Willy Hartland Is Animating His New York City Sketchbooks

An MTV Animation studio alum who worked on the television shows Beavis & Butt-head and Daria, Brooklyn-based Willy Hartland is an independent animator and storyboard artist who experiments with combining digital animation with clay models and cut-out techniques. His new ten-minute short film, New York City: An Animated Sketchbook is the subject of today’s Crowdfund Friday. It’s quite literally a living sketchbook of everyday life in the big city:

“The genesis for the film happened organically, growing out of the thousands of sketches I’ve done of New Yorkers over the past several years. Drawings of urban life as seen in subways, parks, cafes, bars, basically anywhere people will sit still long enough to capture with my quick contour line. Places where the dynamism of the city is evident and part of the concrete jungle that is the visceral pulse of a thriving city.”

The finished film will incorporate Cinema 4D, Flash and cut-out animation. With four minutes of the film already in the can, Hartland is asking for $17,500 to finish animation with an animation assistant, post-production, and to hire a sound designer and music composer. The campaign is currently at $7,896 with 26 days left to go. Rewards include signed DVDs of the completed film, original artwork, and the opportunity to appear as an animated extra.


  • the Gee

    Brilliant!

    I hope this all works out great. It certainly looks amazing and somehow it looks “right” like it should be. (if that makes any sense.)

    • Willy Hartland

      thank you Gee!

  • Judy Thomas

    I have known Willy Hartland for years, and this project is worthy of our funding. He captures the essence off day to day life in the city through his keen eye and quick hand. I can’t wait to see this film complete!

    • Willy Hartland

      thanks Judy!!!