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Artist - Bryce Hallett (Frog Feet Productions)

Bryce Hallett is an independent, freelance animator. He specializes in animated shorts, web series, corporate and educational videos and commercials, working under the company name of Frog Feet Productions. He is a graduate of the Classical Animation program at Sheridan College and Graphic Design at Canadore College and has clients across Canada, the USA, and Germany.

Primarily working in traditional hand drawn animation, Bryce is known to mix a variety of styles and techniques including stop-motion, and After Effects animation.  A few career highlights include: The Ranger Gord animations on “The Red Green Show”, History Bites, The Frantics, for TV and the documentaries Tall Girls, and Donald Duck: Die Ente in Uns Allen.

Each of Bryce's animations are painstakingly hand crafted with sweat and tears of joy.  Some have even won a few awards, which makes his mom happy.


What part of Canada are you from?
Originally from Northern Ontario, Currently living in Toronto.


What roles do you play in the creation of animation?
I wear many hats. I create short animations and web series from the start to the end. From design and storyboards to directing, animating, producing, compositing and editing the final piece. Sometimes I only do the design and animation, other times I do it all.


What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in?
History Bites. It was a very fun gig. It was a sketch comedy show that involved history and TV parodies. I had a great time doing all the different animation styles and also the historical research that went along with it. It was a challenge to do so many different shorts in such a tight turn around, but it was so much fun, and I really liked the writing and the people I worked with.



What inspired you to create animation?
I’ve always loved cartoons, but I especially enjoy seeing the drawings come alive. It’s really like magic. That’s something regular painting, drawing, or even live action filming just doesn’t have. Also, unlike live action, you don’t need a crazy huge  budget. Anything you can think of you can draw and it’s all the same budget wise, which I think allows more flexibility in what stories you can tell. It is ridiculously time consuming though.



Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
I'm a huge fan of Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis (they’re a team so I’m counting them as one). Their stuff is just so beautiful and they have such a variety of styles and techniques. I love playing around with different styles myself, so their work is pretty inspiring. And, they have a great sense of humour.


What is one of your favourite animation books?
Can I say “Animation Unleashed”? Ha ha ha.  Not counting books I’ve drawn, I’m going to say "Elemental Magic" by Joseph Gilland. It’s a great book on hand drawn animated effects. There are a few animation books I think are great, but this one is unique as it is the only animation book that goes in-depth into hand drawn animated effects.

Amazon Link - Elemental Magic, Volume I: The Art of Special Effects Animation

Amazon Link - Elemental Magic, Volume II: The Technique of Special Effects Animation

Amazon Link - Animation Unleashed

 


Who is an up-and-coming Canadian animator that everyone should check out? 
There are a lot of great Canuck animators out there. I’m not even sure which ones are up-and-coming or established. Jonathan Ng does great work though. I love how his drawings move. Very Fluid. Hmm... now i’m going to have to go and look up who’s up-and-coming in Canadian animation.


Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?
I’m a member of TAIS the Toronto Animated Image Society (http://www.tais.ca), Monkey Works (which is a private group who meet regularly to give each other feedback and encouragement on personal projects), and the Cartoon Enjoyment League (CEL) (https://www.facebook.com/groups/cartoonenjoymentleague/?fref=ts)


For more info on Bryce and his work in animation, check out these links:
Website: http://www.frogfeet.ca
Twitter: @brycehallett
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/frogfeetproductions


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  1. I just love the Car Finder ad. Hilarious.

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