Thursday, December 20, 2007
I'm off to Chicago tomorrow morning and then on to Detroit to visit family for Christmas. I'll be back in LA for New Years. Merry Christmas!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
The film took in an estimated 45 million dollars at the box office this weekend. Its a very strong showing for a film most figured would only gross half of that in total.
I'm glad to have had a part in this film. Seeing it in the theater with a hundred screaming kids was great! They loved it. It felt good to know that someone was enjoying all the hard work put into this film. That was rewarding. Thats why I love animation! It reaches people. It doesnt matter to me if those people happen to be 3 year olds.
The film is actually better than you would expect. Like I said, its nothing spectacular to be sure, but give it a chance before you bash it. You might be surprised.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
So I finally "finished" my first ever hand drawn, 2D animation. I took advantage of the 11 second club contest as a motivation and produced this little piece of work over a couple weeks last month. It was quite a challenge. My final score for the contest wasnt as high as I had hoped, but it was my first time entering the contest too. It was a good learning experience and I got to draw alot. I am thinking about continuing work on it sometime in the future to make it good enough to put on my new reel.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday Melissa and I went to check out Justice at the Fonda in Hollywood. Not the best show to see on a Tuesday night, but oh well. The show was great but I felt a little underwhelmed as I was walking out. These guys came all the way out here from France and didnt even play the full version of D.A.N.C.E.? I wouldnt want to hear it exactly the way it is on the cd, but at least let the bass drop at some point. We had a great time anyway. I found this link of Justice "performing" D.A.N.C.E. on Kimmel before the show at the Fonda on Tuesday. Awesome!
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
One of the guys I work with at R&H just recently posted a series of great flash animation tutorials on his blog. These are pure gold and Hayk is a great animator so they are definitely worth checking out. The site is www.moolt.com
So last Friday, desperate to make something of a weekend which I had to work the entirety of, Melissa and I decided to check out the new film from Sean Penn called into the wild. The trailer and website looked great, and the story seemed interesting. The basic plot revolves around a guy named Chris who gets fed up with the materialistic society he lives in and drops everything to hitchhike across the country, ultimately landing in Alaska. Halfway through I realized that this is was the story about what my dad had talked about doing for years - just going into the woods and living alone amongst nature.
With a running time of almost 3 hours, this picture began to drag right after it becomes obvious that there is no real conflict in the film. The main character, although based on real life events was hard to sympathize with. Just like a roman candle that shoots sparkles and dies, this movie traveled in a pretty straight line to the end where I felt a little enlightened, but also really tired. I think this one is better as a rental. Interesting philosophy but dry entertainment. I'd give it 2/5 stars, that is if I had a rating system of my own.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
This is a little experiment I've been working on. I've been trying to learn more about traditional animtion. This project is something I've been working on in the small amount of free time I've had recently. Hopefully the end product will be a fully animated piece. This is a rough pass to figure out key poses.
Friday, September 14, 2007
So heres the trailer to Alvin and the Chipmunks, my current project. I know the humor is a little, um .. stupid, and the film follws in a long trend of 80's cartoon murders, but it has been really fun to work on. As an animator, this is a great project for me, and honestly I see more and more good shots being started on this show every day. It might actually be cute.