New Timbuktoons Project Highlight

RightNow Media Series

The past few months at Timbuktoons we’ve been working on some fun projects including several character designs, background designs, nested animation, and asset rigging for Phil Vischer’s team to use in-house to produce his new series on RightNow Media called “What is a Christian?” I don’t know much about the series but we have designed […]

Flashback Friday

Here are some church media and children’s ministry guest posts I wrote previously for The Church Media Blog (From our friends at WorshipHouse Media) and the Kidzmatter blog (from our friends at Kidzmatter.com/Awana.org) that are still relevant and useful. Enjoy! CHURCH MEDIA Seven Tips for Church Media Production Ten Tips for Balancing Quality and Schedule […]

The Secret Ingredient to Your Overnight Success

So, I’ve been working on a book idea of late and it’s going to be a lot of work. One of the things with writing a book is you have to get people to buy it. But before you get people to  buy it, you need a book store and/or website to stock it. But […]

Foundations, Jello, and Ugly Babies

It’s been a very busy couple of months. We visual developed and produced English and Vietnamese pilot episodes for the International Humane Society, and have been eyeball deep in development and preproduction for an educational series for another international non-profit organization (which I’m dying to share but we need to keep it confidential until we finish producing […]

New Timbuktoons Webite Launched!

I’m out of a major production vortex just in time to go to a conference we’ve been preparing for. What was the cause of the major production vortex you say? Well, first of all we have a bunch of projects in (a very good thing). Second, those projects don’t sit by idly waiting to be […]

S.M.A.R.T. Creative Career Goals, Part 2

This post is an excerpt from chapter 18 of my book Calling All Artists. November is the perfect time to start planning goals for the next year! In part 1, I shared what S.M.A.R.T. goals are and the benefit to using this method. Here in part 2 I want to show specific examples and an exercise for […]

Elements of Art: Shape

Early in my animation career, I heard visual development artists and art directors mention shape language. Somewhat baffled and intrigued by this term, I started looking into it. I had learned about artistic voice, color scripts, and other strange right-brained terms, but was not familiar with shape language. Shape language basically refers to how the shapes […]

Art Direction 101: The Elements and Principles of Art

Years ago I taught a Visual Story Telling workshop at a youth performing arts camp after reading Bruce Block’s “The Visual Story” which is an industry standard art direction book for film and animation producers which talks about the principles of contrast and affinity, space, line and shape, tone, color, movement, and rhythm from a motion […]