FEATURE TRAILER: “Asphalt Watches”

Asphalt Watches

Canadian cartoonists Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman recently finished raising over $10,000 to complete their animated feature Asphalt Watches. They describe their collaborative two-man animated epic in the following way:

Asphalt Watches is a true adventure story: in 2000, we hitchhiked across Canada together. The animation captures our crazy journey, full of hilarious and amazing encounters. Using music and songs we make ourselves, alongside hand-drawn Flash animation, we tell the tale of making our way from a 7-11 near Chilliwack, BC where a guy was hanging out with a knife in his belly… to meeting one of only “two real Santas” in the world outside Calgary… to barely escaping death near Regina, SK. Our style is to turn real-life characters and settings into funny and poetic abstractions that depict the feeling and essence of what happened.

The film should be finished this year. There’s an official film blog and the trailer below:

(via Meathaus)


  • Old Man Father Time

    If one of their goals was to embrace the art of Flash, they nailed it. But ……. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr those fade-outs that show the symbols transparent over the other grrrrrrrrrrrrr…..

  • http://kandjcomic.com/ John S

    It made my head hurt. I never quite knew where I was supposed to be looking. The still up above is interesting, the concept sounds incredible but the trailer is really hard to watch. Pass.

    • Jason

      yep, i’m agree. was not what I expected to see

  • Dan Kyder

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  • http://spitandspite.com Yeah…

    Entire animated feature and it’s done! Awesome.

  • Bob Harper

    Congrats to them for pursuing their dream and getting it funded! Inspirational story, thanks for posting it.

  • D

    Not bad. I liked the quirky characters and some of the design traits. However I do find the animation a bit to distracting at times and at the end of the day its still a flash animated feature, it lacks the superb fluidity of hand drawn/digital. Although even by flash standards this isn’t that bad. My interest is definitely peaked I shall check this out.

  • inoi

    this is most interesting trailer I have seen for years

  • Ryoku

    Interesting color choices, but judging by the trailer this may end up being a bit under-written, or at best it’ll be another Twice Upon a Time (if you’re reading George Lucas, re-release that!!).

    If you ask me though, the drawings could look a little touching up. As is they look like average MSPaint drawings.

    That and “Our style is to turn real-life characters and settings into funny and poetic abstractions that depict the feeling and essence of what happened.” pretty much means “We wanted to share our story through creative visuals”.

    Sorry, I’m just not a fan of needlessly wordy buisness-speak.

  • Azz

    jeez lighten up guys, all you cynical 3d heads need to have a little fun i think

  • http://www.ryancomiskey.com Ryan

    I like this a lot! It’s exciting to see so many independent animators tasking themselves with feature length films! I think animators like this will save the 2D medium, show some support!

    Remember: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hollywood ??

  • http://woweh.com Kelly

    Talking to a guy who got knifed in Chilliwack?
    …Yeah, I could see that happening. It’s close enough to Abbotsford to be a bit skeazy in places. ;o
    I’m genuinely curious to see this!