Quote of the Day #22

I have some pretty exciting news about my short film that I can’t announce quite yet. But I’ll post as soon as I get the okay to. In the meantime, I give you Frank Turner. I’ve known about him for a while and really enjoy his stuff. Some of the songs can tend to get political, so if that’s not your cup o’ tea you might not enjoy all of his stuff. But then there’s this song. I heard it for the first time yesterday and have played it over and over since. Just an incredible song. I hope you like it too.

And I still believe in the need
For guitars and drums and desperate poetry.
And I still believe that everyone
Can find a song for every time they’ve lost and every time they’ve won.

Free Comic Book Day is tomorrow!

Since 2002, the first Saturday of May has been a glorious day. That day is known as Free Comic Book Day. In an effort to bring new comic book readers into independent comic stores, once a year publishers and comic shops team up to hand out a bunch of free comics. A lot of shops have creators there for signings, as well as people dressed up as comic characters. It’s really a fun event, and as a longtime comic book fan and collector, I fully endorse it. We went as a family last year, and had a lot of fun. My boys dressed up as Superman and Batman and had a blast picking out the kid-friendly comics. There’s also plenty for the older readers as well, and most shops have big sales to coincide with the event. So pack up the family tomorrow and head to your local comic shop. You can go to the official site right here, where they also have a participating comic shop locator. If you love comics, used to collect them, or are just interested in finding out more, this is a great way to jump in.

Animation = Happiness

Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to do what I do for a living. The long hours and endless notes can be draining at times. But at the end of the day, I still get to help create something that will hopefully be enjoyed by millions of people. It really is a pretty cool job. Although what I do for work is all on the computer, what drew me to animation in the first place was the ability to draw something and make it come alive. I can still remember the first time I pressed play and saw the things I’d drawn start moving. I’ll never forget that feeling.

My sons love to draw. A few months ago I did a flipbook of a bouncing ball to show them how animation works. My oldest boy , who’s five, copied it and made his own little version. I scanned them in and made a video so he could see his drawings in motion. He loved it. Fast forward to this past weekend. Out of the blue he brought me a stack of drawings and asked me to put them on the computer. When I did, I was amazed at what he came up with:

Pretty great for a five year old. Heck, my first animations at age 21 weren’t much more complex than this. I’m thrilled and couldn’t be more proud of him. But as much as I love his animation, what makes me the happiest is his reaction to seeing his work in motion.

His smile is pure joy, and I can’t help but smile along with him every time I watch this video. This is what it’s all about. Animation is a special medium. It can tell stories as dark or funny or beautiful as any other storytelling medium, but there’s just something incredible about it. Among other things, it’s the ability to create something entirely out of your head, and give life to it. I don’t know if my son will pursue animation as a career. It’s okay if he doesn’t. But I’m so glad I was able to be there for the moment he saw his drawings come to life.

Script Frenzy Fail (Again)

One of these years, just you wait, I’m going to succeed at Script Frenzy. I didn’t even have to write the whole script this time, just half of it. Alas, life has a way of making things difficult. But it wasn’t a complete failure. I started on page 45 and am now up to 74. I’m shooting for around 90 pages, and I have a pretty good outline for the remaining scenes. (Did you know that one page of a script is roughly equal to one minute of film time? It’s a handy thing to know in order to gauge how long your movie will be) So really I’m not in too bad of shape. I just need to finish the darn thing. Once I do, and have gone through a few revisions, I’ll post some pages here.