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ANIMATION GUILD QUARTERLY
WINTER 2023 ISSUE NO. 24

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IN THE WORKS

"KEEPING UP WITH THE EARTHLINGS"

HOUR LONG LIVE ACTION SCI-FI DRAMA

Aliens record their invasion of planet Earth for an intergalactic reality TV series.

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Shorts

SHORT SCREENPLAYS

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TOMMY SUPER SNIFFER:
PROTECTOR OF GLENDALE

 

A blind dog uses his power of super smell to save the city.

ALL AGES

15 MINUTES

AWARD-WINNING

ACCOLADES

Semi-finalist in the Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival 2023's short screenplays category

Quarterfinalist in ScreenCraft Short Film Screenplay Competition 2023

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"Even more than the super-heroic antics, Tommy Super-Sniffer is most charming for its domestic moments. Tommy bumping into a tree and peeing on it. Tommy making a bed out of his human's dirty clothes. These touches are so endearing and make Tommy's transformation even more poignant." 

-ScreenCraft Short Film Screenplay Competition (2023)

ERIKA'S STATEMENT

Tommy Super Sniffer: Protector of Glendale is a day in the life of my blind dog Jackie as seen from Jackie's point of view. When my partner Scott and I adopted Jackie, he transformed our outlook on life. Though blind, Jackie’s the happiest dog you will meet. He’ll run into a wall, shake his head, sniff the wall, and keep running. Oh, he sniffs EVERYTHING. Without sight, Jackie’s sense of smell is strengthened like a superpower. We used this, and Jackie’s many idiosyncrasies, to create Tommy’s character. We heightened the stakes of low stakes situations to capture how little things feel big for Jackie. While this short is an ode to Jackie, it’s also a love letter to our home in Glendale. Jackie has the streets memorized here. It’s his safe space. Our short is intended for the entire family although like “Matilda the Musical,” there are dark moments that are softened with humor. We hope audiences take away that blindness isn’t a weakness. It’s just a different way of seeing the world.

Adult

TELEPLAYS FOR ADULT ANIMATION

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DETECTIVE AGATHA CATSY

A cat burglar turned cat detective solves crime in the grim city of Big Milk.

ADULT

HALF-HOUR

ORIGINAL PILOT

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ROACH MOTEL

Some crass-talking cockroaches try to run a motel, but their guests keep dying.

ADULT

HALF-HOUR

ORIGINAL PILOT

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HAPPY PASTURES

A talking cow learns to milk humans on her aunt's dairy farm "Happy Pastures."

ADULT

HALF-HOUR

ORIGINAL PILOT

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Children

TELEPLAYS FOR CHILDREN'S ANIMATION

DAN DANDELINE FROM DOONAH

A boy goes on a journey in his magical pair of lederhosen to save the land of Doonah.

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HALLÓ

An American girl helps an Icelandic elf discover her hidden talent.

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CHILDREN'S

HALF-HOUR

ORIGINAL PILOT

CHILDREN'S

HALF-HOUR

ORIGINAL PILOT

Pre-K

TELEPLAYS FOR PRE-K ANIMATION

ADVENTURE MACHINE

Two guinea pigs discover their house can travel anywhere in time & space.

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PRE-K

11 MINUTE

ORIGINAL PILOT

About
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ABOUT ERIKA

Erika June Smith is a bisexual, female comedy writer with a love for all things silly and meaningful. She is a credited production assistant & coordinator on multiple animated projects including Steven Universe, Bless the Harts, LEGO Dreamzzz, and Grimsburg. She placed as a semi-finalist in the Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival (2023), a quarterfinalist in ScreenCraft's Short Film Screenplay Competition (2023), and a semi-finalist in ScreenCraft's Virtual Pitch Screenplay Competition (2024).  She was featured in The Animation Guild's Keyframe Magazine Winter 2023 issue for her production work on Grimsburg. She is a proud advocate of mental health care and a seeing eye person for her blind rescue dog Jackie. Erika hopes her work can bring more joy and empathy into the world.

CONTACT

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