Sunday, March 23, 2008

I bought a tattoo machine!

Im making pretty good process in school right now. I actually feel motivated to finish this film right now! WooHoo! Its going to feel so good to get it done and over with, and decide what I am going to do with it. I think I want to color it in colored pencil, which is the craziest thing ever. 
In other news, I bought myself a tattoo machine, and Im determined to be good at it.  Its something Ive always been interested in and the last 3 years Ive really been struggling to decide whether or not to invest in one.  Well, I decided to splurge before my student loans are all gone. I went out, bought some grapefruit to practice on, and I need to get more supplies. Its funny how any little things are involved in the process. Most of the time people just think its a needle and a paper towel. Haha. Well we'll see how it goes.
Im uploading a picture of my first grapefruit tattoo--experiment....
Im also uploading a new pin up girl design..which i would love to tattoo one day!
And im uploading one of the main character designs for my pitch Maudies Closet.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

on a smaller note,

Reviews and My Biased Opinion
 about some of the movies that have been released recently.

Ok, so I recently went to the movies and saw
Be Kind Rewind- I had huge expectations for this film, after "science of sleep" I was sure that this was a great platform for Michel Gondry.  This was an opportunity to bring back the silly special effects that he is so well known for.  They were great, the hands and crafts special affect were great, and the interaction with random people made it the better.  The idea of the movies being remade by the community, was really instrumental.  It helped the plot along, but it also made for some interesting acting.
Cloverfield-I loved this movie. I have heard many many people criticizing this film, without really understanding the film.  I really feel like this film brought me inside the film, I got to experience the shaking of the camera while running, to see the monster up close, where the character stood looking up into its mouth.  It was supposed to feel jarring, the camera was supposed to help you experience the film.

Graduation in two months!

So this is whats on my mind at the moment. First off, Im excited to be done with school. Considering that I have been in school, continuously, my entire life. Basically. Secondly, Im terrified of not being in school. Because I have never had a real job. I mean freelance is fun, and a few days of this and that is good. But I have no concept of actually doing what I love to do, and getting paid for it. A job situation is going to be so much different from the school experience. I mean, Ive had jobs, harsh ones, but I need to do this! Agh! Im freaking out. Basically.
Wow, that was alot of rambling.

Senior Studio-School is going good. 10 week review for senior studio is next week. I need to put everything together and start to see how it will work with the song by owlwood. Im pretty sure itll be good. Im exciting to get them all into the right format, and add doodads and bushes and trees and things. I think Ill feel like I accomplished something.

Pitch-Im reworking the Maudies Closet character designs in Illustrator. I feel like the pitch is better formed to a flash program, or after affects. Ive got one down and Im pretty happy with it. Im kind of nervous about approaching the environments though, just because its something new. The story is fleshing itself out nicely. Ive been writing a short story which introduces all the characters and their background histories. Everyone seems to be relating very well to Katie, the main character. She has a great sense of sarcasm and is very practical. This is why it is so difficult for her to have moved on top of a vintage clothes store surrounded by hippies. The adventures that Katie, Evie and Jack go on are going to be really great.

Practicum- This is a great lesson for all of us in class, so we can learn how to respond to clients. Its interesting how difficult it really is. I know that if someone was paying me to continually redraw characters, it would be fine. Its very hard for the team to understand why we havent decided on a style or main character. But its hard on their part as well, With different opinions about the sketches. I guess we will just keep giving them what they want. Hopefully, the plan is that we will spend extra kind reworking this character style, so that it can continue through the total 8 films.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

pitching..any advice?

So im looking into pitching my story to a few places. Im looking into contacting Cartoon Network, because Ive already had communication with them before...and I figure it is worth a shot, but the smaller studios will probably recieve it better. Im still in school with only a few months left, so I figure it is a good time to get ready to jump into that part of my career. Not that Im expecting it to get picked up immediately, but it is a very solid idea and Im pretty confident in it.
Anywho, so that is basically where I am at in the whole scope of things. My senior short animation is finally on the ball. Ive had some pretty serious health issues Ive been dealing with and it threw me off for a minute, but Im happy to get started on it all again. Im planning on having it fully animated by the middle of May and hopefully be well into coloring. Ive decided to color with colored pencil, which sounds crazy even to me....but I think it suits the style of my animation better than any other option.

Anyways, about the pitch, if anyone has some advice for me, as I dive head first into this idea, please let me know. Im currently working on character ideas and each character Bible is almost finished. I have about 3 different ideas for plots and Im hoping to come up with about 3 more. This will hopefully cement the themes behind the show, as well as the characters.