the many projects of 2015-2016

Hey friends! Carolyn here! It’s been a while! So here’s a little bit about what’s been going on here on my end of things:

Canary 751 is still in pre-production, mainly because of various events in my life that kept putting it on the backburner. But I continue to chip away at it almost every day. The final bits of the story are nailed down thanks to some story help from my friend Mallory Fencil, which just leaves about the final 30% to be storyboarded and placed in the animatic.

Some of the character designs have been reworked, and some background character designs have been added to the website’s character page.

For those of you who have been fans of Canary 751 from day one, wow, you guys sure are patient, and I want to let you know that I’m really inspired by your commitment and excitement! When I first started working on it and posting stuff about it, I was really thrilled about the response. If you’re frustrated, let me tell ya, I am too! I wanted it done yesterday! But I don’t give up on projects I believe in, especially one that’s come this far since 2012. Can you believe I once planned this film as a 5 minute short? Well, that might still be in the plan as a preview of sorts…

"Ruslan and Ludmilla" short film

As that’s still cooking on the backburner, I’m also working on animated shorts. Right now, I’m focusing on a 5 min short to the “Ruslan and Ludmilla” overture, starring two warring princesses who have to work together to defeat an evil that threatens both their kingdoms. It’s a cute short in a more graphic style that I’ve been kicking around, and am now almost finished with the preproduction. The animatic is 90% done! 

It hasn’t all been personal projects, however. Here are some projects I have worked on in the last two years:

"The Creation of the World" symphony project

The Santa Barbara symphony has recently been breaking into the multimedia performance trend, and commissioned me to animate a 3 minute segment to accompany one of their performances of Milhaud's "Creation of the World." It was an interesting and challenging experiment in simplified timed animation with the intent of being projected above an orchestra. The performance was a hit with the audience!

I animated a 1:30 min trailer for a film project called The Dragon Prince by Trico Films. The wonderfully talented Gillian Grossman illustrated the backgrounds for this one. You might remember her from her work on Reversal of the Heart! It was a fun and challenging project to complete!

(Nickelodeon Project)

I animated several scenes for a Nickelodeon video game pilot (and possible TV pilot) that’s complete and still making the rounds at headquarters. It was directed by my pal Joseph Rothenberg and it was very fun to work on! Unfortunately the content is proprietary, but when it's released, I'll post what I did on the project!

Some folks have recommended that I set up a Patreon, and while I love Patreon and support many artists on there, it’s not really my speed. I would be terrible at it, and I don’t wanna disappoint anyone haha. But it’s super awesome to know that some of you guys would support me! 😊

Every year I make loose promises to be more active on the Facebook page or on the websites, and I do try, however my other social media accounts are a bit more active and showcase what I’m working on more often. If you are interested in seeing more current things from me, you can follow me on the accounts below. Feel free to say hi or ask questions, too!

illustration for the book series by Gillian Grossman and Carolyn Chrisman

As a side note (and as if this weren’t enough), I am also writing a 6-book fantasy series! I don’t talk about it all that often on my social media, and when I do, it’s more like general writer whining. I do illustrate for my books a lot, though, so the chances are that any illustrations that aren’t attached to an animation project are related to The Books. This series I’ve been working and reworking since, oh, 2006-ish? Something like that. But it’s another project I’ve been picking away at, and it’s in the final stages of writing. As it gets closer to finishing, I’ll talk about it a lot more!

Anyways, you guys are awesome, and thank you so much for your support and love!

-- Carolyn 




Update 2015 - A New Year!

Hi guys! Carolyn (the director for Canary 751) here! It’s been a crazy long time, hasn’t it? I wanted to bring you guys up to speed about what’s been going on with Canary 751, and Fiddlegriff Animation in general.

Last year was a tough year for me. My family suffered from multiple crises (deaths, hospitalizations, a whole can of worms), followed by a bit of depression on my part. It interrupted the preproduction on Canary 751, as well as the other projects on the slate. I’m kind of a private person in regards to that stuff, so I kept quiet about it. But that’s what’s up, and why things have been so dead over here.

But have no fear! 2015 is a new year! Here’s what’s on the agenda!

Canary 751

(no need to worry about these dorks, they're still around!)

(no need to worry about these dorks, they're still around!)

Canary 751 is still in production! Well, preproduction. My initial completion estimates were way off, and probably will be for a while. The film is currently planned to be 1 hour and 20 minutes, with 1 hour of the storyboards currently complete. We’re working quickly on it, but a feature film is a crazy amount of work, as you can guess!

Ruslan & Ludmilla

(the lovely adventuring ladies, Ruslan and Ludmilla)

(the lovely adventuring ladies, Ruslan and Ludmilla)

Fiddlegriff Animation is currently working on a short film called Ruslan and Ludmilla (accompanied, of course, by Glinka's overture). It's about two enemy princesses overcoming their differences and teaming up to fight monsters. It’ll be a fun romp!

The Dragon Prince

(Dragon Prince storyboard)

(Dragon Prince storyboard)

Fiddlegriff Animation has also been commissioned to complete a trailer for a project called The Dragon Prince. The trailer is currently about 30% complete. Go check out and support the project!

(some storyboards and production stills for the project)

So that's what's going on on my end of things! I anticipate a lot of work getting done this year, and getting much closer to officially launching production for Canary 751. Stay tuned!