Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sneak preview, working title card for one of my upcoming animation film projects...

What stories would the animals tell,
and pass on down to their children 
through the ages, about us modern day humans, 
and our legacy on planet Earth?

How have we re-shaped the animal's reality, 
after they lived in perfect balance with nature
for millenia, minding their own business,
and peacefully raising their families
for countless generations?

For millenia even us humans lived in relative
balance with nature as well, relying on its fruitful 
bounty for sustenance, but never 
taking more than needed, or hoarding, 
or controlling another sentient being's food source.

But modern man?
We are a species unto ourselves.
A species that lost its way,
and began taking more than it needs,
more than it gives back...

the legend is told.....

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Musicians With Guns - Cometa (Mandelbox Version)

This is a wonderful example of what fractals are, 
and what they are capable of creating. 
I LOVE this stuff. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

"There's no market for 2D animation any more...."

When I was working at Walt Disney Feature Animation at the turn of the century, we were just finishing Lilo & Stitch. After that film came out, Disney went public saying that box office returns were just not good enough to justify making any more films like Lilo & Stitch. No more '2D' animation AT ALL in fact, sadly for everybody, they had there minds made up to shut it all down.

HOWEVER.....Lilo & Stitch's budget was $80 million, and its total domestic total gross was $145,794,338. 

Compare that to 'Minority Report', the blockbuster science fiction feature film released the VERY SAME WEEKEND as Lilo & Stitch, directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Cruise and Colin Farrel that cost 102 million to make. 

The domestic total gross? $132,072,926.

So, CLEARLY there would have been no market for another big budget science fiction film starring Tom Cruise...or a Steven Spielberg science fiction film for that matter. I mean, it cost more to make, and earned less, so CLEARLY it was an abject failure. Right? NOT!! We were sold up the river, for whatever was all fabricated. It baffles me.

The math is extremely simple.

It noteworthy as well, that in international markets Lilo & Stitch also did extremely well, eclipsing Minority Report once again at the box office. Additionally it spawned a couple of successful TV series for them,  and multiple relatively successful sequels, AND it made billions off of toy sales as well. Minority Report? Nada.

Hmmmph. I think there should be an investigation, and the pin headed executives that made all those  short sighted decisions should give us our studio back....

What think you?

Saturday, December 6, 2014

This generations "the Wall? A new animation/live action film?

This sounds interesting for sure....."a mix of animation and live action" yeah? 
Director Brett Morgen has given an outline of the Kurt Cobain film 
he's been working on for the past five years....

"We're hoping the Cobain film, that'll hopefully be released in 2014, will be this generation's The Wall – a mix of animation and live action that'll allow the audience to experience Kurt in a way they never have before. It's very ambitious. "


I really very interested in seeing this, I have always thought one of the best ways 
to utilize animation is to combine it with live action as a fantastic
atmospheric story telling tool, so I'm intrigued to see how 
Brett Morgen has integrated it into this upcoming film.

New animation in mainstream media is always a good thing!