Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Bigger Picture

Writer's Thoughts
Ever go on a road trip without a road map? That's actually how I got into animated film. I didn't have a clue where it was going to go. Passion was/is the driver.There's so many directions. That's exciting to know. I think every artist has a drive to communicate their art. Some paint on canvas. Some on paper. The point is create.

That unfinished novel will not collect dust forever. It can't.

I look forward to connecting with other dreamers/writers/animators/musicians out there who share the passion of creating. Maybe we will work on projects together. Every road shows the bigger picture, but to get there you have to start somewhere.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Animated Music Video Project

I'm very excited about the Animated Music Video project. A total of six in all. The collection is very colorful with a lot of motion and rhythmic beats. All original music.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Character Design

I have a scientific method for creating character appearances. It's called. "The Random Method." Yes. That's what I call it. Think about it for a second. I've never seen these 'people' before. Therefore, designing their features is more 'out of the blue.'

I've discovered a funny thing. Sometimes, they actually resemble people. This is always totally unintentional.

There's also the lighting factor. Character appearances change in various lighting.
When I design characters, it's like this: "They have eyes like this. Nose like this. Lips like this. Hair like this. Wah-lah. Done. I usually spend no more than ten minutes in this area.

What? Didn't you spend countless hours laboring over what they would look like?... Uh. No.

I like this approach because, the writing process is a process of discovery. So, I'm introduced to these characters, and from there the writing unfolds who they are. Along the way, their 'inner characteristics' become more important than their outer.

Creating an imaginary world of people, especially when they are so realistic, is an interesting and sometimes complicated art. I need a hug.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Behind The Scenes

Writer's Thoughts
This is a still from "Candle Dance." It's a scene of Harley's Coney Island in the evening sun. This scene "structure" was built in 3D. Years ago, I became fascinated with architecture. I was not sure why, at the time, now I know. One of my fav's was/is Frank Lloyd Wright. Librarians would give me interesting gazes. Apparently, I didn't have that 'architect look.' They didn't know I was a hip-geek. Oops, now you know. Oh, the animated life...