Final Projects

Don’t Tease Me!

Posted by Shay on March 18th, 2010 (1 comments)

Trailers I was perusing Hulu’s movie trailers when I came across I thought looked awesome. I’m a little ashamed to say the movie title because I like lame romantic comedies with actresses that people always make fun of. Anyway. I’m all excited for this movie. It looks funny, the love interest is kind of hot.

This looks amazing! I can’t wait to drag one of my friends to see it!

Then the hammer is dropped right on my last little piggy. The movies isn’t coming out for three months! Help me understand this. Are we now so obsessed with getting there first that we have ruined trailer-viewing? I blame Harry Potter and the Trailer That Came Out a Year Early. Seriously? First it was the teaser trailer at the one movie on opening weekend. Okay. So what that I have to see I Am Legend in IMAX to see exclusive footage of Dark Knight. I was going to see both anyway.

I remember when trailers could only be viewed in one of two places-on TV and at the theater. I thought that trailers online would mean more trailers of movies I could see this weekend. I feel like I’m being tricked.

Want to see a great movie?


Here’s the trailer!

That looks awesome. What are the showtimes?

Oh. Nay, nay. You don’t get to see this one right now. You have to sit in anguish while far crappier movies are released from the same conglomerate/movie house before this awesome one. We’ll make you wait, Idunno, 4 months. Yeah. That sounds like a good wait time.

Oh, screw you movie executive.

It’s gotten ridiculous. And now you have the teaser trailer, the theatrical trailer, the trailer, the exclusive clip, the interview, the featurette, and the making of. I just want to see the damn movie. No “Coming Soon” or “Summer 2010.” Is that too much to ask, Mr. Movie Exec. Can you only put out trailers for this month?

And here one I just stumbled across. Grr. I love trailers. I’d like making trailers to be my bread and butter one day. It’s seems to be the marketing and promotion department is the one I should steer clear of.

Interview with Director Giles Timms

Posted by Shay on November 3rd, 2009 (0 comments)

Here’s an interview with Giles Timms, Director of Deal All Along. But first a blurb from his site

Giles Timms is a director, animator, illustrator, and filmmaker.
Inspired by Russian Cut-Out Animation, Comics and Expressionism, Giles has cultivated a distinctive technique that is textural, stylized and painterly. Using history and its motifs, Giles creates pop surreal worlds that are grounded in the real – 3D worlds in a flat 2D paper style.
Giles’ films have won several film festival awards and have also been featured on such notable sites as Boing Boing and Cartoon Brew.

MTI How did you pick the song?
GT Ceri Frost and I both decided it would be a fun song to animate.

How did you come up with the concept?
GT Well, I knew I wanted to tell a story, even though the song was just under 2 minutes. I provided Ceri with 2 short treatments for the ideas I had and then worked from there with his input.

MTI How big was your team?
GT Umm, it was just me…so not very big :)

What was your biggest obstacle?
GT Fitting a story into a 2-minute song.

MTI Did any obstacle surprise you?
GT Well, I’m not sure I had any obstacles really. The hardest thing about the project was the challenge I set myself to create a story for the short song. The story evolved through the course of the project, so there were minor stops and starts, but no real obstacles as such.

How long was each phase of production? Pre? Post? In?
GT I work somewhat atypically for animation, so pre was a few days at most, production was about 98% of the work, and I used about a day for editing.

Did UCLA have any guidelines?
GT Mostly they wanted me to push the story, other than that, not really.

If so, what and did you find them limiting?
GT No, I think that the limits they set (that the music video should tell a story rather than be a series of images tied strictly to the lyrics) helped me. I find limits a good thing, in general.

What are you working on next?
GT Just finished a few more treatments for some new music videos, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Featured Post: DEAD all along by Giles Timms

Posted by Shay on September 29th, 2009 (2 comments)

Performed by Ceri Frost,
Film by Giles Timms,

The music video is set in a hand drawn pen and ink world inspired by Edward Gorey and animated in a cut-out style. Compositing and animation in After Effects.

Made at the Animation Workshop at UCLA’s Department of Theater, Film and Television, 2009

Interview With Tarantino

Posted by Shay on September 1st, 2009 (0 comments)

Here’s an interview from with Quinten Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds.

I <3 Flickhart

Posted by Shay on May 27th, 2009 (0 comments) is absolutely addictive! A site where you simply choose the best of two options for you favorite movies. i.e. A Beautiful Mind or Memento. Hands down (for me) A Beautiful Mind wins every time.

I’ve already spent half an hour on the site without noticing. Go get an invitation and see what your top 20 will be then come back and list them here in the comments.

Not Obsessed With The Soloist

Posted by Shay on May 8th, 2009 (0 comments)

So I did a double feature last week at Regal Cinemas at New Roc City. The theater is nice, staff is halfway decent, pricing as per other cinemas. But they do have an IMAX.

First up was Obsessed starring Idris Elba, Beyonce Knowles, and Ali Carter. Elba is a successful businessman with a young wife (Knowles) and son when Carter begins to temp for his office and becomes obsessed with the niceties that Elba dishes out. It’s an obvious take on the tragic story of a woman getting the wrong idea a la Fatal Attraction. It not a total ripoff. There’s no bunnies in this one.

I did found myself talking at the screen (as I did not have a movie mate that night) due in most part to how believably crazy Carter’s character was and Elba’s character’s naivete. As for Knowles (the reason I wanted to see the film), her character left something to be desired. I’m not sure what it was. I think it was the way the she was written. She played jealous very well but I think there’s a part of the script that was left out. I can’t go into too much detail, but I wish they would have explained the motivation for her lack of trust. What they did offer would not have been enough for me to distrust my husband. But this is all my opinion.

All in all it was a bit of a disappointment. C-

Now the next movie is one I viewed after reading the book for a book club. I’m not sure I would have gone to the theater to see if I hadn’t read the book and didn’t have time to kill after Obsessed, but I saw it nonetheless. Steve Lopez is a writer for the L.A. Times who come across a schizophrenic homeless man playing a 2-string violin. That man is Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, formally of Julliard.
A relationship ensues after Lopez writes an article on Nathaniel and he is weighted with getting Ayers the proper care. That is the central theme of the book and the movie. However, there are many aspects of the movie that differ from the book. I found the movie’s characters to be one dimensional. Lopez is a character you hate when for being selfish and Nathaniel’s history is different in the movie – practically incomplete if you’ve read the book.

Downey and Foxx do great portrayals of their characters but I didn’t believe them. I think I biased because I’ve read and loved the book. I’m actually going to stop here because I can’t say much more without merely comparing the differences between the page and the screen. I’m sorry I can’t give you more than B-


Video Test

Posted by Shay on January 24th, 2009 (0 comments)

KidWonder–First Steps

This a video posting test using KidWonder’s first steps video. Enjoy!

Let’s just say a bit more about this, to see if the video embed image lines up properly with the text.

And just a bit more, to be absolutely sure.

OK, well, a bit more then.