Thursday, December 30, 2010

My dream is really obscure, you've probably never heard of it

I just uncovered literature of an unfortunately hip dream I had on April 1st, 2008. I realize this is one of the most hipster dream you could probably have. All that's missing are some records, PBR and a fixed-gear bike. My mind might have collapsed under such irony.

"I had a dream last night about Allen GInsberg. I just finished doing a History essay, so I guess he's been on my mind lately. So I am at an outdoor market, it's late in the afternoon in Spring. There's a lot of people, and as I meander around, I find this one tent that looks like an Indian market stand. There's a man inside who I recognize, and identify him as Allen Ginsberg.

He doesn't look like the young, short haired Ginsberg, nor the older, balding, bearded, mountain-man Ginsberg with glasses. He looks more like actor David Cross, just as himself, but with a beard. I call over to him, we talk briefly about something and he whips out this weird bong from under a strange cloth with patterns, like burlap, only, with a silky texture? A large crowd gathers as he goes to light it. He sets his beard on fire.

We go inside a building, and end up in a reddish-colored salon-type drawing room. His beard is not on fire anymore. There are old photographs everywhere on the walls and bookshelves full of books. I sit down on the corner of a chair. It looks like an old black one my family owned (it was from Ikea. Go figure). A guy about my age, wearing a black & white checkered shirt, plops in the chair casually, as if he owned it. He introduces himself. His name was something like Himberg, or Ghilbert, Hilmborg, Hamgirb. Something odd, and similar to Ginsberg. Had the letters H and G for sure.

Anyway, turns out Allen Ginsberg was my teacher. I was in some kind of classroom, apparently. Then my younger cousin Lucy came into the room, and we started eating Cheez-It crackers. Too many, in fact. When we were leaving and walking home, we both mentioned that we felt really sick from the Cheez-Its."

Then I woke up and ate breakfast as if this had never happened.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Tim & Eric Awesome Band, Great Job!

It's definitely a surreal experience when you see your favorite comedic tv heroes 7 feet away from your face, as real live, living, breathing human beings. From 2D to full on technicolor 3D! The Tim & Eric Awesome Tour Chrimbus Spectacular officially started its journey in Seattle on Monday. Totally awesome vacation!!! In honor of these gentleman, I made this poster from an early recording of their band at a house show. I really love the early film archives. You can really see where the evolution of their alternative comedy developped from.

Thank you to the most talented and inspiring people on television. Great Job!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

First Festival

"Bad Habits" has been accepted to the 41st Student Film and Video Festival (part of the World Film Festival) in Montreal. August 28th to September 1st.

Monday, July 5, 2010

El Dorado

I collaborated with a game designer who is developing an iPhone application game, and I was hired to do an illustration for it. I wish I could get hired to work somewhere in this city; it's getting ridiculous.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bad Habits update

Bad Habits was finally completed April 23rd. Here's a screen shot from the classroom scene. I'm in the process now of sending it out to a number of festivals in North America. There were a lot of moments during the production of this film where I really did not want to continue, but I am so glad I came through and completed it. The audience reaction of laughs and "ews" is exactly what I wanted.

Friday, March 26, 2010


1st Draft

Final design

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Backgrounds and Boards

Here are two sample backgrounds in color, and some images pulled from the storyboard.

It's taken me a long time to work out all the kinks of my story, to have a distinct beginning, middle and end, and leave the viewer with the mood I intended. I was using the index card method of cutting, pasting and putting each shot in order, so it became very hands on and chaotic at times.

I have been working on layouts and backgrounds during the Olympics and find this to be the most enjoyable part.

The biggest challenge for me was the story, and its "logic." The best part is drawing all the scenes and seeing them in color.
Since I have a multitude of backgrounds, this means that there is limited animation to do in each scene, so I anticipate having the animation done on time!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New Stuff Coming

Catalogue Image, digitized color and look for "Bad Habits"