Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I'm On Vacation: I'm Boring

I've decided to update posts on my blog despite the glaring fact that I have nothing (or next to nothing) visually interesting to share! The best I can do is this night sky I made in Photoshop for my Aftereffects assignment in my Intro to Digital Media class. The colors, the moon, the sunset, the stars - it's entirely faked. You love it, though, and it's copyrighted by me - so there.

I've spent the past few days writing my novel - I have to reach a 50,000 word deadline by Thursday, and I'm at 32,000 at the moment. I'm visiting family, too, which is fun for me but probably abysmally dull to the average bear. Yes, when life goes well, the dramatic interest levels descend rapidly. To that I say: la! I hope my nephew kicks ass at the science fair tonight. :)

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Lemon Tree and Finals

Whoo hoo! I finished my Digital Media final today! Yay! I'll post my new After Effects file (a.k.a. the final I just did) up some time this weekend, along with smaller (file size) versions of my other movies at my portfollio site.

In case you're curious about the embedded flick above, I don't intend to rain on randall_rego's Yahoo video parade, but I really really REALLy like live action/animation integration, and this film is exceptionally beautiful. There's nothing like surrealism to throw people for a loop (if you go check out the comments people posted on this vid, you'll die out loud with laughter...or simply not understand why I'm laughing). According to randall_rego, The Lemon Tree won the Student of the Year award at the Inspire conference. It totally deserved it. Congrats to Jill Steiger and friends! What an evocative piece.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Simple Gags

O.K., so humor in animation is not my penultimate fave, but I think the following vid I saw on yahoo today is a great illustration of a successful simple gag. Physical comedy isn't really easy to draw (or animate), and often the simplest gags become really complicated in the development process.

Nothing more to post: it's finals week, and I am sooo stressed (I hide it well).

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

New Paintings

Sometimes I desperately need to take a break from working with computers all the time, and nothing is more satisfying to me than painting! The watercolor above I finished last week; it's a very Lopesian (yes, I'm allowed to turn my name into an adjective - here we come O.E.D.!!!) take on the Little Red Riding Hood tale.

The other painting, which I did in acrylic, is very totemic to me. I won't break its abstract mystery into a bunch of easy-to-digest shapes and colors, but it's set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia I revisit a lot in my dreams.

On a side note: my dreams are weird. Most of them take place in a series of exact, repeated locations that I could chart out with a map if I wanted to. These locations aren't places I've visited in the "real"/awake world (they're too strange, and sometimes cruel, to be areas I've been to), yet their geography is solid, and even interconnected, in my dreams. For example, I could set out on a journey from one end of my dream landscapes to another visiting all the cities and wharves and deserts and such within them, though it would take days or weeks to do so in my dream. Time is fun in dreams, too, because it compresses and stretches out as much as you need or want it to. At least it does it mine.

I love to sleep! Yay sleep!

One very last side note: I started playing World of Warcraft on Sunday, and now I'm hopelessly addicted. I blew all of Sunday evening and Monday (day) playing. I have a Tauren hunter who's level eleven, and a zombie who's level ten. They're both super cute and make me happy. :D But I'm sad, too - I haven't got to party with anyone yet! Plus some idiot kept on trying to challenge me to a duel when I was level seven or something, but I guess that's partly my fault for joining a PVP realm first off. Blah.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Upcoming Films!

I REALLY really want to see Satoshi Kon's newest flick, Paprika. Click on the link to see the trailer! It looks so beautiful, and I love that this director likes to deal with familiar memes such as perception and dreams (his past films include Millennium Actress and Perfect Blue among others, while his television series Paranoia Agent is a world of headf*cking all its own). Admittedly, the thrust of the flick sounds quite a lot like Cell (which had some very creative, fantastic visual elements despite its formulaic, plodding plot), but I have faith in Satoshi Kon.

In the more distant future, the newest Pixar film Wall E, will be arriving next summer. You need to click on this link - this film sounds like it could be so very cool! With the first third of it a silent film (if only the 9 feature had the moxie to try this route a la the 9 short) featuring a lot of criticism concerning our collective ecological consciousness, I can't help but be excited.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Mitchell Rose

O.K., so technically Mitchell Rose might not want to be known as an animator, and the movie I've posted isn't animation-heavy, but he has used plenty of animation in his films! Check out the light digital compositing animations in the movie posted below, then go see my fave, the pixellated beauty "Case Studies from the Groat Center for Sleep Disorders." For more fun times, go see the digital compositing in the extremely touching film, "Modern Daydreams 4: Islands in the Sky" (ostensibly about people in cherry pickers.) Love it all!

(I have a weapon...)