Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Dinner and Drinks lead to Spontaneous Drawings

My friend Ino Karella www.inokarella.com
Out to dinner in Los Feliz.

A really bad likeness of my friend Rick ( www.azfn.com/home/index.htm)

Kristen wanted me to destroy her...this is what I came out with. I think I can go further.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Trust the process.

Screenwriters Expo 2006! Pixar speaks!

The event was held this past Saturday at the Marriott hotel by the Los Angeles Airport (aka: LAX.) My roomate and I woke up bright and early, on a saturday morning no less, to attend this magical event. Morgan Kelly raced on over to our place in the knick of time. He tossed a bear claw and a cup of Joe at me and Sean Szeles, Morgan, and yours truly hopped in the Szeles mobile and ......waited for it to start. You see, the Szeles-mobile has been a little ill these days and even after a few trips to the doctor, it still takes about 10 minutes for her to warm up.

Anyways, away we go!

Which freeway do we take? Morgan says 405..I say no way. Avoid the 405 at all costs..avoid it like the plague. So we take the 110 to the 105 and wallah! No traffic. Biggity Bam..we park the car. Shades on, sketchbooks in tow and shoes laced up tight. We're ready to be inspired and have our creative juices boiling. We step in the lobby...which way do we go? It's a sea of people. I see Disney cats, Dreamworks cats, Sony cats, and Pixar cats...it's a who's who of animation talent. There's a sign! Downstairs! We get in line. Shite! Room full...onto the overflow room! Where in the world is that? It's 10 am, we're gonna be late. Dash down a hallway, place my ticket in a bag, Boom we're in.

Andrew Stanton, director of Finding Nemo, begins the day.

My first drawing ever of Woody...I'm actually happier with the snake.

Some future screenwriters.

Master storyteller and Head of Jerry Seinfeld's Bee movie,
Mr. Dave Pimentel


The one and only Dave Derrick (DW story artist) or as I like to call him.... Dirty D!

Top right is Brenda Chapman (director of a secret upcoming Pixar film) and on the bottom left is Lee Unkrich (co-director of Finding Nemo)

Dreamworks' master animator Donnachada Daly (top left) and Dreamworks' master story artist Ennio Torresan ( curly cue hair).

On the bottom we have The Lion King co-director Rob Minkoff. He's currently developing a Mr. Peabody feature film for Dreamworks.

Ennio again, on the bottom.

Dave P. drawing me.
Dave D. drawing Dave P. and a T. rex.

Yeah, I went there. Yup, he's naked. Yeah he's seen it. Yup, he's gonna get me back.

Pixar story artists sharing some knowledge.

Pumpkin Head has the right idea....
and is trying to pick up on a Screenwriter.

Messy hair Mandrews and a Morgan.

The dynamic duo, the powerhouse of the Incredibles,
Mr. Brad Bird (director) and Mr. Mark Andrews ( head of story )

The bottom one of Brad looks more like Napoleon Dynamite. Woops, sorry Brad.

And one more for a graceful finale.

So after long waits in line, chatting with a billion people, and success in ripping Dave Pimentel apart, we decide to head back home. But wait, we can't end the night like that! So we fly over to Los Feliz, speed into a restaurant called Mexico City, and scarf down Enchiladas and Margaritas like a pack of warthogs.
Cheers everyone.

Pimp goes to work.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Pushing the boundries.

Isn't this amazing???!!!!! And the music!! What comes out of man's mind always amazes me. I don't know who Theo Jansen is but I'm about to do some research.

Here'a a CG simulation of his work that helps explain it better.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Oh my god....

And so it begins....this is FANTASTIC. Thanks Fred for sending this to me! If anyone sees any more Flushed Away Slugs let me know!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Over the Hedge on DVD

Over the Hedge is now on DVD. I will post my thumbnails very soon. I have lots so be prepared!

I agree with Kmac, working on
Over the Hedge was a great experience. With supervisors like Kristof Serrand, Jason Reisig, John Hill, and William Salazar...wow, what a great learning experience.


Is this not the greatest picture ever???
3 Cal Arts graduates and Marilyn Manson.

Manson, Danny Elfman, Paul Reubens, and Tim Burton at the El Capitan screening of the new 3D Nightmare Before Christmas. Hollywierd , USA.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Who's BAD??

I thought some of you would enjoy this Captain EO Trailer.

And this is just disturbing.

And it only gets worse. India style!!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Update...Flushed Away tease

So the sound is in sync now on Daily Motion...click below to watch.

Guess who's got some new animation on YouTube? Me! Check it out. I animated the 5 slugs in the background in the second to last shot. They're popping! The front two slugs were animated by Bill Tessier. I spent a lot of time making sure they hit their poses on the correct beats. To get it just right, I sometimes have them hit their poses 2 frames before each beat. It's just a matter of feeling it out as you play the animation back...sometimes hitting on the beat works, sometimes not.

From Wikipedia.org

Popping (a.k.a. hitting) is a funk dance and street dance style based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in the dancer's body, referred to as a pop or a hit. This is done continuously to the rhythm of a song in combination with other mime-style movements.[1]

Popping is also used as an umbrella term for a group of illusionary dance styles and techniques that are often combined with popping to create a more varied performance. The effect of popping as entertainment hinges on an almost-surrealistic contrast between the human dancer and the unnatural moves performed. Like other street dances popping is often performed in battles and thus involves competitive tricks such as mocking the opponent.

It's generally believed that the dance evolved in California in the 1970s and was originally inspired by locking.[2] It was later incorporated into both the hip hop- and electronica dance scenes.

My inspiration you ask? Well, who else? Michael J!! Watch him Pop and you'll understand why he's such a phenomenal dancer.

Sometimes I get inspiration from tiny people.