Achievement Unlocked- Storytime! 2014 Collaboration Adventure!

This years Collab project took a while to sort out, but one the ball got rolling it became UNSTOPPABLE. It was harder for me as the poem was a more personal one, but the trust I had in everyone to deliver as much as I put in certainly paid off. Once again, I’m blown away by everyone’s creativity and willingness to just play.

Special Shout out to Jon Clay- he stepped in after the first musician was unable to proceed and delivered a wonderful score.

So without further ado, here is Artful Raven Studio’s Second Annual Collaborative project- Drip, Drip, Drop:

Click here for the full project page on our site.

Thanks for reading,



Storytime! Collaboration Adventure: Time to Share

Last night’s ASIFA event was a wonderful experience- I saw this project on the big screen and everyone there enjoyed it. I spoke about how it came about and things I learned along the way. It was great to look back on the last few months and see how this project came to be. The biggest thing I learned was that I loved seeing what others were inspired to create with little direction from me. I feel this style of animation lets you just let loose and play- which is huge. I already have people interested in the next one, and I’ve got possible themes written out. It’s gonna be great to keep doing this year after year.

So without further ado, here is Artful Raven Studio’s First Collaborative project- STORY:

Click here for the full project page on our site.

Thank you, Enjoy, and on to the next!


Storytime! Collaboration Adventure: COMPLETE

We have finished. The last bit of editing is done, the music sounds lovely, and we’ve even entered into the Northwest Animation Festival for 2014. I am blown away. The last thing left is to share!

Since this was done through the collaboration of so many local portland animators, and the timing was right- there will be one screening before it goes live on the web. STORY will be premiered this coming Saturday at an ASIFA event here in Portland OR. It is free to come! If you want to see this on the big screen, here is the full information on the Facebook event:

In addition to showing it, I’ll be talking about the process of getting it done, the ups and downs and the wonderful things I learned through-out.

The next day, it will be live on Artful Raven’s Finished Works section here.

Don’t worry- I’ll make sure there is a blog post to announce it! In the meantime, here is the narration for you to enjoy:


by Sophya Vidal

What good is a story? I was asked.

Well- Once upon a time there was a little girl…

Wait, I’m sorry- that’s not quite it.

Once upon a time there was a valiant knight…

Or… was it a witch? a Prince? a Maid!

No, no… what was it? That subject of narrative,

that first time you heard that phrase at bedtime,

at dinner time, at church, in the library, at school-

on the grass simply cradled in the moment?


It doesn’t matter.

Because Once upon a time- there was You.

You, huddled under the covers, flashlight in hand,

towering over Lilliputians, Adventuring leagues under the sea,

or perhaps, like me, learning about love through tesseracts and

a bi-spectacled lady named Mrs. Who.


We learn our shapes and our numbers,

Our colors and our phrases,

Our Left from our right- Our Right from our wrong,

and everything in-between starts picking up speed,

Racing Memory-Molding and Defining because before you know it,

Once upon a time there was You becomes Once upon a time there I was,

Leading to the inevitable shout that dispenses with all formalities declaring simply:


And when asked, how did you do it?

We give names and facts, anecdotes perpetuating inspiration and animation of the soul.

We share our thoughts and elevate our performance, our perseverance,

Glowing brighter than one thousand suns.

It is in that sudden moment your “Here I am” becomes someone else’s “Once upon a time”

That is the power of Story.