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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


A lovely review from Matthias Sundberg, director/editor at the Fred Rogers Company.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Melbourne International Animation Festival 2014

The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead will be playing at the Melbourne International Animation Festival and I'll be there!

We had a lovely review from the festival:
"...For his feature, Cowan has held onto the simple, graphic design of his two leads, but has rolled out a much more lush and intriguing range of backgrounds and environments. The writing is snappy, the voiceover work is pitch perfect and the look of the entire piece is graphically clever. This isn't a slick CG blockbuster. It instead musters the creative resources on hand to embody what an animated feature is supposed to be like".

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thank You

Last night we had our first proper public screening of the Boxhead & Roundhead feature.
I was weary and punch drunk and although I thanked some folks I didn't thank everyone.
So this is a thanks for everyone.
Huge thanks to Tom Chianti for recording the original voice tracks.
Massive, colossal thanks to JZ for all his sound design and music and endless hours through the night.
Lyla Ribot for all her Mr Urso and Officious Clerk animation.
Amanda Bautista for her Lars animation.
Shannon for her work that she was classy enough to let us redo.
Annelise Williams and Kara Sankus for graciously and quickly doing all the boring stuff like painting.
Anamaria Solis for her walk cycles and general awesomeness.
Michael J. Ruocco for jumping in and generously donating his animation time when he had to give it.
Julie Verlade for almost all the facial animation on B&R.
Katie Kirschner for her wonderful Mrs Worthington animation.
John Lustig who did some of the best run cycles ever.
Melissa Chilkotowsky who had a scene edited out but did nice work on both that she tackled.
Taisiya Zaretskaya for a couple of face scene.
Jeremy Beck who was a wonderful, funny Boxhead against my idiot cartoon voices.
Carl Doonan who voiced the Officious Clerk.
Boris Hiestand who voiced Lars.
Neil Ross, who donated his time and talent to my weird little project and made the film look 89 times better than it could have without him.
Mick Moriarty of The Gadflys whose songs brought something so special that it's impossible to use enough English words.
Nat Jencks who did our colour timing.
Richard O'Connor who was a calm and polite voice of reason amid all my cluckings and fussing.
And of course David Ginsberg who helped make the whole thing happen in the first place.
I couldn't have done with without you guys.
You are totally and utterly the best.
Thank you.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Dr Karl and Kartoons...

Of the many sensible people on planet Earth one of my favourite is Australian scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. Many years ago on his JJJ radio show he was taking talkback questions from the punters and was asked, for the millionth time, about a perpetual motion machine. Patiently Dr Karl suggested it was a waste of time and that you'd be better off trying to make a self-tickling device. It's impossible to self generate the kind of reaction you get when someone else tickles you. So you might do the world and your bank account a favour by creating something fun and jolly like this. This has stuck with me and I've worked the idea into a gag in my Boxhead & Roundhead feature (which is nearly done, by the way). So, thanks Dr Karl. I suspect this isn't the first time you've had your toes dipped in animation and maybe it won't be the last.

You can find Dr Karl on his website, on Twitter, or try Googling him for more stuff.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sad News

New York based animator Michael Sporn has died. I didn't know Michael well, but we corresponded on a semi regular basis. A few months back I wrote to tell him that there seemed to be considerably less than there was the last time I saw him. He brushed it off. He was hardly going to tell me his problems. Michael was a grumpy kind of guy but he was always supportive of my stuff which I appreciated. Goodbye Michael... Take the time to scour his blog and let's hope it remains online for as long as possible.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Lip Synch

I had always intended to do regular production updates for my feature but there's no time.

I have to do a million other things.
But Instagram gives me the 15 seconds blobs and that's manageable.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


I was interviewed over at Zippy Frames about the Boxhead and Roundhead feature. Wheeeee!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Film Making

Making a film is like deciding to adopt an orphan from some war torn, strife ridden corner of the world. At first it seems like a great idea. There's a lot of energy and excitement of what's to come. Then after a while it starts waking you up screaming in the night, and freaking out in company.
Shitting all over your regular plans and costing you more than you expected.
Eventually you want to avoid it but you can't, because if you do it'll wither away and die and by now you feel some responsibility for it.
And people keep asking "How's the film? Is it doing well?".
So you stick with it, through the exhaustion and late nights and drama.
One day it grows up and it heads out on it's own and you've either grown to love it or you never want to see it again.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

40 Minutes

With the influx of Facebook and Blogger there's not been so much activity on here, but here's a thing.
The Boxhead & Roundhead feature has been plodding on.
I've been crawling, exhausted towards this point for months, but finally I've tipped the 40 minute mark. Only another 28 or so to go (and a whole bunch of fiddly face animation that I'm hoping to foister onto students over the summer).
For more updates and artwork visit the Boxhead and Roundhead Facebook Page.

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