November 2020

Well, there’s November. A great deal of work has been done on the new project, with which I hope to conclude “Instruction.”

At least the visual part; I haven’t done anything with the sound.

Will it be presentable before the end of the year? I kind of doubt that, but occasionally I am surprised.

See you next month, and thanks for stopping by.

October 2020

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Well, part three of “Instruction” continues to move along, though without a real strong framework…I’ve got scenes that could literally be placed anywhere. That’s not good, as far as I’m concerned–story points should be embedded in every scene so that they eventually add up.

But since this story is so nebulous, I guess I’m not surprised the story points are not evident. Oh well.

See you next month.

A Brave New World For Young Moderns

Well, that was fun.  Computer problems are always fun…depending on how you define the word “fun.”

My main computer is a desktop running Windows 7.  (I really dislike Windows 10.  I could go on, but won’t.)  A couple of Thursdays ago, the computer started giving me performance issues, and finally it booted into the Windows 7 Rescue interface, which is when I regretted not replacing my hard drive a while ago.

Just to be clear, all my data is regularly backed up.  Images, sound projects, animation, writings…all fine.

I just didn’t want to have to reinstall all the programs I’ve built up over the years.  I could (aside from the Giveaway of the Day ones), I just didn’t want to.  Yeah, pillory me for a whiner.

So, I let the “Startup Repair” option run.  I knew this could take hours.  It actually took days.  And of course, it usually has to run more than once, so…more days.  Once it completed, it seemed to boot fine, but I knew the clock was ticking.  Various messages about unreadable files were very convincing.

So I shut it down, pulled the drive and put it and another drive into my Kingwin dual SATA dock (which doesn’t seem to be available, or I’d link it), plugged that into my (Windows 10) laptop, and ran AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro (one of those Giveaway of the Day products that has been invaluable over the years) to clone the old drive to the, uh “different” drive.

(Of course, since that different drive had stuff on it I wanted to keep, I first had to clone it to a spare drive–which I couldn’t have used to clone the PC drive, as one was MBR and the GPT, and I’m sure this is getting a lot duller than it needs to be.)

Anyway, having set everything up, I then fired up my largely dormant MacBook so I could continue to surf the web, check email and so on, and even work on some project files.  Naturally, since nothing works the way we want it to at first, the Windows 10 laptop first had to repair the PC drive before it could even mount it, and this took several more days, during which the progress bar actually seemed to recede.  Finally, though Windows 10 laptop was satisfied, AOMEI cloned away, and to my very great surprise the “different” drive booted back into Windows.  And now we’re back, as if the last couple of weeks hadn’t even existed.

Of course, they did exist, and I learned a valuable lesson–I need to start making disk images of the PC drive regularly.  Probably monthly, in fact.  I’ve got to be industrious if I want to be lazy.

Thanks for listening.  See you next month.

Finally…animation

So, the final sound mix was completed and the project uploaded to YouTube.  I can’t believe it took over six months to do, but sometimes things…just run away, and you have to catch them and bring them back.

Here is the link.  Four minutes and change.  Thank you for watching (if you watch), and see you again soon.

Colorization

I’m not a fan of colorization.  Movies are an art form like any other, and the way they are introduced to the world should be the way they are presented thereafter.

That said, if you’re going to colorize a black and white movie, at least do so with some style and creativity.  Ladies and gentlemen, can your heart stand the shocking revelation of…Plan 9 From Outer Space, colorized?  (lightning and thunder)

This is really very cool.  In the shot below, Eros has just finished telling the Earth people that they are really stupid.

 

Jeff doesn’t like this one bit, and belts Eros a good one.

And it’s very hard to see, because Eros turns away from the camera, but he actually turns green when Jeff hits him!

When he turns back toward us, we can see his green skin in full flower.  And he keeps that green skin, until–

–he wipes it away as he tends to his bloody lip!

This is genius.  And while it might make some sad with the realization that this colorization job cost more than the entire original movie, at least someone recognized that there was something else there that could be brought out and celebrated.

Most colorization looks like weak pastels painted over a black and white image.  This looks very much the same, but at least they had fun with it.

See you next month.  Should have a new video then.

…maybe.

May (and April)

So, it looks like I missed posting anything in April.  I guess I didn’t have a lot to say, what with things being shut down and all.

Not much happening in May, either.  I continue to work on upcoming projects, and, predictably, start to find the work tedious and wonder what else I can do.

Oh, well.  Here are some stills from an upcoming project.

It’s a fairly simple thing, no real story, just images, but of course it has to be stubborn and refuse any easy egress.

Anyway, thanks for visiting and we will see you in June!

Leaping out of February

And so, another month gone.  In good news, I’ve started on a new project and have completed tons of artwork towards its fruition.  It doesn’t have a story, really, just a kind of showcase for celestial artwork.  I’m doing this because the opening of the last animation got a very positive response, and also because I have no idea what needs to happen in Chapter Three of “Instruction.”

Oh, I’ve got some ideas for imagery, but in terms of tying it together into something that might, vaguely, be called a “story,” no, that has yet to reveal itself.

I’m sure it will.  One thing I’ve learned is that you can’t force these things–they push back and you end up with regretted garbage.

See you next month, and thanks for stopping by.