Sunday, July 18, 2021

Creative Shortcuts


Images © Mushka Productions

Here is an example of a scene from the upcoming film MUSHKA that shows how we were able to cut corners, and still end up with superior results. The first image is basically a story sketch. Matthieu Saghezchi drew the scenery, I added the character poses.  Courtney DiPaola animated this emotional scene beautifully. We have NO rough layout and NO clean up layout on this production. We are going from story sketch straight to final background (which is crazy.). That background was pained by Craig Elliott. Craig added beams of moonlight, which create a multiplane effect during the camera move. 
You can do this sort of thing with top talents only. Everybody is trying to plus what's been given to them.
My team on this movie is tiny...but extraordinarily talented.

Did I mention that we are almost done?


  1. My God this looks promising, I'm really looking forward to this project. Thanks for sharing some updates with us!
    Not sure if we're going to see it within the year or next year... All I know is, the Chinese zodiac says that 2022 will be a year of the Tiger :)

  2. I hope your film gets nominated for a Best Animated Short Oscar.

  3. I'm amazed and so excited for this! It's been fun to read these blogs and watch this project come together!

  4. whooo hooo! I can't wait to see the final product!!! So exciting!

  5. Lieber Herr Deja,
    mein Name ist Sara Schurmann und ich bin Redakteurin der Neuen Rhein Zeitung (NRZ), die auch in Ihrer alten Heimat Dinslaken erscheint. Wir haben seit Neustem einen Podcast (An der Theke: und würden uns sehr freuen, wenn wir Sie dort als Gast begrüßen dürften. So eine Podcast-Aufnahme geht natürlich auch virtuell.
    Wenn Sie Lust haben (was wir natürlich sehr hoffen!), dann melden Sie sich doch gern bei mir über
    Viele Grüße
    Sara Schurmann

  6. Thanks for the continued updates, Andreas. Can't wait to see this when it's finally done.

  7. always nice to see another update, it must be exciting to see it really taking form!

  8. Wowww! :)
    Sarah and Muschka walk through this peaceful and calming landscape. It is cold but the beams of moonlight offer hope and confidence for the future.
    Yes, this is a suitable setting for a farewell scene! :)
    I like to see and read everything about your teamwork project „Mushka“! It is so exciting! :)
    With the best wishes for „Mushka“ and your professional team, thank you for this post! :)

  9. Dear Mr. Deja,
    I just want to say how happy I am that your feature is almost ready. I can't wait to see it. You have been working on it for a long time. You are absolutely my animation hero and you have inspired me to work on my first passion, also animation. Here is a link to my cartoon. Let me know what you think!

  10. This looks amazing! What program did you use to make the animation?

    1. Animation - hand drawn on paper, then scanned into TV Paint.
      Backgrounds are digitally painted.