Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody Gets Audio Commentary, Animal Reacts to Webby Award Nomination

  Also nominated for the Webby Awards (which I posted a few months ago) is The Muppets cover of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody in two categories: viral video and music video.  Seeking votes of support, Muppet Studios have released a video featuring 'Animal' making a touching phonecall to his 'Mama' to give her the big news.  Also, they have rereleased Bohemian Rhapsody with a special edition audio commentarey from The Muppets.

Animal Tells His Mama About The Webby Nominations:


Bohemian Rhapsody Audio Commentary:




Again here the Webby Awards links viral video and music video

AND...

You can check out the original video, which I posted, by clicking here.


Love Project Music Video

156 Countries Sing Together for the Starbucks Love Project:

Here is the video:

More on this:


Currently this video is up for a Webby Award --- click here to check the Webby Awards site

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

J.J. Abrams: The Mystery Box

  Writer, director and producer J.J. Abrams makes smart, addictive dramas like TV's Lost, and films like Cloverfield and the new Star Trek.


Why you should listen to him:

  As the Emmy-winning creator of the smart, addictive TV dramas Lost, Alias and Felicity, J.J. Abrams' name looms large on the small screen. As the writer/director behind the blockbuster explode-a-thon Mission: Impossible III, Cloverfield and the new Star Trek movie, these days Abrams also rules the big screen -- bringing his eye for telling detail and emotional connection to larger-than-life stories.

  Abrams' enthusiasm -- for the construction of Kleenex boxes, for the quiet moments between shark attacks in Jaws, for today's filmmaking technologies, and above all for the potent mystery of an unopened package -- is incredibly infectious.
"As a boy, JJ Abrams was fascinated with magic. As a television writer, director, and producer, he has beguiled audiences with a masterful use of suspense, plot reversals, and special effects." ---- Wired
  In this video J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery - a passion thats evident in his films and TV shows, back to its magical beginnings.

Check it out:

  For those of you who don't know about TED talks, and of TEDx, the independently-organized TED events around the world. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.  TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, politics and the arts.

To check out more TED Talks click here. 

Fun quote:
  "You go to the theater, you're just so excited to see anything, the moment the lights go down is often the best part --- you know?"
... so true ;)


Friday, April 16, 2010

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

 Now I've been, somewhat, on both sides of this equation... as a former college Professor, and as a student, and to a degree played the roles of student and teacher a number of times, back and forth, both professionally and I suppose a bit in my private life as well.  Always looking to learn more, and (when appropriate) share what I've learned with others; BUT I must admit, especially after teaching as a college Professor, I do have some fundamental issues with the general system of education via schools (and how we are expected to learn and to teach), and in particular how we're educating our children.


 Recently I happened upon this TED talk, in which Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

 For those of you who don't know about TED talks, and of TEDx, the independently-organized TED events around the world. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.  TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, politics and the arts.

  Everyone should watch this:

  To learn more about Sir Ken Robinson and his work click here.
  To check out more TED Talks click here.


The old philosophical question:
  "If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, did it really happen?"
Fun quote:  
  "If a man speaks his mind in a forest and no woman hears him, is he still wrong?"
...  I love it :)

Pixels


Oh I can't fight it... this amazing and incredibly well executed short, by director Patrick Jean, in which 80's arcade games take their revenge, is burning up the web right now;... so for those of you who haven't seen it, I feel compelled to share:


Visions of fun filled hours playing old arcade games come back to my mind, and the pixels remind me to a curtain extent of Lego (the greatest toy EVER) which I always loved.


"Pixels," is a short film by Patrick Jean and the Paris-based special effects company One More Production.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Animation Mentor - DANCE

Here is another shot I animated for `Term 2: Body Mechanics`at Animation Mentor, this time with some Usher and Micheal Jackson dance styling.

Character rigs by Animation Mentor.
Animation done by me (Andrew "Big Show" Blodgett).


Click here to see related post: "Animation Mentor - Body Mechanics"

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Animation Mentor - Body Mechanics

Here is a shot I animated for `Term 2: Body Mechanics`at Animation Mentor, with a little parkour styling.


Character rigs by Animation Mentor.
Animation done by me (Andrew "Big Show" Blodgett).


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Some Motivation


Keep Rockin!!!

Oscar | Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer

 A Trailer For Every Oscar | Academy Award Winning Movie Ever.
By: BriTANicK

  Enjoy the video:

Sunday, April 4, 2010

TRON vs. Saul Bass

LOL!
This is awesome!

Following up on my  "TRON original trailer - fan modernized" post (click here to check it out) --- I just came across this:

(we've seen the future, now let's get retro)

 For those of you who aren't aware of "Saul Bass" (who's style this attempts to duplicate).  Saul Bass (1920-1996) was not only one of the great graphic designers of the mid-20th century but the UNDISPUTED master of film title design thanks to his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, and Martin Scorsese.

To find out more about Saul Bass check out these links:
http://www.notcoming.com/saulbass/index2.php
http://designmuseum.org/design/saul-bass
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1343063261314199679#
Saul Bass: On Making Money vs Quality Work 


Again, to check out the fan modernized version AND the ORIGINAL trailer click here.