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Happy Turkiness!

I know I posted these a couple years ago – but just wanted to show my Thanksgiving spirit and bring ’em out. They weren’t even intended to by Turkey Day decorations, but I hung on to them just in case. The modeling clay is still holding up, but I lost the mini foam fez for the mini foam turkey.

As the background, I had a horrific typography class and was emotively typesetting the entire script of Full Metal Jacket. On 130 individually hand dyed pages, individually cut and wrinkled and printed. The story had an emotionally draining, depressing effect on me, but I was pleased with the result. To keep us from going insane in the class, we also had to come up with a self promotion idea that was fun. This was a direction, but was never persued…just fun break from death, war and vulgarity.

It’s my mission to make it a holiday tradition to add more turkeys to the collection, we’ll see…

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PES-amation

Again, more procrastination..this was part of the previous post, but Pig noted that it was too long and thus too boring of a post. I was simply getting some uncomfortable feelings out on the table rather than thinking of an audience (blog therapy?).  So, I’ll try to write a little more compact – after all, less is more, eh?

Anyway, tonight I was reading an article about Adam Pesapane, perhaps more commonly known by PES, and his adventures with stop motion and everyday objects. Defined as a “viral artist” he seems to be able to wander in between mediums with much success. So, here is someone with a degree in English and Printmaking who has managed to attract clients like Bacardi and MTV by telling creative little stories with imaginative props and a using some skills gained along the way.

So, while Aardman might be a little too lofty of an ambition for me, PES is still an inspiration that you can take the everyday things around you, apply them to your story, and be successful personally and commercially. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m gonna jump off the worry train at the next stop – it’s all easier said than done…

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Singing Slugs and insecurities

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So instead of working on the millions of thumbnail sketches I need to accomplish this weekend, I’ve been reading up on stop-motion animation. I recently watched both Wallace & Gromit’s Attack of the Were-Rabbit and Flushed Away and was entranced by the process of both of them – technically and all the magical little absurd details in the hear of the stories. I know, Flushed Away was Aardman‘s joint effort with Dreamworks and not stop-motion, but it still had a their hand-crafted feel. And honestly, I just haven’t been able to get those adorable singing slugs out of my mind. I feel like a child – I fell in love with them, and now I want one, or a whole family of em, as a pet. But deep down inside, I’m sad, cuz I know I can’t. Well, those were childhood emotions that surfaced when I would become emotionally attached to fictitious characters – I remember I wanted something like Falcor from the Never Ending Story as a pet, but was so sad that it could never be. I faced my frustrations and built a Falcor out of red Legos instead, which sufficed in the phsycial world.

And that’s how I think I should face my singing-slug sadness – channel it into something creative. Make my own singing, happy creatures, and hope that this fancy education I’m getting will somehow enable me to do this successfully. You know, I should be able to make a smashing logo in a year and a half, but how far will this creative process take me? Can it take me to a storytelling atmosphere beyond the static and 2-dimensional realm of logos and letterheads? Can I be in a position some day where I am creating stories with dancing slugs, designing their cute little forms, but have a group of people that can handle the technicalities of capturing it? I don’t now anything about animation, film, or video…but is being able to tell a good story with strong design skills and heart enough to get me there? Will Aardman love me and import me to England to design googly-eyed squirrels? Well, sorry to ride the worry train, but it happens…I see more and more things I want to do but wonder if I’ll ever be at that point where I can.

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Final revision, I promise!

Teamwork Squirrels…again

So here is my final version…I swear! No Mas! Vsyo! Fin! I’ll stop beating this dead horse, I promise…I just don’t have that many horses to beat, so forgive me!

Anyway, last week’s version I uploaded to YouTube was a little on the quiet side. Now with some lovely features on my new MBP, I’ve been able to make it look and sound a little more interesting. Enjoy it one last time…

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Teamwork Squirrels meets YouTube


Here it is, finally on YouTube…

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Take Three

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So here’s my third attempt at my claymation flipbook, and the response so far hasn’t been positive.  A scathing review from Pig makes me wonder if I’m progressing or whatever the opposite word for that is.  I really had high hopes of making a final capture tonight – my actors are falling apart and need a long rest – but it looks like this was another step somewhere…in the right direction?  Not so sure.   After all these hours put into making a 10 second clip, I was hoping to have something a little closer to a finished product, not something that evokes silence and a facial expression of a disdainful sneer.

As for the change in copy – I really wanted to tie it in to Park Pride’s mission statement, which emphasizes improvement to parks rather than just keeping them clean.  Pig wasn’t thrilled with the change (among many other details) but I think it is better for Park Pride than the previous text.  Also, I see Park Pride as an underdog around here, and thought it might be nice to pass this on to them – their webpage has a primitive feel but I doubt they have the funds to improve it.  We’ll see if I can get a decent version first…

Well, I’m very tired tonight so that’s not helping the sad, gray cloud that lingers above me.  On a positive note, special thanks to Dre for helping me with my tripod issues…my squirrels thanks you.

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