A local cartoonist and his collaborator share their animated creation with Carmel.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
For two years, Carmel’s Lewis Rhames and his collaborator, Scott Martinez, holed up on a remote 15-acre plot of rain forest located on the tip of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. They ate lots of wild berries and survived a couple of bone-chilling winters. During those days, Martinez lived in a trailer on the parcel, while Rhames resided in a converted shipping container. Surprisingly, the two were not trying to get off the grid and abandon a frequently more technology-centric world. Rather, they were frequently crouched over a Mac G4 to create an Internet-based cartoon series titled Everydevil.
The result of those two years of work is the first three short episodes of Everydevil, and the basic scripts for the next seven installments. They follow a character named Barney Everydevil, who works in the Soul Acquisitions sector of Hellfire Inc. (under the devil). Rendered in animation reminiscent of South Park, the first three installments find Barney traveling back to 1976 to help his martini-swilling, cigar-smoking boss Beelzebub win a fishing derby.
Rhames, who now works as a stagehand for the Pacific Repertory Theatre, says much of the two years was spent developing the characters and learning how to make a cartoon. “Other than making flipbooks when I was young, I had never done any of this,” he says.
While it would not be far-fetched to imagine Everydevil in the Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” lineup, the pair are currently content with getting the cartoon out to the public via YouTube and their website, www.everydevil.com. Besides, Rhames and Martinez are just really excited about the creative process– and hosting a screening party Oct. 15.
“You can blow up planets, have a car chase,” Rhames says of making the cartoon. “It costs exactly the same.”