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Following a Dream Pays off for Darin Bristow

April 15, 2010

Darin BristowAs a technical producer and director for one of the world's largest animation studios, Darin Bristow (Animation ‘95) and internationally acclaimed Pipeline Studios Inc. (PSi) are no strangers to aiming high. But last month Darin saw his dream project come to life with the release of Chickenfoot's latest music video. 

He directed the band's first-ever animated video of its song "Get it Up" which went live worldwide on January 8. Chickenfoot consists of former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, as well as Chad Smith (drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and virtuoso guitarist Joe Satriani. 

Darin came up with the idea for an animated music video while on vacation this past summer. He was jogging along the beach listening to the Chickenfoot CD. "The energy of the music really inspired me and got me thinking big," recalls Darin. So he promptly sent an email to Sammy Hagar pitching the concept. "It sounded like a long shot, but you never know unless you try, right?" Darin adds. Luckily the band was looking for a fresh and quality driven approach to the traditional rock video. They loved Darin's idea and met with him in Toronto last August. 

Darin then channelled his 16 years of industry experience into the project. After tweaking the storyboard and character designs, he teamed up with Juan Lopez, Executive Producer of Pipeline Studios Inc. (located at Sheridan) to produce the video. PSi called upon their team of world class animation talent and technology to make the project a reality. 

"My fellow Sheridan alumni animators, painters and designers from Pipeline are some of the best in the business," says Darin. "Considering the challenging schedule to coincide with the title release, I think we created something very cool and a video we are quite proud of." 


Photo: Bryan Adams 
Rock supergroup Chickenfoot from left: former Van Halen members Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar, Chad Smith (drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and virtuoso guitarist Joe Satriani.

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