Full name

Skip Wrightson

Title

Artist/Animator/Cartoonist

Blurb

www.mrmeteor.net

Biography

Most of my work is based on actual events whether it be stuff on the news or things I see in the mundanities of everyday life. My life is not action packed. The two (2) issue comic book I created, “Mr. Meteor: Or How to Learn the Secrets of the Universe Using Finite Math” (2002), wove three (3) narratives around a seven (7) minute 8mm film entitled “Lines & Spheres.” As a whole, the project was a self-published comic book based on a self-produced film (both with a coded message for audience members to solve!) and the intertwining mediums of film and comic book proved to be an ambitious experiment. Although the project left audiences befuddled yet amused, it eventually led me to produce a traditionally animated short cartoon entitled “Mr. Meteor: Or How to Make a Friend without Really Trying” (2005). This film was based on events witnessed in the fish tank in my Vancouver apartment- a truly unbelievable story.

Following “MM:OHMFRT” I produced a series of Vegetable-Oil-Powered-Vehicle shorts called “Secrets of the Internal Combustion Engine” (2006) which aimed to inform the public about Bio-Fuels in the consumer market.

In 2010 I co-founded an musical ensemble called The Shakers and provided backup for Boston’s infamous frontman, Pat Martini (there’s a short film in there somewhere, and someday, somehow it will present itself when Pat makes parole).

Life soon inspired another animated short called “Fizzy Beverage" (2011). Among some of its festival screenings: Official Selections at The Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood, Ottawa International Film Festival (Salon de Refuses program), and 2011 Annecy+ program in France. "Fizzy Beverage” was screened in the rejected programs at the two largest animation festivals in the world- two feathers I proudly wear in my hat.

Since 2005 I have worked for various filmmakers and studios contributing design and animation. In 2010 I embarked on a venture called You-Toon.com which produced custom tailored animated shorts for clients who sought creative wedding proposals, save-the-dates and anything “couple” related. In 2014 I worked on the design team at Soup2Nuts. 2015 brought me to Los Angles where I lived in 5 different places in 23 months. While in California, I produced some more personal work, panicked about possibly having made and big mistake, swam in the ocean, panicked, ate greasy food at diners all over southern CA, met my wife and printed three mini-comics (Sea Creature Story, Skip to the End Vol. 1 and Infinity Man 13th Anniversary Edition).

In 2017, my wife and I left the often oppressive sunshine of LA for the grey and salty airs of Cape Cod where we now enjoy frequent Nor'easters together in a spacious home with our mammal friends Duder and Fern. Currently, we are producing an animated short based on my mini-comic Sea Creature Story.

Experience

Designer

Soup2Nuts

Watertown, MA · 2013 – 2014

Member of the design team for Astroblast Seasons 1 thru 2- a flash animated show for 2-5 year olds currently airing on Sprout and NBC. Produced conceptual drawings and finalized BG’s, props and characters.

Adjunct Faculty

Northeastern University College of Professional Studies

Boston, MA · 2009 – 2014

I taught the Animation Basics course in the Digital Media Program at NEU’s College of Professional Studies. The course covered the principles of animation (squash, stretch, spacing timing, staging, weight, etc.) Class time utilized animation demos, animation history lectures and individual projects.

Producer

You-Toon.com

Boston · 2009 – 2013

Partnering with a former client, we created a web service which provided custom tailored animated shorts, e-vites and save-the-dates catering to the wedding planning industry. Many of our jobs were animated wedding proposals, birth announcements, and wedding anniversary gifts.

Assist. Animator & Clean Up artist

Lev Polyakov (independent filmmaker)

Brooklyn, NY · 2008 – 2009

Produced traditional animation using a Wacom tablet with Flash for and independent animated feature called Only Love. Animated 15-20 sec. per week over rough keys done by the lead animator. Multiple characters, lots of action scenes.

Studio Assistant

Michael Kelleher Graphic Design

Agawam, MA · 2007 – 2009

Digital painting / Digital Color Restoration / Flash Animation
Clients included Marvel Comics and Tokyo Pop

Animator/Colorist

The Park Entertainment Inc.

Los Angeles, CA · 2006 – 2007

Worked in the VFX department on post-production of an independent documentary about comedian Eddie Izzard called Diva 51. Animated on paper several sequences of a character performing different acts. Each bit was around 12 seconds in length. Used Flash and AfterEffects for compositing.

Animation teacher

Charles River Creative Arts Program

Dover, MA · 2004 – 2011

Animation Teacher at the summer arts camp, worked with kids aged 8-14.

Instructor

Provincetown Art Association Museum

Provincetown, MA · oct 2017 – may 2018

Digital Art teacher at PAAM’s Art Reach program. MCC sponsored youth program for at risk students. Lead a small group ages 15-18 in mostly student designed projects ranging from digital music composition to stop mostion animation to 2D game design. Photoshop, Dragonframe, zines and comics.

Education

Classical Animation

Vancouver Film School

Vancouver, BC · 2004 – 2005

BA Studio Art, Art History

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT · 1997 – 2001

Bill Plympton Degree in Animation

Bill Plympton School of Animation

New York, NY · – 2010

A 12 week workshop at Bill’s NYC studio.

Skills

Photoshop, Flash, Maya, ToomBoom, AfterEffects

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