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In the summer of 2020, director Phil Eichinger reached out about his short film, “Artichoke Boy.” 

I was hired to storyboard, animate, and edit the short film.

The film uses a 2D, crayon-drawn style based on initial character designs by Phil, all brought to life through traditional cel animation.


Phil E. Eichinger, Actor/Writer

"Considerate, hospitable and professional... that is my experience with Jack-Mack! Collaborating with him on my first animated short: "Artichoke Boy" was nothing less than exhilarating. This young man rocks. The film is perfect and I am almost relieved to have worked with him at the beginning of his career because he is going to eventually be in demand and earn some prestigious awards and nominations in the very near future."

“Artichoke Boy” showed at multiple film festivals. Check out the audience feedback from Wildsound Festival 2021.

Selected Awards

  • Finalist Love International Film Festival

  • Finalist Humboldt International Film Festival

  • Official Selection VOB Film Festival

  • Official Selection Garden State Film Festival

Production Process

After finalizing the character designs, we moved into the story phase. I created an animatic, which is a rough edit of drawings to help figure out the beats of the film.


This is the animatic that eventually became “Artichoke Boy.”

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