NEW BLOG: Gnomes of the Cheese Forest & Other Poems

I'm excited to announce my new blog, for documenting the process behind my next upcoming book project: Gnomes of the Cheese Forest and Other Poems. Follow along as it comes into being! 

Sometimes the Sky Calls: The Auralia Thread

I was on an airplane en route to New Zealand when I finally arrived at the conclusion to Jeffrey Overstreet's fantasy novel series The Auralia Thread. As I looked out my window after reading the final sentence of the last book The Ale Boy's Feast, I just happened to be coming out of a misty white fog similar to that which was described in the book, and the beautiful green shores of the North Island were just coming into view. It was breathtaking, and my spirit was uplifted by the perfect timing of these two journeys. Upon settling in Auckland, I found it fitting to celebrate with a good dinner at a restaurant called "The Shakespeare," for as the king in Hamlet called out "Give me some light!" I felt this is exactly what The Auralia Thread had done.

New Animated Films from Imagine That Summer Arts Camp

Every year I teach animation workshops for kids at Cedar Park Church's annual Imagine That Summer Arts Camp. Here is what they created in 2013, each with their own stories, sets, characters, voices & animation.

The Boy and The Sheep (2013, ages 6-8)

Soup Man vs. Evil Colossal Broccoli Man (2013, ages 9-13)

New Animation Reel new current animation reel of scenes animated for Bigfott Studios and Scholastic/Weston Woods, on short films All the World, I'm Fast, Scaredy Squirrel and Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, directed by Galen Fott.

Trailers for New BigFott Studios Films

The two most recent films I animated on for BigFott Studios have now been released: Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend and I'm Fast, both adapted and directed by Galen Fott.

Enjoy these trailers and visit the official pages for the films (with production credits and DVD ordering information) at the links below.

Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend >>

I'm Fast! >>

Remembering with ParaNorman

Aggie: Aggie... My name was Aggie... I - I remember... My mommy brought me here once. We sat under the tree and she told me stories. They all had happy endings. Then those horrible men came and took me away and I never saw her again! 

Norman: Sometimes when people get scared, they say and do terrible things. I think you got so scared that you forgot who you are. But I don't think you're a witch. Not really. 

Aggie: You don't? 

Norman: I think you're just a little kid with a really special gift who only ever wanted people to understand her. So we're not all that different at all.

I’ve been telling people for months I had this inkling that ParaNorman might be one of the most important films of 2012, and possibly, as time will tell, of the decade. It’s taken me awhile to process and let its nagging significance soak into my head, but I think more and more I’m starting to see why.

Of Beauty, Beasts and Wild Things

On November 11th, 2012 I preached this Sunday morning sermon at Cedar Park Church, exploring how the Book of Psalms, the book Where the Wild Things Are and the life of its author Maurice Sendak speak to us about the transforming power of beauty. 

I concluded the sermon with this poem that I wrote, as a closing prayer.