Frankie Rulez!!! is a 5 minute 3D animated short film I worked on for 5 months in the fall of 2011. We follow a narcissistic space alien who is attempting to conquer the galaxy one planet at a time. At the time, I had been working as a 3D generalist and After Effects compositor for a few


2012 Seattle International Film Festival
2012 Red Stick Int Animation Festival
2012 Spike And Mike's Festival Of Animation
2012 Colchester & Fantasy Film Festival
2012 Science Fiction & Fantasy Film Festival
2012 Anchorage Film Festival
years, so I wanted to take everything I learned in that time and create an animation that was as polished and visually interesting to the best of my ability. The film went on to be included in several film festivals and was featured in a book about 3D animated short films by Jeremy Cantor.


2012 Tallgrass Film Festival
2012 Byron Bay Film Festival
2012 LES Film Festival
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The film really started off as a simple idea 30 second animation -- an alien lands on a planet. Then, the planet eats him. But I kept expanding on it, making it grander, and it grew into something a little more elaborate...
People tell me I kind of created an asshole character, but I didn't really think about it that way. Since I knew he was going to be eaten in the end, I figured I should make him do several inconsiderate things, so by the time he meets his end, you really want him to suffer. On the other hand, the other alien character that he smacks, I tried to make as sweet as possible; making Frankie seem like even more of a jerk.
One source of inspiration was when I kept meeting technical people who were insistent on learning dozen and dozens of different 3D programs in order to become a 3D effects wizard. It annoyed me that people wanted to absorb and conquer as many resources as possible without even understanding the true purpose or value to them.
I'm not a huge fan of poop jokes, (well, I probably am more than I'm willing to admit) but for the ending, I didn't want the character to just die or disappear. The film itself is cynical and somewhat dark, but it's still a cartoon and at the end of cartoons, they always survive.
Rather than making each planet look like the same rocky terrain, I tried to come up with some really interesting looks for environments, playing with volume and scale.
The suit the character is wearing is pretty complex, but the character himself is very simple, which is someting I'm always drawn to. A lot of films tend to believe if your characters don't have pupils, they don't have a soul. I don't think this is necessarily true. I always think back to the brilliance that is Bill Watterson's 'Calvin & Hobbes'.