Monday, December 31, 2012

GREETINGS EARTHLING



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Johnny Darrell was raised on grilled cheese sammiches & hot dogs and taught at a very early age the importance of writing in the third person.

After a disastrous miscalculation with a run-of-the-mill portal jump through time & space in the year 2006 AD, Johnny landed at Nerd Corps to direct on Cartoon Network's Storm Hawks (won a Leo Award for Best Direction) & YTV's The League of Super Evil (won a Leo Award for Best Direction). Suddenly, he regenerated into a Series Director for the Emmy Award-nominated Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5 (Mattel/Corus) which won a Gemini Award for Best Animated Production and was nominated two years in a row for Best Direction in an Animated Series.

For the past eon, Johnny has been instrumental in the creation of the Emmy Award-winning series Slugterra (Disney XD); from development right through production as the series director. This globally successful action/comedy has received numerous nominations and awards for best production, direction, sound and voice acting.

2000 years ago, Johnny slip-streamed through a worm hole and found himself disoriented in the halls of Mainframe Entertainment (now Rainmaker). In a state of utter confusion and delirium, he edited the crap out of classic CGI television shows (circa 1997 B.C.), before body-snatching a director [name withheld]. He co-wrote & directed the feature “Tony Hawk in Boom Boom Sabotage” as well as the 2003 & 2006 MTV Movie Awards’ opening titles & category sequences.

Johnny lives in the cougar infested woods of a small coastal town in the Pacific Northwest with his wife Kamala and two sons Kai and An'ostin Rocket. He loves graphic design, music, sasquatch hunting (for reals) and dreams of owning a jet pack and a robot bear.
 

Saturday, April 02, 2011

SLUGTERRA

SERIES DIRECTOR / DEVELOPMENT 


Get ready to slug it out! 46 x half-hour episodes of adventure/comedy coming this fall to Disney XD!  Head over here for more info!

Creaturebox did the initial designs for our main characters and vehicles! They were inspiring to work with and every .pdf delivery they sent was like x-mas. Opening title music by Jonathan Evans of Spaceman Music, series composer is Brian Carson, and storyboard supervisor Fransisco Avalos.  My team of show directors: Blair Simmons, Clint Butler, Sebastian Brodin, and Craig Roberts, Daniel DeDesserano, 






Saturday, December 25, 2010

RATED A FOR AWESOME!

DIRECTOR/EDITOR

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The opening title sequence for Nerd Corps.' Disney XD series R.A.F.A. should be called Rated X For X-Mas because this 45 second opener was done over the X-Mas holidays. Joy and ho ho ho.  As challenging and holiday spirit-crushing as this little opener was, I kinda had some fun with it!  Snuck a break-dancing yeti in there.  Music by Jonathan Evans of Spaceman Music.


Here's the (almost) original boards by Tim Packford



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Monday, August 03, 2009

HOT WHEELS: BATTLE FORCE 5

SERIES DIRECTOR

















This Gemini Award winning, Emmy Award nominated action-packed (I'm not kidding, it's probably the most action-packed 22-minute Saturday morning cartoon ever made) series is on Cartoon Network and Teletoon here in Canada. The super-talented Nerd Corps directors (Blair, Clint, Dan, George, Logan, Rav, Steve), story boarders (helmed by the uber-talented Colin Lorimer), designers, animators, modelers, post fx crew and more bring this show to life. The sound design on this sucker was done at DBC Sound and it's completely off-the-charts. I mean it's super crazy good! So much so, they were nominated for two 2010 Emmy Awards! A big tip of the hat to composer Brian Carson for his amazing scores and catchy hooks which earned him a 2010 Emmy nomination and a Gemini Award nom! The series was nominated for a 2010 and 2011 Gemini for Best Direction and took the Gemini for Best Animated Production in 2011. The action bar for Saturday morning cartoons has been drastically raised.




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Thursday, September 04, 2008

INDIGENOUS PLANT DIVA

EDITOR

This N.F.B. short documentary/profile directed by Kamala Todd was accepted into the Vancouver International Film Festival in September as well as the Imagine Native Media Festival in October.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL!

DIRECTOR / EDITOR


















I only got an opportunity to direct 5.25 of these 11-minute episodes before I had to move onto another series. Working on L.O.S.E. was some of the funnest moments of my animation career!

"ESCAPE FROM SKULLOSSUS"
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It's the hottest day of summer and L.O.S.E.'s air conditioner is on the fritz again. Voltar decides to borrow a Quantum Weather Generator, invented by a kid genius at the local high school science fair. Unfortunately for L.O.S.E., both the military and a powerful super villain known as Skullossus are after the same thing


"10"
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L.O.S.E. is determined to get a free pizza from Pronto Pizza (in 10 minutes or it's free) by making the delivery guy run their gauntlet once again. But this time they're going up against a whole new pizza delivery guy.

"1 Zillion!"
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To impress the neighbor kids, Voltar boasts they have "one zillion" TV channels. Now they have exactly one day to prove it. I won a Leo Award for this and the following episode.


"Bite At The Museum"
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The League wants to steal a dinosaur bone so they can clone a t-rex and take over the neighborhood. They manage to sneak in after hours, but soon learn they'll have to get past their old nemesis Justice Gene, who was forced to get a job as a security guard at the museum after L.O.S.E. had him fired.

Here's an outtake for one of the scenes:
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"School Daze"
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Defeated by an electronic trivia game, Voltar decides to get even with the kids who laughed at him by posing as a substitute teacher. Once in control of the classroom Voltar will be able to teach them all the wrong answers to the game, ensuring his victory! "Puttin' books on your roof, booooyyyyy!"

Sunday, July 15, 2007

STORM HAWKS

DIRECTOR / EDITOR

Ep. #25, #29, #33, #37



This action/adventure/comedy was a blast to work on! Great
characters, great stories, great action and great comedy! Loved
working on this show!








Ep.#26: DUDE, WHERE'S MY CONDOR?

Stork's Meltdown
(2:00)

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Stork Fights For The Condor (1:55)

Ep.#29: STRATOSPHERE
I created this small sneak-peak of Stratosphere to ease the restless fan-hordes' minds.
They were going crazy by the lake waiting for this episode to air so I thought
that this might douse their torches and calm their violent urges...

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Full Episode of the Leo Award winning
STRATOSPHERE!
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Ep.#33:

Ep.#37

Friday, May 11, 2007

BLOODIED AND UNBOWED

EDITOR / CREATIVE CONSULTANT

Vancouver documentary film maker, Susanne Tabata needed my chopping skills to cut together a small 6 minute demonstration reel for a new doc she wants to shoot. The subject: Vancouver's punk scene from the 1970's. Are you kidding me? Punk rock? Editing? Vintage stock footage? Free creative reign? I AM IN!!! This is going to be a cool documentary and I can't wait for the funding to come in so we can start doing the real thing!



(5 min. - 13.6 mb)







Sunday, March 25, 2007

CHAOTIC



DIRECTOR / EDITOR


Directed on a series called Chaotic. 4o episodes are produced here in Vancouver with Bardel Entertainment and is a co-venture with 4 Kids TV. This was my first adventure in the world of Flash animation. Interesting to be sure and I learned a lot in a very short span of time.














Chaotic "Allmageddon" Preview

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Ep.#18: Allmageddon

Ep.#22: ChaotiKings

Ep.#25: The Code Master Chronicals pt.2

Ep.#28: A Flux Too Far

Ep.#32: Chasm Quest

Monday, March 12, 2007

STORM HAWKS SIZZLERS

EDITOR

Here's a bunch of 30-second teasers I cut for some season one episodes of Storm Hawks. This show is amazingly beautiful and the characters and scripts are great. I really enjoyed cutting these and the challenge of reducing 22 minutes into 30 seconds without giving anything away. I liked altering the storyline slightly so that the kids get a sense as to what the episode is about but are left clinging to the edge of their seat to see what happens!


GALE FORCE WINDS








THE CODE








TRANQUILITY NOW








THE BLACK GORGE








ABSOLUTE POWER








VELOCITY








FIRE & ICE








STORM WARNING

Sunday, January 21, 2007

GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE

EDITOR

Studio-B called me in to create a 5-minute promo for their George of the Jungle series that is on Teletoon.

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George Slate (00:04)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

CROWS

CREDIT DESIGNER / COMPOSITOR

Vancouver's Mike McKinlay's gothic documentary on crows. I wanted a haunted and spooky feel for his credits with a classy and classic old-tyme cinema feel. For this Quicktime I added my own little soundtrack.

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Opening Credits (00:33)




Wednesday, August 09, 2006

RED1 "Dem No Worry We"

EDITOR

Locally shot music video with VideoFact funding. The director, Husam Ghaemi, gave me pretty much free reign on this. Nice footage to work with but it was shot without timecode. I had to eyeball the lip-synch which was "really really fun".

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music video (03:45 )

Monday, June 05, 2006

INDIGENOUS CITY

EDITOR

This short, directed by Vancouver's Kamala Todd and shot by herself and Kevin Burton, was used to kick off an event at the World Urban Forum held here in Vancouver. I was also asked to design the event's poster using a photo from the great Iroquois photographer Jeff Thomas.













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Indigenous City (02:47)

Friday, May 12, 2006

2006 MTV MOVIE AWARDS

DIRECTOR / CO-CREATIVE / EDITOR / COMPOSITOR

Just completed the opening animation sequence for the 2006 MTV Movie Awards.
This year's show had a Saul Bass theme to it so the opening credits and category nomination clips reflected his style. The opening was 720 x 586 but the categories were 12,933 x 486 pixels!!!! IT WAS HUGE! HHHUUUUGGGE!!! There were numerous people doing the various categories. I directed the opening and was responsible for Best Frightened Performance (zombies...sweet, sweet zombies). Huge props go out to Jeremy Unrau for his HUGE involvement in the opening sequence (and the entire project). He is truly talented and I am humbled.

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Opening Credit Sequence (1:30)


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Animatic for Opening Credits (1:30)






Best Frightened Performance
(00:06 - 228 kb)

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

TONY HAWK IN BOOM BOOM SABOTAGE

DIRECTOR / CO-WRITER / MOTION CAPTURE DIRECTOR




Movie Trailer
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This 66 minute direct-to-dvd feature was a blast to work on despite its EXTREMELY low budget and the fact that it was almost entirely motion-captured (which worked really well for the skating aspects but the "performances" however...). We went to Carlsbad, CA for the voice record with Tony Hawk and then to his private warehouse to motion-capture him on his vert ramp. In Vancouver, we hired some pro skaters (Alex Chalmers, Chris Haslam, Keegan Sauder, Russ Milligan) to do the motion capture at our motion-capture facility and the results when applied to our skateboarding models were phenomenal.










The original script was rather lackluster so I took a stab at reworking the structure and dialogue; throwing humour and fun throughout it. Andrew Duncan and Logan McPherson were the animation directors and Brian Carson was our composer and did an amazing job at going all-over-the-map with the original soundtrack (carny music, eerie "Forbidden Planet" Moog type music, raw punk, hillbilly western rockabilly, etc.). Larry Grimley, was perfectly voiced by Michael Dobson and his motion-capture performance was acted by the incredibly gifted Donavon Stinson. Both guys went above and beyond the call of duty, literally busting themselves to bring A TON OF LIFE to our main villain.

Jumping A Shark in a Leather Jacket
(2 min 19 sec)
Tony's been captured and taken to an abandoned tiki-themed water park. I love grottoes so I thought it would be the perfect place to hole him up. I then felt that the villain should monologue to Tony like a villain does with James Bond but then kinda veer off topic.

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The Moonshining
(48 sec)
A nod to my favourite film.

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A Magical Moment
(2 min 09 sec)
For the first time in motion picture history, someone reacts realistically to a shooting star...

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Frank Calls "Tony"
(3 min 33 sec)
I like the scenes here but the motion-capture just kills it. Ironically, one of the funniest moments of the production was when we mo-capped Donavon doing the limbo (he even wore a neck brace). Be sure to look at what's on "Tony's" ball cap.

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Friggin' Monkeys
(1 min 51 sec)
You can't tell in this clip, but the Monkey Trainer has the most amazing short-shorts. I wish I could say that the comp-job on the multiple monkeys running at camera was supposed to look really crappy on purpose...WAIT! It's a nod to cheesy rear-projected scenes in old movies! YEAH that's it!

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Saturday, February 05, 2005

BEAT FREAKS

DIRECTOR / EDITOR / COMPOSITOR / "ANIMATOR"

The mandate: "NO ANIMATION! Make a promotional video for this CGI animated series but it can't have ANY ANIMATION!" I was given character models (which were not rigged or weighted for animation), I had some Photoshop promotional artwork and I was given some music.

"Make it exciting BUT NO ANIMATION! The budget doesn't allow for it! "

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(alright, so there's some animation -- fire me).

Monday, July 05, 2004

STUART LITTLE 3: CALL OF THE WILD

LEAD ANIMATION DIRECTOR

This direct-to-dvd stars the original lead actors from the first two movies (except Nathan Lane) and was directed by the one-and-only Audu Paden for Sony Pictures. The production was divided into two animation teams of 18 animators each. The second team's animation director was the talented Morgan Ratsoy. This was an extremely ambitious project considering how low the budget was but it was fun. The clips below have just the dialogue tracks -- I hope to get versions with the finished mixed sound in here soon.




Mouse vs. Bear
(01:25 - 3.1 mb)









Reeko Cons Snowbell
(01:38 - 3.5 mb)








In The Beasts' Lair
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Reeko's Confession
(02:49 - 6.0 mb)








The Trap (deleted scene)
(03:02 - 6.3 mb)

Saturday, June 12, 2004

RECRUITING REEL

EDITOR / CO-CAMERA

I was asked to cut a recruitment reel for Mainframe Entertainment, using footage from the company's various shows, Tourism BC, some footage shot by Mike McKinlay and a bit of stuff I shot myself.

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Saturday, June 05, 2004

VOICE OF TREASON

DIRECTOR / EDITOR / COMPOSITOR / SOUND DESIGN

Local pensmith/word-jotter and film-maker/moving-picture-taker Ken Hegan asked me to do a motion logo treatment for his company "VOICE OF TREASON." Photos courtesy of Michael Connors.



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Sunday, January 04, 2004

FREELANCER 2

DIRECTOR / EDITOR / COMPOSITOR

Microsoft game developer Digital Anvil were developing a new game and I was asked to direct the cinematic sequences. I went to Austin, TX with storyboard/comic artist Chad Smith for two weeks to storyboard the sequences. Everything was going great and it was going to be a great project but Microsoft pulled the project out from underneath Digital Anvil's feet for reasons unknown. I had the privilege of seeing some of the game and it was looking really cool! Here is the test we did for bidding on the project (using a dialogue track which was supplied to us from Digital Anvil).




(01:19 - 2.9 mb)

Sunday, May 04, 2003

2003 MTV MOVIE AWARDS

CO-DIRECTOR / CO-WRITER / CO-EDITOR / COMPOSITOR

Andrew Duncan and I both wrote, directed and edited the following footage. We had a blast working 18 hour days non-stop for 2 weeks. There were moments of sheer panic and hilarity. Rav Grewal, our supervising and lead animator was key in getting this thing done. This year's award's theme was Super-Hero so we made the hosts of the show, Justin Timberlake and Seann William Scott super-heroes. They did a fantastic job in the voice acting and were great to work with. We did the show's main opening and the 13 nomination catagories.















































Sunday, April 06, 2003

KAINAYSSINI IMANISTAISIWA

SEQUENCE EDITOR

This is a National Film Board of Canada documentary, directed by Loretta Todd, who asked me to edit three small "poetic" scenes that introduce and end her movie. She also had a teepee-raising scene in the middle of the film that she wanted to be special (I hope it is).

I edited the opening and ending scenes to the same piece of music (The Doves "Firesuite") and the teepee-raising scene to a minimal quiet track (Sigur Ros "untitled"). She was able to secure the rights to the Sigur Ros track but had to have her composer create something similar to the Doves. The versions here are set to The Doves. It was "easy" to edit because the photography is so nice to work with.




Opening
(03:15 - 7.1 mb)






Tee-pee
(01:46 - 3.9 mb)







Ending
(02:15 - 5.0 mb)

Sunday, August 04, 2002

ROBIN HOOD: RETURN OF THE PRINCE

DIRECTOR / EDITOR / COMPOSITOR

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Robin Hood test (01:00)

Thursday, April 04, 2002

SPIDER-MAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES

LEAD ANIMATION DIRECTOR / SERIES R&D DIRECTOR /
OPENING CREDITS CREATIVE LEAD, DIRECTOR & EDITOR










Spider-Man! Are you kidding me?!?! Awesome! I worked as the Research & Development director for this series while we were in pre-production. It was a blast to just explore various aspects of the series: testing models, trying new looks, exploring animation possibilities, finding solutions to technically challenging aspects of the series (crowds, web-slinging, "toon" shading render issues, etc.). During this R&D stage, I began to compile our work in the avid, fool around with it in After Effects, and decided to cut together a teaser for our clients, Sony Pictures and MTV to get them jazzed about what we were doing. They loved it and when we had footage from the first 3 episodes they asked me to update this teaser with new footage. They took my cut as inspiration for cutting their own opening credit sequence for the series. I got a credit (thank you), but it's not really the same. Here's my version:

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Original opening credit sequence demo (01:00)

EPISODE SELECTIONS

KEEPING SECRETS -- episode 02
Spider-Man encounters a thief called the Talon while breaking into J-Lo's loft. Though she gets away, he manages to get a look at her secret identity. This complicates things for Peter when he learns that her real name is Cheyenne Tate and that she just became Harry's girlfriend.

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Spider-Man Meets The Talon (01:13)

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M.J. Owns Parker (00:48)

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The Talon Suits Up (01:03)

TIGHT SQUEEZE -- episode 04
A high tech group of criminals calling themselves Pterodax attempt to steal diamonds, but Spider-Man stops them. Peter then manages to sell a video of the attempted robbery to Empire 1 News with the help of a researcher named Indy. Later, Pterodax take hostages at Empire 1, demanding Spider-Man come within two hours or everyone will blow up real good. Unfortunately, Peter is a hostage himself.

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Boardroom Tomfoolery (00:51)


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Fight & Flight (01:54)

SWORD OF SHIKATA -- episode 11
Richard Damien has an interest in rare animals and hires the infamous Shikata to capture the next addition to his collection: Spider-Man. But the mysterious Shikata has different plans for the web-slinger after their first confrontation and demands for a fight to the death. Damien loses his head when he hears of Shikata's plan.


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Cage Match (01:45)

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Street Fight (00:45)


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M.J. & Spider-Man sitting in a tree (01:08)