Saturday, January 7, 2017

January Catch-Up: Scooby Snacks!


Man, somewhere along the way in 2016 I stopped making blog entries about the work I'd been up to. I guess I was working too much to write about work. An atypically busy december breezed by and still I didn't get a chance to catch up. Better late than never though, right? This'll be the first of my catch-up entries for projects from 2016.

Directing & Producing partners Leah McKissock & Adam Blake Carver make up La Di Da Films and have recently created a great niche for themselves with stop motion food animation! Here are four Scooby-Doo spots that I helped them with. Now I'm getting hungry for some mummy dogs...





Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Greatest Party Story Ever: Amanda Cerny's "Hot Pursuit"

Tomorrow night at 11pm on MTV: Greatest Party Story Ever!

My greatest party story! Watch it on @MTV DEC 1st 😈😂

A video posted by Amanda Cerny (@amandacerny) on





Directed, Produced, and Animated by Musa Brooker & Pete Levin
Starring Amanda Cerny
Director of Photography: Eric Adkins
Production Designer: Julianna Parr
Production Assistant: Andrew Oropeza
Costumes: Simone Williams
Storyboards: Greg Sesma
Puppet Fabricator & Rigger: Greg Sesma
Additional Fabrication: Musa Brooker & Pete Levin
VFX: Caress Reeves

Friday, May 6, 2016

Charbroil Grill social media spots

In March, I was hired to direct three stop motion spots to be produced by McBeard for Charbroil Grills. From stylized 2.5D downshooter animation to 1:1 scale animation, we truly found out how versatile the shooting space at Platypus Pictureworks could be!

These spots were really enjoyable to make! (Though animating that realistic steak did actually get me pretty hungry.)

Director/Producer: Pete Levin
Creative Account Manager at McBeard: Kathleen Curran
Animation Team Manager at McBeard: Vick Trochez
Producer: Musa Brooker
Director of Photography: Eric Adkins
Lighting Technician: Ian Raymond
Production Designer: Kyle Arneson
Fabricator: Emily Franz
Puppet Fabricator: Tennessee Reid Norton
Animator: Hilary Lile
Animator: Misha Klein
Animator: Pete Levin
Senior Editor & Motion Graphics at McBeard: Matt Wells

Here are the first two spots:
A video posted by Char-Broil (@charbroilgrills) on


A video posted by Char-Broil (@charbroilgrills) on


UPDATE - Here's the third!

More Lego Scooby Doo stop motion shorts!!

 
More Lego Scooby Doo shorts have been released! These were a ton of fun to do.

Here are two more that I animated:




Click here for my previous Lego Scooby post!

Directed by Ethan Marak at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

Principal Financial: Logo Evolution


In February, I got a chance to serve as animation supervisor on this spot about the evolution of Principal Financial's logo. I'm fascinated by the idea of how graphic design can so powerfully shape identity and inform people instantaneously about what a company is and is striving to be.


Directed by: Sean Starkweather
Produced by: Arsenal Creative
Animation Supervisor/Animator: Pete Levin
Stop Motion Animator: Musa Brooker
Director of Photography: Andy Knapp
Gaffer: Christian Buchholz
Production Designer: Francesca Marciano
Lead Artist: Andrew Schreiber

Friday, November 13, 2015

Transformers vs. GI Joe: The Commissary - presented by The Loyal Subjects Action Vinyls

BLOG CATCH-UP WEEK*: DAY 8
*Yup, not even close to being a week, but whatever.

This project was awesome. As a child of the '80's, getting a chance to write and direct some officially-sanctioned spots featuring some of my favorite characters was a dream come true.

These three shorts serve as advertisements for The Loyal Subjects Action Vinyls line of toys. The idea is to take the collectability of vinyl toys (often sold in blind boxes) and mix it with the play value/functionality of action figures. The little guys have a really charming design to them and the collectors are a dedicated bunch.

My goal with the series was to find a fun way to mix the worlds of GI Joe and Transformers, maintain respect for the original properties, and find some organic humor appropriate for all viewers. I'm really proud of how these turned out and the work that everyone in the crew and voice cast did to bring these toys to life.

Episode 1: Soda Showdown

Episode 2: Birthday Blowout

Episode 3: Zartan's Plan

Co-created with my pal Dan Levy, executive produced by Jonathan Cathey (the big cheese at The Loyal Subjects), and produced by myself, Dan, and Musa Brooker. I wrote the scripts for all three and directed. Full credits for our incredible crew available HERE.