Monday, May 18, 2009

Cinema Memoir #46

Joe Versus the Volcano (March 9th, 1990)

This movie absolutely SUCKS for a 10 year old! At least is did for me. All I remember is going to see it with my brother and being totally bored all the way up until the volcano part at the end - and even then I was so confused that the climax was still a let down.

I saw parts of this movie recently and, although it was slightly more interesting through an adult point of view, I still found myself reaching for the remote after about ten minuets.

Maybe I'll give it another chance once I reach my own midlife crisis - but I'm predicting sitting through it again will make me want to jump into a volcano as well.

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Cinema Memoir #45

Back to the Future Part II (November 22nd, 1989)

Next to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, this was probably the most anticipated sequel of the 1980's - at least for me it was - and it was well worth the wait.

Back to the Future was probably the first movie to ever have a "To Be Continued" at the end - but it wasn't until many years later that I realized the "To Be Continued" wasn't in the original ending.

Another thing that stuck with me was the fact that they included a trailer for part 3 with actual footage at the end of the movie. I don't think that had ever been done either and I haven't seen it done since.

I was nine and I totally bought in to the whole hover board thing. It seemed plausible and I wanted one so badly - let's face it, I still do. And according to the movie I only have six more years before I can have one - or perhaps a flying car, or shoes with power laces, or maybe some totally rad spandex future clothes - ah, the future.

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Cinema Memoir #44

All Dog's Go To Heaven (November 17th, 1989)

I don't remember a whole lot about this movie except that I left the theater feeling kinda depressed - I haven't seen it since.

I never was into animated movies as a kid. I didn't see very many animated movies in the theater and I would much rather have seen a live action version - an interesting observation considering I'm currently an animation student.

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Cinema Memoir #43

Look Who's Talking (October 13th, 1989)

Certainly not the BEST movie ever made, but fairly entertaining. I remember really liking it. I think it's still got some re-watch value.

If I remember correctly this movie did pretty well in the box office. And, like with any successful movie from the 80's, they tried to capitalize on it by turning into a franchise. There were two sequels to follow and they both pretty much sucked. I didn't see either of them in the theater.

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Sit Stand Animation

The objective for this assignment was to demonstrate how a character might express thought and emotion through body language and gesture - we were also expected to successfully animate the mechanics of weight shift through the action of sitting and standing.

In addition to figuring out the acting and mechanical elements of these animation we're also responsible for designing, modeling, texturing, rigging and lighting of the characters and set.

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Friday, May 15, 2009


May 8th was Graduation day at Ringling College of Art and Design and many of my close friends from the computer animation department walked. This post is dedicated to them for all the hard work they've done over the last 4 years.

Here are some links to a few of this years thesis films. And for any recruiters out there - Please give them jobs!

Anchored - Lindsey Olivares
Bake and Release - Alejandra Quintas
Cat's Meow - Jorge Garcia
Deng Long Yuheng Chiang
The Dog and the Butcher - Johnathan Holt
EDIFICE - Patrick Haskew & Michael Molinari (Team Bonesaw!)
The Enlightened Monk - Emily Tse
Frank -n- Brains - Mike Hollander
Gretel and Hanzel - Gianna Ruggiero
Heavenly Appeals - Dave Lisbe
Hit and Run - Alex Marino and Greg Peltz
Love Line - Drew Walton
Nuri - Kendra Vander Vliet
On the Level - Mike Rutter
Oxygen - Chris Hendryx
Sacrelicious - Anthony Tso
Space Station - Alex Galuzin
Squeek in the Night - Jae Park
This Side Up - Liron Topaz

Good luck class of 2009! Lot's of love - I will miss each and every one of you, and I'll see you soon!

And a little something special for any Maya users out there, courtesy of the class of 2009.
The Maya Gremlin

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Primitive Theater

This was my 2nd 3D animation - it's hard to believe it's been 3 years since I did this. For this assignment we were to tell a simple narrative story using a character made from primitive geometry. It has sound so pump up the volume.

Our goal was to include as many of the principles of animation as possible and to explore emotional change in our character.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Cinema Memoir #42

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (July 28th, 1989)

And as soon as I finish praising my mom for her outstanding parental skills we arrive at this gem of a movie - one that, yes my mom took me to see - but only because I begged her though, I'm sure.

It was fun to watch. It was pretty scary and funny. And it was worth sitting through to see Jason's face at the end. Glenn will certainly appreciate this image.

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Cinema Memoir #41

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (June 23rd, 1989)

I remember seeing the trailers for this movie quite a while before it actually came out, and I wanted to see it more than anything in the world - which is why I pitched a holy fit when I discovered that my Mom and Brother had seen it before me.

My poor mom felt so terrible that she took me out of town (because it wasn't playing back home) and sat through the entire movie again, just to make her youngest son happy. So I dedicate this post to my mom (God love her) for going out of her way to make her children happy.

Oh, and the movie was totally worth it!

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Cinema Memoir #40

Batman (June 23rd, 1989)

1989 was a pretty awesome year for movies, and Batman was probably the biggest movie of that year - I remember it vividly. No one had ever seen a movie like this. It was dark and funny, and full of action.

Seeing this movie in the theater was a really great experience. I remember the theater was packed because it was opening night, and there were actually people sitting in the isles and standing along the walls. I had never seen that before.

I never read comics as a kid, so to me Batman was Adam West from the 60's movie and TV show. This movie opened up new doors in my imagination and afforded me a fresh outlook on visual storytelling. Also, it was freaking cool!

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Cinema Memoir #39

Ghostbusters II (June 16th, 1989)

Not the best sequel, but it didn't matter because I was nine and was a huge fan of both the original movie and the cartoon. The only negative part of my experience was being really disappointed that slimer's design had changed. He looked so terrible!

This was the first time I noticed the huge marketing machine behind a movie. I believe Taco Bell handled a large chunk of the marketing.

The release of this movie also prompted me and several of my friends to take on the role of honorary Ghostbusters. Our objective was to rid the neighborhood haunted house of its spectral occupants. We figured a vacuum would suffice as a proton pack, but when we went in to the vacant house the only ghosts we came across where the ones we brought in there with us - talk about being afraid of our own reflections.

Ahhh - to be nine again.

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