Sunday, February 23, 2014


19 years ago, a colleague and I began designing and programming a new animation system at Rhythm & Hues Studios. More engineers joined soon thereafter as the studio put its full weight behind getting voodoo up and running.

17 years ago, voodoo officially went into production. The first film I used it on was Mousehunt, where because of my insider's understanding of the tool I was tasked with rigging the CG mouse.

2 years ago, voodoo was used to produce was the Academy Award-winning Life of Pi.

And last week, four of us received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for our contributions to voodoo!

Other than the UNIX command-line tools, I can't think of another piece of software that I use which is not only still kicking after 17 years but thriving. I mean, Richard Parker? That was some high-level business. Certainly a far cry from that little mouse. 

I wish I could take credit for the artistic successes and incredible longevity of voodoo, but I left R&H in 1997. Any impact I had was in the original design and in helping hire excellent people to take over after me! My fellow honorees and I had the chance on-stage last week to acknowledge all the artists and programmers who worked tirelessly with voodoo over so many years to make it what it has become. But I want to do so again here. I am simply awed by what they've done with it.

And a note to you, 25-year old immersed deep in your own passions, doing something exciting and risky: you never know what's going to come of your explorations. This surprise award was from almost a half a lifetime ago. That's a long germination.

Press mentions: Hampshire College - Boston Globe - WAMC 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Bit Films Summer 2013 Internships!

The summer 2013 intern info sheet is up -- we're getting close to finishing TUBE and have our new live-action VFX project (SEED) as well!

Apply by Friday May 17.

Monday, April 8, 2013

SEED principal photography completed

A scene from "Seed" with actors Milan Dragicevich, left, and and Bria Sutherland, right.
(photo by Dan Overton)
Our twenty-plus person crew occupied Holyoke's Wauregan Building throughout the last weekend in March and completed production on SEED.

We are now moving into post-production. More to come!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

CALDERA is now online!

Our most recent short CALDERA is now available online!

CALDERA premiered at SXSW in 2012, was officially selected for SIGGRAPH AsiaSeattle Int'lPalm Springs ShortsStuttgart Int'l Animation, and over 40 other festivals worldwide. It was awarded the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction in Linz Austria, and garnered several other awards including Best Animated Film at Rome Independent, Award of Innovation at Seattle Int'l SIFF, and Best Short - View Social Awards.

CALDERA was helmed by Evan Viera (Director/Composer/Co-Writer) and Chris Bishop (Co-writer/Animation Supervisor) and was produced at Hampshire College over two and a half years. I co-produced and edited. CALDERA was the first film to go through our Bit Films Incubator Program, which we created after completing The Incident at Tower 37. In this program we invite orphaned independent films to be made on campus with the College's students and resources. 

You can read more about this amazing project in some of my prior posts, or at the film's main website.

Congrats to the whole team!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Casting Call for SEED

As mentioned in my previous post...

SEED is a dramatic sci-fi short set in a post-agricultural America (think Alfonso CuarĂ³n’s CHILDREN OF MEN). The roughly 8-minute film is being shot on Easter weekend, March 30 and 31, at the amazing Wauregan Building in Holyoke.

1 Male, ages 50-65
1 Female, ages 16-25
1 Male, ages 30-40

Saturday March 2nd from 1-5pm

Preference will be given to actors with film and/or TV experience.

To schedule an audition time please email with your resume and headshot. Auditions will be held on the Hampshire College campus. Details and directions will be sent via email with confirmation of your audition time.