Wednesday, July 18, 2018 was a great client to work with, they introduced us to a new software while we were communicating with them and we got to try it out during our conference calls. The video itself was quite fun as we here at Wienot we're 
encouraged to use humor to ensure the audience was as much entertained as being informed of the conference software. I had a lot of fun with the main character
and felt like he was modeled just a little after myself, especially some of those early mistakes he makes at the beginning of the video. Although I would never zone out or multitask during a conference call, *wink*!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Iconography /īkəˈnäɡrəfē/

One of the more challenging activities as a visual development artist for an explanatory video production company, like Wienot Films, is to invent and use as much iconography or imagery as we can to tell stories or express ideas, especially with the abstract topics. 
We try to use as few words as possible on screen to keep the viewer from having to work harder in reading words in order to understand the story. 
There are a couple of main difficulties in this process, the first is to either use the same basic icons that everyone else is using. While being easily understood it can also lack in originality or that wow factor we strive to deliver to each client while maximizing the memorability of their video. 
The opposite approach is to create a new language of icons to tell the story or explain the idea. We feel this approach runs the risk of the audience not fully understanding the concept or simply getting lost in trying to understand what is being explained and concentrating on simply figuring out what each individual icon is suppose to mean. 
It is a constant struggle, one that we enjoy taking on as we help each of our clients fulfill their dreams and desires to explain their story one explainer at a time!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Canon Whiteboard Animation Video Quest for Color

The content for this explainer video could have easily felt a bit stale, but we were able to make it a fun journey with the theme of the medieval quest. We had the wonderful assignment at Wienot Films of creating an animation that showed color advances in digital video over time. It was a little difficult to work up the concept at the beginning but once we got rolling, it was a pleasure. It is always fun to try to include a few famous people as I draw these, even if they don’t look exactly like the person or are not well-enough known faces that everyone would readily recognize them. I wonder if any film buffs will recognize the people I used for inspiration for some of these whiteboard characters.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Back to School Whiteboard Animation

It is an exciting time of year as kids are preparing with new clothes and ‘educational’ electronics. The elementary kids get to fill their new book bags with lots of shiny school supplies and everyone waits with anticipation to see who the new teacher will be for home room and find out how much school work they might be able to get out of in chemistry class.

For parents, it is a bit of a break for school to start, don’t get me wrong. We parents will be busy bussing kids back and forth to school, the science project due at the end of the first semester has to start this week planting seeds, and sack lunches don’t make themselves. But after a summer of keeping the next generation of leaders entertained and busy during the past summer, the school year is a welcomed break. Even if the school year brings work and worry, there is a moment of reprieve to which parents look forward.

The team at Wienot Films wanted to make this fun whiteboard animation to honor you. We recognize the hard work parents do both during the school year getting their middle school band students to that odd timed performance and all the hours of entertaining, carpooling, and care-taking during the summer months with swimming lessons, play days at the water park or skate park. We hope that after the kids get into class you can take a moment to yourself or maybe enjoy a cool beverage with a friend. But don’t take too long, you have the early pick up duty in the carpool this week. Good Luck and enjoy the show!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

DirectDep's Mascot

One of the recent whiteboard explainer videos we produced at Wienot Films provided me a unique challenge. In addition to the regular storyboarding and final drawing of the whiteboard footage, I also had the challenging assignment of creating a cartoon mascot of sorts to represent the company. The company, DirectDep, provides a services connecting court reports doing depositions with attorneys who need them. I was thus charged with creating a fun mascot in the look of a stenograph machine. We affectionately called her Deppy.

We went through a few different versions of Deppy, getting feedback from the client throughout the design process. After narrowing the design to a specific look, I had to create two main versions: one with wings and one without them. We always want clients to be happy, so I even ended up producing different wing options to make sure we got everything just right. 

Another unique challenge of this video was creating a very stylized, more realistic look for the characters instead of something more cartoony. Our whiteboard characters are usually a bit more loose and less realistic in their style, making this video a fun challenge. At Wienot Films, we like to produce all kinds of whiteboard videos--from cartoony people to animals to toys to robots--so when I got the challenge to make the characters more realistic, it was a fun challenge. Plus at the end of the day, we always want the client to be happy. 

So with that introduction, here’s the final video:

For your next hand drawn whiteboard animation from Wienot Films, contact Marc and tell him Jim sent you. He’ll get you started on your next explainer video in style!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Canon Whiteboard Animation

One of our recent whiteboard video projects with Canon was a wonderful adventure. I always enjoy listening in to the early conference calls as the various representatives from Canon talk about what the new explainer video will depict and show. 

Wienot Films is dedicated to creating great stories and really crafting the perfect script for each clients' explanatory video. I personally don't deal a lot with the wording of the script but I do all I can to ensure that I put as much effort and perfection as I can into the drawings on the storyboard. This amazing attention to each word compels me to hone my own craft as I begin to work on the character development for each whiteboard animation. After I complete the initial round of character work I will start to draw out he general layout for each scene and the work of the sketch video is well underway. 

Usually when I receive a script and begin the early work, I begin with the characters. There is typically one main character, but in this particular Canon video, we used a whole family and depicted them on a safari vacation. ti is always fun to design a whole family, especially when I can use my own children as models for all the hand drawn characters. This video reminded me of similar situations on vacations with my own family. 

My favorite scene in the Canon series of videos has to be the family photo in which I had the chance to show how much fun we can . have when we want silly faces to remember the fun we have on our adventures and wild vacations. I took a little extra effort to have the dad do something I personally like to do that may or may not embarrass my children in the family photo. 

Here's the whiteboard animation we created. It talks about interchangeable lenses and different considerations to keep in mind when using them. I hope you enjoy the show!

If you want a similar whiteboard animation, get in touch with Marc over at Wienot Films. Tell him Jim sent you and we'll be sure to take good care of you!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Flippin' Sweet Demo

The last few weeks have brought together a few creative people to produce an amazing little demo on a new style of whiteboard animation we are going to be using at Wienot Films. I had a great time drawing the different backgrounds and designing the beetle with a freaking awesome surfboard. The animator, Skylar, did an awesome job putting it all together and displaying the various styles that we are way to excited to produce for future explanatory videos.

Rumbus Bug!

Friday, August 7, 2015

An awesome experience!

Alien Animation
     I have been working really hard trying to keep up with regular work along with learning the software here at Wienot Films. This project has not only been a great learning experience but so exciting to be able to take a simple idea and turn it into this sweet video. I am excited to get working on my next little project!
     Working at Wienot Films has been an amazing journey making some neat explainer videos for all sorts of clients. This video was a chance to learn some new skills and push the software in different ways that aren't always needed on client work. We try to take the needs of each client and combine it with a great story and interesting visuals. This whiteboard projects has not only been informative in learning the software but I always get such a kick out of seeing the final project being played. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

A new Logo...

I have been agonizing over this logo idea for quite some time. We are trying to create a logo that gives the feel of what the company represents. The three words that are included sometimes with the logo or the mantra of the company are Passion, Story, and Dreams. The company produces a lot of hand drawn whiteboard explanatory videos along with live action video productions. It has been the most amazing experience working with Wienot Films.
On a tight budget we are looking for some of your responses to the logo and what you like or dislike about any of them? Which one do you respond to the most and why? 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

peg santa

a silly thought I had a long time ago about drawing a twas the night before christmas with peg people!

Monday, December 1, 2014

peg people nativity

A little sketch I did last year but never got it posted. I was waiting for an appointment and kept busy during the holiday season! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A new character!

A fun little dude for a video or demo reel...

Lots of fun on this video!

Sweet new video, awesome sauce!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Free Associate

Still tossing out some fun creativity tips:

The theory is you grab some random word out of the dicitonary, something completely silly or what ever. Write it down and then everything it makes you think of, all the silly things that come to mind. There is a chance and one worth taking, that this restriction can unlock some serious creativity.

It's an old sketchbook page, enjoy!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

young pilot

...old drawing, or sketch thought I would share....

water tower bot

A silly drawing of a water tower that has come alive!

a great explanatory video

What is Sylectus TMS? (Version 2) from Wienot Films on Vimeo.

This was an exciting video to see some together. I think the editing is amazing and really brought the drawings and the ideas into a cohesive ball of excitement!

a fun, fishy video!!!

This video was a blast to work on and I think the editing was wonderful.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

tank reading scriptures at church sketch of my oldest reading his book of mormon, a great kid all around! 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Can't not draw a sweet old school vacuum with the hanging bag! 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Peg people family portrait

I think this was the first time I tried this character, it was a fun family portrait. I had hoped to use these characters in a video, looks like we have a client that has a similar character we will be using!

Saturday, February 22, 2014


Story board from a freelance job!

Friday, February 21, 2014


random stuff on a page... Trying to play with shape and perspective a little, its from a while ago!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Highway clean-up

quick sketch, that needs something more...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

purple burger

a random sketchbook page from a while ago, I think I've gotten better!