Sunday, November 22, 2009

Shadowbox Cinema/Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

OH HAI. It sort of slipped my mind that "Southern Exposure" was asked to be in this program that was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. It was nice of the Ann Arbor Film Festival to ask me to participate, and evidently, I won second prize in the audience vote. I used the money to buy "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2," which isn't really very artsy of me, but whatever.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival

Oh, I forgot to mention... "Southern Exposure" was screened at the end of September at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. The film festival is held in Birmingham, AL. I was actually really relieved and gratified when they contacted me and told me that they wanted to include me in the program. While making the film, I was always sort of anxious that Southerners would find it offensive and full of Northeast-elitist snobbery, which was definitely not my intention. The acceptance of my submission into a very southern film festival showed that at least a handful of people in Alabama found my film amusing and not insulting!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Woman Waiting for the Bus in Allston

I just found this sketch that I had drawn in April of a woman that my friend and I drove by. She was waiting for the bus. She had a floral muumuu, a beehive, a mullet, and a unibrow. She was a cartoon character if I ever saw one.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Toast Wedding Animation


This is a short animation that I did for the wedding videography company, Duet Films. Because nothing goes together like peanut butter and jelly.

My friend, Heather, helped me come up with the cute little idea. Although we did briefly worry that when the 2 pieces of toast squish together, it might be construed as, uh, somewhat sexual.

Music by Alex Schiff.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Day In the Life



I don't think that I'll ever do another animation about working as a pharmacist, but it might be kind of amusing to do some quick comics. By the way, this patient interaction really took place last week. This douchebag is one of my least favorite patients. He badgers us 15 times a day, and half of those conversations revolve around his encounters with hookers.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Another T ride sketch

I just found this sketch that I drew really quickly on the T this summer. I liked that the woman looked almost like a perfectly round ball.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Some sketchbook drawings from Barcelona

Here are some drawings that I just found from my Barcelona/ANIMAC trip back in March. I don't have that many because I traveled with my brother, Larry, who probably would not have tolerated long pauses on our trip just so that I could draw people and buildings.


The left page is of some characters that we had met in Barcelona. We had taken a city tour with a guide (the guy at the bottom), and this Asian guy, Lorenzo (there are Asians named Lorenzo?!), was on the same tour with us. He was an American, too, so we all had lunch together (vegetarian paella and champagne sangria!) and a nice little chat. The right page is of a costumed character and a dog that I saw at the ANIMAC festival in Lleida.



This is a copy of a drawing that I did of this man. The first one was given to him, at his request. We had difficultly communicating, as his English was poor and my Catalan was non-existent, but it sounded like he was an artist/filmmaker. He was roaming around the festival all week in this tiger costume, and when he saw me drawing people in the plaza, asked that I draw a picture of him. He was very excited to receive my crude little sketch.



I saw the little boy roaming around the plaza where the animation festival was held. He was all bundled up, as it was a chilly spring day. The drawing on the right is of one of the festival organizers. She often helped us out because she was one of the few people we met in Lledia who was very fluent in English. For example, she could confirm to us that our shiny black plate of rice was black because of a gallon of squid ink that they used on the food. (Great.) I never caught her name, so I kept referring to her all week as "Velma" (because she had a great resemblance to the Scooby Doo character).



Another dog and little kid that I observed from the plaza.

Larry and I had a great time in Spain, but the trip ended disastrously. We both got food poisoning the night of my film's screening, and spent an absolutely horrible final night in Lleida. I was vomiting every couple of hours, and poor Larry had it coming out the other end. The next morning, I was still vomiting and weak, but we had to check out of our hotel... it was a taxi, train, subway, plane, train, and taxi ride before I was finally home, shivering and exhausted in my own bed.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Peanut butter and jelly animation

A couple of months ago, a small (i.e., comprised of 2 people) wedding videography company contacted me. They had seen my work on YouTube, and wanted to hire me to do a short animation for their wedding DVDs. It would essentially be the opening "trailer" for their clients' DVDs, before you see any actual footage. Weddings aren't exactly my thing, but they were so nice that I was happy to take the job, and help them out. Especially when they were down with my ridiculous pitch: "Hey, why don't we show a peanut-butter toast getting married to a jelly-toast?"

I'm finishing the animation this month.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Teeth

I drew this ridiculous series of teeth on the T tonight. I guess I started with the "sore tooth" because my Invisalign (also new this summer) were sort of bothering my teeth. And then I decided that I needed to draw a bunch of other teeth, in different costumes.

I'm starting to realize that I have a weird need to draw clothes on inanimate objects. First the toast, now teeth.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

"The Ugliest Person I Have Ever Seen"

We talk trash about our customers at work all the time, but it's mainly directed at rude, ignorant, or drug-seeking individuals. Meaning, we're not cruel people; we don't sit around making fun of normal customers. Just the ones who are bitchy and rude to us.

So I was really surprised to hear one of my very nice interns whisper to me, "That is the ugliest person that I have ever seen in my life." Wha! That is so rude; a person can't help it if they're just completely physically unattractive! I was getting ready to rebuke him, but when I spied the customer across the pharmacy, I sort of had to agree. The poor guy looked like a real life version of a grown up "Rugrat" cartoon character: he was all teeth and forehead, and had a football shaped head. It was very unfortunate.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Truman and Michael

I did this quick sketch of my nephew, Michael, and his dog, Truman. They have a rather comical and cute relationship with each other. It made me consider doing a series of short animations on them. I really want to do some new animations of my own (haven't done any of my own work since graduation), but I've been stuck without any ideas or inspiration. Whenever I go up to visit Michael, something amusing usually happens between toddler and dog, so I might try that out...

Either that, or something with robots.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

The aPETocary logo

Here's the finished logo. The pug is resting on a giant, generic Prozac capsule.

As usual, I like some of the rough sketches more than the finished illustration.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Pugs

My pharmacy intern from work asked me to design a logo for her group's presentation. They're doing a business proposal for a vet pharmacy. She asked that a pug be included in the logo design. Here are some "ruff" sketches that I did.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Running in Olmsted Park

I started running this summer. I usually go in the late morning, before I head into work. Almost every single day, rain or shine, I see this man sitting in the park, drinking a vast amount of PBRs. I have multiple copies of the same running shirt, so I look the same everyday, and he must recognize me. I don't think he's homeless, but he obviously doesn't have a job. We exchange glances whenever I run by, and I think of how he is wasting his time. Then I realized that he is probably thinking the same thing about me.

I hate summertime tourists

Actually, I guess I don't really hate tourists. I don't mind when they stop me for directions, or when they quack at me when their Duck Tour goes by. But I DO hate it when they stand in the middle of the street/subway stairwell/wherever, instead of standing off to the side. Do they really think halfway up the stairwell is a good place to consult their Boston map, when 304 commuters are trying to get out and go to work?

And also, as seen in this quick sketch from the T, why must they dress like complete spazzes when vacationing in Boston?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Summertime

Yeah, it's been kind of a crazy summer; sorry for the lack of posts. Here are some sketches from my steno books this summer.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Animation Block Party 2009

Hey there! Sorry for the lack of posts recently. You know how it is: summertime. Just trying to go out and have some fun. I've been working on a few small projects, which I'll post about soon.

My DP is going to be shown at Animation Block Party tonight. I couldn't get time off of work to go, but it's still pretty cool.

UPDATE: Hey! I just got an email from ABP. They said that the ABP jury chose "Southern Exposure" as the winner of "Documentary Short" at this summer’s film festival. Yay! This honor was also awarded to my buddy, Laura, during last summer's festival. I'm just glad that we're getting the word out that MassArt Animation is super fresh!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Boston International Film Festival


The documentary that Laura, Kara, Brian and I worked on got into the Boston International Film Festival! It screened this afternoon at the Loews Cinema at the Boston Common. The film received a pretty good reception, and Llew, the director, gave a shout-out to us animators during the Q&A afterward. He also pointed out that it was sort of a learning experience for him to work with animators, and honestly, it was for us, too. Live-action filmmakers just have no clue how long it takes us to make the simplest animations, or how much work it requires to change the smallest things after the animation is done. I also feel like we should have communicated this more clearly to the studio, too, as well as provide more detailed storyboards and animatics to insure that the final animation is to everybody's liking. I remember reading somewhere once that a major studio like Blue Sky- with hundreds of people working on a feature film- might finish 1-2 seconds of animation per week. That just goes to show how tedious and laborious animation is.

In any case, I'm glad that the film is finished, and out in the festival circuit now. It was definitely a rewarding experience, overall. Look for us on national PBS towards the end of the year!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Haha- wha?!

The Washington DC Independent Film Festival concluded on March 15th. My degree project got into it, but I didn't go because 1) I had just been to DC recently, for the Inauguration and because 2) I had just returned from traveling in Spain and didn't feel like taking off again. I was looking at their website tonight, to see what other animated films had gotten in, when I saw that I had actually won the Audience Award for Best in Animation! Wow! What an honor.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

ANIMAC International Animation Festival

So I came back last night from visiting the Catalonia region of Spain. My DP got into the ANIMAC film festival, and they graciously offered to pay for my hotel and meals for 3 days if I went out to Lleida (the capital of Catalonia) for the festival. My brother, Larry, and I stayed in Barcelona for a few days, then took the train over to Lleida. It was a good time. More on the trip later.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Superbowl Sunday

I have no interest in football. So I made this little thingy while I had the game on in the background.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

WACOM - Wha?!

I recently discovered that I had almost completely worn down the nib of my Wacom pen. It's kinda crazy to think that I've only had the pen (and my Bamboo Fun tablet) for about a year. Clearly, most of the damage was done during the work for my DP.

In trying to look online for a replacement nib (a new pen would run $30-$50 or more), I discovered that there are DIFFERENT nibs available for Wacom pens! WTF, MF?! Why am I just finding out about this NOW?! There are stroke nibs (with a spring, to give a more brush-like feel), felt nibs (with more friction, to give a more real pen feel), and then the white standard nibs. (You can also buy a kit that has all of them.) Damn.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Another "HOPE" poster rip-off

I just came back from a week in Washington, DC. My younger brother, Larry, and I went down there to brave the frigid cold with 2 million other people in order to see our new president get sworn in. While walking around the Mall all week, we were constantly being attacked by street vendors, hawking their poorly printed Obama t-shirts and buttons. A lot of this"unoffficial" merchandise utilized the HOPE poster that was designed by Shepard Fairey. Now that Shepard has obtained rock star status, I'm sure he's not missing the cash that's being stolen out of his pocket, but it still seemed kind of wrong to me.

My main New Year's Resolution is to get off my ass and draw, doodle, sketch, and animate more than I have been since graduating in May. It's hard to do that when you're used to somebody giving you assignments and deadlines to do work. It takes a lot of motivation to do it on your own, once you're out of school and tired from working your fulltime job. Anyway, I thought that I'd do this little "in the style of" illustration of my nephew, Michael, tonight. It was pretty fun.