short film, animation, Apparently this has been floating around on the blogosphere for about a week now. Amid from Animation Brew described it as an “Epic Mindtrip.” It was created at the Fame Festival in less then a week by David Ellis and Blu. Experimental animation at its very best.
I’ve been searching for this film for over four years, ever since I first saw it at Syracuse. I’d forgotten who made it, and “Neighbors” isn’t exactly the most googleable of terms. It’s one of the most brilliant and one of the first examples of stop motion out there, winning an Oscar back in 1952.
After 26 years on air, Reading Rainbow aired its last episode this past Friday. To be honest, the fact that it was still on is what surprised me the most. First it was Mr. Rogers. Now this. As long as Sesame Street keeps going my childhood self still has a modern place to return to. Also, keeping to the spirit of this blog (if there is in fact one) I like the animation in the intro.
There will be an edition of the Watchmen DVD coming out with Black Freighter spliced in, and being the Watchmen geek that I am, I’m waiting till that to get the DVD. After watching the trailer (below) I’m worried it will completely miss all the symbolism and parallels that made it so brilliant in the comic. I’ll still hold out, all the same.
Less up to date, but far more hilarious if you haven’t seen it, the namesake of this post:
Recently, due to the pitch I’m doing tomorrow, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about how they work. More on how my own pitch goes later. For now, a video on how Harry Potter got sold. I’d say the first minute and a half is terrific.
Speaking of pitches that are successfully picked up, this saddens me (currently in store at Wal-Mart, Target, and wherever DVD’s are sold):
I met the guy once for lunch in New York right after graduating. I had no idea who he was, but one of my professors, Roger De Muth was nice enough to set up the meeting. He told me he was an independent animator working at a company (frederator), and I didn’t realize just how rare that was. Dan gave me two piece of advice:
1. Don’t get sucked into doing the 3d modeling. and 2. Make it topical.
Terrific advice which I’ve done a mediocre job of following.
His name got put on the map when he did a short about the regions of New York, which I can’t find. So instead, check out his amazing pop culture charts such as: