"You Are Special" by Sherryn Sim
Please watch and share this amazing film created by a super talented young lady named Sherryn Sim (just 13 years old!). The film is about how to deal with bullies and has now become part of Cartoon Network’s anti-bullying campaign.
Sherryn was selected through a special program at Cartoon Network to have her film produced in the studio, and I was lucky enough to be part of the team that helped bring it to life, along with my friends Dave Smith, Stephane Coedel, Jasmin Lai, Damien Gaillardon, Suzie Vlcek, Dominic Bisignano, and more!! However, all we really did was add color and movement and sound - the film is 100% storyboarded, designed, and directed by Sherryn! Oh - it also features Tara Strong (Powerpuff Girls’ Bubbles!) as the narrator! And Sherryn got her friends from school to play the other planets. How cool!
Please click here to watch “You Are Special” and share it with anyone who wants to stop bullies!
You guys have probably already watched this and loved it like a million times, but I wanted to post it because I actually did a really tiny amount of work on this like a super long time ago! Paul Rudish asked me to do a few exploratory paintings to help develop and sell the look he wanted, and then showed me his amazing storyboards for both Croissant de Triomphe and No Service. I was really inspired by what he was doing and excited to help out! Interestingly I had actually planned my first ever trip to Paris before getting the assignment, and ended up finishing these paintings on the evening before I left! Now that I have been to Paris twice it’s interesting to look back on these paintings of my imagined version of the city.
*And just to clarify - I had absolutely nothing to do with the finished cartoon! I only worked on it during the very early development stages. There is a list of people who worked on the shorts here on my friend Andy’s blog!