Kids Summitt in Miami

This could of been the perfect opportunity to network and dive in the animation industry right at home, Miami. But here I come to find out about it two days after it’s over! What are the odds of that? Bad timing, I guess. But now that I know about it, I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for it next year. My interest with the hopes attending kind of reveals what’s been going through my mind this pass few weeks. For one, animation has been a big part of my creative homework. The technical and incorporation aspect of it in my filmmaking has been a huge motivation for new stories. From the actual animation through the use of programs like Illustrator, After Effects, and Cinema 4D, to writing, industry news, and now to maybe launching a kids and entertainment channel to test some new stuff. With all of this said, the Kidscreen Summit could of been a nice thing to attend . But not having anything in hand, could of been a waste of time for me and others. So, next year we might have something to present to people who know people that knows people that pays people to do what I do.

Here’s a bit more about them. Got this from their website.

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Steven Spieldberg on Story

Here some quotes from Spieldberg that I think are pretty powerful. 

“The older I get, the more I look at movies as a moving miracle. Audiences are harder to please if you’re just giving them special effects, but they’re easy to please if it’s a good story. The audience is also the toughest critic – a good story that exists in your world may not be the first choice for an audience. So I just do the best I can.

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YouTube Kids

Families worldwide are watching millions of videos on YouTube. And lately, those of us at YouTube have been working on a new way for our kids—and yours—to discover and explore videos on every topic in, well, the universe. — Youtube Blog

This is kind of a big deal. I’m excited about this. And for two reasons, from a parent and business perspective. As a dad, I tip my hat to the people at YouTube for bringing on an App  like this that gives us parents a piece of mind when our young ones are browsing the internet. I have tiny little girl,that’s consuming and imitating everything she sees. As you can imagine, I’m being extremely cautious of every click and tap she makes on my iPhone. One time, I saw her watching one of her favorite cartoons but completely dubbed with obscenities and profanities. I was in shock when in reached my ears. Children are only a tap away from any kind of mature content. We are responsible of filtering that.

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Primitive Modeling and Life

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“This is the simplest way of modeling three dimensional objects. Using geometric primitives such as cylinders, cones, cubes and balls, complex models are created. This approach ensures easy construction as the forms are mathematically defined and precise. Primitive modeling is mainly used in developing 3D models of technical applications.” -  A 3D Modeling Blog

I’m surprised  how learning animation has given me a clearer outlook in life.  I’ve been doing the Cinema 4D training at GreyScale Gorilla. It’s a new territory I never once thought I’ll be capable of understanding. Lucky for me, being familiar with  After Effects, the language kind of crosses over. I just finished Lesson 3 which introduced me to manipulating objects and working with object primitives.  This took me back to kindergarten and the math years. Actually, I’m picturing my little 2 year old playing with her shapes the whole time I’m trying to learn this for myself.  What’s so cool about learning some thing like this is that as an artist I’m becoming more aware of the natural or man made designs surrounding me. As a filmmaker and musician, I was trained to observe light, colors, and sounds. Now as a novice animator, I’m noticing movement, gestures, expressions, shapes, voices, and more. I feel that as I immerse more in to this world of movie making,  I become for appreciative what’s be in front of me this whole 28 years of life.

 

 

Life After Pi

VFX and Animation studios has taken a big hit these past years. It’s bad. This department is not looking bright. Years ago, hand animators were afraid and worried on what to do next when computer animation came in to the picture. Some had to adapt, others retired, and a few moved on to perhaps becoming storyboard artist or in search of another medium. 3D animators were on the rise, taking over. Movies like Toy Story started a new standard. Big blockbusters became bigger with more explosions and robots. Studios demanded more and more for less.

Due to crazy budgets, little returns at the box office; fix priced bidding and exploitation; and terrible US state tax incentives — this caused VFX and Animation studios to plumb, go bankrupt, and pick up their bags to move off to places Vancouver, London, India, and China where they can get more bang for their buck.

Dreamworks laid off 500 employees, Digital Domain laid off 200, Rhythm and Hues wins best VFX for Life of Pi and goes bankrupts weeks laters, laying off 1,400. This is just three out of the many.

“India is seeing a VFX growth spurt, going from a $124 million industry in 2011 to $154 million in 2012. It is expected to reach $384 million by 2017, according to a KPMG analysis.” — Hollywood Reporter

Congrats for India. Sucks for us American filmmakers.

Now all animators are on the run, being forced and pushed to think of creative ways to be employable , affordable, and memorable like their mentors and heroes once were.

Cinema 4D

There hasn’t been a better time to learn 2D and 3D animation. If you’re a filmmaker, this should be part of your arsenal. Be the next the Gareth Edwards (a self proclaimed jack of all trades)if you can. The guys as Greyscale Gorilla is offering a free 18 part series Introduction to Cinema 4D. I’m new to this as much as some of you are. Good thing for us that we now have the internet. We seriously have everything in a platter. So go ahead and grab it.

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Joss Whedon on Filmmaking

“You have to be fierce, know what you want, and know you have the ability to get that. It requires a lot of belief, more belief than anyone will ever have in you.” He didn’t say this in this particular order, but the last few statments Joss made in the last video spoke to me. To be creative, you have to believe in yourself like no else. God, even if you suck. Own it and be the best. Your work is not the only thing thats going to prove the people that you mean business, but your attitude too!

Read A Book by Chuck Jones

I think reading is paramount, like a commercial once said. There’s nothing that can replace the intimacy of a human being with a book. It’s in our nature. To write and read. It dates back since the beginning of time. So, I don’t see why not it should be challenged, enforced, and encouraged today to do more of it. The outcome is always positive at most times. There’s something about it that makes use greater human beings. You won’t know until you do it constantly till the day you die.

The Man Who Does Not Read Has No Advantage Over the Man Who Cannot Read – Mark Twain