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We Have Lift Off!! New Demo Launched!!

And Here it is.  Having spent the last 3 years working for a company that produces training manuals and computer based training for the mining industry, this reel really doesn’t have any character animation in it. More of a demo reel demonstrating machines and props that I have modeled and animated.

Now to discuss the real issue….. LETTING GO!  No, not Disney’s Frozen!

I don’t know how many times I have watched this and I still see something that I want to change.  It is a never ending critique and eagerness to put out there the best you can. But if I did that it would never get released. there would always be something to change or add to it.  As my beautiful wife told me tonight, as I was complaining about the lack of character animation in it, that my demo reel is fluid and always changing and being updated.  I have to view it as a living thing, constantly growing and displaying different personalities and characteristics. Some might be good, others, not as good.

And yet, does it demonstrate that I know what I’m doing, that I can use the software to communicate ideas?  Some of these animations have pretty complex models and rigs, and you are only seeing a snippet of the actual animated scenes and movies.  Some of the training material that I animated were 20 – 35 minute pieces that I had to take from start to finish.

I always wonder after I finish a new reel, not if it is good, but if it is good enough?  Let’s be honest here, a reel is to help you get work or a job.  It’s a visual resume.  Over the next few days I will constantly be haunted by the question “is my reel good enough to get me a job or freelance work?”  It’s a question, I’m sure, all creative types have to deal with.  Is it good enough? I might think it is when I get a call for a job or job interview, until then I won’t know.

And here we come to, probably, the most important part, I had a freaking blast making this little minute long beast!!  I felt the passion, the drive, the love for a medium that has always dominated my life.  I have been trying to get my web series “STARFISH” off the ground for a while now. Doing this reel has renewed my lust to see, what I have called, Sponge Bob meets Star Trek in an episodic series. If all goes well, I just might have a few episodes coming out in the near future.

And the greatest joy of this whole experience, was when my 4 year old son, Bane, wanted to sit next to me at the light table so he could “work on his animation with Daddy”.  Maybe, it is just that. That moment when a little boy wants to work with his Daddy and do the thing that his Daddy loves doing. Maybe that is the answer.  Is it good enough to get me a job or work?  I don’t know. However, to that little boy, to have that moment to sit next to his father and share his love and passion, it is good enough.

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Flash Gordon Classic

I’m a big fan of the serials from the 30’s and 40’s.  Here is a man after my own heart!! An excellent animation from Robb Pratt. I would love to see this go to series as these shows were so much fun!

Where 2d Animation is NOT Dead!

And more Flash Here…. I grew up watching Filmation’s Flash Gordon. When I meet Lou Scheimer he mentioned that Flash was the series he was most proud of because he grew up watching the classic Serials.

And the original Classic serial:

And let’s not forget this gem…..


Rick and Morty “!@#$ the union!”

Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty, Adult Swim, Animators Union

Here’s an interesting article on shenanigans happening in the animation industry.  BTW, If you haven’t seen Rick and Morty check it out. Easily, one of the best new animated shows!

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/artist-rights/rick-and-morty-co-creator-justin-roiland-fuck-the-union-103723.html

 


Graphic Resume

I’ve created a graphic resume, something a little bit different than the average run of the mill text on paper resume.  I am trying to go for a retro 60’s -70’s feel, not sure that I succeeded but hey it’s the beta version. Just thought I would share since it’s been a while since I posted my own work up here.

 

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Dr. Who Animated

I saw this today and was giddy with joy that some one actually did it in a fun Cartoon Network sort of style. Well played sir! Well played.


Robotech Academy Kickstarter!

 

 

 

Please help support Harmony gold and Robotech to bring Robotech back!


Godzilla Smashes The American Box Office!

 

 

Godzilla 2014

Godzilla 2014

Out performing what analyst had suspected, Godzilla 2014, is running away with this weekends box office, and well deserved because the movie is nothing short of awesome!  Being a fan of Kaiju movies from Godzilla to Gamera to Pacific Rim I can honestly say that the latest Godzilla movie is, if not the best, one of the best Kaiju movies ever made. With a reported budget of 160 million it looks like opening weekend will take in a whopping 93 million! This is what BoxOffice.com is reporting:

Opening Weekend: $93,205,000 [est.] |

Total Domestic Gross: $93,205,000 [est.] |

Worldwide Gross: $113,205,000 [est.]

I guess we can expect more Godzilla on the way!  I predict that we will have an announcement by the end of the month (if not the end of the week) that another Godzilla movie is on the way.  Excitement abounds!  I scream like a little girl at a Justin Bieber concert! Godzilla…..Ahhhhhhhh! (end of the Hanna Barbera Godzilla song).

At least I can hope for an appearance of Megalon and Jet Jaguar in the next movie. Yeah, not gonna happen, I’m sure.


Life After Pi

With the current announcement that the studio that did the visual effects for the movie NOAH lost money on the contract and watching the following documentary about the state of the Visual Effects Industry I had to make a post. I’m outraged, upset, and just down right mad about what the movie industry is doing to the visual effects industry. I remember looking at issues of Starlog for hours just marveling at the visual effects shots and wanting to know how it was done and wanting to do that for a living. I’ve been working professionally in the animation industry for 15 years and, I can tell you, what I’m hearing about the visual effects industry is breaking my heart. As it is stated in the documentary, if something isn’t done there will be no more visual effects industry in the United States.

Please watch this in full! And support the people that make our blockbuster films special!

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A Rankin Bass Celebration

Arthur Rankin Jr.

A couple of weeks ago Animator, producer, director Arthur Rankin Jr. passed away.  Rankin/Bass had a huge influence on my life as a child and hearing of his passing really got me down.  I hope he realized how excited I would get every Christmas to see the stop motion animated specials.  This Christmas my beautiful wife got me Rudolph, Santa Clause is Coming to Town and Frosty on Blue Ray.  And how could I ever forget the Tolkien animated specials  “Where there’s a whip, there’s a way!” still rings in my head from time to time.  But one of my Favorites to this day is the Toho Studios / Rankin Bass collaboration King Kong Escapes! In celebration of Rankin/Bass I present some video clips from his career.  Mr. Rankin, you brought joy and wonderment to so many children, your legacy will never be forgotten. Thank you for making Bumbles Bounce, and for making my childhood so much richer.


Calvin and Hobbes Animated!

Thanks to Adam Hines and Andrew Murray over at the Guys With Pencils Podcast for talking with Adam Brown about his recent posting of his animation of Calvin and Hobbes and drawing attention to this excellent cartoon based on a speech Bill Watterson gave at a graduation in 1990. I thought this was very inspirational and a wonderful celebration of one of the greatest comic strips ever to be produced.

Thank you Bill Watterson! Thank you for the inspiration, the laughs, the joys and the tears when we had to say good-bye to these two beloved characters. And most importantly, Thank You for the book collections of Calvin and Hobbes, so I might share the joy you brought to me as a kid, to my son.

Bill Watterson Speech

Bill Watterson Speech