Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Fred-Ex Delivers Robotic Animation Collaboration

In celebration of the Channel Frederator podcast’s first anniversary, Frederator Studios has created Fred-Ex, an ongoing experiment in animation collaboration. Allying some of today’s most imaginative animation directors and creators, Frederator has assembled a global group of enthusiastic filmmakers seeking to answer an age-old question: "What is it like to be a robot?"
“The Secret Life of Robots” is the first installment of the Fred-Ex series. Kicking off production in July, executive producers (and contributing animators) Dan Meth and Lee Rubenstein selected fifteen Channel Frederator alumni to animate on the project, randomly matching each of them with a single word. The filmmakers were given two months to produce 10-20 seconds of original content, using their appointed subject to depict a specific aspect of robot existence. The end result is a quirky look into the lives of robots, with each individual cartoon in the film reflecting the creator's individual artistic style, and at times, seriously twisted sense of humor.
Some of the industry's top animation talent have lent their magic to Fred-Ex, including Bernard Derriman (“Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me”), Doug Bresler (“Doogtoons”), and Seed Animation (“Free Range”), as well as more than a dozen other filmmakers from five countries. Effortlessly merging Flash, stop-motion, hand-drawn, and 3-D CGI techniques, “The Secret Life of Robots” will fry your circuits.
Premiering Wednesday November 8th, the cartoon will be available for free download at http://www.channelfrederator.com as the finale for the special year-anniversary Channel Frederator podcast.

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