Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Film Riot

Saw this on the plane going to my Mom's for Thanksgiving. Ryan Connolly learned film craft at Full Sail (which my co-worker who's also an alumni speaks very poorly of) and has been making these "how to do movie tricks" videos ever since (I think that's the summary.) Anyway there's a ton of them and I'm sure lots of good tricks to pick up. Here's the youtube channel.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pixar Tour

Finally had a Pixar tour. Pretty amazing. So swanky, glass and brick and steel and huge ceilings and lights. Palm trees and green grasses everywhere (but I was visiting at night so I didn't get the true tropical experience.) Art everywhere on the walls, pretty intimidating, if you're there you definitely have to be at the top of the game being surrounded by so many awesome artists. Animator's area was smaller then I expected, and I was really surprised the director's desk's where in the middle in the open, no privacy (was told they want it that way, super open and accessible). Pretty inspiring, where the magic happens :)

Friday, November 11, 2011


1 dude (Jesús Orellana), no budget, 1 year. Rosa Movie

ROSA from Jesús Orellana on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Saw these at On Animation, and have come back to them a couple times already. I believe that if you trust your instincts and follow your passions you will find be succesfull. (You may wind up working some dumb job to pay the bills, but if you're following your passion when you can you will be happy, and that counts as a win to me. And often I think it works out that what you're passionate about will come around to pay the bills.) So anyway, always helps motivate to hear other people talking about pursuing their passion.

Made by Hand / No 1 The Distiller from Made by Hand on Vimeo.

Made by Hand / No 2 The Knife Maker from Made by Hand on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cinematography of Films

Evane Richards blog is all about looking at the cinematography of films.

Flooby Nooby does it often as well.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


BEAT from or bar-el on Vimeo.

pretty awesome by Or Bar-El. Rhythm is so intuitive and strong, very clever to combine it with the visuals

*found on spungella

Standard Action

So if you have a high tolerance for geekness, there's this pretty cool web series being done by some Canadians. Standard Action I think it's the woman with the fur vest's project (Joanna Gaskell), and funded by her. Pretty decent, I mean you won't mistake it for a big budget HBO series or anythinhg, but is good enough that you can buy into it if you let yourself. This is exactly the kind of thing I had expected to flood the interwebs once the bandwidth issue was solved, but instead of we have people pasting Evanescence over anime movies, human creativity disapoint.

panel with the creators
There were a lot of people we wanted to get involved with our project so we thought lets just do it, make it, get it out there, let's just do it as fast as possible, we didn't want it to get lost in post production because the editing process just mires you down because it's so difficult. Instead of getting really parylized with having to make it perfect, we decided to just make it. We filmed 10-12 pages in a day. If the director gives the actor freedom to run with their ideas it always turns out better. We shoot on the weekends, every other weekend we do post production, a lot of hours, so basically the hours of another day job. Tried to do block shooting (all the shots in a scene from multiple episodes at the same time). An intense schedule for 7-8 months.

Cannon DSLR T2i (think you can get better camera's now for same price)
Zoom H4N (and just got a rode)
Adobe Premiere Pro for editing
Adobe AfterEffects for fx
Audacity for sound editing (reaper was recommended by an audience member)