Thursday, May 04, 2017


Amir Avni, Gilbert Gottfried

This week I got to meet one of my all time favorite comedians, Gilbert Gottfried, at the international premiere of a new documentary film about him. "Gilbert" was directed by the wonderful Neil Berkeley, who also gave us "Beauty is Embarrassing".

Amir Avni, Gilbert Gottfried
The drawing I made for him, scanned prior to dedication
Amir Avni, Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert also signed the initial sketch

Home: "It's a Secret" scenes

I have to thank my supervisor Ryan MacNeil for his direction on this sequence. Ryan gives a lot of thought and attention to why his favorite cartoons work as well as they do, he establishes very interesting and practical theories based on his inquiries. He said that the reason people laughed at the animatic (attached to the corners of this video) was how abruptly the poses change, and so my in-betweens must very strongly favour the next pose, they should almost pop, so to maintain the element of surprise. Had we put in-betweens in the middle of the arc, they would have made the viewers anticipate the next pose and so they wouldn’t laugh as much. I wouldn’t have thought about that without his direction.