Quotes about the film

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.

The Pitch

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

Color Script

Concept Art

Wave of Terror - Solomon Gamino
Martin Helps - The Wrong Rock


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.

Team Leads

Additional support provided by


Writer | Director | Producer

Michael Cawood


Julie Pifher


Grant Kirkhope

Sound Effects

Caleb Winters

Sound Mix

Otic Audio: Robert Griffin | Fred Thompson

CG Supervisor

Max Pickl

CG Consultant

Matt Berenty

TD & Technical Support

Benjamin Slack


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

Arturo Velasco

Concept Art

Solomon Gamino | Roberto Rivera | Michael Cawood

Graphic Design

Kaho Kubo


Kaho Kubo | Catty Flores | Michael Cawood | Peter Stringer | Eugenio Herrera

Color Script

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

Shot Animators

Ehsan Bayat | KaeKwai Tan | Paulie Alam | Matthew Lottering | Adel Elbadrawy | Benjamin Slack | Josh Baumler | Erik Castillo

Effects Lead

Hans Castro

Effects Artists

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

Credits Track

“The Same Rock”
Written by Andra Roth Liemandt
Performed by The Mrs.
Courtesy of JL Entertainment LLC

Credits Artwork

Arturo Velasco

Credits Animation

Steven Jase

Pitch Video Editing

Shane Davis

Temporary Score and Marketing Material Score provided by

Phil Rey

Marketing Support

Marielena Alcaraz

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

Additional thanks

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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