Sometimes being a freelance magazine writer has some perks beyond equal.
Today I was invited to the "Fly Me to the Moon" premiere in New York, a film about houseflies in 1969 that stowaway in the Apollo 11 spacecraft. The film might be called "groundbreaking" for being the first animated film produced specifically for 3D viewing.
There are many things about the film itself that deserve criticism, though the science behind it is not one of them. In fact, it attempted to be so true a reenactment that the filmmakers even cast one of the Apollo 11 astronauts to play himself.
Here I am meeting THE Buzz Aldrin.
Look below. See that right hand? That's the hand I shook.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
I never cease to be amazed at how ON you can be on some days, and how OFF on others. In the top file we have one page compiled from 2 separate drawing days with 3 semi-solid drawings on it, and below it another page with 5 passable drawings from one day. Sheesh!
All these drawings were done within the last month.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Well, this is a busy few weeks for yours truly. Besides going to the animation block party festival this weekend, I'll be reporting on it for Animation Magazine.
I also recently signed on to be a "Research Associate" on an upcoming book by and about one of my animation heroes. I can't talk too much about it, but it will occupy my time til early August. To buy the last book I was a research associate on (under Jerry Beck), go HERE.
Down the road I'll be reporting on Disney's new Fairies line, making Tinkerbell into a corporate symbol. Well... more so, anyway. And who knows, maybe I'll be on top of "Little Mermaid III." I'm not saying I was asking Disney to make such a movie, but now that it's out, I'd like to talk to the filmmakers about the process. Believe it or not, they take their jobs very seriously.
Other than that, I'm still working my 9-5 at "Languagemate" and inching along on a new Obama cartoon to throw onto Youtube.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
I received this today. How's this for class? A thank-you letter for working on a project that is picking up accolades. Heck, I was just doin' my artistic duty.
Bet you can find a clip of it on Google that NBC hasn't taken off-line yet.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
My friend Gil Varod's site Broadway Abridged is filled with great Broadway in-jokes and spoof scripts. When he asked me to do some VOICE ACTING for a podcast of his Les Mis script on Broadway Bullet, I couldn't be more thrilled.
DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST NOW (We're about a third of the way through the entire program.)
I love voice acting, but it's a lot harder than reading lines into a mike. It's even harder than acting to the camera or a theater audience. I'd compare it to acting for silent films, in which emotions and motives would have to translate without dialogue and only body language. Voice acting is the complete reverse, of course, and when listening to a talented voice actor like Terry McGovern or the great June Foray, you can close your eyes and still believe the character is there in that cartoon room, rather than in a recording booth. Hopefully I did Jean Valjean justice, but you be the judge!