Thursday, April 20, 2006

"Too early for flapjacks?"

I just discovered a couple cool things on iTunes. Check out "Channel Frederator" and "ReFrederator", awesome video podcasts. Channel Frederator airs animated shorts submitted by people and studios, the likes of Blur and Wild Brain. ReFrederator airs vintage toons, like Merry Melodies and Mighty Mouse. Sweet stuff indeed. Now the question is, when will I breakdown and buy an iPod so I can watch these on the train...

Another great podcast, this one audio, is The Animation Podcast. Clay Kaytis, animator most recently on Chicken Little, interviews animation legends, like Glen Keane and Andreas Deja. You won't be disappointed by this one!

That's all for now. Oh, congrats to Scott Englert, who guessed correctly that last week's quote was from Groundhog Day :)

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Holy cow, congratulations to my bud Ben Willis, who just accepted a job at DREAMWORKS!! I think he's the first animator of our SCAD class of '05 to be hired to work on a feature film. Check out his blog for his official announcement. Good luck man, so happy for ya!

In other less exciting news, (or is it?), my taxes are done! I just have to mail them tomorrow. New York tax forms for part-year residents are so complicated. I hope I didn't mess anything up! For now, it is a relief to have it out of the way.Finally, for those of you who don't know, I have been working for the past week at Psyop, a commercial house here in New York. I'm workin on a pretty cool soda commercial, and there's a bunch of miscellaneous characters that I was hired to help animate. It's all super cartoony stuff, so that is a nice change of pace from the naturalistic animation I did at Charlex. It's a short gig, as of now I'm only set to work until April 21st, so I'm continuing on the hunt for the next job.I'm thinking of starting a Quote of the Week just for the heck of it :-P Grand prize goes to whoever guesses the movie first ;)

Guy1:" Ned... Ryerson!"Needlenose Ned"? "Ned the Head"? C'mon, buddy. Case Western High! I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing! Ned Ryerson, got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn't graduate? Bing, again. Ned Ryerson, I dated your sister Mary Pat a couple of times until you told me not to anymore? Well?
Guy2: Ned Ryerson?
Guy1: BING!

'Till next time,