In 2013, Paper Brain Productions launched as a full-time animation production company specializing in stylized paper-based animation. Since then, Paper Brain has won five awards at various international film festivals, been selected to be a part of the Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase 2014, and contracted to make animations for the first[…]
Aja Monet – “Be Brave” From the album “Courage” ajamonet.bandcamp.com/album/courage ajamonet.com Directed and animated by Brandon Ray brandonray.net Clay animation by Jamie Hazelwood Astro photography by Robert Ray Painted backgrounds by Lisa Ray Aja Monet is a poet, performer, and educator from East NY, Brooklyn, best known as the youngest[…]
A trailer for the Amazon Originals series Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street. I worked on animated scenes for episodes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11.
It’s always sunny when you’re saving money… that’s what you’ll learn when you spend a little time over at sunnova.com. I had the pleasure of working with Rivet and Acme Fish to make this fun paper animation for the great folks at Sunnova. I hope we get to see some[…]
“The cinema of ‘unboxing’ is as vast and unexplored as the deepest trenches of Earth’s ocean floors.” — Brandon Ray, newbie unboxer
When I sat down directly across from artist Mat Kubo with a 1970’s typewriter at my fingertips, I had no idea what to expect next. I didn’t think the experience of “No Talking, Just Typing” would move me in any particular direction. But it did. Mat’s performance installation piece gives[…]
As an animating dad, I had mixed emotions about my 2-year-old son Bleu watching alphabet animations on YouTube. I thought, “I’m an animator, shouldn’t he be watching my alphabet animations???” So, my mission was clear. I needed to make a tool that he (and someday his sister Violet) could use[…]
This month, the music video I animated for Bill Carter‘s song “Anything Made of Paper” made its online debut. As you’ll see in the video, I used a whole smorgasbord of animation techniques. I’m quite pleased with the results. Hope you like it! Below is the write up the promotional[…]
At last night’s Houston Addy Awards, Sunnova’s “Go Solar. Save Money.” animation brought home a gold Addy Award for Rivet, Acme Fish, Wire Road, and Paper Brain. This was one of my favorite projects I worked on last year, so I’m really excited it was recognized by the AAF. I[…]
Bill Carter’s “Anything Made of Paper” screened as part of the Texas Filmmakers Showcase at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival back in November. Arts + Culture Magazine did a writeup recapping notable points of the festival, saying, “You don’t need to be a paper freak to love Brandon Ray and Pat[…]
Five film festival awards for a music video from a Texas songwriting legend… being one of six fantastic films selected to be a part of the Houston Film Commission’s Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase 2014… commissioned to create a gigantic paper and cardboard art installation of the city of Houston… animating the[…]
Aja-Monet is a brilliant poet, an inspired musician, and one of the nicest people I’ve ever collaborated with. Today, she’s premiering the music video ‘Be Brave’ I animated for her on Essence.com. Watch the video, share it if you like it, and download Aja’s newest EP “Courage”. Follow her on social media, help[…]
With the first six episodes of Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street streaming on Amazon Prime, I recently sat down with my family to see the finished episodes in their fully-formed glory. Watching them together, I was reminded why I’ve been so excited to be a part of this show. From the imaginative[…]
Bill Carter’s gift to Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three, a song he and his wife wrote called “Anything Made of Paper“, is an animated music video I made along with my co-director Pat Kondelis last year. Last Friday, Pat and I had the privilege of watching it on[…]
Here at Paper Brain, we’ve been doing some beta testing with the Blackmagic 4K Papyrus Edition. Since it’s a part of our equipment lineup now, we’ll be offering 4K options for all video and animation projects. Update- I made an unboxing video, I think it’s the first look ever at[…]
It’s an honor to receive the “Best Music Video” award from the Rincon International Film Festival for Bill Carter’s “Anything Made of Paper”. The festival looked beautiful, wish we could have attended! Post by Paper Brain Productions.