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.!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.)

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.,0,5217359.htmlstory

(Artwork copyright Dreamworks SKG)

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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.

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.

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

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Ray Harryhausen1920 – 2013

(Darth Vader scream) Noooo!

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.,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.

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