A Parable: Minding Your Own Business

I was walking past the mental hospital the other day, and some of the patients were out in the yard shouting, ’13….13….13.’

The fence was too high to see over, but I saw a little gap in the planks, so I looked through to see what was going on…..

When I did, someone poked me in the eye with a stick!

Then they all started shouting ’14….14….14′

I am going to eat and I don’t care who you are

Sometimes I feel like that mouse, as I am sure most of us do, but there is a good lesson in this photograph. A lesson that Heather and I learned almost 10 years ago during a chance encounter at a balloon fair. We have told this story so many times however it is always worth repeating.

At the turn of the century (a term I’m surprised we don’t use more) Heather and I attended the... Read more »

The end of my “Shame Film Festival”

Alright everyone,

It’s been a great week with some eye-popping animation. I hope you all have enjoyed watching these vignettes and hope that you were also able to learn from your experience here. After all, that’s why we keep this blog; to share ideas, designs, diversions and creativity.

To close this week, I thought I’d post two additional pieces of animation. One is a stop motion piece called Her Morning Elegance.

Her Morning Elegance

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Anime Blues

In the late 1980’s I was attending the University of Pittsburgh and trying to cut my teeth at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. At that time Filmmakers were the only gig in town for limited-release, avante garde films and one weekend we had the honor of hosting a film from Japan called Akira.

Image courtesy of Bandai and Geneon Entertainment

At the time, American audiences were familiar with Japanese animation pretty much exclusively through Speed... Read more »

Sweet Dreams

I completely forgot about posting this today alongside Kirsten Lepore’s “Story from North America.” She has a stop motion animation piece entitled “Sweet Dreams” which just received a Special Jury Award at SXSW 2009.

At the artist’s request, please watch in ‘HQ’ (high quality) mode on YouTube

Don’t worry Anime fans, I’ll get to you tomorrow 😉

Story from North America

My kids and I are HUGE fans of Thurop Van Orman’s “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack” about an excitable, adventure-loving boy and his washed-up, old sailor mentor. If you haven’t watched it, the show is downright brilliant.

Thurop Van Orman’s “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack”

This post isn’t about that show, but about the style of animation. Animators were worried in the late 70’s and early 80’s because their craft was being destroyed... Read more »

My 15 year anniversary…

Many of our clients don’t know that years ago I studied animation under legendary animator Chuck Jones (thanks to the extraordinary efforts of professor David Weinkauf). In fact, my first 16mm animations were done using the same equipment used by the team Warner Brothers (Tex Avery, Friz Freeling, etc) back in the golden age of animation.

Mr. Jones was the creator of classic characters like the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. He also collaborated... Read more »

The most dynamic public speaker of our generation and why you shouldn’t trust 80% of the press

This week, John Hodgman spoke at the White House Radio & TV Correspondent’s dinner and he, in my opinion, was simply brilliant. He spoke with intelligence, understanding and with an attitude of “you either get what I am saying or you don’t.”

John manages to bring up Revenge of the Nerds, Dune, Superman, Lord of the Rings and Star Trek (to name a few) in front of the President of the United States. From... Read more »

Should games be considered art?

Many of you may know that behind my well respected socialite, philanthropist and multinational-conglomerate-owner facade that I am an avid video game player and games industry advocate. Back in the 90’s I opened a retail location called ‘Temple of Pong’ where I proselytized gaming and worked to enlighten people as to the benefits of play across all age groups. Think of it as a Church of Elvis for kids born in the 70’s and 80’s.

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