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.

 

Animation

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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)

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.

Stream It On Amazon Prime

USA | UK | Germany (coming soon) | Japan

Watch 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

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.

Website: https://cumulopictures.com/cumulus/

Screenings

Kinofilm Manchester International Short Film and Animation Festival

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

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.

stream it on amazon prime

USA | UKGermany | Japan

watch the Making of: Pizza Delivery

USA | UK | Germany

 

Coming Soon

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The Eyes of Old Texas

Lexington Avenue 

Emoji Motel

 

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!