Huge thank you to everyone who sent me photos and participated in this Lovestreams Smiley portrait project!  It was a lot of fun getting to draw 50 of these for a bunch of friends, acquaintances and strangers.  I’m a big fan of the independent animation community, it’s an extremely supportive bunch and I’m very happy to be surrounded by so many smart, funny & talented folks.  I hope we can fight the good fight and make some tight stuff in 2017 :)


STRANGERS, the second short film anthology from Late Night Work Club will be released on November 28th!


I’m wrapping up this series of Smiley portraits I’ve been doing for friends.  Thanks to everyone who sent me a picture, this was a fun project!  I’ll be accepting requests until the end of the day today, so if you’d like a smiley portrait, send me a message or email with a link to a straight on picture of yourself :)

You can also still catch my new film Lovestreams in the second anthology from Late Night Work Club: Strangers


The amazing animation director on He Named Me Malala has uploaded a montage of some of the work we did on the film.  Our animated sequences recently won an Annie Award for “Best Special Production”.  Jason also posted a video with a collection of the rough line animation we did in Flash.  I helped to storyboard, animate and composite on this film, so I’m happy that people who didn’t see it can now check out the animated bits.


I had an idea to try to do a cool animated camera move the other day and it’s turned into a total compositing nightmare.  I animated the 3D rotation of the door in the background with tweens in Flash, and thought it wouldn’t be that hard to match a texture to the perspective.  Turns out I totally suck at perspective and the whole thing looks really weird and sloppy.  We’ll see if it stays in the final cut. The final GIF isn’t an actual glitch, just a slipped layer that kind of encapsulates what a mess this shot has become.


If you guys were thinking:

“That #LNWC thing was *insert positive colloquialism*, but how long do we have to wait for more?”

Why not check out some of the other films that the LNWCers have made before, like: “Another” by Sean Buckelew


The preproduction time for the Art Party “PCP” scene in We Are Your Friends was extremely short, we only had about a week to lock down our style and pipeline.  We did a couple of different tests for the different phases of the scene.  Basically, as soon as we got something that we thought worked, it wasn’t a test anymore and ended up in the final scene.


Late Night Work Club presents STRANGERS!

An all new animation anthology premiering online November 28th!

Featuring new work from Alex Grigg, Loup Blaster, Caleb Wood, Sean Buckelew, Jeanette Bonds, Nicolas Ménard, and Kirsten Lepore!

Watch on

Here’s a reel of work that I plan to make in the next year.  I’ve never made a reel before, so I would appreciate any feedback.  Thanks for watching/sharing!

UPDATE 7-15-2015 9:00am PST - The video has been removed by Vimeo for its flagrant violation of copyright law. I sincerely apologize to everyone this may have harmed, I truly regret the decisions that led me to this point and I hope you can all find it in your hearts to forgive me. I’ll be spending the next couple of weeks with my family reflecting on what is happening to us. If you need to get in touch, please contact my lawyer, Bob Sakamano. 

Movie Buddies episode 5 is in the works! This time we will be discussing Melancholia.  Our special guest is Carl Burton! 

ALSO we are going to try and answer listener questions. If you have any, you can email them to moviebuddiesmail(at) or submit an ask to this tumblr You can also email questions to me (Charles) or Sean directly and well read em on the show! We are looking to have the episode done sometime xmas week. Plenty of time to soak up and enjoy all that melancholy!


I just put together a trailer for Hopkins & Delaney LLP, which is coming out August 25th, 2014.  Midway through putting this together, I had an idea for an experiment.  I made the trailer look like a pre-roll ad from Youtube.  So, if you want, you can download it and put it in front of a video so it looks like Vimeo has shitty youtube-style ads now.  If anyone actually does this, please send me a link and I will link your video in this post (and laugh, and be your friend!)