Behind the Scenes Videos
Book about the making of the film
Animated Filmmakers dives into the stories behind Michael Cawood’s many award winning indie short animated films, all made with passion... but virtually zero budget. This book then guides the reader through the lessons he’s learned that will save filmmakers time, money and stress. Learn advanced tricks behind winning festival awards, crowd funding, recruiting talent and virtual studio production while avoiding scams and time wasters. Hear from key team members and see how their time working on these films boosted their careers.
Martin was born on the wrong rock. Martin is a mushroom and he overcomes enormous challenges to travel to a far away rock where he hopes to be accepted.
This is a fantastic tale of the pure of heart overcoming bigotry. Anyone who's experienced, sexism, racism, ageism, political or religious persecution will relate to this story. A character who's passion is unlike the people who he grew up around, discovers a place he can be himself, but faces enormous obstacles to get there. Along the way he exposes the futility of the other character's bigotry and bias and puts it all in perspective so that they can finally deal with the bigger issues in life.
Every work in progress edit, start to finish!
During production we used these charts to track our progress
Behind the Scenes Photos
Cast of Toadstools
The film takes place over a series of days shown in, what looks like, time lapse photography, accelerating and slowing as needed to showcase Martin's adventure. The characters of the story are the animated toadstools and they will show their age by growing over time. Time speed changes will also be reflected in the environment, e.g. surfaces will get rougher with age, grass will sway quicker, the sea with swell, night an day will pass, clouds will move across the sky, etc...
The project is being run through the Artella Virtual Studio Platform, an evolution of an online workflow originally pioneered by a small group of Animated Filmmakers including Michael Cawood, the director of 'Devil's Angels & Dating' and the 'The Wrong Rock'.
- Martin doesn't fit in with the other toadstools on his rock, despite looking just like them
- He sees a second rock with toadstools that look different, but act more like him, and he wants to be with them
- In his frustration, he dismisses the attention of an enthusiastic Ladybug
- He overcomes various challenges to get to the other rock
- Along the way Martin inspires others like him, including the Ladybug
This universal tale symbolizes the true unity of the human race. Despite racism, sexism, and every other form of bigotry, we are all on this rock together. The current political and social climate makes this the perfect time for this story to strike a chord with viewers, push them to take stock of their worldview, and take positive action.
Additional support provided by
Writer | Director | Producer
Otic Audio: Robert Griffin | Fred Thompson
TD & Technical Support
Ryan Saper | Francois Daigle | Marcus NG | Dong Kyu Kim
Textures and Shaders
Matt Berenty | Chiara Rizzetto | Dong Kyu Kim | Arturo Ramírez
Michael Cawood | Luis Fernando Gabriel
Lead 2D Artist
Solomon Gamino | Roberto Rivera | Michael Cawood
Kaho Kubo | Catty Flores | Michael Cawood | Peter Stringer | Eugenio Herrera
Ahmed Teilab | Ahmad Refiei | Arturo Velasco
Animation Library Animators
Benjamin Slack | Alberto Gatto | Tony D'Aurio | Hamed Behrouzi | Steven Romanini | Maya Glick | Gabriel Hernandez | Qiniqng Wang | Chaitan Joshi | Vince Cheney | Andy Davis
Senior Layout | Previs Artists
Michael Cawood | Greg Bekken
Layout | Previs Artists
Hamed Behrouzi | Gabriel Hernandez | Adel Elbadrawy | Mohamed Fathy | Paulie Alam | Pantelis Vidalis | Srinivasan S | Gill Frank | Charles Lin | Tony D'Aurio | Steven Romanini | Aldric Lopez Vergara Anaya
Lead Shot Animators
Gyusung Yim | Hamed Behrouzi
Senior Shot Animators
Maya Glick | Mohamed Fathy | Gabriel Hernandez | Dale Voges | Tony D'Aurio
Ehsan Bayat | KaeKwai Tan | Paulie Alam | Matthew Lottering | Adel Elbadrawy | Benjamin Slack | Josh Baumler | Erik Castillo
Vitor Maccari | Shane Simpson | David Turner | Caglar Comez | Gyusung Yim | Hamed Behrouzi
Michael Cawood | Max Pickl | Allan Duan | Emilio Saenz | Julio Orozco | Hans Castro
2D Effects | Compositing | Grading
Michael Cawood | Max Pickl | Solomon Gamino | Steven Jase
“The Same Rock”
Written by Andra Roth Liemandt
Performed by The Mrs.
Courtesy of JL Entertainment LLC
Pitch Video Editing
Temporary Score and Marketing Material Score provided by
Additional Previs by
Michel Morel | Stephanie Mridha | Sani Spectra | Mohamed Blala
Additional Lighting by
Peter Evemy | Mohammed Hamid | Hossein Bayat | Laura Hohman | Katiana Brosz | Mirko Jankovic
Gustavo Wobeto | Japjeev Singh Kohli | Gus Maia | Joshua Leonard | Edward Deasy | Raphaël Quinto Rousseau
Virtual Studio Platform and Support provided by Artella
Bobby Beck | Stephen Maloney
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