March 2022

Well, life continues. I actually have two projects in the works, neither of which is all that–uh, “important” or whatever, but they’ve both been fun to work on. Neither is expected to have a long running time, but plans are always subject to change around here…

Anyway, that’s the monthly entry for March. See you next month, and thanks for stopping by.

January 2022, near the middle.

So, after I posted the last video to YouTube, I went completely dry. Totally bereft of ideas. And it scared me, honestly. I poked here and there at things, but nothing caught fire. I wondered if I was done doing things.

I still wonder that, but at least there’s something now to work on. It’s only out-takes from the last video, but at least it’s something.

Did I mention the out-takes? I think I did. If not, there were out-takes. Over five and a half minutes of them. Why were they cut? Put together, they were dull. But I think I can pull a couple of bits out and make something. Not five and a half minutes of something (at least I hope not) but enough to give a bit of hope.

Anyway, I may post later this month, and if not, thanks for visiting and see you next time.

August 2021

Well, it has been a fairly busy month, art-wise. The new project was streaming right along, then I hit a snag and started wheel-spinning, but it looks like I might be unstuck.

Still no idea about when all this will be finished, but it’s…getting there.

Next month I’ll try to post some stills. Until then, thanks for visiting.

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.

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.

Mid-July 2019 Post

Well!  How is everyone today.  There’ve been some new developments in the world of projects and other works.  I did start another painting, but it’s not going quickly.  Here’s a WIP, colors are way off but, you know, WIP.  As you can see, it’s the same old stuff.

(Remember when I did the PaintBlogs?  I should really try another one of those, but I just don’t pick up the brush that often.)

The animation project mentioned last month is still proceeding, with more sequences done and artwork created.  There’s a Vegas project going that already has the opening pretty well mapped-out, but that’s still evolving (sigh).

I heard of a fun contest which I’m going to enter.  I’d show you the latest stage, but as it’s a contest I’m not sure I can.  No hope of winning, but it’s fun to work on.

Also, the air-conditioning has been fixed, so I shouldn’t have to suffer either temperature-wise or financially.  Always a plus!

So, keeping busy and trying to keep comfortable.  And I won’t bother you with the health worries.  Thanks for stopping by, and I may see you later this month.

June 2019

So, it’s the end of June.  How are things progressing?  Well, the script group is kind of in endless rehash mode, but I’ve got five scripts in various stages, so there’s that.

The editing thing has been abandoned.  I’ve been working too much on my own stuff, which is the ambitious animation.  I’ve got several sequences finished, and will probably be able to post a “part one” in July.  Here’s a shot of an impact crater, cobbled together from a dozen or so different images.

Also, met an interesting person.  Possibly more to say on that later.

As always, thank you for stopping by.

May 2019

Well, I see it’s time for the monthly update.  Well, I’ve got four projects in various stages of completion (none of them really close to that, though).

One is a script for a group, and I’ve kind of soured on it.  Sometimes shorter is worse.

The second is a possible edit for a film for the same group.  Barely started on this, already thinking it’s futile.

Third up is a new painting, which has already stalled.

Finally, we have a new animation that may be too ambitious for me.  Haven’t done much lately on that, but it’s still in place.

So, that’s that.  I hope to update this more regularly, but we’ll have to see.  As always, thanks for stopping by.

Stupid Flash Tricks, Part 3

Well, I finished up another Flash project–basically conceived and finished in ten days time.  Considering the last one took weeks, I’d say that’s some kind of progress.  Unlike the last two, everything (except for the audio) in this one was created entirely in Flash itself, with no PhotoShop imports.  Flash is still very primitive as a paint program, but I am slowly figuring out how to do things in Flash…something I never thought I’d say.  It’s nice to feel that I can do good work quickly–a nice feeling of accomplishment.

Here are some stills:

And the entire thing can be found here.

See you later, and thanks for stopping by.

Stupid Flash Tricks, Part 2

Hello!  I hope everyone had a good Christmas and is looking forward to the new year.

I believe the first entry in this “Stupid Flash Tricks” series was over a dozen years ago  (I’m not going to look it up).  Since that time, Adobe’s Flash animation package has gone from ubiquitous hero of the internet to abandoned pariah, with some browsers (Google Chrome) saying they will no longer support it.

Naturally, this is the time I choose to decide I need to attempt to learn it again.  Much like PhotoShop, once you gain a slight understanding of how Flash works, you can appreciate the difficult curve you just rounded.  Unlike PhotoShop, though, Flash remains obstinate in its refusal to cooperate.   An errant mouse-click can undo all manner of carefully arranged work.  Things seem designed specifically to be time-consuming and confusing, precision is an absolute must, and in two key areas of film–sound and editing–it remains bafflingly primitive and difficult.

Sound–better have the sound just the way you like it before you import it into a project, because there’s no way to edit that sound in Flash itself.  Yes, you can’t even change the volume if it’s too loud.*

Editing–movies are made by shooting one scene, then another, and so on until you have the footage you want.  You then edit these scenes together to tell the story.  Within Flash, the only way to combine two different scenes (i.e., two separate animated scenes) is to sweep your mouse across all the frames in your second scene, copy them, open the first scene, and paste them into the frames after the first scene ends.*

Anyway, despite that, here‘s my latest Flash project, that I’ve been working on for ages.

   

It’s called “Look at me,” from the only line of dialogue in the whole thing.  Enjoy!  And as always, thanks for visiting.  Happy New Year!

*As indicated, I’m still strictly a novice in Flash, so there may be ways to do these things within Flash itself.  However, I did search for those ways diligently, and found nothing.   Third-party solutions are no way to go through life, son, but they do allow one to work.