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Eli (Ryan Ochoa) finds inspiration in the Chuck Jones Gallery in downtown San Diego. (photo: Stephen Sheridan)

BEHIND THE ART OF 'THE SAMUEL PROJECT'

A unique theme of The Samuel Project is the power of Eli’s dream of becoming a professional artist that fuels his journey to learn more about his grandfather where the heart of the story lies. So we like to think a little of Eli’s inspiration may be contagious for the audience as well.

Thanks to San Diego artist Bella Riboni, who was on the set with Ryan Ochoa every day and drew countless sketches that were ultimately used in the story as Eli’s work. And Donald Wallace, our veteran animator and illustrator, who expanded on Eli’s style of art and visually transposed that style into hand-drawn 2D animation, animated transitions, and the main title sequence.

See below for a small taste of art in The Samuel Project.

An animation frame of Samuel hanging clothes in the dry cleaners. (Illustration: Donald Wallace)
An animation frame of Samuel hanging clothes in the dry cleaners. (Illustration: Donald Wallace)

ART FROM TSP

FINDING INSPIRATION

Eli takes time off work at the dry cleaners to do some research, get inspired and draw. Props to Chuck Jones and his gallery for the inspiration part!

“His name is Samuel. Living is his story and his story is history.”

 

—Eli Bergman, The Samuel Project