BREADWINNERS Production Process

As a producer, Tommy has used his skills to invent a new production process along with Gary Doodles. Reminiscent of the old Merry Melodies cartoons composed by the great Carl Stahling, Breadwinners was produced with a music-first approach.  The challenge for us was to keep a consistent tempo throughout each episode so that Breadwinners would have a unique pacing and feel, unlike any other show on television.  To do this, Gary and Tommy invented a process that combined the powers of Pro Tools with the versatility of Flash animation.  Using the script, the recorded dialogue, a sound FX library, and my original score, Tommy starts by creating a completely comprehensive, audio version of the episode in Pro Tools.  This audio track then goes to the storyboard artists and they start to bring it to life.  Here's a video produced by Nickelodeon to explain this part of the process...

 

Here's an example of an audio scene that I created using Dial, SFX and Music--you can hear that everything happens on beat...

 

 

This is how that scene looks after it's executed in Flash by the director and his storyboard team, the timing was unchanged...