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Updated Dark Earth Trailer!!

You need to support this project!!

Check out the Indiegogo champaign here:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dark-earth

 

“Dark Earth is a period set ( Edwardian era) Fantasy film that got mainstream cinema rattling. Time travellers create a rocket ship and on a test outing manage to shoot off into space and find a world they mistake for home located several million light years from Earth.

After a very hard landing, the crew of the ship find themselves on an  alien world, populated by monstrous denizens and creatures long extinct back home from the prehistoric age, A tour de force of exciting conflicts scientific marvels , story and an alien race known as the Horidens, become the obstacles preventing  these period explorers in time and space from returning  home and escaping the Dark Earth….”


Support DARK EARTH!!

Support Dark Earth!


 

Dark Earth


Dark Earth


 

I’ve been waiting for this to hit the internet and I’m very excited to support the craftsmen and filmmakers behind this production.  I’ve been wanting a movie like this for a long time and some of the shots already look amazing!  I can honestly say that I have faith in the crew of  Peter Montgomery, Norman Yeend, Kent Burton, Nick Hilligoss, and Ron Cole.  Extremely talented animators and visual effects artists, all!  If anyone can pull off an entertaining visually stunning adventure sci- fi movie it is this amazing crew. Plus the added roll of Kevin Conner, director of some of my favorite films growing up, The Land That Time Forgot, The People That Time Forgot, Warlords of Atlantis, and At the Earths Core gives credibility ( and star power) that this project is for real and will move forward.  If you are a fan of “Dynamation”, stop motion animation, practical effects, and 80’s style visual effects movies (yes, like even Star Wars) then you are going to want to support this movie!

What are you still doing here?! Go click the “Contribute Now” button on the indiegogo page for DARK EARTH!!!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dark-earth-period-set-science-fantasy-adventure

 


Creature Special Effects For Independent Film

Check this out! Independent Horror, Scifi and fantasy films now have a way to afford visual effects!  Watch and be amazed!

 

 

 


Secret Space Base VFX Podcast, with the Amazing Ron Cole!

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I’m Sorry everyone, for taking so long with this release. We were trying to get a new intro recorded but it just didn’t happen, so we are stuck momentarily with the original Secret Space Base Podcast intro. This won’t effect this episode because it was an amazing conversation with Ron Cole and well worth the wait. I hope everyone enjoys this and that it generates lot’s of comments and conversations. I really think this is one of our best episodes to date. So enjoy, as we tackle a very important and serious issue about the business called visual effects and animation!

Check this out on Chirbit


Ray Harryhausen Documentary!

From 1986 a documentary about the Master of Stop motion animation “Aliens, Dragons, Monsters & Me“!
See the awesomeness of Ray Harryhausen!
Stare at the Amazing Ray Bradbury!
Shriek at the glory of stop motion animated creatures!

Oh the documentary gold from the 80’s!

Enjoy!


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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Stop Motion Animation Interview with MiKael Ohlson

Saw this at the 21st Century Stop-Motion Facebook page and thought I would re post it here.  A good little documentary on the animation process.  Again, one of things that amaze me is the small amount of room needed to animate these puppets, look behind Mikael and notice his green screen set up. no bigger than a small table. And some very smooth animation included.

 

https://www.facebook.com/OhlsonAnimation

 


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.


Will Vinton Live Friday 01/24/14 8pm

Will Vinton

Will Vinton

Director and Claymation animator Will Vinton will be on a special live broadcast and chat on Marc Spess’ AnimateClay.com site at 8pm central time Friday 01\24\14.  This will be a great opportunity to chat with and listen to a master of stop motion animation.  Responsible for the California Raisins,Domino’s Pizza Noid, The Adventures of Mark Twain, Dinosaurs, The PJs, and the emmy award winning A Claymation Christmas Celebration, Will Vinton has proven to be one of the greats in animation history.


A “Frozen” Recovery…. and some things for 2014

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Frozen

The last couple months have not been the best for me, having to deal with the holidays while also dealing with medical issues and surgery kinda takes the “thanks” out of thanksgiving and the “mas” out of Christmas. (The Vicodin made that sound funnier than it was.) However, I’m finally on the road to mending and will start blogging and pod-casting again. Not wanting to be a downer I thought I would post some news of Hope for the new year.

The Disney feature film Frozen has broke the $500 million mark worldwide!! Good Job Disney! Does this mean Disney is on the way back to becoming king of the animation studios again? Only time will tell, and with other studios ramping up feature films for next few years, it looks like Disney has some tough competition. Laika’s Box Trolls is on the top of my list of interesting movies to watch out for. And we are finally seeing some smaller independent studios launching into the animated feature film “Ring”. I’ll be reporting on that later in the year.

Also, premiering on January 31st is SINBAD: The 5th Voyage The film that will bring back Modern Dynamation! Very Exciting! I urge everyone to go and seek out this movie to watch and support the return of stop motion animation to creature films!

The Secret Space Base Pod-Cast will continue and I plan on being more aggressive about getting some very interesting guests.

I’m also going to delve into how to fund your own projects and try posting places where you can go to apply for grants. The past two days, I have returned to work, and found some interesting articles to blog on. I’m trying to find ways to fund my own projects, besides crowd funding, and I think there are some things we can all learn from my own search for financial funding.

Ok starting to get achy and gotta go recover a bit. Until next time…

“Animate good, animate bad, just animate!”