Saturday, July 14, 2007


Well, that's a wrap.
Kim Possible is officially finished.
I honestly thought I'd be a little more emotional about the last day, but there was a full schedule and there wasn't much time to stop and wax nostalgic. We started the day with a 11:00 playback of the last episode for Mark, Bob, Clay and myself to give the final sign-off. There were no jokes and no wisecracks as we were just totally involved in the episode and we very pleased with the results. The final episode was a very tough road. There was extensive re-writing all the way through the process including the final days of animatic. We had, at least, three alternate endings that were fully storyboarded and recorded. In fact, the 'big' moment at the end was conceived at the last minute.

(Panels from an alternate ending)

As the final frames played, I called out "Well, that's it" and we had a round of applause for the core crew of KP bigwigs. Mark, Bob and I posed for one last photo and they ran off to their Nickelodeon digs.

The day before we had arranged for a select group of KP crew to come down to the studio and see the final episodes. They came from various studios to be there and they included Nick Filippi, Andy Ice, Louie Del Carmen, Anna Boyadjian and Wade Wisinski. It was great to see everyone again and everybody really liked the finale. After that, I packed up my last box and headed off to my final meeting at another building regarding a Kim Possible project that is being worked on (and has been worked on for a while). I can not speak about it, but I think some of you clever guys will figure it out.
And in that 96 degree parking lot ,at some building I've never been to before, closed the final chapter in the longest running series I had ever worked on.

This has been a fantastic experience and I'm very proud of the work we've done and I want to thank everyone that ever had a hand in any Kim Possible episode. Very special thanks go to the two people I've had the longest working relationship in my career- Mr. Mark McCorkle and Mr. Robert Schooley. I'll see you guys at the new office.

But the biggest thank you goes to you. I've never gotten to know a fan base as special as the KP fan base. I've met some remarkable people and had the pleasure of interacting with the audience in a way I've never done before. You guys are the best and when things got tough, it's knowing that the KP fans were out there is what gave us the energy to pull through. In the most sincere way possible- thanks.

(last panel from an alternate ending- All images owned by Disney)

'Soundtrack Of My Life' for the week of 7/12-

Crowded House- Time On Earth. I can't stop listening to this album. 'Sometimes you have to turn the wrong way around'

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

'Graduation' Part 2- MIXED!

We finished the mix of the final episode of Kim Possible at Advantage Audio today. We started around 2:00 and ended around 5:45, which is actually one of our longest mixes ever. When you see the show, you'll understand why.

The sound design is massive. There was difficulty in being able to hear specific sounds because the mix is so dense.

(my notes from the mix)

Fil and Melissa braved the audio storm and made a perfect mix (as always). There was even a delicious assortment of food including gourmet cupcakes, which was a hot topic of conversation.

To our pleasant suprise, they toasted us with a terrific bottle of champagne as we said farewell to our friends at Advantage Audio.

(checking our

The final mixed sound- 'bonk'.
I'm serious.

I guess this is also the time to make the official announcement of what the title is. We were temporarily calling it 'Untitled' or 'Graduation'. We always figured we would come up with something better, but before we knew it, paperwork went through and it became officially- 'Graduation'. We were actually going to call it 'Graduation Invasion'.
However, as Mark pointed out earlier today, 'Graduation' works because it's not just graduation from school, it's also......(Spoiler).

So there is 2 days left at the studio and the last thing to do is playback the episode and give the final approval. I'll blog the last part on Friday.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Some items from my collection

For info on this stuff- see this thread-

Much thanks to Grandpa RD!