A couple of years ago I picked up a used copy of Bukowski's "War all the time". Inscribed inside the front flap was:
'Hay Baby I hope you like this. I love you more then the world. With all my love
Once completed, this will be a set of 8 images on its own site, the poem crawling down the left as we peep through 'windows' at these various images.
I've always enjoyed drawing men's faces. The amount of lines and scribbles only increase a face's gravitas.
As you start to navigate the packed, dirty, thoroughly alive labyrinth of New York's subways, the most captivating thing is still the expressions of passengers.
You have the L train mix of hip and weird, the Grand St panic and the Q, an unbelievable stew of residents, immigrants and extraordinary aliens.
America's Next Top Anchorman
Al Jazeera English first tapped me to create an endnote animation for their weekly program, The Listening Post. They had three weeks and a loose idea around recent news anchors' almost absent records as journalists.
Collaborating on an early sequence of shots for the 90s piece, we fleshed out key ideas for the story and I was given a ton of creative freedom in finishing out the piece.
The video went viral after being picked up by some folks over at Reddit.
Al Jazeera: America's Next Top Anchorman
Social Media Censorship
A second piece for Al Jazeera English's program, The Listening Post, was centered around a celebration of Weibo's user base in consistently and creatively finding ways around China's Great Firewall.
Much of the production schedule involved back and forth emails with the translator to make sure key phrases were correct, and as many of the original posts as possible were honored.
Al Jazeera / Listening Post - Homonyms Animation
The Plight of Serious Journalism
Al Jazeera English tapped me to create another end animation for The Listening Post. Accompanying Paolo Ganino's segment on the impact of ad blockers, this piece highlights the impossibility of monetizing any sort of serious journalism in the west.
My original idea covered a broader scope, calling into question the impact such a shallow and fractured media has on how we navigate our everyday relationships. With a very tight three week schedule and personal ambitions around getting the style just right, we in the end went with a more literal, straightforward story.
You can see some of the original concepts below.
Serious Journalism - The Listening Post / Al Jazeera