11/30/08

Birds & a girl



Illustration by Soyeon & Todd

11/28/08

Goldfish crackers pitch



Pepperidge Farm brand, Goldfish crackers made characters: Finn, Brooke, Gilbert & X-treme, for their animated commercial campaign.

This illustration was Soyeon's spec design for the animated commercial pitch. It didn't make it to the production, but I had so much fun, thinking about how I would like to animate them!

Madagascar2 -end credit animation


Todd recently worked on the end credit animation for Dreamworks' feature film, Madagascar 2, as an Animation Director/ Lead Animator.

Credits:
Client: Dreamworks Animation
Production Studio: Duck Studios
Executive Producer: Mark Medernach
Line Producer: Dan Ridgers
Director: Jamie Caliri
Animation Director / Lead Animator:  Todd Hemker
Puppet Designer: Megan Brain
Prop & Background Artist: Pablo Grande
Storyboard & Background Artist: Alex Juhasz
Animators: Blake Robertson, Hsin-I Tseng, Scott Kravitz, Evan James, Jinna Kim, Jan Chen, Hsinping Pan, Yorico Murakami

Movie clip
Movie clip & Article (via submarinechannel.com Forget the film, watch the titles)

Articles:
meganbrain blog (You can see some of her puppets made for Madagascar2)

Museum spot 2: 'Dinosaurs'



Dinosaurs inhabiting a world at a time unknown to man.

Credits:
Directors: YELLOWSHED (Soyeon Kim & Todd Hemker)
Creative Director: Bryan Martin
Designers/Animators: Soyeon Kim & Todd Hemker
Music Composer: Walter Santucci
Producer: Mark Medernach
Production Studio: Duck Studios

Festivals:
2008 Animanima (Cadek, Serbia)
2008 Anim'est (Bucharest, Romania)
2008 Cinanima (Esphino, Portugal)
2008 Holland Animation Festival (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
2009 AniFest (Trebon/Teplice, Czech Republic)
2009 Anima Mundi (Rio de Janeiro/Sao Paulo, Brazil)
2009 Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival (Ansterdam, Netherlands)
2010 Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival (Jacksonville, FL, US)
2010 AnimaFest (Zagreb, Croatia)

Movie clip
YELLOWSHED website under Commercials

Museum spot 1




Traveling back in time, we witness the wonders of a young earth.

Credits:
Directors: YELLOWSHED (Todd Hemker & Soyeon Kim)
Creative Director: Bryan Martin
Designers/Animators: Todd Hemker & Soyeon Kim
Music Composer: Walter Santucci
Producer: Mark Medernach
Production Studio: Duck Studios

Festivals:
2008 AnimaFest: World Festival of Animated Films (Zagreb, Croatia)
2008 Anim'est (Bucharest, Romania)
2008 AnimaMundi (Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo, Brazil)
2008 Holland Animation Festival (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
2008 Bradford Animation Festival (Bradford, UK)
2009 Tehran International Animation Festival (Tehran, Iran)
2009 Krok International Animation Festival (Kyiv, Ukraine)
2009 Anima-Cordoba Int'l Animation Festival (Cordoba, Argentina)
2010 Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival (Jacksonville, FL, US)

Articles:

Movie clip

New York Times, 'Bus' (spec work)


This is a spec piece that was written, designed, animated and directed by Todd, which lead him to design a commercial for LA Times.

Articles:

Movie clip
YELLOWSHED website under animation
no fat clips! (direct link to movie)

Bonus) Here are some sample designs for the LA Times spot, which was designed by Todd Hemker, and directed/animated by Stephen Kirklys.

Veggiesodes - 'Artist'


This is 1 minute animated commercial for Morning Star Farms.

With one stroke of his asparagus brush, DaVinci gives Mona that famous enigmatic smile. This cartoon shows that veggies can make you a genius.

Credits:
Director: YELLOWSHED
Designers/Animators: Todd Hemker & Soyeon Kim
Producer: Mark Medernach
Production Studio: Duck Studios


Award:
Best of Fest (Commercial category): Red Stick Int'l Animation Festival

Festivals:
2008 AnimaFest: World Festival of Animated Films (Zagreb, Croatia)
2008 Anim'est (Bucharest, Romania)
2008 Animanima (Cacak, Serbia)
2009 Tehran International Animation Festival (Tehran, Iran)
2009 SICAF: Seoul Int'l Cartoon & Animation Festival (Seoul, Korea)
2009 Anima-Cordoba Int'l Animation Festival (Cordoba, Argentina)
2010 Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival (Jacksonville, FL, US)
2010 Red Stick Int'l Animation Festival (Baton Rouge, LA, US)

Articles:

Movie link
YELLOWSHED website under animation
no fat clips! (direct link to movie)

'i send you love...'




Illustrations by Soyeon

Birdies and Bees





Illustrations and short animation by Todd

Pictsweet 'Steamables' Pitch

This is the pitch for the Pictsweet 'Steamables'

'Where' by Todd (above)

Style frames and storyboards for 'Pictsweet'

'Pictopia' by Soyeon (below)



Comcast, 'Doors' & 'House'

Two guards designed by Todd, original characters (left) look too gangster(?)-like, and had to be 'groomed' to fit to modern times...


This guard dog was designed based on our dog, Darby. Soyeon animated this growling from her observation on Darby's. Don't get me wrong... He is a very sweet dog : )

'House' & 'Doors'

Credits:
Director/Designer/Animator: Todd Hemker
Lead Designer/Animator: Soyeon Kim
Producer: Mark Medernach
Production studio: Duck Studios

Movie link
YELLOWSHED website under animation

Lava bar


This is an animated commercial for Lava Bar, liquid chocolate.
Original design is from the Clio winning print ad by Bubi Au-Yeoung.

As some of you already know... both Todd & Soyeon are big dog lovers. We had hard time watching (?) a dog getting killed... We wanted to make sure that the pup is in the 'HAPPIER' place at the end!

Credits:
Writer/Director/Animator: Todd Hemker
Lead Animator: Soyeon Kim
Designer: Bubi Au-Yeoung 
Creative Director: Ralph Watson
Producer: Mark Medernach
Production Studio: Duck Studios

Movie clip
YELLOWSHED website under animation

Articles:

Pitch for ABC TV show, 'Pushing Daisies'


We were asked to make a pitch for the opening title/credit animation of ABC's TV show 'Pushing Daisies' prior to its first season premiere in 2007. Our pitch didn't make it to the production, for the network wanted to have more traditional opening, we were told. We wanted to keep the richness of the color palettes and dynamic cinematographic movements of the show.
We used 'hummingbird' and 'flower' as symbol of the main characters' love relationship.

Click here to preview the animatic: Pushing Daisies Opening Title Animatic

Chiquita Banana



This is an animation test for Chiquita Banana, which was made by Todd as spec piece. It didn't win the official 'GO' from the ad agency, but it was fun trying out the 'disk' idea that Todd came up with.



Clorox Illustrations



These are spec art for 'Clorox' by Todd.

MetLife animation spec piece




This is another spec piece for MetLife.

Todd calendar illustrations





This is 2004 calendar illustrations by Todd.
Poetry by Amy McNamara
Calendar Art Direction by Stephanie Colgan

The Park at MOA -'Carol of the Elves'


This is the second commercial: Holidays spot for 'The Park at the Mall of America' that featured 'the biggest gingerbread house in the world' they built for the X-mas event of the mall.
Elf designs were also developed as billboards as well as merchandise products: T-shirts and totes. It was really cool to see Jackie (with a big mitten) smiling at us in a big billboard while we drove the freeways in Minnesota.

Movie clip
YELLOWSHED website under animation
no fat clips! (direct link to the movie)

Credits:
Director/Designer: Todd Hemker
Art Director/Lead Designer: Soyeon Kim
Lead Animators: Todd Hemker & Soyeon Kim
Assistant Animator: Jaejung Ahn
Music and Sound Designer: Echo Boys
Production Studio: Reelworks

Festivals:
2006 Minnesota Electronic Theatre
2008 Anim'est (Bucharest, Romania)
2008 Holland Animation Festival (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
2009 Tehran International Animation Festival (Tehran, Iran)
2010 Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival (Jacksonville, FL, US)

Articles:
AWN: 'Building Character' -article about the character license

'Carol of the Elves' bonus materials


MOA billboard designs


MOA merchandise: T-shirts & totes design


Freddy & Franny designs by Todd
Elf designs by Soyeon


This is an animatic for the MOA holiday spot: 'Carol of the Elves'



Halloween spot 'The Drive' production material


This is an animatic for the 'The Park at the Mall of America' halloween spot.



The Park at the MOA: Halloween spot 'The Drive'



There is a biggest indoor shopping mall in Minnesota, called 'Mall of America'.
Well... you must know that... about 6 months of the year in Minnesota are winter -30, -40 low sometimes... that leaves very few things to do! One of which... is 'shopping'
This spot was made for Halloween for 'The Park at the Mall of America'.

Production notes: (more to come soon!)
Characters and environment elements are designed on sketchbook. Shapes are traced in Illustrator, and textures are created traditionally by painting using acrylic and watercolor paint, which are applied to the designed elements in Photoshop.
All characters and environments are composited and animated in After Effects.

Credits:
Director/Designer: Todd Hemker
Lead Animator/Designer/Painter: Soyeon Kim
Costume Designer: Jessica Grimshaw
Assistant Animator: Jaejung Ahn
Music and Sound Designer: Echo Boys
Production studio: Reelworks

Awards:
2006 Anicomm Award (10 best animated commercials selected by Animation Magazine)
2006 'Best Professional' Award, Minnesota Electronic Theatre
2009 'Best Commissioned Film', KAFI: Kalamazoo Animation Festival International

Festivals:
2006 Minnesota Elctronic Theatre (Minneapolis, US)
2008 Anim'est (Bucharest, Romania)
2009 Tehran International Animation Festival (Tehran, Iran)
2009 KAFI: Kalamazoo Animation Festival International (Kalamazoo, US)
2009 SICAF: Seoul Int'l Cartoon & Animation Festival (Seoul, Korea)
2010 Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival (Jacksonville, FL, US)

Articles:

Movie clip
YELLOWSHED website under animation
no fat clips! (direct link to movie)

Goldilocks for 'Hanover Floors'





Todd directed a commercial for 'Hanover Floors' with adaptation of Goldilocks story.

Credits:
Director/Designer/Animator: Todd Hemker
Clean-up/Colorist: Jaejung Ahn
Production studio: Reelworks

Articles:

Tang illustrations



Illustrations for Tang by Soyeon


Tang illustration2- 'Magic Soccer'




Spec art for the Tang 'Mulberry' product

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events-end credits


In 2004, Todd worked on the end credit animation for the Lemony Snicket's movie as a lead layout artist and lead animator.


An interview with japanese illustration magazine, 'Pooka' about Lemony Snicket end credit animation & Todd's short film, 'Fool Throttle'.

Credits: 
Layout Artists/Lead Animators: Todd Hemker & Benjamin Goldman
Title director: Jamie Caliri
Creative director: Brent Watts
Design company: Axiom
Production studio: MWP

Movie clip via submarinechannel.com, Forget the film, watch the titles


11/18/08

'Metro Tails' for CouponCode.com


This is a short flash animation for CouponCode.com, directed by Todd Hemker & Morgan Williams.

Movie clip

Credits:
Writer/Designer: Todd Hemker
Director/Animator: Todd Hemker & Morgan Williams
Sound/Music Composer: Echo Boys
Production studio: Reelworks

Award:
2005 Minnesota Electronic Theatre: Special Jury Prize

Article:
shootonline.com available for paid subscribers only (so we don't even know what's being said!)

11/8/08

Will Rogers Institutes 'Traditions'



The theatrical PSA for Will Rogers Institute, that Todd designed and c0-directed, won Davey Award. The spot features strong graphic look with continuous camera movement throughout the space.

Credits:
Designer: Todd Hemker
Director/Animator: Todd hemker & Morgan Williams
Production studio: Reelworks

Award:
2007 Davey Award
2007 Bronze Telly Award

Shadow puppet show for Coleman




This is a commercial made for Coleman to feature their 'flashlights'.
Enjoy the shadow puppet show!

Designer: Todd Hemker
Co-Directors/Animators: Todd Hemker & Morgan Williams
Production studio: Reelworks

Spring...



Illustration by Soyeon

'Ritz' crackers


These are spec art for 'Ritz' crackers. 
Soyeon made sketches for the girl characters on top, then Todd built color and style frames with them.

Credits: 
(This is spec work, which is made for the pitch/bid, but it wasn't chosen to be the official spot for the Ritz.)
Designer/Animator: Todd Hemker, Soyeon Kim, Morgan Williams
Director: Bruce McFarlan
Digital Inker & Painter: Thom Waters
Production studio: Reelworks


"Know the Difference"


Illustration by Todd.

Moveon.org illustrations


These are spec art for Moveon.org by Todd.

Chicago Safe Start project, PSA 2 (spec work)


These are spec work for the 2nd Chicago Safe Start project, 'Clingy'.
A girl, who is afraid of outside world and so attached to parents, became a bug, 'Clingy'.