Archive for September, 2008

This is a short sample of the animation I completed for the documentary called Food Fight directed by Chris Taylor. I put a silly old 78 recording with it, just to have some music. The actual soundtrack is a voice over covering the history of American agriculture and Govt. interventions since the great depression (the one in 1929, not the one starting in 2008).

This is a small, 12 FPS version and it stutters a bit. Every time I export something for YouTube I feel like I start from scratch with what works and what doesn’t. Anyway, It was hand drawn, colored and cleaned up in Photoshop and composited in After Effects. Adobe owns my life…so sad. I’ve used this process several times and seem to be working out all the kinks. 

The documentary will be premiering at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 8th at 3:15 at the Mann Chinese 6.

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From the sketch book. I don’t know why I drew it…

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I’ve mentioned before that I animated about 2 minutes for a feature documentary called Food Fight directed by Chris Taylor from November Films. I created it traditionally – hand drawn, ‘inked’ and colored in Photoshop and composited in After Effects (after getting rid of some bad RAM that caused minor disasters for a week or two before I figured out what was going on).

The film concerns the state of agriculture in this country and what we grow and eat.

From the film’s website: ” Eating good food is a sensual experience. We taste it, we savor it, and we remember great meals. Sharing those meals with family and friends helps define our humanity.  And the food we choose to eat expresses a fundamental choice about the kind of world we want to live in.

But there is a great lie being sold to the American food consumer about these choices. That lie is that the food being grown for us on the big farms and sold in the big chain supermarkets is tasty and nutritious. The truth is, it is neither.”

Check out the film’s site for more info.

The film has been screened once or twice as a work in progress, but will soon have the official Premiere in the U.S. in Los Angeles. I will post more when I hear more. I will even load-up a small portion of the animation next week. When I try and imagine my animation being projected on a 35 or 70mm huge screen in a movie theater, I get a little queasy. But I think it turned out funny and interesting and provides a good method to quickly show how agriculture developed in the U.S. from the Great Depression on.

Here are a few captures I’ve been meaning to post.

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I’m so busy finishing up work I really have nothing to show, that I can show, that I want to show. SHow-sho-show. And when I am writing revisions to manuscripts, no one wants to see that.

I really love drawing aliens. More than monsters I think…

This is a bookmark I did for an upcoming event. So I’m showing it. Show-off.

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This animated film has me very, very interested. Waltzing with Bashir by Ari Folman looks to be one of those uses of animation that changes the game. It reminds everyone it’s not just a form for selling kids toys. It’s purpose is not to sell video games and Happy Meals. It’s not just a genre lost in slapstick and burps. Not that I don’t like a good burp joke now and then.
Stories matter and animation, cartooning and illustration can bring a personal perspective to a story in a way that film/photography can’t.

There is a trailer on this page. Note, this is not a children’s film.

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A very good post by economist Joseph Stiglitz. I know we’re not supposed to listen to educated, experienced people who express their ideas based on book learnin’. Better to trust moose hunters – but by chance, if you have an interest in economics, this Nobel Prize winning economist has a few things to say that are worth reading.

From the article –

“The coup d’grace was the Iraq War, which contributed to soaring oil prices. Money that used to be spent on American goods now got diverted abroad. The Fed took seriously its responsibility to keep the economy going.

It did this by replacing the tech bubble with a new bubble, a housing bubble. Household savings plummeted to zero, to the lowest level since the Great Depression. It managed to sustain the economy, but the way it did it was shortsighted: America was living on borrowed money and borrowed time.”

The type of information that never hurts for anyone to read. What’s been happening isn’t so complicated it’s impossible to understand, it’s the oldest game in the economic world, risk what isn’t yours and keep the profits.

And it gives me an excuse to run a panel cartoon of mine from my Cartoonshmartoon blog.

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