Howdy hey, amigo! Welcome to wonderful world of Cullen McLane, Lesley University BFA certified animator, story artist, and all around funny man with a pencil- and not afraid to use it! I like monkeys and sandwiches (though only one of those in my mouth) and I have an unhealthy love for the live action Super Mario Bros motion picture! But who wants to hear (read) me yammer away about myself, you fine folks are after some pictures! And, luckily for you, I got 'em in spades, have a look! And if you like what you see, or just really need to let me know how much you hate it, shoot me a line in the contact form below, and maybe we can help each other out!
HOSKINS IN MARIO WORLD
I was recently asked by the fine folk of the Super Mario Bros Movie Archive to create a parody/tribute short film celebrating the 25th Anniversary of everyone's favorite tragically misunderstood video game to film adaptation. The film tells the story of Bob Hoskins' Mario character from the movie finding himself sucked into the world of the Super Mario games his movie is based on, and what happens when we find two Marios in a world that only seems to have room for one... And if you're someone who doesn't like the Mario movie this is all pretty foreign to you, and if you don't like games at all extra foreign, but hey, in any case I hope you can bear with me and enjoy the film!
SPACE BUN STORYBOARD SEQUENCES
Space Bun is an upcoming web animation project created by the wonderfully whimsical Meaghan O'Neill. The premise is simple- a cute round bunny named Bun travels the stars, landing on a new planet every episode, bringing with her new problems for the inhabitants of these worlds but also doing her best to bring solutions. Meaghan created Bun and has been giving me scripts that I've been boarding away at. Enjoy a couple of sequences!
A PLANET ON FIRE
This sequence was a fun one. The script called for Bun to arrive on a planet where everything was on fire. While making her way around this strange burning world, Bun would have to avoid the flames. So I took it as a chance to really show off the cute fluffy rabbit's action hero chops. The sequence called for a lot of intensity with Bun moving from pose to pose at the blink of an eye as more and more fireballs erupted for her to dodge. And with fire coming from so many places, it was important to get shots of it from a wide variety of angles.
EARLY WORM GETS THE BUN
This sequence from the first episode shows Bun arriving on a planet made of candy and sweets. I decided open things up from a gummy worm's point of view- the worm, like the audience gets to meet Bun for the first time. While the worm is looking to sink his teeth into the cherry atop a mound of ice cream, he is interrupted by a happily oblivious Bun landing her spaceship in the area. And as fate would have it, they both have their eyes on the same prize.
THE SAGA OF VIDEO BOB
Before my friends at the Super Mario Bros Movie Archive had me working on a 25th anniversary video to celebrate the film, one of my student films also dealt with the subject matter. This film, though, also featured a caricature of a man who used to have a video store down the road from my family- a man called Video Bob. Let's jut say he's proactive in ensuring rentals get back to him on time. This lovably choppy stop motion cut paper epic made it's way to a few screenings in the Boston area- the Art City Cambridge Community Film Festival and the Somerville Community Film Night.
TURKEY NOG DAY
In November of 2017, Meaghan O'Neill and I thought it'd be fun to knock out a quick film celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday- which as we can see in the film is often eclipsed in hype by Christmas. I boarded out the story and did the layouts. Meaghan and myself both worked on the animation.
HENRY MARMOSET GOES TO THE DINER
In the winter of 2016, I began doodling a marmoset character of mine trying to decide what to order in a diner. One thing led to another and this little cartoon was born. A fun exercise in seeing how many gags I could fit behind a counter, this tale of indecision and frustration found its way into the 2016 Boston Film Gala, held (obviously) in Boston, MA, in August of 2016.
Here we have the animatic for scene of a short film- there's a turkey who is cold. But it doesn't give away the part where he tries to warm himself with a cup of coffee. Oops, spoiler alert. Oh, but I still didn't tell you his cup of coffee is so hot that Satan lives in it! Yeah that's right, we're getting metal up in here.