Here’s some 8-bit animation I did yesterday!
Quite a bit has happened in the past few months. Finished a film, went to Japan, finished Convenience Store Diet Vol. 3, and am now working on updating my voice over demos. Lots of stuff coming up!
But for now, enjoy a little video from my trip to Japan.
Quick updates: About half way through CSD volume 3. Boards done for CSD show. Wrote sketches, may post scripts or make animatics if I’m feeling ambitious. Voice over is good, likely new demo this year.
I’m surprised I never posted this one on here when I made it last year, but here’s one of my animation tests for CSD to see if I could do it in After Effects. Likely, yes, but if I can fund it I may be able to set up a 2D flash pipeline.
Outside of making terribly-drawn comics at Convenience Store Diet, I’ve been working on an animated show based off of my comic book’s characters.
The show is a satirical sitcom of modern American culture, seen through the eyes of our three suburbanite main characters on the cusp of their 30′s: Andrew (hooray for narcissism!), Craig (Andrew’s casually apathetic, highly inappropriate best friend), and Kelly (his absurdly awesome and intelligent girlfriend). In this pilot episode, Andrew is determined not to turn into an “iPhoney” by staunchly resisting technology (and the culture that comes with it). Slowly the hipsters/techies invade and he must choose: resist or resign to being a late adopter.
The process has been slow for sure. The script and storyboards are done. Up next are voice records, character design, background design, and eventually animation.
Simultaneously, I’m working on an 8-bit intro as well, in which the Andrew character obsessively plays a game and neglects everyone around him (best friend, girlfriend, and the repo men who take his furniture).
Here’s an animation test from the 8-bit intro (click to view the animation):
I hope you didn’t miss it! I had a part in the making of Beforel Orel, the prequel to Moral Orel, which aired on Adult Swim recently. You can watch it here:
It’s been too long, but I’ve been crazy busy lately! I’ve had lots of voiceover mini projects, I’m working on animated pitches, and I’m trying to get a head start on some Convenience Store Diet animation. Oh, and, to date, there are 8 completed comics for CSD Volume 3!
In the mean time, check out this animated pilot I made a few years ago with my cohorts Evan Dannemiller and Scout Raskin. It’s called “An Okay Place to Eat.” Colonel Jessup built a diner featuring all the TV/brand mascots from his childhood – the real ones too, since they’re now old, washed up, and need work. The aged mascots are definitely over the hill and out of their minds. Can Colonel keep his childhood heroes from ruining his golden years?
We made the pilot to introduce the characters and the style of humor. We really wanted to further explore the idea of Colonel, a man with a lack of family of his own, creating what he thought would be his ideal surrogate family. And, of course, we wanted to watch R. Lee Ermey from Full Metal Jacket scream obscenities.
We pitched the idea to the networks, but it wasn’t their thing. Maybe it’s yours! Check it out!
I have a web comic: Convenience Store Diet. Last year, I published its first print comic. And this year, I made enough to do a second volume! It features features 50 comics from this year and last, as well as a small foreword from me. Here’s the cover art, which links to the comic site. Check it out!
Facts about Andrew:
 He works constantly in animation
 He finally got his animation demo done!
 He once punched a bear straight through the stomach while eating a sandwich.
 Facts about Andrew aren’t as epic as those Chuck Norris facts
Special thanks to Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy, and his son Austin for putting it together and doing a great job! Here you go!
ANDREW RACHO’S ANIMATION DEMO
MY DARK KNIGHT RISES TRAILER: SPOLIER WARNING
I had to make it after I saw the film.
This year’s been big for me in terms of voice over. Tons of projects in the works, but recently, I booked an animated commercial! This one’s for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park! There’s also a radio spot playing in SoCaol.
Fun behind-the-scenes: During the middle part of the commercial, I break into a cocky rendition of the William Tell Overture. That was a random improvisation recorded during the session that made it into the spot. How cool is that?