CBC kids has just updated their website with a bunch of coloring pages, videos, and games based on the Napkin Man series. I designed all of the characters for both seasons of the show, so really fun to see them come to life.
Feel free to check it out HERE
Really excited to announce that a new property I have been developing with Phil Ivanusic from League Productions has been optioned by Radical Sheep in Toronto. You can find out more information about the project on their website here.
I've recently noticed a few press releases for an upcoming Jim Henson series called DOT. It's a pre-school series based on a really cute book written by Randi Zuckerberg (sister of the famed Facebook mogul) which was written as a bridge for kids and parents to understand how to incorporate technology productively throughout their lives. I was lucky enough to of been chosen to direct the pilot demo, and am really proud of the way it turned out.
Looking forward to seeing this come to life from the good folks at Industrial Bros. in the near future.
More info available HERE.
Like hot dogs? Enjoy cold beer? If you live in the Ottawa area and are interested in catching some minor league baseball, my film ON THE SUBWAY will be showing between innings at the Raymond Chabot Grant Thorton Park as part of Ottawa Indie Fest this coming Thursday July 16th.
Come on down!
Details at link below:
Ottawa Indie Fest in the Ballpark
I'm thrilled to announce that I was honored with the Emerging Talent award at this year's Youth Media Alliance gala in Toronto. I'm extremely flattered with the kindness of those involved, who even went as far as to make a little tribute video on my behalf (available below)
A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute to this, it was truly a special evening. I couldn't be more proud to be a part of this industry.
I'd also be doing my self a disservice if I didn't mention here that Mike Valiquette over at the Canadian Animation Resources also wrote up a really kind note about myself and the event.
You can link to it HERE
Thanks again to everyone involved.
Napkin Man season 1, a series I was heavy involved with developing and producing, is up for a Banff Rockie award for best Pre-school series.
Congrats to Brenda, Tone, and the entire crew!
Link to Banff Award nominees.
Yup Yups, a series created by Matt Fernandez over at Industrial Bros is now available on the Disney Jr. YouTube channel for free-of-charge viewing.
I was able to do a few character designs for this series, as well as write an episode, so am excited to see it accessible online.
You can check out the run of episodes at the link below:
I'm extremely flattered to have been nominated for the "Emerging Talent Award" presented by Canada's Youth Media Alliance this year.
Press release from the Youth Media Alliance below:
ANDRA SHEFFER & MIKE GEIGER WILL RECEIVE SPECIAL PRIZES
& NEW HOST ANNOUNCED!
The Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is proud to give its Outstanding Achievement Award to Andra Sheffer and its Emerging Talent Award to Mike Geiger. These distinguished professionals will be honoured at a gala to be held on May 27th at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio, in Toronto.
Outstanding Achievement Award
Andra Sheffer is the CEO of two private funds supporting the Canadian digital media, television and film industries: the Independent Production Fund which invests in drama series created for digital platforms; and the COGECO Program Development Fund for the development and production of television drama. She was the founding Executive Director of the Bell Fund (1997-2014) which supports interactive digital media projects associated with Canadian television programs. Previously, she was the founding Executive Director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television producing the annual Genie and Gemini Awards (now the Canadian Screen Awards). She lectures on the business of television and digital media and is the editor of publications about the business of TV and digital media production: New Media, New Business: The Producer’s Guide (2001), Create a Winning Proposal – the Handbook for New Media Producers (1999) and the co-editor of MAKING IT: The business of film and television production in Canada (1986 & 1995). Andra also served as Managing Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, with the federal government as a Certification Officer setting up the original CAVCO office (and Canadian content “point” system), and at the Film Festivals Bureau promoting Canadian films internationally.
Emerging Talent Award
Mike Geiger has worked in broadcast animation for over a decade in roles ranging from animator to director. He has also produced various independent work which has been screened at more than 30 animation and comedy festivals worldwide, including a tour with the Spike and Mike's festival of animation. He most recently took home 3 awards for his animated web series "Super Duper Super Hero”, and his self-released interactive story app "I Feel Super" hit #1 in the Books category on iTunes Canada, spending 30 days on the "Best new apps for kids" front page. Mike is currently a creative consultant on his series "Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong" set to air on Teletoon and ABC Australia.
The Super Duper Super Hero had a great little write up on the Web Series Mag this week.
While it is in French, I'm pasting the Google translated broken English version below:
It feels like a long time (at least ten days) that I did not suggest you to do cartoons on the web. So hop! It's Thursday, it must be good for another twenty hours or a little more and the best way to anesthetize the pain it is to do a little cartoon of two coffee breaks. I've got you and I for all ills. However, today, I have not for everyone because this selection is English.
Let's start with the "classic". Super Duper Super Hero (Geiger Mike) I should even say "the academic" as the graphic draws the vein studios UPA 1960 Even my scripts regain absurd how these cartoons where licensed zeros always won at the end by making us laugh. This is Canadian, there are only four small episodes, but they are real small pearls of happiness. And when you are on the site of this great leader, look in the "web series" tab to see the other cartoon Ghost Country.
I'm excited to learn I FEEL SUPER was chosen to be a part of the 2015 TIFF Kids APPcade in Toronto this Spring.
The TIFF Kids APPcade offers kids the opportunity to explore a range of games, creative tools and storytelling activities on the latest mobile and tablet devices. Curated specifically with diverse age ranges in mind, these apps help kids develop important skills linked to math, science, and reading and writing, and enhance digital learning skills key to successful 21st-century learning. The featured apps in the
TIFF Kids APPcade are selected by TIFF Kids with the assistance of the 2015 TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace APPvisory Committee, a panel of experts specializing in children's media, education and the interactive industry.
More on the show below:
TIFF Kids APPcade
I was recently interviewed for Battery Pop's blog with some imaginative questions about cartoons.
You can check out the full "Creator's Interview" here:
Battery Pop blog
My I FEEL SUPER app recently received a wonderful review from Studycat that I am excited to share.
I feel Super is a wonderful story app from developer Mike Geiger.
The first things that will jump out at you are the fantastic graphics. The pages in the story are all very well designed and laid out. The color scheme is also really cool. As you may have guessed from the title, it’s all about feeling super and what makes our hero feel super. On each page there is a simple interactive element and a short sentence with a picture. The things that our super friend does are all great. He hugs trees, plays music and eats up all his vegetables. All these things inspire a super feeling. This app is great for kids. It is beautifully designed and full of positive messages. The interactivity on the pages is simple, and it’s accompanied by cool sound effects. The page with the stars is my personal favourite. If you love I Feel Super as much as I do, you will also love I Feel Brave.
What we liked:
The graphics, simplicity and overall feel.
What we would like to change:
Studycat Rating: 4/4
I FEEL SUPER for iPad / iPhone can be downloaded for free at the following link:
and free of charge for Android devices here:
Battery Pop, a free online video portal for kids, and the Super Duper Super Hero have teamed up to offer all 4 episodes.
Feel free to check out the site at the following link:
A project that I was heavily involved in the early stages of development, design, and storyboarding called Napkin Man has been uploaded to CBC's youtube site for free viewing.
I'm particularly proud of how this show turned out and the opportunity to be a part of the great family of people who produced it.
Feel free to check it out a few of the episodes at the following link:
Napkin Man on Youtube
Episode 2 of the Super Duper Super Hero series is making an appearance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music This February the 5th as part the Toronto International Film Festival traveling Loot Bag Jr. program.
More information is available here:
Brooklyn Academy of Music Loot Bag Jr Showcase
ON THE SUBWAY will be making an appearance at the Sommets du cinéma d'animation in Montreal this November.
More information available here:
The Sommets du cinéma d'animation
I have teamed up the Channel Frederator Network this week to join their ever expanding YouTube community of animators and artists. You can check out more about the Frederator Network here:
I'm pleased to announce that ON THE SUBWAY will be participating in the File Anima+ festival in Rio, August 25th.
More information available here:
FILE ANIMA+ FESTIVAL