Friday, December 05, 2008

i am addicted to

haven't updated my blog in a while. i have been working on my short, ready to return to AM next month to give class 6 a shot and try to finish this thing.

also busy with holiday good times :)

i discovered a while back and am a big fan of their backyard fx series. recently, i have gotten kinda obsessed. i am watching like every episode i can. they have some killer ideas and innovative ways of stretching a dollar. i think i might have found my next halloween costume :)

check it out:

there was also a fun one i found on their site about stop motion

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

scrambled egg monster!

best comic book villain ever! thank you, alpha flight.

i haven't posted anything in a while and today, for some reason, i was remembering this from an issue of alpha flight i read a few years ago. it made me laugh, so i wanted to share that!

in other news, i am starting the final class at animation mentor this week, and that means my layout of my short is locked and i am ready to start animating. i will try to get my animatic from last term up here soon.

Friday, August 22, 2008

what's been going on with garfield this week?

I know it has to be hard to come up with new content every day of the week (for what, like the past 30 years or so?) but this week's Garfield's have been kinda lame. here is today's:

Every other one this week has been along those same lines. Step it up there, Jim!

Monday, July 28, 2008

coolest thing cincinnati has ever done

see that? that is the big screen that was added as part of the fountain square revamp a while back. know what is one it? the goonies! that's right, this past saturday evening we got to see the goonies on the (somewhat) big screen.

i just found out about this last week, but apparently all summer they are doing movie night every saturday night on the square. there are two features, they say the first is usually animated (but not this time, it was the goonies). it was a heck of a lotta fun. we brought our own chairs like the website suggested, but turns out they leave the chairs and tables out that are there during the day (makes sense) so most people were sitting in those (but my chair has a foot rest, so jokes on them). there were vendors there, including skyline (not really a fan) but i saw several families with off-site food (like subway).

it was kinda like a drive in, only free and you don't have to drive (and the movies arn't new releases, but hey, it's free!)

last weekend they showed batman begins, tying in with the release of the new movie.

next weekend the movies don't look like must sees, but i look forward to the iron giant coming up on Aug 30!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

hell of a story

i stumbled across this today on youtube

to me it seems to have all the elements of a great short story. i was really impressed with the editing and the music matching the changes in action. it's not animated, but it feels a lot like a cartoon to me :)

this is one of those things you come by once in a while that just makes you want to create!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

a brief history of storytelling

I put together this little presentation based on Ed Hook's book and lectures. I was inspired by his overview of the history of Acting.

Here it is:

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

blender cloth goodness

2.46 was released recently, lots of fun stuff including some improvement to cloth. it's a hell of a lot easier to use.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

elephants can paint? elephiknow

just came across this amazing video:

i guess they are trained to paint, but still, wow!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

i met ed hooks!

When I was debating on purchasing Ed Hook's Acting for Animators a while back, the feedback on the AM forum raved about the value of his information. Many people mentioned they had attended his workshops and detailed how helpful that face-time proved to be. However, they always seem to be held outside of the US, with the exception of the work he does for studios in the states. So, I wasn't holding my breath about being able to attend one myself anytime soon.

I've been getting Ed Hook's newsletter for a while now, and a couple months ago he mentioned for the first time ever he would be hosting his workshop in his home town of Chicago. Living in the mid-west, it is very rare that I hear about opportunities like this so close to home. There is always stuff going on out in the west coast area. So, it was awesome that there was an event like out here.

I posted a message about it at AM before the end of the term but didn't get much feedback other then from people who had already attended one of his workshops and were talking it up. There ended up being one other AM student there, and it was cool to get to meet him (good luck with your short, Pat!)

The workshop itself was mostly information I had read in his book, but it really sinks in when you hear it from the author. Ed was just a great guy to meet. He isn't an animator (he is an actor), but you can tell he has a great passion for the art. There were a few game people there and he targeted them a great deal with his concepts. Ed seems to have a genuine respect for the 3d gaming industry and wants it to grow and develop to the level of story telling you see in animation and film.

Ed emailed before the class and suggested I bring my reel and we would talk about it. I hadn't considered doing that until he suggested it. So, I did. The workshop went over like 30 mins or so, and everyone said their goodbyes. I was the last person there. I had brought his book with me and he was nice enough to sign it. I mentioned I followed his advice and brought my reel and he asked to see it. We ended up talking for like 45 mins! It was awesome to get his feedback on my work. I had some concerns about some of the acting in my shots and he helped me work though them. His feedback was invaluable.

I hope Ed continues to offer his workshop in this part of the country, I would definitely return.

Monday, April 14, 2008

i'm sayin 'nay' to naymz

Anyone else fall for this yet? I did :(

After about 15 invites, I figured it was another linked-in and I should hop on. Later, I decided it is another linked-in and why do we need another linked-in? This site tries to offer linked-in but charge for it.

I kept getting these notices that were like "SOMEBODY checked out your profile, if you give us money we will tell you who!"

Then there is the points thing. They offer a high points tally like it is something to strive for. But who cares about naymz points? They need to reexamine their business model and try again.

Anyway, sorry to anyone who got an invite from me. I have deleted my account and chalking this up to a learning experience.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

411 most cheap room

Here it is, what all of AM has lead up to so far. This is my finished 2-person dialog sequence. first time with multiple characters and first time with multiple shots together (cuts). I know there is more I need to adjust before it is reel-worthy, but here it is as of the end of the last term of AM (before starting my short film).

Speaking of which, short film coming up! I have absolutely no idea what I am going to do, but I think I will think of something, some time, right? I hope :/

Sunday, March 02, 2008

403 hollywood

Started this at the end of class 3, finished it up in class 4

Friday, January 25, 2008

mytoons is blocked :(

Well, I've been a fan of for a long time, but it looks like I will have to switch back to youtube for my animation hosting needs, at least for now. I just noticed were I work the site is blocked. It wasn't last time I checked, but it is now. I think even when it wasn't blocked before the videos didn't want to play so I guess some part of it was always blocked.

I think I work at a typical office; if it is blocked here it is blocked other places as well. Youtube is not blocked. I don't know why it isn't but I am not going to look the proverbial gift-horse in the mouth.

So, I guess my weekend project is to go through and copy everything here over to youtube (some of the older stuff is there already). I will probably keep both versions up, at least for a while.

Why am I posting this? I don't think many even check out my blog but here it is, for posterity :)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Review: The Bride of Frankenstein

This is my review of The Bride of Frankenstein, as required by my Media Review Writing class at UC. For what it is, enjoy!

For the unteenmillionth time, I got to watch The Bride of Frankenstein. It never gets old. Every time I see it I notice something new. This time, I couldn't help but to start casting a revival in my head. I didn't get far, and the first one was obvious. Who better then Peter Boyle as the monster? I know, he already was in Young Frankenstein but he's perfect for it. My other casting would be Paul Reubens as Dr. Pretorius. Mr. Reubens might need a little aging, but not too much. Alright, enough fun, time to review.

For a man so educated he masters the secret of life itself, it seems to me that Dr. Frankenstein isn't smart enough to know when to give up. I would think after you created a monster who obviously has no hope of conforming to society, a society that will always fear and hunt him, you might be a little relieved that he is put out of his misery and move on. I might be persuaded to believe that his fixation is fatherly; he cares for the life he created and wants him to succeed and to be happy. But even before he finds out that The Monster survived, he is raving about how he can still master life, going so far as to reach for eternal life which makes me think his desires have little to do with the well-being of the life he created and are more related to his own megalomania.

The same could be said for his participation in the creation of a mate for The Monster. Does he do it for fear of loosing is bride, for his desire to do all he can to help his 'son' or just because he is obsessed? I think it might be a little of all three but mostly the last: he wants to see if he can do it.

I really feel for The Monster, as I am sure is the intention. He never asked to be created, he just was. He was thrust into a world that refused to understand him and, as is human nature, feared him. His quest for a mate ran into several obstacles ending up in disaster. He found the perfect companion in a blind hermit who lived in the woods, only to end up bringing destruction to the hermit's life. Then, when the 'perfect' mate was literally created for him, she wouldn't accept him. Every effort he made to conform, even going so far as seeking a mate, ended in disaster. In the end, he found is place. He felt he "belonged dead" and accepted his fate.

Or did he? IMDB mentions he survived yet again and lives on in yet another sequel, Son of Frankenstein. That's going right on to my net flix :)