Introducing kLango Animation Studio. There’s not much up on the site yet, but it will fill in quickly over the coming weeks. This is what I’ll be spending my time doing after my journey at DNA comes to an end next week. There’s a lot more than meets the eye here. So what exactly is kLango? (and later on we address where is kLango?) Well, it’s a little bit of everything. Here’s the official-ish blurb…
After many years of working in a wide variety of production and managerial roles in larger studios I’m super excited to be taking this step out and establishing my own studio, putting into practice all the experience, skill and knowledge I’ve gained. kLango will have three primary areas of focus:
1) high end character animation
2) affordable animation training
3) high quality developed content.
The VTS service has been tremendously blessed since it’s inception, so I will continue to offer that, as well as expand upon it. I will also be announcing new training and teaching resources and services in the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled for news on that this summer. In addition I will be doing onsite conferences/seminars/workshops through out the year. On the creative side I will be focusing on developing my own properties and content, beginning with two short films. And yes, in time it is my goal to resurrect and complete the lost film “The Secret Joys of Myopia”.
But all of this is really to allow me the freedom and time to be more involved in a real passion of mine: helping those whom society has forgotten. Since last year my wife and I have been deeply involved in working with and supporting a wonderful mission of mercy and kindness to the poorest of people. We are involved with a medical mission boat named the Pantavida that travels the Pantanal region of Brazil, Bolivia & Paraguay. This is where my wife and I are focusing our efforts to bring medical help to the remote and forgotten people who live in the poor villages along the Paraguay and Cuiaba rivers. Here’s a great pic of the lovely Pantavida and some of the people she serves…
Thanks to the good Lord’s kindness and blessing of the VTS over the last year we’ve been able to help support the operations of this medical houseboat (complete with doctor’s offices and a dentist’s office).
So what do kLango Animation and the Pantavida have in common?
Location, location, location!!!
Yep. My family and I are moving to live and work in Brazil! We are set to arrive in Cuiaba, Matto Grosso, Brazil on June 14th to our new home and the next adventurous stage of our lives. Thanks to reliable high speed internet I will be able to run kLango Animation from there and be closer to the great life changing work of the Pantavida. To say I am excited is to put it very mildly.
So there ya have it. I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted on our adventures as they happen right here on this blog. Meanwhile this site’s theme will be slowly but surely merging with the kLango theme until the two sites all work together seamlessly. I also want to take a moment to thank all the great folks who have given me encouragement, support and have offered up prayers for me and my family. It means a lot to know that in as many ways as possible I am being useful in helping people. Whether it’s to help them become a better animator, tell better stories or something as vital as get acces to life saving medical services in the swamps and jungles of South America, it’s fantastic to know that I am a part of bringing joy to people’s lives.