"FaerieFilm" has at last been digitally remastered from the original 16mm negatives! 22 years after its premiere, it looks much like it did when it was first screened.
A New Jersey native, I received a BFA in Film and Television at New York University, and many years of instruction in drawing the human figure at the Art Students' League of New York. Excepting a brief sojourn in a Benedictine monastery, my life has been occupied with studying and working in animation. My mentors were John Canemaker and the late Tissa David. Among my favorite things are watercolor, crochet, afternoon tea, musical theatre, puppetry, figure-drawing, and vegetarian cooking.
"I'm Not Ready To Be a Princess" from the pilot episode of Sofia the First was one of those rare sequences that just flowed from concept to screen effortlessly. Jamie Mitchell, my director, pitched it to me, I thumbnailed it (see thumbnails below) and storyboarded from these thumbnails. The final sequence remained remarkably true to the initial concept, and the entire sequence has a fresh quality and a flow that comes when all the proverbial stars are in alignment. (Copyright the Walt Disney Company)
Storyboard for "Winter's Gift" episode of Sofia the First
drawn in Storyboard Pro/Toonboom, under the direction of Jamie Mitchell
(Copyright the Walt Disney Company)