Team Monsterface & The Seven Layers of Space
In 2014 I was asked by Nickelodeon to prepare some ideas for television and interactive possibilities.
"Team Monsterface" was the resulting TV pitch and animatic created by Monsterface Industries.
"Team Monsterface" tells the harrowing tale of two young boys who crash-land on Dino-skeleton Island and must maintain the mysterious super-hero base that they find.
While the pitch went through many ideas and iterations, we landed on a story surrounding myself and long-time Monsterface Industries co-captain, Dan Brennan, as kids who discover a superhero base on Dino-Skeleton Island, a location that had already popped up many times surrounding the lore of Monsterface Industries and the Seven Layers of Space.
We developed characters that were an extension of personas that we had long worn on stage, themselves over-blown caricatures of our very real day-to-day friendship and long-time collaboration.
The world surrounding "Team Monsterface" is an extension of my larger world of Stories, "The Seven Layers of Space," a universe that encompasses nearly all of my work.
Uncle Monsterface was already deeply embedded in this world, and we were in the process of exploring some of the history of Monsterface's established home-base, "Dino Skeleton" island via the concept album, "RISE of the LAVA MEN" simultaneously with the development of this pitch. The two projects started to inform one another in many ways.
The result was another opportunity to expand upon and flesh out the world of stories found within The Seven Layers of Space.
Seen here is the character sheet from our pitch pages featuring some of the characters who had existed or came to exist in this story as a result of the process.
"Team Monsterface" was, out of necessity, a deeply collaborative effort. While I took lead on characters design, the unique backgrounds were created in collaboration with the unstoppably awesome Infehnite Design, who we had recently worked with us on the related project, "Rise of the Lava Men."
Seen here, our protagonists have stumbled upon some sacred and ancient objects of power. And decided to try them out. In the middle of the volatile Monitor Station, a room dedicated to connecting and monitoring all of the Seven Layers of Space.
While I penned several scripts for the endeavor, the one we settled on for final production was a short entitled, "Burrito Quest." It tells the tale of Marty's search for a sacred talking burrito, and his desire to avoid cleaning up in order to do so.
Seen here, his procrastination has lead to a mess on the roof of The House of The Magician Detective and en encounter with the sinister and blustering Colonel Truncheon.
The final animatic for the piece was executed by Georg Pedersen of Drawn Stories.