Monday, January 30, 2012
Yesterday, me and Laura had the great idea to try and finish an animation in a day. Not just a sketch,but fully inked and colored. Many hours and no sleep later, it appears that we have all the components finished. Now all we have to do is edit the stuff together.
Here is one of my favorite frames. It is full of the way I feel after 12 straight hours of drawing.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
So, THE TROUBLE WITH CHARLIE, the "puppet dram" that I conceived of a few weeks ago is finished! It was strange how quickly it came together. A friend of mine had a production company and told me that they were doing nothing for a couple of weeks and if I had a briliant idea, they would shoot it for me.
Brilliant is subjective, but we did turn around a helluva shoot in very little time. It has been a while since I had the chance to direct a narrative with a full crew so I was psyched.
New York City premiere coming up at The Iron Mule (ironmulenyc.com) film fest on February 4th at 8 pm
If you are in town, you should definitely come see it.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Every once in a while somebody creates an account and then tries to solicit people on Facebook. It is usually a woman in a foreign country trying to pretend to be a US Citizen and asking if you want to date the, Then they would ask you to meet them on line and live cam chat etc. etc...
It is incredibly unconvincing if you say you grew up in the US but type terrible broken English.
Here's the latest.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Thing you should watch on Netflix Instant.
I am an insatiable fan of London crime and Tom Hardy movies. This miniseries is an adaptation of a novel that seems to have been written with the most sociopathic character I have ever seen on screen. This includes American Psycho. Tom Hardy is playing Bane opposite Christian "American Psycho" Bale in the new batman movie. What a wonderful way to warm yourself up for that with this series.
This movie turned out to be exactly what I thought it would be, but executed beyond my expectations... does that make any sense? Thousands of people all over the world on June 24th 2011 documented their day and then sent all the video in to one place. Then one tortured sole edited it all together into an amazing film. It has been a while sic i have seen a doc with no narration or even a particular protagonist that really entertains like this film does. check it out.
Can I come by your house and fart on you?
Monday, January 09, 2012
After three days of serious puppet drama, last night we finished the last shot for our epic puppet drama. It was been a while since I had the chance to stretch my legs on a narrative with an (almost) full crew.
After sticking to documentaries for the last couple of years, it was refreshing o know what was coming next and to shape things on set in ways that it is impossible to do in a non fiction format. More on the sleazy puppet as it surfaces.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
This marks the first time I have ever directed a puppeteer, I mean a real puppeteer. James, Wojatal has worked for 20 years in the industry and knows that classic puppeting style started by the Henson company.
Funny, I had a lot of people offer to puppet for me when I was trying to find a puppeteer. Plenty of offers from people who would say things like. "No, I've never done it, but come on... it's a puppet!"
When a puppet is in the hands of a real puppet artist it comes to life and feels like you are talking to a tiny peppy person.
Charlie, the puppet, pictured here with puppet builder, Robert Eggers.
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
This is the guy. Charlie, currently being finished and about to be manipulated by a master puppeteer for my new short film, The Trouble With Charlie.
As you know every film. no matter how small, requires a crap-load of work to get it done. Add in the fact that pre production is almost over and stuff still isn't done and you can understand why I feel like I barely have the tie to type this.
Today's big task, finishing a third polish of the script before I send it out to everyone tomorrow.
Some serious puppet shit is about to go down.