Monday, June 30, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
One frame at a time?!
He'd be laughed out of the Dragon's Den with that one. Craziest idea ever. One frame at a time. It's nuts.
So it takes years to make a television show or movie or whatever. No way anyone is going to keep up enthusiasm for that length of time unless it is your own project that you have dreamt about making for years. And that rarely happens. Mostly, we're just hired to do a job. Get the job done, get paid. You can try to do your absolute best work and that's great but some jobs will inspire you less than others.
And you just can't give 100% the whole time without burning out (and don't get me started on the idiots who use the 'giving 110%' phrase).
So, sometimes, just getting something finished to a satisfactory level is okay.
Really though - one frame at a time? Completely ridiculous. I think I'll do something with puppets. At least then I can shoot in real time.
Anyone know anything about making puppets?
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
But those cut scenes are pretty, right? Well, as it happens, most of the cut scenes are just people delivering the lines of someone who doesn't know how to edit. There's no need for these scenes of dull people talking to be half an hour long. The story is a total mess, made pointlessly messier in the last 40 minute conversation, but Metal Gear Solid has a good history so getting this final chapter and the end to the story might be enough to make just getting it done worthwhile. That finality could satisfy.
And it's not without its cool moments.
But that doesn't make it a game. I wonder if ET on the Atari was bundled with a copy of the movie, would it be remembered as a great game? That's pretty much what we have with MGS4. Although the movie bit was better in ET.
Back to the Indy Lego game I think.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
So I can't help but be suspicious is this situation. It just doesn't feel right. A little too convenient. And, if you've worked for Flash for years, you'd be saving multiple versions, wouldn't you?
Monday, June 23, 2008
Yeah, the animation business seems to attract far more than its fair share of crazies. And they, in turn, are attracted to my desk. No idea why.
Actually, there seems to be a huge amount of people with extreme religious views in animation. They branch out in all directions but the one common thing among them is that they are all convinced they are right. Not all religious - some are extremely anti-religious and then others are part of these sort of 'self help' cults that are religions for tax purposes only. I find if a group of people call each other 'wizards', it's best to steer clear.
Then others just come from different cultures I guess, like the guy who told me I'd be killed for my shoes. They weren't even good shoes. We weren't even having a conversation. He just hovered at my desk for a bit, told me I'd be killed and then walked off. I don't even know where 'his' country is.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Is it better for me to go, get on with it, plaster on that fake smile, tolerate the thought of that stupidly long journey home because the boss was too selfish to organise this outing somewhere central, when I might actually enjoy it, the human contact is probably good for me and, once it's done it's done?
Or is it better for me to make an excuse, withdraw and spend another night at home falling nicely into my hermit rut, making no contribution to my life but, at the same time, doing what the hell I actually want to do?
I honestly don't know. But, yes, I decided yesterday to go so I won't be needing that excuse.
Could be fun!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
And I've had tough weeks and tough weekends around all that. Things, generally, have been pretty crappy. Then there's the thought of this godawful company outing.
Well yesterday I had managed to track down some of that Indy Lego I was looking for. I went out to get it at lunchtime and got absolutely soaked on the way back - how did everyone else know they'd need coats and umbrellas? And on the way back I was thinking about this company outing. I've been dreading it from the moment it was brought up. I can think of about a thousand different things I'd rather be doing and most of those involve sitting on my couch not being out with people I work with.
But then I thought, okay, I'm going. Accept it. Who knows, it might not even be awful. Maybe, just maybe, I'll find something to enjoy. Maybe not.
Suddenly, one little weight was lifted. It's still a crappy company outing and it's just one little part of my life but I think what it did was signify a willingness to just get on with things. Some forward momentum. I've still got some life to live and I'm going to just go do it.
A small change but a change nonetheless.
Then I was rained on again on the way home and I realised I was just being delusional.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
We've been working on Mr.Hat for ages now. If I didn't get on with the people here by now, I never would. But, as it happens, the people here are a rather good bunch. All the more reason to not get any ideas about forcing us to have 'fun' together - something that could tear apart the good work that all those months of distant polite civility has done.
Oh, and here's the icing on the cake - the place we'll end up is right where the boss lives. And miles away from anyone, or anywhere, else. So I'm just going to be thinking of the godawful hour and a half journey home. That's assuming it's not some Hills Have Eyes thing in the ass end of nowhere.
That's all the fun I can stand.
On a totally unrelated topic, Toonhound (one of my favourite sites as it deals with UK classics, loads of which you USers have totally missed out on and, while your cartoons were going down the toilet in the 70s, some absolute golden crazily creative classics were being made in the UK) reports that Bob the Builder is going CG. Read their article here.
Now I'm not a huge fan of Bob the Builder, it's mostly because I think the theme song is pure evil and I'm pretty sure it plays a message from Satan if played backwards. But the stop motion is lovely. It's tangible. Real. It just draws you into it. Will they get that in CG? Seeing as I reckon the number one reason to switch would be that they are trying to be cheap, I would guess not.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
So is it selling out? Is everyone buying up the Indy Lego? Or did some kid somewhere choke on a piece and ruin it for the rest of us, like those brush pens I used to use?
I think I only have three sets left to collect. I was half tempted to move to Star Wars Lego but that's like moving from the odd joint to full-on heroin addiction. It's something I don't think I'm prepared to do.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
So I look forward to the old twosies. It's my alone time. My me time.
I'm finding it tough at the moment. I think I'm going a bit crazy. This is where I think I need a dog. Even if your dog is the cause of stress (like wanting to go for a pee at 4 in the morning), you can tell him that without it coming back to haunt you later. And, when things are crap, you can give him a hug and you can talk or not talk to him if you like. And he won't then answer back with the blindingly obvious. This is why dogs are great and why I miss my old friend. I need a puppy.
I guess I can look forward to retirement. If I live that long.
I think I hate... stuff. Just generally.
Oh, happy Father's Day to all you fathers out there. Hope your day isn't tantrum-filled.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Is there a number I can call to do the same with my dog?
The Irish booted out the European treaty thingy, which was nice. Good to see they have at least a pretence of a democracy, even if it usually amounts to voting for who will get hauled up in a tribunal in 10 years. Well I thank the Irish for standing up for the rest of Europe, who weren't given the chance. Though you know it will get pushed through anyway, right? Whether you like it or not. They'll slap a different name on it or whatever and, sooner or later, your country will just be a state ruled by some guy you didn't vote for and can't understand. Unless you live in the UK, as they'll probably reject the whole thing and join up as the 51st state of the US. Yeah, fun times ahead. Fun times indeed.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
So I went with ads.
I'm sure everyone who makes ads sees this happen on a regular basis. I can't count the amount of times I have been asked to rip something off, the more direct the better. I have contributed to some godawful shameless rip-offs for people without a shred of creativity, and yet have 'creative' written on their business card.
I've also known several production companies to get hauled up on these rip-offs and, for some bizarre reason, they don't instantly point the finger to the ad agency. Why not? Those of us in the business know how it happens.
There's a good website on rip-offs here - You Thought We Wouldn't Notice
I'm lucky to have escaped being featured but I know some people who have made it on to that site, and with good reason. Having dumped ad work, I'm hoping to leave the rip-offs behind me.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
So, as I'm too tired to post anything and my brain is currently fried, you can make your own post. Sounds like fun, eh?
Friday, June 6, 2008
It was all very peaceful, but it was a tough night. Probably a testament to really how easy my life has been that I don't know if I've ever felt this sad. I already miss him so much. Such a good dog. I kept thinking I heard him last night and my first thought this morning was that I should put him out for a pee. It's going to take a long time to take in that he's not here any more.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
He's old. Like, really old. He's falling to bits. The vet has been talking about this for a while (though he likes to call it 'putting him to sleep', sidestepping the whole killing/death issue). It's been a long time coming. He's totally deaf. Pretty blind. Senile. Has joint trouble. Kidney failure. And a whole rake of other really gross things.
But every time he wags his tail, it makes me think that this is not the right thing to do. And I've seen dogs on the street who seem older than he does.
If he's sitting there wagging his tail tonight, when the deed is to be done (not a neck-snapping, by the way - I hope), can I go through with it? I feel like a judge sentencing him to death. But his only crime was crapping on the carpet the odd time. And he's my best buddy. I was still a teenager living at home when I got him.
I don't want to be there. And yet I can't stand the thought of him not having me there at the time.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Makes no sense.
Thing is, it sounds small, but when you're working with this design flaw every day it just has a way of getting under the skin. What a piece of crap. Mr.Dell, you may go and shite.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
That is all advertising.
Billboards everywhere. Getting in my face to push crap on me. Ad breaks every few minutes on television. Getting in my face to push crap on me. Banner ads all over the goddam internet. Getting in my face to push crap on me. In fact, I think there are very few places in this country I could go and not have ads getting in my face to push crap on me.
I don't get why most people tolerate it. I mean, does that Indian guy who calls you up and asks you how much you paid on your last bill not make you want to throttle him? Why is it any different for other forms of salesmen? And that's all people in advertising are - salesmen. It's rather hilarious that some see themselves as creators. Some even think they are filmmakers. The egos in the ad business are huge. And for what?
They're no different to those guys calling my house. They're salesmen. Trying to hawk shit. That's all they are. That's all they deserve to be.
I wonder if that guy sitting on the phone in India has a huge ego?
Monday, June 2, 2008
And now I must own them all. Every single one of them.
I must have them. I need more bricks.