DONNIE IS MY FAVORITE!
I loved Donatello before I even knew what a geek was. He is always the first TMNT toy that I buy when a new set comes out. Besides loving turtles in general, Donnie always appealed to me because he loved to create things. He even created my favorite TMNT character of all-time in the new Nickelodeon series, Metalhead.
Donnie always seems to prefer peace rather than fighting but when the time comes he is more than capable of taking care of himself with his Bo Staff.
As I grew older I began to realize how much Donnie and I have in common. I love technology, I am a lover not a fighter and I love the process of creating.
Who’s your favorite?
MY HEROES IN A HALF SHELL! COWABUNGA!
I Love my girls. They are precious to me. We are all excited for the fun times ahead!
You can TMNT yourself HERE!
THE LEGEN OF THE YOKAI
For the past couple of months I have been watching and keeping track of the new TMNT movie coming out. I am grasping for the hope that the movie has a strong story, humor and awesome action.
I have to say, I am convinced this movie is going to deliver. I am a big TMNT fan and sometimes that can be a detriment because I can become too critical. I want to put that aside for this movie and just be a big kid again and enjoy another generation of the TMNT.
Above is a cool trailer that tells of a legend that happened long ago. Check it out and be a kid.
THAT’S NO MOON!
So there I was animating and I needed a snack. I grabbed a bag of Barbecue “popchips" and busted open the greatness that they are. What happened next I did not expect. THE DEATH STAR CHIP!!! Crazy right!?
So yeah, thats my highlight for today. Oh, and the project I am freelancing on right now is the coolest project I have ever worked on in the past 10 years of my carrier. I am super excited to share it with you after they air on TV in October. Stay tuned!
May the potato be with you!
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes
Another awesome song by Weird Al for his new album, “Mandatory Fun.” Check out the music video! It is a fantastic kinetic typography piece. I love this guy!
HEROES IN A HALF SHELL: A TMNT ART TRIBUTE EXHIBIT
Saturday our little family visited Gallery Nucleus for a TMNT exhibit. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the TMNT. It is crazy to think I am the same age as TMNT.
The first 30 attendees received a free TMNT toy and the following 500 attendees received a free TMNT mask with your color of choice. The line for this exhibit was incredibly long and wrapped around the block. It was fun to see so many TMNT fans in one spot.
The exhibit had free drinks, photo taking with the TMNT themselves and a killer collection of fan art. The upstairs proportion of the gallery included concept sketches and imagery from the 3D cartoon series of TMNT on Nickelodeon. It also had props from the live action TMNT movies including Michelangeo’s robotic head and the rat puppet that was used for the flashback scene in the first TMNT movie.
There was an original TMNT arcade signed by Kevin Eastmen that you could play and 3 artists signing. This included Ciro Nieli, Executive Producer & Irineo Maramba, Design Supervisor of Nickelodeon’s TMNT. The third artist was Dan Duncan, TMNT Comic Book Artists, IDW Publishing.
We had a great time but there were so many people there that we eventually had to leave. It was a bummer because TMNT fans are a good crowd.
If you are ever in the Alhambra area stop by and check out Gallery Nucleus.
It’s artist like Terry Gilliam that remind me to loosen up and have fun with animation. So good!
PIXAR DAY AT THE PARK
Despite the early morning rush for a taxi to the airport, our airplane having multiple electrical malfunctions, switching to a new airplane and delaying us by a few hours, our baby sick and teething, only having a few hours of sleep, Nellie, Layla and I were able to squeeze some fun out of Pixar Day at the Park.
The sun was blistering hot so we took shelter inside the AT&T stadium and looked for ways to stay fed and cool during the game. Baby Layla is an amazingly patient little baby. She did so well and we are blessed to have such a good baby.
After the game was over we headed down to the field and watched Toy Story on the jumbotron while the audio played over the stadium speakers. John Lasetter and a life sized woody said a few words to us before the movie started. It was neat to look around and see hundreds of families who grew up with Toy Story and now their kids get to see it for the first time.
Our hotel room was fantastic and ranks right up there as one of my highlights on this trip. It was a simple small room but it was nice to come back to a freshly made bed, nice towels and air conditioning. Thank you Hyatt House once again!
I had a the great opportunity to work with some talented individuals at STATE. Here is a sizzle reel of the 2014 NFL Draft rebrand
Creative Director - Marcel Ziul
Executive Producer - Joe Nash
Senior Designer/Animators - Marcos Vaz, Marcelo Petrella
Senior Animator - John Robson
Animation - Brock Boyts
Design - Jon Lorenz, Fabian Garzon, Michal Misinski
Rotoscope - Tamara Robson
Bobby Beck, CEO of Animation Mentor
Beautifully done by the master and Disney legend himself. Watch and enjoy Glen Keane’s recent animated short, Duet.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES TRAILER # 2
Check out this new action packed TMNT trailer! BOOYAKASHA!!!
I HATE SPIDERS BUT THIS ONE I REALLY WANT!
I came across this today while surfing YouTube looking for robot references. Adam Savage shows off one of his prized new toys from his “cave.”
Check out the robot spider in the video above made by Robugtix.
It can even do the Salsa Rumba! Check it out below.
As a learning animator I have gained HUGE respect for how body mechanics work. My passion for movement extends past computer animation and I love remote control EVERYTHING. This spider robot is by far one of the most impressive robots I have seen and I would love to share it with you.
The movements are incredible and the detail in each movement is carefully crafted. Now all I need to do is come across a TON of money that I don’t need and buy one. Haha!
Mark Walsh, Pixar Animator & Director