Custom 3D just in time for … Halloween.

February 24th, 2007 - No Responses

Custom 3D Character

Scary huh? This is one of my custom 3D characters.

He walks, he talks and he’ll be the star of one of my upcoming animations.

I Love L.A. …?

February 24th, 2007 - No Responses

I do now. More to come …

  • lost in L.A.
  • so what’s a live TV show taping really like?
  • what does John wave have in common with the Munchkins?
  • The Pacific in February

The Culver Hotel

sample shot

February 13th, 2007 - No Responses

test shot

Hold Your Vote. The contest is over.

February 9th, 2007 - No Responses

It’s all my fault, I entered my animation on the last day of voting … AND IT WON!!!!

It’s so cool, they’re flying us out to Hollywood for some Sony studio tours and stuff, plus we get to see a live taping of “King of Queens.”

So thanks ever so much for the votes! Oh crap, now I have to fly.

Get out and Vote!

February 9th, 2007 - No Responses

For my commercial.

New Mexico’s CW TV is running a “King of Queens” contest. So I put together a thrity second spot featuring … you got it - King of Queens.

So …. If you would, please go have a look at my entry and vote.

Animated Product Demo

February 7th, 2007 - No Responses

Here’s a quick little test to see if I could demonstrate how our espresso machine worked.

Hey Hon’, that’s me on TV!!!

February 7th, 2007 - No Responses

… Or at least my voice.

I saw my animated short spoof on the Independent Film channel the other night.  It was weird.

At first when I heard myself, I cringed, and then … it got kinda OK.  Seconds later I was able to actually walk in and watch it with my wife (Guin,) I actually smilled. But when they ended the show with my animation, I was THRILLED!!!

Watch for it on IFC Media Lab.

I forgot about drawing.

February 7th, 2007 - No Responses

I’ve painted portraits since I was a kid, but never really took a shot at caricatures - I thought they were so “six flags.” But then I tried some recently. It’s tougher than I thought.

Mr. ObamaMr. StewartMr. ColbertAnd what’s his nameThe Gov “illustrated”The GovColbert - no title

This was the last painting I did, a few years back. It’s B.B. King. It measures about 3 ft x 4 ft. Which holds with my theory, big art is better.

Oil - B. B. King

Pan’s Labyrinth - two wings up!!

February 7th, 2007 - No Responses

Finally! A movie that let me forget that I was watching a movie. And this one had me right from the start. Although, I have to say I was a little surprised at some of the violence, I guess it was needed to make the antagonist as evil as possible.  And it worked.

Go see it.   And in my opinion, it’s the movie of the year.

My first 2D animation …

February 7th, 2007 - No Responses

… and the Independent Film Channel picked it up! Crazy huh?

Watch for it on their series MEDIA LAB.

I have nothing against the online dating giant or people hooking up online, I’m just having a little fun with their commercial, and I could do the same with most commercials I see. (and I will be)

Who knows, maybe it will help them make better ad spots. Satire is healthy. I’m here to help. :)

And let me clarify:  when I say first animation, I mean the first I had planned, storyboarded, scripted and done voice over for.  Everything I had done prior you can see on my 2006 demo reel.  It’s all mostly just tests, but it was a start :)

Now I’m focusing on the classic animation movement, setting up shots and all the little nuances that bring a drawing to life.

Being an Indie Animator

February 7th, 2007 - No Responses

Here I’m spoofing myself and all who attempt to startup a Production Studio.

(my newer stuff is on my Home Page)

Time for a New 3D App

February 7th, 2007 - No Responses

Up to this point I’ve been using Cinema 4D, which I liked, to a degree. It’s great for modeling - that’s it. The renders are so so, but the time line and animation features are very cumbersome.

Cinema 4d came out with an update that was suppose to improve some of these features, but it seems I bought from them one month to early, so even after I called and talked to them about it, they said NO UPDATE FOR YOU! YOU MUST PAY FOR A FULL UPDATE!! They won the battle, but lost a customer. Moral of the story: If you want to buy Cinema 4d, keep waiting one month.
So … after evaluating all the major and minor 3D apps out there, I’ve decided to go with an open source 3D package called Blender.

Here’s why:

  • Blender has high end features and plugins comparable to apps costing thousands.
  • You’re not stuck with one render engine. And more new and amazing engines are popping up all the time.
  • Great support from fellow users
  • Bottom line, it works great, it’s very flexible and plays well with my other apps, and the price is right. It’s FREE! (open source)

Check it out at www.blender.org (be warned, it’s not for the faint of heart. The layout is very weird, but you get use to it)

Sidenote:
There is a little package out there called HASH ANIMATION MASTER. Not only is it under $1,500, it’s under 300! The main reason I was interested is when I took a peak at their user gallery (good indicator) I saw tons of projects made by users, and some of these I had seen as TV commercials. National spots had been made with this tiny app, and one guy’s animated short was so good, Pixar called him up and offered him a job. Nice. (check them out at www.hash.com)

Based on that, I probably would have gone with Animation Master, but they don’t have a demo, which always tells me something is wrong. Get a demo guys.

It’s not the end of the World

February 7th, 2007 - No Responses

Here I was working on more action, faster shots and a few new techniques.

It’s set to Primus “My Name is Mud.”

It’s a large file, so you might have to replay it after its loaded.

Links of Supporters

January 1st, 2007 - Comments Off

Zombie Economy - My blog.  It’s satire.

New Mexico Magazine - A great site to find out all about Santa Fe, NM

New Mexico Film -  Great incintives for Filmmakers.  Find out what’s going on at NM Film.

Girlpaint.com - A skincare pro - My wife Guin knows it all!

Quidam Test

June 25th, 2006 - Comments Off

quidam

test

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