My first professional propmaking assignment was the design and construction of a six-foot-tall artist’s paintbrush. It was constructed around a broomstick for strength, with a covering of polystyrene foam and aqua resin. The brush’s tip is covered with strands of yarn of slightly different colors.
After persistently asking the festival director for several years, he finally agreed to let me make a signal film for the Ottawa International Animation Festival. I wrote, directed, and designed the piece, as well as making the soundtrack. I was helped out by a whole bunch of friendly volunteer animators: Fran Krause, Max Porter, Sean McBride, Mike Overbeck, Aaron Zisman, Linda Beck, Erin Kilkenny, Julia Sarcone-Roach, Chris Siemasko and Andy Kennedy.