My Two Cents

21
Jul

Well, I’m back. Did ya miss me?

Montreal was great. A little family, a little friends, a little poutine (note to self: eat more veggies).

Here are the tidbits:

While I was gone, the good folks at the VFS Blog posted an interview about me and the storyboard blog. Check it out and poke around the site if you’re thinking about attending film school.

Or to reminisce if you already attended film school. Ahh, those long all-nighters…then sleeping under your desk the next day while I was trying to TEACH, dammit!

*throws imaginary boot*

This could get ranty.

On to tidbit number two.

While in Montreal, I had the opportunity to visit some other lovely folks at Toon Boom. I got a first-hand demonstration of Toon Boom Storyboard Pro which was very cool. I’m not going to write a full review until I actually fiddle around with it myself. Which I plan on doing soon.

But I will say that I was impressed. It looks like a real storyboard artist-friendly piece of software. And it could very well increase your productivity, so you could actually have a life while storyboarding. What a concept.

So stay tuned for that one.

Done with the tidbits, on to the review:

I mentioned in my last post that I would be attending the ‘South Park Live‘ show at the ‘Just for Laughs’ festival. There were only two shows on the Wednesday night, a 7pm and a 9:30pm (I went to the 7pm). I was quite stoked for it and I paid about $55 per ticket.

So was it worth it? >>continue reading>>

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30
Jun

Yes, I love AC/DC.

And that photo. I took it for goodness sakes!

OK, this post will be a short one. I’m still figuring out what I want to write about next.

Consider this the ‘vacation wrap-up’.

But I wanted to show that I’m back and haven’t moved into a surf shack. Not yet anyway. And that I haven’t abandoned my blog. No way man!

I mentioned that I might post while on vacation but that I also might not be using my brain much while away.

I wasn’t.

So I didn’t.

And it felt wonderful. >>continue reading>>

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5
Jun

I am in the midst of my *final* Hell Week. Then I get a vacation.

Yipee for me!

So since I’m going to be quite strapped for time and content, you get a little potpourri of things in this post.

First off, if you read the comments you may have seen one from Toronto storyboard artist Dan Milligan. Go to his site and look at his stuff (for you geeks, he worked on the movie ‘300’).

Very cool indeed.

He also added a link to an interview he did on the site CG Channel. Some good reading from a pro in the film and advertising industry, so check it out here:

http://www.cgchannel.com/news/viewfeature.jsp?newsid=5733&pageid=0

(UPDATE: That link doesn’t work anymore. Sorry!)

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Next, I plan on doing some posts about dealing with dialogue. I just don’t have the time right now and probably won’t for a few weeks (that vacation thing). But I did come across a post on Carlos Baena’s blog that touched on this.

He’s an animator at Pixar and one of the founders of Animation Mentor (I don’t know him and he certainly doesn’t know me). He gives some great insights and tips for animators on his site.

I can’t seem to link to just that post, but check out the June 1st entry entitled ‘Internal/External Dialogue‘. It shouldn’t be too far from the top. Poke around that site if you’re an animator. He’s got a good book resource section too.

UPDATE: If you go to his site you might very well see a post about this blog! I’ve told him privately and now I’ll tell him publicly: Thank you Carlos…you rock!

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And finally just for fun, here’s the superb video “Take On Me” by A-Ha.

Why not? It’s one of the best videos ever and starts off all ‘storyboard-ish’. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love it.

Ahh, the eighties…(hey, I told you I’m old). Enjoy and I’ll see ya before the big ‘vacances’.

Read the Storyboard Blog by RSS Feed or by email for more blasts from the past.

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10
May

Well, I’ve taken the Aniboom Radiohead Contest banner down. I posted about the contest a little while back here. It looked like a pretty OK contest even though I stated later on in this post that I wouldn’t enter it myself.

But since it was primarily a storyboarding contest and this being a storyboarding blog, they approached me. They offered to give me a link in their resources section if I put up a banner on my site. I did and they gave me one. It wasn’t in a very promenent place and I seemed to be in the company of only their paid sponsors. Not many links there at all. Weird, but what the hey. No skin off my nose and I got a few click-throughs.

Fine.

Frankly, I’ve never really gone back to the site since. Just kind of forgot about it and then I’d take the banner down at the end of June when the contest was over.

Yesterday one of the search terms that found my site was ‘aniboom contest scam’.

Ohh-kay. Interesting.

I wondered what was brewing over there but again, forgot about it. Who knew if that person found anything about that subject, right?

Then I get an email today. Most of it wasn’t so much a message to me but a cut and paste from the Adult Swim message boards and some links to the message boards on the Aniboom site.

It didn’t look good.

They’ve picked their ten finalists that get the $1000 to make a minute of animated footage from their storyboards.

But there’s a problem. >>continue reading>>

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31
Mar

Aniboom_Radiohead

This was first brought to my attention by Will over at Calico Monkey and ToonBoom Tutorials (check him out if you’re interested in making your own cartoons online).

Then Aniboom contacted me direct to place an ad for the contest on my site. It’s pretty cool they found my little storyboard blog…and I get a link on their site to boot. So what the heck. 🙂

It’s a contest to create a Radiohead music video for a song off their album In Rainbows and it’s hosted by Aniboom. I can be a bit leary about ‘contests’, but this one looks pretty good.

At first they just want an animatic/storyboard that will be voted on by Radiohead, Aniboom and its community. Then the top ten winners get some cash to animate one minute of their idea. The final winner gets $10,000 to produce the whole shebang.

If you feel uneasy about the animating part and just want to storyboard it out, they even have a place to find someone to partner up with. Submissions end April 27, 2008.

If this is something that perks your interest, check out the Aniboom link or ad for all the details!

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4
Mar

Adrien Van Viersen

OK, this is cool.

A friend and fellow storyboard artist, Adrien Van Viersen will be joining the Storyboard Blog as of this week. He’ll be guest posting, adding his insights and overall ‘two cents’ about storyboarding for live-action film.

As regular readers may know, I storyboard primarily for animation. So I don’t want to give the impression that I work in film when I post about it. Don’t get me wrong, I do my research, but I feel better giving you guys ‘the real deal’ from someone who does this for a living full time. >>continue reading>>

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5
Feb

Well, this is a first. I got ‘tagged’ by Heather over at Cottage Blogger. This is when bloggers write about the same topic and kind of ‘pass it on’ to other bloggers. It helps get your blog seen by some who might never look for it. Kinda cool.

The subject is ‘7 Strange But True Facts About Me’ . So if you’re interested, here we go:

  1. I’ve had a driver’s license for almost 22 years and have never owned a car. Frankly, I’ve barely driven. If you ever see me behind the wheel, you might want to steer clear. >>continue reading>>
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My Two Cents

21
Jul

Well, I’m back. Did ya miss me?

Montreal was great. A little family, a little friends, a little poutine (note to self: eat more veggies).

Here are the tidbits:

While I was gone, the good folks at the VFS Blog posted an interview about me and the storyboard blog. Check it out and poke around the site if you’re thinking about attending film school.

Or to reminisce if you already attended film school. Ahh, those long all-nighters…then sleeping under your desk the next day while I was trying to TEACH, dammit!

*throws imaginary boot*

This could get ranty.

On to tidbit number two.

While in Montreal, I had the opportunity to visit some other lovely folks at Toon Boom. I got a first-hand demonstration of Toon Boom Storyboard Pro which was very cool. I’m not going to write a full review until I actually fiddle around with it myself. Which I plan on doing soon.

But I will say that I was impressed. It looks like a real storyboard artist-friendly piece of software. And it could very well increase your productivity, so you could actually have a life while storyboarding. What a concept.

So stay tuned for that one.

Done with the tidbits, on to the review:

I mentioned in my last post that I would be attending the ‘South Park Live‘ show at the ‘Just for Laughs’ festival. There were only two shows on the Wednesday night, a 7pm and a 9:30pm (I went to the 7pm). I was quite stoked for it and I paid about $55 per ticket.

So was it worth it? >>continue reading>>

Category : My Two Cents | Blog
30
Jun

Yes, I love AC/DC.

And that photo. I took it for goodness sakes!

OK, this post will be a short one. I’m still figuring out what I want to write about next.

Consider this the ‘vacation wrap-up’.

But I wanted to show that I’m back and haven’t moved into a surf shack. Not yet anyway. And that I haven’t abandoned my blog. No way man!

I mentioned that I might post while on vacation but that I also might not be using my brain much while away.

I wasn’t.

So I didn’t.

And it felt wonderful. >>continue reading>>

Category : My Two Cents | Blog
5
Jun

I am in the midst of my *final* Hell Week. Then I get a vacation.

Yipee for me!

So since I’m going to be quite strapped for time and content, you get a little potpourri of things in this post.

First off, if you read the comments you may have seen one from Toronto storyboard artist Dan Milligan. Go to his site and look at his stuff (for you geeks, he worked on the movie ‘300’).

Very cool indeed.

He also added a link to an interview he did on the site CG Channel. Some good reading from a pro in the film and advertising industry, so check it out here:

http://www.cgchannel.com/news/viewfeature.jsp?newsid=5733&pageid=0

(UPDATE: That link doesn’t work anymore. Sorry!)

_____________________________________

Next, I plan on doing some posts about dealing with dialogue. I just don’t have the time right now and probably won’t for a few weeks (that vacation thing). But I did come across a post on Carlos Baena’s blog that touched on this.

He’s an animator at Pixar and one of the founders of Animation Mentor (I don’t know him and he certainly doesn’t know me). He gives some great insights and tips for animators on his site.

I can’t seem to link to just that post, but check out the June 1st entry entitled ‘Internal/External Dialogue‘. It shouldn’t be too far from the top. Poke around that site if you’re an animator. He’s got a good book resource section too.

UPDATE: If you go to his site you might very well see a post about this blog! I’ve told him privately and now I’ll tell him publicly: Thank you Carlos…you rock!

_____________________________________

And finally just for fun, here’s the superb video “Take On Me” by A-Ha.

Why not? It’s one of the best videos ever and starts off all ‘storyboard-ish’. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love it.

Ahh, the eighties…(hey, I told you I’m old). Enjoy and I’ll see ya before the big ‘vacances’.

Read the Storyboard Blog by RSS Feed or by email for more blasts from the past.

Category : My Two Cents | Blog
10
May

Well, I’ve taken the Aniboom Radiohead Contest banner down. I posted about the contest a little while back here. It looked like a pretty OK contest even though I stated later on in this post that I wouldn’t enter it myself.

But since it was primarily a storyboarding contest and this being a storyboarding blog, they approached me. They offered to give me a link in their resources section if I put up a banner on my site. I did and they gave me one. It wasn’t in a very promenent place and I seemed to be in the company of only their paid sponsors. Not many links there at all. Weird, but what the hey. No skin off my nose and I got a few click-throughs.

Fine.

Frankly, I’ve never really gone back to the site since. Just kind of forgot about it and then I’d take the banner down at the end of June when the contest was over.

Yesterday one of the search terms that found my site was ‘aniboom contest scam’.

Ohh-kay. Interesting.

I wondered what was brewing over there but again, forgot about it. Who knew if that person found anything about that subject, right?

Then I get an email today. Most of it wasn’t so much a message to me but a cut and paste from the Adult Swim message boards and some links to the message boards on the Aniboom site.

It didn’t look good.

They’ve picked their ten finalists that get the $1000 to make a minute of animated footage from their storyboards.

But there’s a problem. >>continue reading>>

Category : My Two Cents | Blog
31
Mar

Aniboom_Radiohead

This was first brought to my attention by Will over at Calico Monkey and ToonBoom Tutorials (check him out if you’re interested in making your own cartoons online).

Then Aniboom contacted me direct to place an ad for the contest on my site. It’s pretty cool they found my little storyboard blog…and I get a link on their site to boot. So what the heck. 🙂

It’s a contest to create a Radiohead music video for a song off their album In Rainbows and it’s hosted by Aniboom. I can be a bit leary about ‘contests’, but this one looks pretty good.

At first they just want an animatic/storyboard that will be voted on by Radiohead, Aniboom and its community. Then the top ten winners get some cash to animate one minute of their idea. The final winner gets $10,000 to produce the whole shebang.

If you feel uneasy about the animating part and just want to storyboard it out, they even have a place to find someone to partner up with. Submissions end April 27, 2008.

If this is something that perks your interest, check out the Aniboom link or ad for all the details!

Category : My Two Cents | Blog
4
Mar

Adrien Van Viersen

OK, this is cool.

A friend and fellow storyboard artist, Adrien Van Viersen will be joining the Storyboard Blog as of this week. He’ll be guest posting, adding his insights and overall ‘two cents’ about storyboarding for live-action film.

As regular readers may know, I storyboard primarily for animation. So I don’t want to give the impression that I work in film when I post about it. Don’t get me wrong, I do my research, but I feel better giving you guys ‘the real deal’ from someone who does this for a living full time. >>continue reading>>

Category : My Two Cents | Blog
5
Feb

Well, this is a first. I got ‘tagged’ by Heather over at Cottage Blogger. This is when bloggers write about the same topic and kind of ‘pass it on’ to other bloggers. It helps get your blog seen by some who might never look for it. Kinda cool.

The subject is ‘7 Strange But True Facts About Me’ . So if you’re interested, here we go:

  1. I’ve had a driver’s license for almost 22 years and have never owned a car. Frankly, I’ve barely driven. If you ever see me behind the wheel, you might want to steer clear. >>continue reading>>
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