Thursday, February 24, 2011

Re-Vamping! no pun intended.

Damn It's been a long time. Usually when this happens it's because I'm crazy busy, and once again that's true. I have tons of news to talk about and something to show... Finally! Let me see if I can get to it all without being too long winded about it. First off I'm very excited to say that I was made the Animation Director on the second season of Superjail. This totally caught me by surprise, but I've really been diving in to the role. I'm super lucky to have been given this opportunity and I have to say that the team I'm heading up over at Titmouse N.Y. are some of the best people and artists you could hope to work with. This is my first time seriously directing anything, and I always said that if I was in charge of anything ever in animation that I would get down in it, and really try to be helpful to the people working with me. That's another thing, I hope the guys over on Superjail feel they are working with me rather than for me. Those guys make it easy though, and you can tell from the work being done on season 2 that everyone is working real hard, and having a blast, so I gotta hand it to them all for doing such an amazing job and accepting my input and advice.

On another note we just recently participated in the annual Titmouse "5 second Day". Every year Titmouse picks one day where everyone comes in and works on any short piece of their own animation. I figured this would be a good opportunity to post what I did. I got this done in maybe a total or a little more than a work days time, so excuse the fact that its rough around the edges, and the audio isn't mixed super professionally. Either way I think you can still enjoy it.

One last thing or maybe second to last thing. I'm working on a new short for this years "Midsummer Nights Toons 3" event, which will be held at Slate on June 10th of this year. I'm very excited for this new film, and being that work has been so insane lately I recruited a few of my good friends to work with me on this one. Maybe you're heard of them... Al Pardo, Joe Cappabianca, and Elliot Byrne. These guys are super talented and also work with me on Superjail. We're going into the studio this Wed to do our voice record, and everyone seems to be psyched for it, so I'll have more on that soon.

here's the last thing, I'm getting kind of tired of this blog, so I was thinking of doing something interesting with it. I was thinking of doing regular posts just talking about some of my experiences in N.Y. animation. Lately I've been asked to speak at a few classes and offer up some advice to the students as well as speak to them about what it's like to work in animation, and what some of my personal experiences have been. The only thing stopping me is that I don't want to come off as the guy who thinks he has to school people, or tell them how it is. I have to think about that one more, and see if I can do it without giving the impression that I'm being pretentious. Any thoughts on this? I can just as easily say fuck it! Anyway thanks. Hope you enjoy my 5 second day.

5 Second Day Titmouse-TWO SCOOPS from mike Carlo on Vimeo.


Blogger Dan said...

Awesome man! And congrats to you on EVERYTHING,,,you deserve every bit of it, and I am happy and proud to have been able to work with you in the past, and I am sure the SJ crew on both coasts feel the same. If they don't.. just sick Al on them over there and Doodles and I will handle sh_t here.


11:18 PM  
Blogger Matt D. Lee said...

Astounding animation

6:06 AM  
Blogger Tony DiStefano said...

Thats fantastic news Mike. I always felt that you and Al were big talents. The right job went to the right guy.And as far as talking about your time in new york,
that would be great. Your to sincere and to nice of a guy to ever come off as pretentious. Now I can say I knew him when he first hit the scene. Much Luck!!!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Mike Rauch said...

You should definitely write about your experiences. You're not pretentious, so you won't come off that way. I'm sure a lot of people would benefit from hearing what you have to say (myself please do it!).

11:23 AM  
Blogger Tony DiStefano said...

Your vido was working today so I got to see it.That was very funny and well animated.I love the music you threw on also.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Liam said...

way to go mate, congrats to ya, talk about whatever you like on here-sounds good. Long as you remember to come out and have some beers its cool!

10:33 AM  
Blogger Tim Rauch said...

that animation is nuts. congrats on directing... and go speak! the children need your wisdom! seriously - as my brother said, you aint pretentious so you wont be coming off that way. you are knowledgeable and have a lot to share so do it, NYC animation will benefit.

7:30 AM  
Blogger Xeth Feinberg said...

Hey Mike... we were in email touch about 5 or so years ago... when I was doing Queer Duck (and basically totally swamped.) Your stuff is great... great animation and congrats on your success. A few people sent me links to Two Scoops... because the vampire character reminded them of a character I did called SADSACULA back in 2007... (sad to say, I never got around to animating it)... and, frankly, I wouldn't have done as good a job animating as yours. You sound super busy, but maybe we could develop this into something? Just wondering... I don't think I have a current email to you, but here's a link (on

Anyway, all the best.

(btw, You are welcome to keep this comment private or not publish it)

9:19 AM  
Blogger david gemmill said...

really awesome! you're a super good animator, you deserve the job. hahaah twwooooo scoooooops! great stuff!

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