* Taking Hiatus for the
rest of 2005 year ..... While I am gone....
maybe the world will eventually become a better place,
less taxes we have to pay, back to basics & values, less reliance on cell phones, a
slower pace of life, not so materialistic. I must
be nuts & dreaming .
Perhaps if I escape to the farthest Australian outbacks and live off the fat of the land. Yeah, that's what I will do. No
TV or radio ..... just my computer,
and all my Stop Motion stuff and my briar and corncob
pipes & fine imported tobacco and get me some loyal
man's best friend dog companions and living in our solar powered studio/cabin .... and .....* DING!*
.... my kitchen timer just went off (I
had it set for five minutes). Oh well, maybe .... catch
you next year .... 2006.
* Quick .... I have set my kitchen-cooking
timer for about 20 minutes to be online and post/write
this. Still busy & occupied with work and other real life stuff.
Combining some quickie different comments/topics into one
here. Hmmmm ..... by the time I am not busy, PJ's
'puterized 2005 Kong might already be on DVD.
Heard reviewers & some at message board whine that Kong
may be too long? Well .... frick
you! I want my money's
worth and to immerse myself into a
movie. Who made it a rule that
movies should be a certain running time?
I have more criticism if a movie is too short ....
which I thought Corpse Bride was. Maybe
PJ or Suits should have theatrically
released a shorter Kong and saved a longer Kong version
for DVD. AnimateClay.com scored with some juicy
news items. First .... the WETA
recreated/restored 1933 Kong Spider Pit sequence is online (it's Flash movie format).
Probably not copyright legal. IMO, the added
Styracasaurus dino scene of it chasing the crew onto the
log .... works "perfectly". That is
what was really needed in the 1933
original. Merian C. Cooper messed-up there.The "re-created"
spider pit sequence, however,
did not seem to flow or integrate and too
many close-ups of the Weta
staff (who were acting as doubles / stand-ins). Just a brief
long shot of the Kong expedition crew
being devoured by the pit
creatures would have been sufficient.
This mini article-byte provides some minor info. Second
news item ..... on Spanish TV, someone at Mckinnon
& Saunders doing a brief demo of a Corpse Bride
puppet head .... video is crude .... you somewhat see how it works but actually
does not reveal much. Finally .... I am surprised that
there was not much comment about Dan Anderson's little Stop Mo gem,
he cranked out for Ain't It Cool News
contest. Dan does very polished work. He
applied his creative skills and did a little bit of his
own Willis O'brien re-creation (QT format). BTW .... stupid,
stupid insanely short time deadline for the contest (only
a couple of weeks). They don't know "jack
shite" about what it takes to do Stop Mo.
Maybe StopMoShorts can host this piece (ask Dan) and
maybe some tech info how it was done? Okay .... my timer
went off. I have to bounce, split ... adios.
"Man" does not live on Stop Motion alone ..... maybe Uncle Ray was one of the few privleged to
get some regular income from it. Reminder to you all ..... I also
have a straight joe-job (night shift
hours) that pays on regular basis to
cover my bills, rent, food, health benefits, etc.. It's
been busy there because of the year
end ritual all you mortals
participate in . Also ... inprogress
on a few small, commissioned side gigs. I haven't really
looked at the plethora of back-logged email .
Got to momentarily focus (as 'puters/internet can be a hook-distraction
once you're online) and get over this hectic
* Hmmm ....
The PJ King Kong opened ..... no fricken time yet
for me to do any leisure stuff or hear or read the buzz
about the 'Puterized giant ape.
Bride already coming to DVD? ..... Geez .... that's only about 3
months or so since CB was released in theaters?
Look here for pre-ordering. Mainstream Suits
need to think out of the box
and get with it .... into the now
& for future. Now I'm thinking, why even
release a movie to theaters? Just go straight to
DVD. Also .... you Suits .... DO
NOT waste obscene mega-mega millions
into production budgets. You know .... things
CAN be done efficiently and cost-effectively. HIRE
ME .... no so-called "experience" as
producer, line producer (or whatever you call it) ....
but I got tons of commonsense. I already
posted this before but if you missed it ... In a losing race with the Zeitgeist. My comments here not about CB,
but just "observating" about
the general mainstream movie biz.
* Where is
Anthony Scott? ..... It seems we have not heard from him too much recently. I emailed him
some time ago and no reply which he usually does respond.
Maybe he is working on a "secret"
Just occupied & busy here .... not much to ramble about. Everyone (& the
ever more frenetic American pop culture-society)
going into their ritual year end thing
.... people suddenly contacting you (me) because of "holidays"
.... but they previously ignored you all
year or for years. My wisdom for you: Do not wait until
because we only
.... may be too late. I
could have just not posted here like
some other bloggers do, and they neglect
or dismiss "you" for awhile , but at least, I let you
know .... "What's up!" EDIT: 12.08.05
December .... "Bah
... fricken-humbug" .... everything moving too fast ..... unsettling times .... Life out of Balance Koyaanisqatski thing .... becoming reality.
So different, not the same compared to my growing up
years. I suppose .... evading the major cities and trying
to shut-out the media bombardment & influence on our
psyche, might help, to hide from this evolving madness. I
don't know. There will be a day of
reckoning for all this. Okay,
no more (for now). Back to your regularly scheduled blog
board of directors on hiatus? Actually .... if they are
(includes me, on the SMS staff) .... I don't blame them
..... they got personal lives and crap
going on too! Those who point their fingers at us regulars and say to themselves .... Why
we are not moving faster? Well, I say to you, "First
take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see
clearly how to remove the splinter from your brother's
eye". Do not
be a hypocrite
and also don't
procrastinate. You doing any actual Stop Motion
stuff? Quickly changing topic .... Eric Scott .... it's okay to do some shameless
self promotion (no one else will do it for you).
I'll shout it out here too ..... Brett
Brother's & Jason Gottlieb's
SMS Showcase section are up. I guess .... Nick
Hilligoss and myself are next.
Anybody else who has some Stop Mo stuff and
experience are also most welcomed
to be in SMS Showcase .... but you have
to contribute ..... clips, pictures, do a little
writing, etc.. .... subject to review & approval by
our most esteemed SMS board of directors. So ..... get off your Arse
and do something!
End of Sermon Edit: Oops .... I see that Eric
was shameless & did announce it.
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