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Give Me Da Night Club

Dan Meth’s Blog

October 17th, 2006

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I’m a big fan of “mashups”, hearing them and also making them. Here’s my first… an uncannily harmonious marriage of George Benson and 50 Cent. It sounds like the cosmos wanted them to jam… that’s the beauty of mashups.

Click here to download “Give Me Da Night Club” mp3

Dan Meth

Bill Plympton’s Hair High

Channel Frederator Blog

October 17th, 2006

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An email from Signe Baumane has reminded us that Bill Plympton’s feature film opens in NYC tomorrow (Wednesday). Thanks, Signe.

The time for a scary/fun Halloween date has arrived!! A perfect movie to scare your date while holding his/her hand, ‘romance never dies’ is the moral.

Bill Plympton’s breakthrough animated feature Hair High opens in New York on October 18 at the Two Boots Pioneer theater as part of their Month of Horror. Bill Plympton will make personal appearances at the theater, and every guest at the premiere will receive a drawing from Bill. Cast members and other surprise guests (including the “Krazy Kock” chicken mascot) will appear at the premiere.

An outrageous Gothic myth from the 1950s, Hair High is the legend of a teenage couple murdered on prom night who return as undead skeletons one year later for revenge. The film is a unique romantic comedy with a zombie-horror twist. Maverick independent animator Bill Plympton self-financed the film, co-produced by his friend and distant cousin, actress Martha Plimpton.

Hair High features an all-star cast including the voice talents of Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Silverman, David Carradine, Keith Carradine, Beverly D’Angelo, Martha Plimpton, Eric Gilliland, Ed Begley Jr., Michael Showalter, Zak Orth, Justin Long, Craig Bierko, Tom Noonan, and animators Matt Groening and Don Hertzfeldt.

Produced, written, and directed by Mr. Plympton, the film is also the first animated feature to be completely drawn (30,000 drawings) live on the internet via web-cam (the Plympton Ani-Cam). The film had its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival and enjoyed a successful run on the film festival circuit.

Also included in the screening will be Bill Plympton’s Oscar- nominated animated short “Guard Dog”, along with the new sequel film “Guide Dog”.

Pioneer Two Boots Theater

155 East 3rd St. (between Ave. A + B)
New York NY 10019
Showtimes: (212) 591-0434
Advance Tickets: Here

Eric

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Jasen Strong Interview

Channel Frederator Blog

October 17th, 2006

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What are some projects you have been a part of?

Well, I’m not sure if you want the whole list or not. Here it is just to cover all the bases. From start to current here it goes, Prince of Egypt, El Dorado, Spirit, SharkTale, Balto III, Curious George, C-horse (unreleased animated feature) and some pilots for Disney, Wild Brain and DNA Productions. Outside of animation I’ve done some artwork/computer graphics for video games. For the last year I’ve been doing graphic artwork for logos as well as pitches for Nickelodeon and Disney (Super Secret stuff… Ssssshhhhhhhh……keep it down…someone might hear, spies are everywhere….sssshhh…What was that??? did you hear that? ) ;P I’m being sarcastic cause of all the paranoid people I work with sometimes. Oh well, guess it will never go away, comes with the turf I guess.

Can you describe your technique?

Oh God, my process is kind of a mess. Lots of pencil scribbling, scanning, photoshoping, and cussing. I really admire some of those “Zorro” type of artists that just swipe & swat at the page with a pencil and there it is. Sadly I’m not one of them. I draw, draw over that drawing and push things in pull things out, sometimes I describe my drawing process as a kind of sculpting & forming or at least that’s how it feels anyways. The stages of the technique are in order, black pen (if nothing is happening at this stage, then I feed it to the trash can) if something is happening… then good old col-erase pencil, then I scan depending if drawing is working, Photoshop is where I flip & flop the thing trying new ideas etc. then print out & draw over an onion skinned type of print. After a more clean pass… Clean up in Photoshop- vector in StreamLine and color in Flash. Kind of a longer process then most people but I feel it keeps you away from a formula or look that is out there already. I would like to encourage artists to put down that Milt Kahl or Don Bluth packet for a second, I mean, I love these guys too but, get inspiration from life. Look at a bug super close up, look at a weird plant’s pattern, draw a crazy scribble and try to find something in that. What did Milt study? What inspired Milt? My guess was he wasn’t looking at a packet of his own drawings, just a hunch.

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What do you do to help fight creative blocks?

Drawing like a child and combining that with the images that are stashed in my brain. Watching animal planet is a good station to have going on the background while working.

Do you have a favorite type of project to work on?

Even though I’ve been to some bigger studios, one of the best art jobs that I’ve had was a place called Xow. A place that people hardly ever heard of and people also rarely pronounce the name right the first time. But why I liked this place the best was because there was little description of things. For example when I got there Xow had to populate a world with creatures, water creatures, space monsters, desert critters etc. that’s where I do the best, is when the person hiring me barely gives any details.

The more difficult jobs for me are ones that the client knows EVERYTHING about what the character & what it looks like. I mean they know what it is, how old, color, how many freckles, and if the belly button is an innie or an outtie.

Also I have developed a style of drawing, this is either good or bad. Regardless this is the style that I’m happy in so I look for jobs that appreciate what I do.

Is there a different part of the animation production process you have always wanted to try?

I would love to pick up every skill & job that animation has to offer but the artists that I admire the most have developed a nitch and what looks easy for them took decades to reach. I wouldn’t mind having a limit on a particular skill & keep chipping away at that. Time will tell if this was a good or bad mind set.:/ Character designing is it for me. I also enjoyed clean up when I was in it, even though it isn’t the most respected job in animation I still liked it anyways.

What is your favorite cartoon, animated film, or animated commercial SEQUENCE (not the movie or piece itself, but specific sequence of animation)?

Welllll now if you say the word SEQUENCE…

I would say the prologue to Blood: The Last Vampire amazing action scene with stunning artwork smooth mix with 3-D and 2-D. There is a bad ass hospital scene too, cool camera work and creepy animation acting. You know that part where the two vampire girls are communicating with mouths moving looking straight ahead without making a noise? That part! COOOOLLLLNESS!

Also the prologue to Disney’s the Hunchback of Notre Dame was just jaw dropping it reminded me of a Frank Frazzetta painting in some shots, you know the gypsy parents getting chased? That part. Not the movie, just that part.

Also the beginning and ending credits to Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I LOVE IT and I’m jealous cause I can’t do anything like that. While we are talking about credits maybe I could slip in- the beginning credits to the movie Seven with Morgan Freeman creepy cool too. Not animation, just animated with style.

The opening Credits to “Catch Me if you Can” nice graphic style.

The John K opening to “Troop Beverly Hills” was fun stuff.

The animated part in “Kill Bill” was super bad
ass.

What was one of the worst jobs you had before you got into animation?

A grunt in the U.S. Army. (Mech 4th ID)

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Keep watching Channel Frederator for more interviews with and information on the animation industry’s hardest and most important workers… the artists.

-Floyd

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Be Prepared to Laugh

ReFrederator Blog

October 17th, 2006

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“The Good Scout.” Long story short —Willie Whopper as a Boy Scout. That means once we get rid of the lame-o jokes about helping little old ladies cross the street (and some ghastly ethnic stereotypes) we’re into car chases, kidnappings and some eye popping Harold Lloyd type high jinx (with special emphasis on the “high”). Man, that kid can lie!

In the pantheon of roly-poly cartoon characters, I think there should be a special place for Ub Iwerks’ fabulous fibber. Even most non-morbidly obese animated heroes would have a hard time matching the elephantine grace our Willie exhibits while dangling from a flagpole or rolling down the street on a spare tire. What a star!

Tomorrow — another day, another uniform!

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Dave Kirwan

Maya 8 in NYC - Make the Story Come Alive Tour

Channel Frederator Blog

October 17th, 2006

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Hey everyone,

With all the CG animation, I thought I’d mention an event taking place today in NYC called the Make the Story Come Alive Tour.

It’s probably too late to register for tonight’s presentation, but you can go HERE to register for future dates and locations.

If you’re at tonight’s presentation, be sure to say “hello”!

-Floyd
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GOG: Postcard!!

Girls On The GO!

October 17th, 2006

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Okay, here it is..my postcard!!! Woohooo!!! I am not sure if I will add the website addy on the front or back..hmmmm….

Bitter Films Volume One 1995 – 2005

Channel Frederator Blog

October 16th, 2006

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Don Hertzfeldt, one of animation’s premier indie filmmakers has just released a compilation of pretty much all his work, spanning 1995-2005. Some of my favorite films of the past decade anywhere are here, like “Lily and Jim” and “Rejected”. (I can remember while watching the initial minute or two of “Rejected” for the first time, thinking, “Well, of course The Family Learning Channel would reject those ads! What was he thinking!?” And, disturbingly, I’m still sort of attracted to Lily.) To boot, the 30-year-old Hertzfeldt could’ve put a lot less work into the special features as he did and I’d still find irresistible this collection.

Warning: The UCSB grad hasn’t named his production company Bitter Films for nothing. There’s a lot of cynicism here. Sometimes a little can go a long way.

I love most of these films. (A small truth: one of these shorts made me nod off when I saw it in the theatre and then again when I watched it on DVD. I’ll give it another go in a few days.) They’re the kind of shorts you get a kick out of showing your friends (“Hey! You’ve got to see this cartoon.”)

Go and buy Bitter Films Volume One 1995 – 2005 here. It sounds cliché, but this DVD needs to be in every animation collection.

Eric

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Fairy Trapping: The Art of Brian Froud

Channel Frederator Blog

October 16th, 2006

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If there was one thing I was addicted to as a kid, it was books. At 6 years old, part of what I judged books by were the covers. In the world of children’s books, I think the artist has just as much to do with the specialness of the book as the writing inside.

So, for my first post on children’s book artists, I wanted to feature one of my favorite books, and favorite illustrators, Brian Froud. His series of pressed fairies held me captivated in the mysteriously interesting tale called “Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book”. The book looks like a scrapbook, and inside are dead fairies, captured at the moment of their entrapment. The basic premise of the book, for those of you unfamiliar, is that a little girl finds that there are fairies in her garden, and she slams them shut in her book.

I never pressed flowers, but the thought of pressing fairies was oddly appealing to me…hmm. Go figure.

I will be trying to post as many of my favorite books and their illustrators as I can. If anyone has any of their favorites they’d like me to look into, leave a comment.

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Melissa

Benjamin Plouffe

Channel Frederator Blog

October 16th, 2006

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Hello, I’m Floyd Bishop.

(That sounds way cooler when your name is Johnny Cash)

I’d like to start off my part of the Channel Frederator blogging explosion with a post about a guy who does some great work, Benjamin Plouffe.

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Benjamin did some character design and color studies a few years back for us for our short film “Paul and His Bananas”. He’s got a great imagination, and a stong sense of color.

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You can see more of Benjamin’s work on his site: The Colour Plouffe.

-Floyd

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Inside-Out Boy

Channel Frederator Blog

October 16th, 2006

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Greetings bloggers. Hadley Hudson here to let you know that I will be joining the Channel Frederator blog and it’s talented crew to help keep you informed about the who’s who, what’s what, where’s where, and how’s how about all the wonderful facets of the glorious animation industry and it’s enthusiasts.

Being a prime example of someone who grew up on Nickelodeon and late 80s and 90s cartoons, I’d like to start off by getting a little nostalgic and show a clip of a one minute segment that Nickelodeon would run in between shows called “Inside-Out boy”.

Enjoy!