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Animated Films

my Amazon Prime Channel

Visit my section on Amazon Prime with this handy URL!

https://www.amazon.com/v/nicrussin

I will continuously be adding animated shorts and video journalism onto my official channel. I cannot wait to share more of my work with the world as time goes on.

 

Features

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The Eyes of Old Texas

COMING in 2019

My little short film originally developed for festival submissions is currently being adapted into a feature for release via my Amazon Prime channel.

Synopsis

The Wild West’s toughest avian outlaw, Rupert “Bird Beak” Crow, has stumbled upon psychic powers to see beyond: he possesses the ability to see color and hear sounds in silent film! His newfound talent leads him on a quest to save future humanity from reality shows and the Kong-like monster they have created…literally!

 

Shorts

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O Girl of a Dream: A Beauty and the Beast Tale (2018)

Film Director, Executive Producer, Composer, Screenwriter, Animator

Starring: Rolf Kesting, Ryan McGregor, Guillaume Doutreleau, Brandon Hauser, Nicole Russin-McFarland, Christina Marie Leonard, Kevin Moser, DJ Many, Samantha V. Hutton, Andrew Mimms, Gisele Russin (cat)

Running Time: 16 minutes

The South Pole's most popular film director, Jim Penguindóvar, is writing another hit movie starring his muse, the famous actress Penelope! This time, he is taking on Beauty and the Beast with a major difference: the real curse lies in possessing beauty. The animated film raises awareness of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) with the movie within a movie, using the fairy tale theme of being trapped in a permanent nightmare.

Watch!

Amazon Prime

USA | UK | Germany | Japan

YouTube

English | German

The Making Of

O Girl of a Dream

USA | UK | Germany

 
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Cumulus (2018)

Executive Producer

Starring: Wayne Forester, Rhian Marston-Jones, Philippe Nielsen

Running Time: 9 minutes

An adventurous young girl, named Penwyn, running away from her worrying dad, stumbles across a grumpy Blue Footed Booby bird, called Mister Booby, in a flap about his chicks flying the nest. On the hunt for adventure, Penwyn follows him as he rushes off in search of them into the mysterious and wonderful world of the clouds.

The intention with the film was to make a watercolour painting come to life, and it’s the experimentation with new techniques that combine real with digital watercolour that created the look and feel of Cumulus. By blending real watercolour with digitally painted watercolour, we hope to have achieved an animated aesthetic that feels both tangible and touchable like watercolour paper, while also feeling alive and active to drive the story forward. A 2D digitally animated film, each frame of character animation in Cumulus was digitally drawn by hand, with a combination of digital and real watercolour bringing the character colours to life.

Website

https://cumulopictures.com/cumulus/

Screenings

Kinofilm Manchester International Short Film and Animation Festival

International Film Festival of Wales

Stay tuned for more news!

 
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Pizza Delivery (2018)

Film Director, Executive Producer, Composer, Screenwriter, Animator

Starring: Ryan McGregor, Alexander Logan, Andy Cook, Waine Turner, Nicole Russin-McFarland

Running Time: 3 minutes

On one hostile evening in 1972 Framlingham, England, a pizza boy is robbed. Who is at fault? The idealistic Mr. Bunny? Gilbert, his pet snake, who steals the pizza? Or the pizza boy who falls for Gilbert's tricks? In a metaphor for today's political disagreement, we learn that everyone is complicit. The imaginative vintage film strip aesthetic paints a mysterious overtone.

Watch!

amazon prime

USA | UKGermany | Japan

YouTube

English | German | Japanese

the Making of

Amazon Prime

USA | UK | Germany

 

Coming Up!

Shorts in the Oven

beverly Hills Hair Salon

A new seventh grader at school learns how to have good self esteem. Set in the 1980’s!

The Homework’s Revenge

A girl learns the importance of learning at school when she slacks on her homework.

Emoji Motel

A teen boy from Chicago is trapped in a Twlight Zone-like scenario when he is sent to live with his family in downstate Illinois in this short about music censorship.

Lexington Avenue

A young female feline learns life lessons in Depression era Manhattan thanks to meeting a truly nice guy.

 

animation style

doodles into stories

Animation as the moving picture

The difference between something like Pixar and Family Guy is in the attention to detail in the moving backgrounds. The animated "sets" must be themselves moving pictures, never stills. My process always begins with old fashioned 2D pen and paper intermixed with modern technology.

Drawing infinity

For O Girl of a Dream, I used an optical illusion creating the backgrounds for my scene in which my character gets chased by apples through the supermarket. Learn how repeating lines overlapping together can trick the eye.

Repeating Patterns

When you watch many of your favorite movies, you're watching patterns repeated over and over in animation and CGI without knowing it! Watch my animated apples go from patterns to getting ready to chase someone down at the supermarket.

Layering

Layers aren't only for winter days and onions! Watch a ten second burst of how I use layers of animation to add depth in an ocean backdrop from O Girl of a Dream.

from cartoon Green Screens...

I employ the same green screen effects used in live action cinematic releases through drawing an animated virtual "green screen" spacer.

...to Reality Turned Animated Using Green Screens

Watch my real cat, Noele Russin, acting on a green screen to appear in one of my upcoming shorts debuting on Amazon Prime called The Eyes of Old Texas. A bit of nepotism happened casting her, but her acting talent makes the "who you know" a lot less obvious!