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.
I’m very excited to be working on a new demo reel that will include some new work that I’ve done at PAI inc. here in Tucson. I’m also going back to my roots and trying to produce some 2D material. Some test footage from my ongoing STARFISH project. I’m even contemplating taking the plunge into freelance work. I image that I’m going to be pretty busy in the next few weeks. However, I will enjoy it. I love animating, and getting a chance to produce my own material makes me giddy with joy.
Time to post some classic B horror movies just in time for Halloween. Look in that plastic orange pumpkin kid, is it a TRICK or TREAT?!
Classic Christopher Lee “Burn Witch Burn!”
NSFW Sci fi Alien rip off. But it is still decent and atmospheric. Klaus Kinski is great as the old pervert astronaut.
Planet of the Dinosaurs
If you can get through the poor acting and missing plot, you might appreciate the excellent stop motion effects. The Dinosaurs are really the only reason to watch this one.
It Conquered the World
Invasion of the giant walking street cone! Lick your fingers because they will have cheese all over them! Classic and Fun!
The Monster That Challenged The World
I actually really like this movie. The creature is really cool looking even though it’s mobility is rather limited. This one is a lot of fun!
Giant Monsters!! Giant Monsters!! a Nice little Godzilla rip off.
And finally, Living Brains!! Where are the zombies when you need them? Enoy,
Fiend without a Face!
Time for some more Youtube movies for you to watch. Enjoy This B movie Madness!!
THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT
AT THE EARTHS CORE
THE LAST DINOSAUR
THE LAND UNKNOWN
INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN
THE CRAWLING EYE
and finally one of my all time favorite 1950’s Scifi films. I watched this numerous times growing up and still watch it to this day. I present for your enjoyment….. KRONOS!
Don’t you worry your pretty little head, there will be more coming.