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Dec 192010

Hola Minions!

In today’s episode of Man vs. Art I had the pleasure of speaking with the talented Ken Mora.

He’s a screenwriter, artist, and independent animator who’s determination, warped sense of humor, and resourcefulness have gotten him literary representation, an award winning  CG animated short, and plenty of  attention.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s begin at the beginning shall we?

Ken Mora is one of life’s late bloomers.

Born in 1960, Ken learned to “Draw Comics The Marvel Way” when he was 12.  He  developed  his writing chops throughout high school and was brutally pummeled to death creatively, by the real world as an adult.

In 1995 he eventually  got it together,  picked up his pencil and brushes  and studied art at Santa Monica College.  He then transferred to the USC School of Fine Art where he earned BFA in Art in 1999 at the age of 39.

Being married, having a lovely child, and the need to work an income-producing job didn’t slow Ken down one bit. He adapted a screenplay based on the life of the volatile painter Caravaggio, which gained him immediate literary representation, and a movie option.

Sadly the Caravaggio script went nowhere. Despite this,  Ken continued to write and win competition and film fest awards. However, it didn’t take Ken long to figure out that knocking on doors in Hollywood was a naive person’s game.  With  Bill Plympton as an example to follow,  Ken adapted his award winning feature comedy script Magnum Farce into a short CG-animated film in 2009.

Custom drawing of Bill Plympton, Magnum Farce’s Detective Dick Hardon, and Ken Mora by Bill Plympton.

Since then, Ken’s won multiple awards for his short spoof, and after meeting the San Gabriel Valley  Cartoonistas, via their mutual love of Bill Plympton’s latest work “Idiots and Angeles” Ken has decided to produce the feature film himself, with whatever resources he can muster.

Currently, Ken is adapting the Magnum Farce  into a comic book for release at next year’s Alternative Press Expo. He is also  laying down voice tracks for the Magnum Farce feature, tightening up the script, and planning the animatic  with expert help from yours truly, the Man vs. Art.

In the show Ken shares his earliest experiences in art. How he was influenced by comics and how he broke into screenwriting. He then tells us about the creation of his CG animated short Magnum Farce and we discuss a few recent 3D animated features.

Ken will be previewing the “YouTube” edit of his CG animated short Magnum Farce on Jan 22nd at the “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges” show at Geeks Comics in Whittier. For the latest, Ken invites you to check out his website http://www.magnumfarcemovie.com/ and you can find his Facebook profile here.

Below are some of the folks that helped Ken Mora with Magnum Farce by providing music and voice services!

Perimeter of the void:
Steve Holtman:
Asunta Flemming:
Matt Godecker (voice of Dick Hardon)
Kyle Hebert (The Sniper)
Matt Walkow (Det. Gay)
Jason Frazier (Det. Broad)


Twice Oscar nominated indie animator Bill Plympton headlines filmmakers whose short films will screen, free to the public, at a one of a kind show in Whittier, CA.
Plympton’s feature “Idiots and Angels” is on this year’s Academy Awards short-list along with the film “The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger.” The short (also nominated for an Annie Award) will screen with a band of rebel animators who ride into Whittier, CA, armed with a “do it yourself” spirit that fuels their creations.
Included are old hands from Disney, The Simpsons, and Family Guy, Nickelodeon, who have turned indie along with other cult and rebel animators, ready to blaze their films across the screen to an audience hungry for what’s new, exciting, and different.  Man vs. Art’s very own Raul Aguirre Jr. will serve as the master of ceremonies! “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges” will showdown at GEEKS Comics in Uptown Whittier on January 22, 2011.
Bill Plympton
Dominic Polcino
Ken Mora
Raul Aguirre, Jr.
Mike Garvey
David Kolodny-Nagy and Steven Sievers
Jim Lujan
Grasiela Rodriguez
Andrew Miller
Jose Cabrera
Kevin Cross
..and a few surprises!
The show is FREE courtesy of Geeks Comics, and the Nuvein Foundation of San Gabriel Valley, CA, whose mission is to raise scholarships funds for students and professionals in the arts, and showcase art via community performances, and educational programs.
A pre-show mixer open to the public, starts at 7:00 pm with screenings to start promptly at 7:30. This show’s content is recommended for teens and adults.
6747 Greenleaf Ave Suite A
Whittier Ca 90601

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Me? An Animation Instructor? You bet!

One last thing,  starting in January I’ll be teaching two classes, History and Principles of Animation and Timing for Animation at the Gnomon School for Visual Effects in Hollywood California!

Gnomon is your Pipeline to the Industry.

Gnomon School of Visual Effects is an innovative training facility that stresses the importance of creativity in computer graphics. We believe, that while technology offers new tools to create your visions, it is our ultimate goal to allow you to interact transparently with the software.

At Gnomon, we know that it is not the technology that drives results, but the artist. Therefore, our instructors are industry professionals with traditional backgrounds who started using the technology to bring their imaginations to life.

I’m really excited about this opportunity and am totally looking forward to lending my know-how to the students!



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  2 Responses to “Man vs. Art Episode 39! Writer, Artist, and Independent Animation Filmmaker Ken Mora”

  1. What a great interview! Congrats on your classes! And I can’t wait for Stinkin Badges….That is going to rock!!!

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