Thursday, February 19, 2015


Hey everyone! I've mentioned this before, and showed some in progress tests before. But now the full film is up and running online after making it's rounds in the festival circuit! Feel free to check it out below!

As I've said before, this was produced at Side Effects Software, and was done completely in Houdini. I was an animator on it, and designed the simple face rig system, as well as did a number of asset management things.

Here is the official description from vimeo:

The new film by Christopher Romano, with Executive Producer Kim Davidson.... A rickety scientific expedition ventures down the Amazon River to a dark lagoon, in search of a mythic Creature! But the Creature, it seems, has a less than mythic agenda! MONSTRO! is a horror story. A love story. A ribald comedy!MONSTRO! at,, and And check out to learn more about Houdini 3D animation tools!MONSTRO©2014 Christopher Romano and Side Effects Software. All Rights Reserved.version 1.2


Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 Demo Reel

Just put together a new reel since PDI imploded. I was long overdue anyway, and now you can see some of my more recent professional work. I now notice that half of it is cartoons, and half of it is more realistic scientific illustration. Kind of sums me up perfectly. Enjoy!

And for a bonus image, here's the lovely crew gift we got for Mr. Peabody and Sherman, which was my first feature film and a very rewarding experience:

 I'm still incredibly glad I got to be a part of a film for children that promotes intellectualism, problem solving, and STEM fields. You don't see that very often these days.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

RIP: PDI 1980 - 2015

Really sad day. An incredible culture and history is disbanded. You will be missed, PDI.


Friday, January 2, 2015

Presented without Commentary: Manatrees


I think this will be a new tradition. Pretty self explainable, yeah?

Happy (Late) Holidays!


Cretaceous Mantua

Hey gang, quick post! A new website is up and running, with tons of information on the research being done at the Hornerstown formation of New Jersey, much of it by Drexel University. So if you were wondering what New Jersey was like back in the day (i.e. 65,000,000 years ago), browse the site and take a look at some of the now-extinct animals that were roaming around then:

Thoracosaurus neocesariensis eating Enchodus by Evan Boucher

I'm posting this here because it is in the Inversand Quarry that my good friend, a certain specimen of  Thoracosaurus neocesariensis, was pulled out of ten years ago. As you probably know by now, this croc kind of led me on taking my love for paleoart and paleo-related topics seriously, as well as helping in launching my own professional career.

Thoracosaurus necesariensis skull and dentary (NJSM NH 2005.2).
 Image by Thea Boodhoo, 
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Anyway, check it out! There's some cool information and images of plenty of fossil specimens of crocs, turtles, fish, bivalves, etc. It's a great resource and I hope to see more of these kind of outreach materials for other research projects in the future!

Enchodus by Evan Boucher


Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Looks like it's Kickstarter season! Today, I'm here to talk to you about another project: DinosaurChannel.TV. It's the new project from multiple award winning paleoartists, Bob Walters and Tess Kissinger! Not only do Bob and Tess produce terrific work, and know their stuff, but they're great people, and have supported me immensely in the past. It's entirely possible, that without their initial guidance, and help in getting various people at Drexel University into one room, that my own paleoart restoration of Thoracosaurus neocesariensis would have never come to fruition.

I have really fond memories of them showing me their old studio, and I always try to catch up with them to see them at various paleo-events. They are, after all, the ones who really helped kickstart my own interest in paleoart as a serious subject. Next time you're at a museum, and looking at the amazing wall murals and illustrations, remember that there are talented people behind those  - people such as Bob and Tess. As an avid fan and supporter of paleoart, I can't NOT share this project with you all. I think there's a lot of potential for this, and look forward to seeing what they come up with!

(Bob and Tess's Hell Creek mural, one of many in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History)

What are you waiting for? Go donate! Even if it's just a few bucks, every little bit helps! There are plenty of great dino-art backer rewards too. And if you're feeling particularly generous, there is the possibility of being a part of some of their shows, and even going on a fossil hunting trip yourself!

All this is exciting stuff. You should definitely consider backing them! I know I did!


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Signers of the Constitution

My friends at Eastern National have started a Kickstarter campaign to redesign and republish an updated edition of The Signers of the Constitution, a 1976 National Park Service biographical publication. They are a nonprofit organization who support many of the National Parks in the Eastern US. So if you are interested in the national parks, or history in general, you should consider contributing! There are some really great backer gifts as well, that history fans are sure to enjoy.

Why am I writing about this here? I don't normally do much advertising. But my friends at this organization have helped me a lot in the past. I did some work for them a while back when they were developing their Passport to Your National Parks app, and it enabled me to have the little bit of pocket money that I did when I took the jump and moved to California. They've supported me a lot so I'd like to do the same for them.

Also, I did some talking-head animation of a few founding fathers for their Kickstarter video. It was fun to caricature known historical figures, especially since I don't do caricature very often. I would have liked to have more fluid expressive animation but for the timeline they were on I think it turned out fairly well.

The video is more an intro to the history behind the project, so head over to the Kickstarter page for more details on the project itself, and to see the list of rewards, including things like poster prints and hand-blown glass objects from the Jamestown Glasshouse in Jamestown, VA.