's A Book of Nonsense (1846), these black and white whiteboard and Flash cartoons expand on Lear's limericks and add more cartoon action and improvised mockery. First season will be 33 one- to two-minute webisodes released at least once a week. The first episode premiered on Sunday, April 1, 2012 (April Fools Day).

Each show starts with a standard intro, then in the foreground, a caricature of a celebrity or politician appears and starts to recite that episode's limerick. Celebrity voice impressions are provided by Ron Hayden. In the background there is an actual whiteboard, and on this, speeded up video shows an artist drawing one or more cartoon illustrations. The artist steps aside and their drawing comes to life as black and white Flash animation. The show ends with credits and links to subscribe, other episodes, etc.

Throughout the show, across the bottom of the screen and in front of all the above action are cartoon silhouettes of a small audience, consisting of caricatures of some of the same people seen in many of the narrations, and others. The faux audience contributes comments, alternative dialog, funny asides and the like. (Think Mystery Science Theater 3000.) The audience dialog is improvised by Ron Hayden and a few other voice artists.

Every artist who contributes to any of these shows will receive a percentage of gross Blip.TV ad revenues for all episodes through 2016. The more work an artist contributes, the more points they will receive. The studio will own the "work made for hire" copyright and all rights to all subsequent after uses (i.e. wireless downloads, bluray, DVD, TV etc), but everybody's screen credits will remain on all releases.

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Technical Specifications

  • Flash stage: 912 x 512 pixels at 30 fps (will be bumped to 1080p in post)
  • Animation in black and white only, please.
  • Brush ink outlines, and match line weight of whiteboard art, please.
  • Please do not include spaces or non-alphanumeric characters in your filenames.
  • If you are using Flash CS5, please "save as" CS4. If you are using Flash CS4, please "save as" CS3.
  • Please do not draw in "object mode."
  • Whiteboard videos (stop motion 1 fps) are shot 4K resolution to allow cropping in post

If you do not understand any of these specs, please email or call Woodrow Martin, Artie Romero or Tim Romero at the studio.     719.471.9251
 

Lipsync Procedure for "Celebrity" Caricatures

We aren't moving the head around right now, just moving the jaw and mouth for lip sync, and animating the eyes and eyebrows for emotion. You should start by tracing the caricature onto a new layer, keeping the line weights as close to the original as you can. Then set the bottom (original art) layer as "hidden" or invisible. Use only black lines, and make sure the character is all filled in with white. For this it may help to change the movie properties and set the stage color as green, to confirm that there are no "holes" in the finished character, since this animation will end up on a background of alpha (transparent) and will be superimposed over the whiteboard stop motion footage.

Then cut the mouth out and add a layer above the head on which to paste the mouth (Ctrl+[SHIFT]+V is a shortcut for "paste in place"). Highlight the mouth, if it isn't already, and make it a symbol (shortcut: F8). Make sure this symbol is set as a "graphic" in its properties, and that it's set to "single frame."

Then open the mouth symbol and add 9 more frames to it. These have to be hand drawn as per the 10 mouth poses in mouthpositions.jpg in the library. At that point you should be ready to start scrubbing the soundtrack and adding keyframes, then just click on the mouth symbol, look at its properties, and change the frame number as per the mouthpositions.jpg cheat sheet. You can keep mouthpositions.jpg on a layer so it's always there for easy reference, or just write up a little cheat sheet that you can keep handy while you are getting the lipsync done.

After that, it's a good idea to go ahead and animate the eyes and eyebrows, starting with the same process I detailed in the second paragraph above.

      -- Artie Romero


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Marketing

NEW! A Blip.TV press release, Sunday, June 10, 2012

NEW! The show is moved to Blip.TV, Thursday, June 7, 2012

Twitter is buzzing with lots of tweets about Edward Lear, and many of them link to our series, 2012.05.03

Press release on PR Log, Tuesday, April 10, 2012
ARG! Press Room on PR Log
Today, customized local news releases were also sent to newspapers, TV stations and radio stations in Colorado Springs, Denver, Providence RI and Rochester NY. All of these stories included local news "hooks."
Providence-RI-press-release-2012-04-10
Providence-RI-press-release-2012-04-10 (Short version)
Rochester-NY-press-release-2012-04-10
Rochester-NY-press-release-2012-04-10 (Short version)
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Press release for Sunday, April 8, 2012

April 8 blog by Artie Romero
April 6 blog by Artie Romero

Tweets about Nonsense Stories (Include hash tag #NonsenseStories)

ARG! on Facebook

April 1, 2012: Our show's premiere is now live on YouTube

It's the wee hours of Sunday morning, April 1, 2012, and the premiere webisode of "Edward Lear's Nonsense Stories" is live on its new YouTube channel and Artie.com.

http://youtu.be/_JBJa6AN82Y

Special thanks to everybody! It's awesome, you turned in super cool, funny work! These are really turning out great. We have 2 more shows almost ready to release this week with amazingly funny stories and performances. So stay tooned.

Please tell all your friends and relatives to watch the shows, give them thumbs up, subscribe, comment and post video responses, and please ask them to tell all their friends, too. Please link to the new channel on Facebook, on your blogs, websites, anywhere and everywhere. We need to establish link popularity for Edward Lear's 200th birthday coming up on May 12 in order to make sure Google ranks our show well. This will be a really big deal when everybody pitches in to help promote it. Thanks!

April 1 update: Rick London will tweet our new series to his 18,000 followers this week. He is a writer and cartoonist, represented by GSWsyndicate. Rick founded the web's #1 Google and Bing ranked offbeat cartoon site. Everybody: When tweeting about the series, please includ hash tag #NonsenseStories. Thanks!

Six dozen embroidered Nonsense Stories baseball caps were ordered on March 1st. Everybody will get a cap!

May 28, 2012 update: The caps arrived and were distributed to those who worked on the series and gave us a current mailing address. Here's a photo of the prototype (Click it to enlarge):

Click to enlarge

 
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