Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas coffee at Coffee Fix

Well, these sketches didn't turn out the way I had hoped. But I wanted to show my female superhero characters relaxing at the Coffee Fix over on Moorpark and Whitsett.


Coffee Fix is very pleasant, quiet and feels very homey. This is probably because of the old store front it's in.



Cubcake, Boffette and Lady Cobra take a break from Christmas shopping.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/coffee-fix-studio-city?nb=1

Monday, December 16, 2013

O Apóstolo stop motion puppet

Here I am with Executive Producer Isabel Rey Sastre and one of the puppets from O Apóstolo.
This grim little bruiser had a complete mouth with teeth. I think he had a tongue too. Eyebrows, eyelids were pose-able, I wish action figures were this good.


Photo courtesy of Kris Heller. Next time I'm bringing a camera no matter what.
Thanks Kris!
And thanks again to the Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study for having the screening.

O Apóstolo

Got to see a private screening of the independent stop motion film O Apóstolo in the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study. Pretty swanky, and I saw a couple of familiar faces at this last minute screening. Good, solid stop motion, and well made, handmade moving graphics for the flashback sequence. Just the thing for a Friday the 13th!

http://www.oscars.org/academy/buildings/pickford.html



"A convict who escapes from jail takes off to a remote village to recover an old loot that was hidden years earlier. But what he finds there instead involves him in a fate much worse than his prison sentence. Sinister old people, odd disappearances, spirits, a strange parish priest, and even the archpriest of Santiago de Compostela meet in a tale full of mystery, humor, and fantasy."

I was impressed by the work, and taken in by the story. Good to see something fresh, and see a film that's not winking at the camera. Suspenseful, and O Apóstolo has some pretty creepy designs. In an effective way I mean. Executive Producer Isabel Rey Sastre was there to present the film, and even let me hold one of the figures.

http://oapostolo.com/

The puppet had an amazing armature made by the Belgium company Pedri Animation. I think it was cast in silicon, and the face and jaw were very malleable for some good, creepy expressions.

Filmed in Spain, and I understand that most of the funding was from crowd sourcing. They were also filming it in stereo-optic for 3D, but the budget would not allow it.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-o-apostolo-review-20131213,0,6372943.story#axzz2ngeFRmHB

http://www.laweekly.com/movies/o-ap-stolo-2297041/

O Apóstolo is up for Oscar consideration. I hope they make it.

Links courtesy of the Animation Guild

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOV7COy5WoA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CksLSnZwAGQ&feature=results_video

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Pixar Layoffs

Well, it had to happen. "The Good Dinosaur" is having story trouble, so production people have to be laid off. The corporate model is a another dinosaur indeed. Still, it's not like the old days when we were kept on with a paycheck and could just fiddle with pencil tests. Or read comic books. I never read comics on the job... well, hardly ever.

With the Holidays in progress, I'm being a Scrooge here, I guess.
(Artwork copyright Disney/Pixar.)

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-pixar-layoffs-good-dinosaur-delay-20131122,0,6910438.story#axzz2lVYB8tgd

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/pixar/pixar-lays-off-dozens-of-employees-due-to-good-dinosaur-problems-91376.html

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-13/as-frozen-leads-box-office-turmoil-in-animation-land

Friday, November 29, 2013

Wander over Yonder website

Stumbled across this looking for Wander over Yonder model sheets
There's video, fan art and more WOY material than you can shake a stick at.

I want to model them in 3D.

http://wandernews.tumblr.com/

I thought this was a nifty Wander/Doctor Who mashup done by the artist Hayamika.


(Artwork copyright Hayamika, Disney, the BBC and of course, Craig McCracken.)

Don't know if Sylvia would like the idea of being compared to the TARDIS. While she agrees to be Wander's "mount", they actually use a big soap bubble to travel through space. They haven't done any time traveling yet, but I'm sure that's a possibility.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

President Obama visit at Dreamworks

Well, the momentum from Big Money seems unstoppable. The GOP and "tea-party" members will probably howl about "Hollywood liberals", but they all seem to be in Wall Street's hip pocket.


http://animationguildblog.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-visit-demonstration.html

http://www.thewrap.com/obama-visit-dreamworks-animation-protest-visual-effects

http://ktla.com/2013/11/24/obama-visit-will-shut-down-streets-from-beverly-hills-to-glendale/#axzz2lgw9LJQI

Okay, I know I'm being a lunkhead, but my "visual commentary" has to be part of our freedom of speech. I say that President Obama, or any presidential candidate has to put on the "Golden Handcuffs" before he or she can put a hand on that Bible. And then nothing seems to change. The Military, Banks, Wall Street and the Media has an incredible amount of momentum, and it takes time and a horrendous amount of energy to force it to change course. (That's Donkey's silhouette by the way; all art copyright Dreamworks SKG and the U.S. "Gummint")

I'm not against a business or studio succeeding, especially with the distribution issues Dreamworks has had to face. But I still cite Henry Ford when he realized he had to make a product his employees could afford. Movie tickets cost too damn much, and bad writing leaves a lot of animation and visual effects on the digital cutting room floor. With the media monopolies, we are still clubbed over the head by virtual "Pinkerton Men", whether we are out on the sidewalks protesting or not.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3JLKw0q4kY

UPDATE: This in from Cartoon Brew and Variety

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/business/will-obama-be-greeted-by-a-sea-of-green-at-dreamworks-91463.html

http://variety.com/2013/biz/news/vfx-soldier-daniel-lay-vfx-protest-1200887757/

Hollywood Reporter

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/vfx-workers-stage-protest-dreamworks-660287

UPDATE: I have to admit, it's the first time any President of the United States ever visited an animation studio. Cartoon Brew gave me that little tap on the shoulder. But I don't think it will have any effect on the job situation out here.

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/business/will-obama-be-greeted-by-a-sea-of-green-at-dreamworks-91463.html

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Woodbury Stop Motion demo at CTN Expo

Finally made it to the 2013 CTN Expo. I was still feeling sick, but I still managed to do some basic stop motion animation.


Pow! Boff! Zap! Working out some aggression I guess.


The Woodbury students were great troopers. But I was still out of it, and didn't get their names.


Ric Heitzman set up the stop mo demo, inviting expo goers to try some stop mo. Most people still seem surprised at how much time it takes to produce a few seconds of footage...






Tuesday, November 19, 2013

R2D2 Death Star Mashup

More mischief - surprised no one has done this yet. No one will hassle this little R2 unit!


(artwork now copyright Disney/Lucas. Apologies to George Lucas, Kenny Baker, and all Star Wars fans everywhere.)

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Beany and Cecil - Rocky and Bullwinkle Saturday Morning Mashup

Okay, I haven't posted in awhile, and I needed to cause some mischief between Halloween and Thanksgiving: What if the classic Saturday morning teams of Rocky and Bullwinkle had to swap partners with Beany and Cecil? No, not that kind of swap! I was feeling nostalgic again, and wondered how much fun a team-up with Rocky and Cecil, and Beany and Bullwinkle would be in a 60's Saturday Morning Mashup. I've Googled this, and no one else seems to have done it before, so I went for broke.



(Artwork originally copyright of Bill Ward and Jay Scott, plus Bob Clampett!)


We basically still have young, plucky little guys with big, dumb but lovable buddies. Technically, I think it would work. Dishonest John would still get the better of Bullwinkle (until the end). And I'll bet Cecil would love to thrash Boris Badenov.

I did something like this with Johnny Socko and the Iron Giant last year. I think this would be fun:)

UPDATE: Bullwinkle DID team up with Beany Boy briefly on an ad for Thermos lunchboxes. Looks like the mid 1960's to me.

(courtesy of crypt of wrestling)

http://cryptofwrestling.tumblr.com/post/22406007205/in-store-thermos-lunch-box-poster-with-bullwinkle

Monday, October 21, 2013

Lou Scheimer at ASIFA Hollywood

Here I am, late again, but I'd like to offer my tribute to Lou Scheimer:


                    (Popeye copyright King Features Syndicate)

Back in 1998, I had the chance to meet Lou Scheimer at ASIFA Hollywood. This evening was hosted by Tom Sito back at ASIFA's old digs on Victory Blvd. I brought along my copy of Saturday Morning TV by Gary H. Grossman. I think Lou was amused by the book, and he autographed my picture of Sabrina and Archie on page 373.





(Artwork copyright Filmation/Archie Comics, Pink Panther copyright Depatie-Freleng)

In spite of it's shortcomings, I'll always have a warm spot for Filmation shows. I remember clear back to their New Adventures of Superman in the early 60's. After working on King of the Hill for two seasons, I now appreciate the pressure they must have been under to make the deadlines for TV production. Plus, staying on model with the DC comic book characters called for some precise draftsmanship. Although later on, it became "jump cut city" on shows like Star Trek. I think it gave me some bad habits as far as storytelling goes. And I forgave the stiff, limited animation since the visuals were so great, and the stories could sweep me away as a six year old.

Archie, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Fantastic Voyage, Star Trek, Space Sentinels, Flash Gordon and Fat Albert were all cornerstones of my Saturday Mornings. Except for HB's Space Ghost, and the Herculoids, Filmation seemed to be the only studio that tackled science fiction fairly well. I just found out on Variety that Lou won a daytime Emmy for the animated Star Trek.

Only later I learned that Filmation had kept many animation artists employed when so much work had already been outsourced from the mid 60's onward. Filmation had helped some artists to break the glass ceiling to get into feature animation, or at least move on to other studios.

But to sum up, Lou Scheimer and his partners Hal Sutherland and Norm Prescott got ahold of some amazing properties to dazzle my teeny brain on Saturday Mornings. Here's to 'em!

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/animators/r-i-p-filmation-co-founder-lou-scheimer-89971.html

http://variety.com/2013/tv/people-news/lou-scheimer-filmation-founder-dies-at-84-1200742545/

http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-lou-scheimer-20131020,0,1131347.story

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0770617/

http://www.startrek.com/article/remembering-filmation-co-founder-lou-scheimer-1928-2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Rod Scribner

I didn't know about Rod Scribner until I read Tom Sito's post about him on Facebook.
The clue was the work he did on Daffy Duck in the "Great Piggy Bank Robbery".

After his work under Bob Clampett, Scribner left Looney Tunes to work at UPA.

Wikipedia Rod Scribner went on to work at Playhouse Pictures in Hollywood. I was able to get some freelance there years ago on a Tony the Tiger commercial. I misread the Wikipedia article, thinking that Scribner founded Playhouse, but it gave me some feeling of connection learning that I had worked briefly under the same roof where Mr. Scribner had been.

http://rodscribner.blogspot.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Scribner

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Richard Williams at the Motion Picture Academy

Not to be glum, but that Friday evening October 4th will probably be the last time I see Richard Williams in person. As part of the Marc Davis Celebration of Animation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave the evening to Richard. It had been a long day, and my stomach was acting up. I felt a bit trampled watching the autograph hounds mob him after the presentation. It was his night, and I figured he would make it home okay.

http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2013/10/this-amazing-medium.html

Richard recounted the key animated films that had shaped his career, such as the "Silly Song" sequence from Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", the performance by Milt Kahl of the tiger Shere Khan from the "Jungle Book", the demon from the "Night on Bald Mountain" from "Fantasia", and John Hubley's "Rooty Toot Toot". I'd never seen "Rooty Toot Toot" before, I thought I knew most of John Hubley's work.

After outlining how these classics influenced him, Richard also took us through his work with his 1972 "A Christmas Carol", "The Return of the Pink Panther", "The Thief and the Cobbler", and of course, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". "The Rabbit", as Richard called it, earned him an Oscar for Special Achievement in Animation. Roger Rabbit was the film that finally got me to move to California, and get into animation.

We also got to see his personal project "Circus Drawings" that he finished in 2010. Richard converted sketches he did observing a small circus in Spain into a short animated film. Very dreamy, very smooth animation on "ones".

Here's the cover from the evening's program:



And here's the program from the Roger Rabbit 25th Reunion that I managed to glom onto.
(I think I got the last one!)




Still, it was good to set foot inside the Samuel Goldwyn Theater again. I still have some photos from my first Hollywood trip where our teacher, Phil Skerry, got us to let us pose with Oscars.

 

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Paul McCartney's High in the Clouds animated project

It looks like Sir Paul McCartney will be involved with the production of a new feature based on his children's book "High in the Clouds". The articles state that these will be a stereo-optic 3D production, although oldies 1150 radio mentioned that the former Beatle prefers hand-drawn animation. There's also buzz that audiences are tired of the glasses, and the expense of going to 3D movies. Maybe they'll change before production starts.

http://www.oldies1150.com/News/Music.aspx?articleID=1151036

http://www.awn.com/news/films/animated-feature-planned-paul-mccartney-s-high-clouds

http://variety.com/2013/film/news/paul-mccartneys-high-in-the-clouds-heading-for-big-screen-1200682182/

Wish we could get more royalty to support animation...
Looks like it had a false start in 2009 -

http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/?p=1891

Sunday, September 29, 2013

My Stop-Motion project

Finally got my storyboard for my stop-mo project. Check it out here -

http://kenroskosanimationthesis.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 27, 2013

RFX Inc. Autodesk User Group Meeting at Gnomon

Pretty awesome stuff with Maya, Massive and more! I was intrigued by "reality capture": now we can generate mesh with regular digital cameras, using 123D Catch. All courtesy of RFX Inc.

http://www.rfx.com/

http://www.123dapp.com/catch

Excellent and fun presentations by Autodesk's Marcel de Jong and Mark Schoennagel.

http://www.gnomonschool.com/?p=2832

And many thanks to the Gnomon staff for setting up the show and buying the pizzas.
Nice to get out of the Valley and see old Hollywood.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cute Stuff - Part IV - Adorable Dynamic Damsels look development

Here is some further ruff cleanup and color for the Adorable Dynamic Damsels-



And a 60's style color design.


More coloring in Photoshop


Someday I'll get this done. But beyond my personal satisfaction, I don't know if there is any market for these characters. Cubcake (the squirrel-girl) is sort of the team's hot-head, and has hit or miss magic powers. She is also the team gearhead and hot rod driver. Jet Puffin, with her power suit, has the genius of Tony Stark, but is more of the "mom" of the group. Lady Cobra is the real mystic of the group. She works as a librarian. Her coils are strong and dexterous enough to handle most of the volumes.


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Hug Life Street Poster

I like Philip Lumbang's work, "Hug Life". That's instead of thug life, I guess.
He has cute characters that are bold and positive, and not just sickly sweet.

But I saw this poster over a year ago on a bus stop on Barham across from Oakwood Apartments near Universal City. It's cool, but it looks like it was done in collaboration with someone named "becca". This poster has been painted over now. The Awesome Bear is in "James Bond" mode, shaken, not stirred.

(And the "Martini Bear" seems to have a hot date!)



You can see his work and the original poster at http://philiplumbang.tumblr.com/tagged/becca

http://philiplumbang.tumblr.com/page/2

More of my cute stuff either today or tomorrow.



Friday, September 20, 2013

Cute Stuff - Part III - Adorable Dynamic Damsels

And the beat goes on...

Here's a rough sketch of Cubcake, with her partners Jet Puffin and Lady Cobra. Jet is a female "Iron Man" who has a special super suit, and Lady Cobra, whom I haven't figured out yet. I call them the "Adorable Dynamic Damsels".

Together, they are kind of my "Charlie's Angels" superheroes. They are too cute and sexy for their own good. The bad guys are often caught off guard by their appearances.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cute Stuff - Part II

Here's a woodcut from a print making class back at old Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. It was done probably when Edinboro was Edinboro State College.


More weird than cute I guess. Horse and rider become blended together. This was shown in Woodbury University's faculty art show last spring.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Cute Stuff - Part I

It's been a while since I've posted anything original on Animation Re-creation. After scribbling for years, I've got some work I'm proud of. But I'm still self conscious about showing it. Here's why:

Animation artists and cartoonists seem to be split into two camps: the majority seem to be easy going... well, to put it bluntly, nerds. But I've seen a smaller group, the more macho, athletic group who practice martial arts, mountain biking and other deadly weekend pursuits. They make me feel lame as I'm shoving that extra piece of pizza in my face.

So, it appears I fall in with the majority. It's hard to pose as a too-hot-to-handle "weekend warrior" when I'm drawing cutesy stuff like this:

This is my "Cubcake" character. She's a tough, but sweet amalgamation of girlfriends from my past. She's also a mixture of squirrel, bunny, kitty and a few other critters mixed in. I figure she can give Bugs Bunny a run for his money.

C'est la Vie.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Snail with Halo- More street poster Art around North Hollywood

And this cute little guy was put up on the old Camera Craft storefront on the corner of Vineland, Lankershim and Camarillo. All the art was drawn on large post office mailers. He's got these blanked out, swirly eyes and a halo over his head; is the artist saying this fella has croaked?


They were side by side on Camera Craft; here's a lighter one in light beige and tan, with no post office mailer surrounding it.


This looks like it would make a cool toy, or a nice stuffed animal. I guess the meaning is up to me. There is no other information on the web that I can find so far. There's a whole world to the street art poster movement that I'm just learning about. From what I've Googled, this art may be in several different cities, and could have come from the other side of the country. Or the world.

Whale goes Poof - Street poster Art around North Hollywood

These posters have been around my neighborhood since the beginning of the year. I don't see any name.
They look like interesting, and fun characters.


On second thought, this whale looks like he's in distress. I also noticed a big, cartoony poster of Swiss cheese on a signal box on the corner. Someone took the time and resources to put these up around the area.


This was near the corner of Camarillo and Cahuenga. Does anyone know who made these?

Sunday, September 01, 2013

More bloody spam!

Good article from Andres Tirado on spam.

http://www.tecnoxps.com/2012/08/how-much-spam-visit-your-blog-some.html

All this technology, and people have to burrow into our computers like some sort of...
Never mind.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Wander over yonder

Now this looks like fun! Wander over Yonder reminds me of Tom Terrific done in a Quisp cereal style, with a little BraveStarr thrown in. The star on Wander's hat made me think he was some type of marshall, but I guess he's just the opposite. I like the magic setting of going from planet to planet, looking for adventure. And a spot for the perfect picnic.

https://www.google.com/search?q=wander+over+yonder&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a#

Looks like the Disney Channel is getting a boost now that Craig McCracken has left Cartoon Network. McCracken is the creator and executive producer of the show. McCracken had created the Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends for CN. It's not so much about the studio name anymore, but where the top talent goes

I like the contrast between Wander, who is joyful and fun loving, and his dino-horse-girl pal Sylvia. Sylvia is the first cute female character (that I've seen) who likes a good scrap and seems to go looking for trouble. Their voices are performed by Jack McBrayer as Wander, and April Winchell as Sylvia. It turns out April is the daughter of famous ventriloquist Paul Winchell.


                          (Artwork copyright Disney Channel)

A friend at the Animation Guild tipped me off about this show. It takes me back to my old back to school days, and my anticipation of the new fall TV line up. Especially for the new Saturday morning cartoons. I've been watching the previews on YouTube over and over again already.

And the primary villain is named Lord Hater. Hater? That's pretty bold for a kid's show. I hope there will be more for the adults. "Yes, Lord Vader, I mean Hater." Huh?

Hey, the show has some spunk. It's been missing in animation for a long time. I hope this succeeds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgX839ftKO8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwN5HLiZ7_o

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Andrew McAfee - Race Against the Machine

 Race Against the Machine by Andrew McAfee: Does technology put people out of work? As far as animation goes, studios seem to favor certain techniques and media output. But then, many of the old hand/eye jobs were sent overseas, and then made obsolete. Older artists trying to make their quota of drawings were unable to find the time to learn the new technologies. Younger, lower paid artists were brought in to take their places. Imho.

http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/88631

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Rocky and Bullwinkle statue taken down

The statue of Rocky and Bullwinkle on Sunset Blvd. has been taken down. From what I could find online, it seems Dreamworks has taken the statue down for restoration. The reports say the statue will not be returned to it's spot on Sunset. From what I understand, Dreamworks now owns the rights to Rocky and Bullwinkle.
http://www.cartoonbrew.com/biz/dreamworks-animation-agrees-to-acquire-classic-media-66896.html



                                  (My photos from fall 2006)

Bullwinkle stands here in the newer "Wassamatta U" color scheme. (Or is it "Wossamatta"?) Older photos show him in a blue, white and light purple outfit, and Rocky wasn't holding a "Wassamatta U" pennant. Jay Ward and Bill Scott must have figured bad publicity was better than no publicity at all, right?

http://www.seeing-stars.com/imagepages/bullwinklephoto1.shtml

Still, it comes from a time when we could laugh at ourselves more easily by concocting these abstract characters. L.A. has been criticized over and over again for being an ugly city, and I'm forced to agree. Hollywood has already been turned into a stack of giant boxes, and little things with some charm or whimsy always seem to get bulldozed under. Establishments like "Tail of the Pup", and even Bob's Big Boy are vulnerable to being swept aside by developers for another Starbuck's/Subway/nail salon strip mall.



Here's a last look at our heroes walking off into the sunset. True, it was a battered piece of paper mache' and plastic that needed a major restoration, but that doesn't make it worthless. Perhaps they'll resurface someday. Stay tuned for our next episode. Right now, I can't think one of those groaner punchlines the way they could.

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/07/breaking_52yearold_bullwinkle_statue_lifted_off_the_strip_1.php

http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2013/07/bullwinkle_statue_moved_o.php

Friday, July 26, 2013

Summer Vacation

Or, what I didn't do this summer. So far. I fell way behind on animation news, technology and art in general. I did get to see the Superman display at Cleveland Hopkins airport back in June.


                                              (Superman copyright DC/Time Warner)

The biggest drama in June before my summer trip was having our new PC crash. I mean, totally dead, just a black screen with a cursor. The boot sector was totally corrupted. And the kicker was it was our only Toon Boom Storyboard Pro station at the Animation Guild computer lab.

Finally managed to copy the files using the command prompt, and then reformat the disk. What a nightmare. All the "home remedy" advice for repairing the boot sector, and avoiding reinstalling everything never panned out. I was biting my nails making sure everyone's files made it off safely before I wiped out the drive.

I think I know what caused it, but I can't go into here. I'll get on ordering backup drives to soften the blow next time. Got to spend a week at my dad's place north of Toronto.


I also got my parents old PC and laptop running again, with some vital help from my brother. I'm still a bit disgusted with all the electronics people are hauling up to their cabins. Fortunately, the local township seems conscientious about recycling. Saw a couple old PC's at the transfer station last year.


Blew off Comic-Con and Siggraph. I need something else to inspire me. Tired of the same old thing.

Here's what I started this spring. I'm not sure how it's going to turn out.
http://kenroskosanimationthesis.blogspot.com/

Ah yes, and someone "kidnapped" the Rocky and Bullwinkle statue from Sunset Blvd. Taken in for repairs they say, but it may never be returned to that fabled spot. You can read more about it here.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/bullwinkle-statue-removed

Go away for awhile and L.A. just falls apart!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Ernest & Celestine Trailer

I need to see where I can buy this, and just bypass the old Hollywood system that stifles so many fresh ideas. It looks good...

(Artwork copyright-) Here's the link to the trailer -

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ernest+and+celestine+trailor&mid=2DC0F8C9DC003C9FF7C72DC0F8C9DC003C9FF7C7&view=detail&FORM=VIRE3

Directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner. Based on a children's book written and illustrated by Gabrielle Vincent.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

time lapse sketching

Hello blog, haven't posted here in a while. Here's my first attempt at time lapse sketching using Video Velocity software.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj6QkdvN8DE

http://www.candylabs.com/videovelocity

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Saturday, May 18, 2013

More spam

Some people will do anything to make money. Spam sites like topblogstories tried to attack my computer, but the Norton stopped it. Makes me wonder if blogging is worth it.

https://productforums.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!topic/blogger/2HeLlFIRbbM

Thursday, May 16, 2013

First text message in animation

 All right, this is politically incorrect - but I ask you to jump to 3:24


(From a Merry Melody, Foghorn Leghorn in "Crockett Doodle Doo" copyright Warner Bros.)

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0plQO0f_xDI

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Angelina Jolie is Tigress!

 Angelina is a true warrior. Fight on!

Lord, this must take courage to get this preemptive surgery, I tip my hat to Angelina. I freak out just going in for a checkup.

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-angelina-jolie-mastectomy-first-person-20130515-dto,0,5217359.htmlstory

(Artwork copyright Dreamworks SKG)

Link courtesy of neofundi.com


http://www.neofundi.com/profiles/blogs/the-best-of-angelina-jolie

I have to admit: the first time I saw Kung Fu Panda was on a flight back to L.A. I don't like watching movies on a jet with headphones and the small screen overhead. But KFP kept grabbing my attention, and I kept watching it. Without sound, and the lousy monitors on the jet, I thought Tigress was a guy!

I regret not seeing KFP on the big screen. It was definitely on my DVD list when I got home.

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/po%20and%20tigress?language=pt_BR

Monday, May 13, 2013

Ray Harryhausen San Diego Comic Con interview 2005

Here's a scan on the Ray Harryhausen interview from the San Diego Comic Con update flyer that came in the mail in 2005. I'm still intrigued how Harryhausen met Willis O'Brien, and worked for George Pal.

(Writer unknown, copyright 2005, San Diego Comic Con)







Friday, May 10, 2013

Ray Harryhausen at the Motion Picture Academy 1997

This xerox had been stuck to my fridge since 1997. I must confess, I don't remember much from that night. Since the passing of Ray Harryhausen, I finally scanned before it completely deteriorates. I'll let you read this hand out, and imagine what that evening was like a the Motion Picture Academy back in 1997.






Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Saul Bass' Birthday

Interesting, how we lost Ray Harryhausen, and today is Saul Bass' Birthday. I just learned from one of my Maya students about Saul Bass's collaboration with John Whitney. Whitney invented an analog computer from the gun sight system of a WWII anti-aircraft gun. Together they worked on the titles for Hitchcock's Vertigo.

https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&tab=ww

I wonder if either one bumped into Ray Harryhausen or George Pal...

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Ray Harryhausen1920 – 2013

(Darth Vader scream) Noooo!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Harryhausen

According to Wikipedia, Ray Harryhausen was born in Los Angeles on June 29, 1920. He met the animator of King Kong, Willis O'Brien, worked for George Pal and became a good friend of Ray Bradbury.I'd say that's pretty impressive, career and life-wise.

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-ray-harryhausen-20130508,0,7687365.story

Back at summer camp, my dad managed to get a copy of Jason and the Argonauts on 16mm film. Set up the projector, got the kids together, and get the popcorn going: pure heaven!


(Copyright 1963 Columbia Pictures)

I'll never forget Jason fighting those skeletons. At the time, I had no idea who Ray Harryhausen was.
Later on, I could detect the differences in the film grain and exposure between the actors and the stop motion figures when his films came to video, but it's still a great experience.

With digital technology, I wonder what it would take to recreate that stop motion look from the early 1960's. What lenses, what film stock, lights and materials did Harryhausen use?

I'm still on my own quest for the Golden Fleece. Need a break from all this technology, get back to some earthy type of creation.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057197/

I don't know what else to say. A great time in film history.
He was 92. I hope I can make that.

http://movies.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=806440http://movies.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=806440

http://www.rayharryhausen.com/index.php

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/07/181931429/ray-harryhausen-master-of-stop-motion-animation-dies

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Harry Shearer taken off KCRW

Not animation related, not directly, but it's kind of a slap in the face to have Harry Shearer knocked off the air. 2013 has been a year of shake ups, as far as my usual routine is concerned. The podcasts are still available of Le Show, but it's an isolating feeling to listen to it alone. It's nice to know other people are listening too. He didn't even get a chance to say good bye.

Somewhere, Mister Burns is smiling. "Excellent."

 http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2013/04/harry_shearers_le_show_al.php

http://www.scpr.org/blogs/newmedia/2013/04/17/13333/interview-harry-shearer-on-le-show-being-taken-off/

http://harryshearer.com/le-show/

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Flamingo Waitress as Green Lantern

Okay, she does have a secret identity. I read too many comics, I guess. Quick sketch colored in Photoshop.





And she's keeping her skates. She just had to replace those yellow wheels with white ones. True fans will understand why;)

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Almost forgot!

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And blogs just about blogging itself?

This was interesting today -

http://blog.ted.com/2013/03/14/the-10-most-popular-ted-ed-lessons-so-far/


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Bad Guy

Monday was a rough day. News about the attack in Boston, and just finding out about the white ribbon campaign just leaves me more staggered about life, and what our responsibilities are toward each other.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_ribbon

Conflict is a part of life. But we have to decide on how big the repercussions will be if we lash out. Individuals and governments can lash out blindly, or they can proceed in a destructive manner with some high degrees of premeditation. To me, it's how big of a mess do we leave behind for someone else.

Here we go again. As a storyteller, I'm still fascinated by the cute character in jeopardy. Good stories need bad guys, and we get a thrill watching them carry out their dirty deeds. As long as they are confined to a screen, or on the pages of a book or comic. We even had the "noble villain" in Leader Desslok from Starblazers. They see themselves as the heroes.

 http://www.fanboy.com/2009/08/desslok.html

I liked the ironic twist to the villain Darla Dimple in "Cats don't Dance".

L.B. Mammoth: Ah, the recipe for a Darla Dimple movie. Begin with one part adorable character in jeopardy.
[inside the soundstage, Darla has tied up Pudge]

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001421/?ref_=tt_trv_qu

It takes only one, or a handful of crazed or enraged people to blow us all to Hell. Stopping their plots takes work, time and insight. But I don't want a police state either. I want to trust people. I don't have a good answer. And we always seem to have the time, people and resources to bust heads afterwards.


Saturday, April 06, 2013

Van Eaton Galleries "THE HB SHOW”

Hoo-Ha! Saturday morning becomes Saturday night for grownups, and kids of all ages.
It was fun! Saw a few familiar faces, I think the show was a success. But my head is exploding right now. Have a good night folks.

(Art copyright Gris Grimly)

http://www.vegalleries.com/thehbshow.html

http://www.superpunch.net/2013/04/hanna-barbera-themed-art-show.html

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

My blog was devalued again

I'll have to stick with Google Analytics. The regular blogger stats keep sending Animation Re-creation down to the bottom. I'm only getting webcrawlers and junk sites looking at the blog these days...

It's true I've gotten away from posting computer art. I've been trying to post useful info about the industry shakeups. Trying to post useful links. Trying to make this blog something useful to society.

Some good news?

http://www.shootonline.com/go/index.php?name=Release&op=view&id=rs-web4-4115779-1364861454-2

Saturday, March 23, 2013

How Hollywood still sees computers

Here's a cute article on how Hollywood is still using old film cliche's when it comes to technology.
Via Tom Sito- Evil geniuses, evil machines taking over the world. The real threat comes from our own laziness.
http://www.denofgeek.com/games/24877/the-things-the-movies-think-computers-do

This is the guts of my old Compaq. I still don't have the energy to take it the recyclers. Had two old Macs go out on me at the Guild computer lab this winter. Need to have a wake for them as well.

They sure got the mileage out of those Burroughs B-205's; Lost in Space, Batman, Time Tunnel. Speaking of time tunnels-

http://www.angelfire.com/scifi/B205/

http://www.starringthecomputer.com/computer.html?c=45