Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Writing for Animation, Comics, and Games

I'm currently reading Writing for Animation, Comics, and Games in preparation for writing the next script for The Unbeatables episode 2. I'm just going over the section on animation at this point to see how much I can learn and hopefully it will be a help in doing the next story. Episode 1 of The Unbeatables should be online soon over at the Family Media Channel. I finished it several months ago and, if all goes well, I will have more than one episode :-) Please keep it in your prayers as my animation time is pretty limited at present.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Jib Jab fun

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Family Media Channel launched

Well, we're finally on the air! The Family Media Channel is up and running! I will be one of the contributors to this site and will be regularly posting new videos so make sure you bookmark the page. Over the past year I have done some animation work that I've been holding onto for when the site was ready. So now it shall all be revealed! The following animations are already posted including I'll Shine, The Sinking Canoe and Two Ducks and a Frog! Stay tuned!

Monday, December 21, 2009

I'll Shine Christmas animation

Merry Christmas everyone! Here's my Christmas present for you--my recently completed animation "I'll Shine." This actually only took me 18 days to make from start to finish, believe it or not! It was done using Xara Xtreme Pro for the artwork and Toon Boom Studio for the animation.

On another related note, I just received this months Xara Outsider newsletter and was surprised to see a reference to my animation work and Xara/Toon Boom tutorial posted on my YouTube site. I have been surprised to see the number of views for my tutorials. I didn't really think they'd get so much attention but they are getting up to and passing 2000 views. Surprising! Guess I'll need to do more tutorials.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Featured art show

The opening scene of my new animation (see pic on my blog here) is now part of a special holiday Xara art show. You can see it at XaraXone.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The World’s Most Famous Man

There is a man whose birthday is celebrated every year around the world. Is there any other man that the world does this for? In general, a “great” man’s birthday is usually only celebrated in the country of his birth. Take for example men like Lincoln, or Washington. For these, their date of birth appears on U.S. calendars as reminders. They are not holidays for which we are given time off to commemorate. We only celebrate their birthdays by remembering them.

Can you think of any man whose birthday is remembered worldwide? Not only remembered, but for which we are given time off for? People around the globe take time off their work, children take a break from school, for anywhere from one day to two weeks. Of course, this man’s birthday is close to the end of the year and so the celebration of his birthday is combined with the end of the year and the beginning of the next. That would help to account for why this time off is so long.

Which brings me to another point. The end of the year. This same man’s life is the focal point of our calendar and the very number of the year in which we live from the beginning of recorded time. The years are numbered backward leading up to his birth. Then, from the time of his birth, the years are numbered forward. What other man has so profoundly and directly affected our lives?

Think of other great men and women. List them. I looked for a list and came up with the following on a website.

1. Martin Luther King Jr.
2. 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
3. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
4. Nelson Mandela
5. Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa
6. Rigoberta MenchĂș
7. Aung San Suu Kyi
8. Abraham Lincoln
9. Terry Fox
10. Jean Vanier
11. Rosa Louise Parks
12. Dr. Norman Bethune
13. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
14. Diana Princess of Wales
15. Dr. Jack Preger
16. Marie Curie
17. Leonardo Da Vinci
18. Jacques Yves Cousteau
19. Louis Pasteur
20. Dian Fossey
21. Florence Nightingale
22. Aristotle

Nice list. Of the 22, there are 8 that I have no idea who they are. Of the 22, how many of them do we celebrate their birthday with a holiday or even one day off work or school? How many are recognized internationally? And, obviously, are there any that we set our calendar to? This is not to belitttle these people nor their accomplishments. But it does show the contrast of how one man’s life outshines them all.

He was not a politician. He was not a scientist. He was not a businessman. He was the son of a carpenter who grew up in the Middle East. His life was a short one, he was only 33 years old at the time of his death. It’s funny, even though he was, or has become, so famous, the cause of his death was by public execution. So much for this “famous” man’s popularity!

I’m sure you know who I’m talking about. Funny, his name doesn’t even appear on the above list of 22. His name was Jesus. Come to think of it, I don’t believe he even had a last name. Maybe, at the time, he went by the name, Jesus the son of Joseph. But the world remembers him more commonly as, Jesus the son of God. (Written Dec. 7, 2007)

Free start menu organizer - SMOz

I don't know if you're like me but, after awhile my start menu ends up going all the way across my screen and is all upside down and backwards and it's almost impossible to find a shortcut. When it gets to that point I try to drag and drop various items into categories and sort it out into some kind of coherent order. I've tried various programs to help sort things out but nothing to compare with SMOz. This little app does the trick and brought my start menu back down to one column in no time flat! You can even create your own custom categories. Try it!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Joke: The Precious Persian Cat

Kika for the first time on YouTube helping me to tell a joke.