Wednesday, March 16, 2011

incredible animation for a comic book?

Apparently created to promote a comic book, this is some of the most breathtaking hand drawn animation I have seen in a long while.

Inspector Cleuzo

This guy is my hero.  He started studying under Don Bluth when he was 15.  I recommend checking his blog out on a regular basis for an artistic adrenalin injection.





Saturday, March 12, 2011

Might Orbots, meet Count Duckula

Two cartoons I never saw, yet somehow I am familiar with their toys.

It strikes me as entertaining how often you would see Donald Duck wanting to be more important than Mickey Mouse, but he was always beat down.  Then looking through the last 30 years of cartoons there are a lot of Donald looking cartoon characters throughout a lot of Disney and non Disney animation.  I think, in the end, Donald is winning by installing his clones throughout pop culture.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Filmations Real Ghostbusters

As a very young child, nothing is more difficult than trying to explain the difference between the Ghostbusters and the Real Ghostbusters cartoons to other kids who know of nothing beyond the Harold Ramis franchise.  Personally, I loved both Ghostbusters to the point where I remember hoping that there would be a cross over episode.

For those who don't know, filmations Ghostbusters was based off of a slightly goody 70's live action show and came complete with talking Ape, skele-phone and car with a talking face.  It was awesome.

It was also brought around as a cartoon very shortly after the Ghostbusters film, which was completely unrelated.  The cartoon based off the movie was called the Real Ghostbusters in order to not infringe upon the copyright of the cartoon based off of the old slpstick tv show.  Now that I think about it, the Real Ghostbusters had a couple of problems getting started, between the name issue and none of the actors giving the cartoon likeness rights.  This is why Egon is blonde with an ice cream swirl in his hair.

Like I said, both shows were awesome.  Soak up a little here.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

My editors demo reel and the journey to find the proper paradigm.

  I have been a video editor in some professional manner or another since 2004.  I am best buddies with Final Cut Pro, but I have spent my fair share of time hanging out with Avid and Premier.  However, in the past seven years, I never had to create an editors demo reel.  Most jobs were landed due to reputation and a few others due to an ability to interview well (I am convinced they never looked at the clips I gave them).

  Recently due to applying to a few jobs where my resume and online presence were my only introduction to the clients, I knew I needed to get a reel together.  Thats when I realized I had no idea what one should include in a professional editors demo reel.

  Sure, in college we had covered what an animation or digital effects reel should include; cool shots set to catchy music (if you want to be unique, no techno please).  But what does an employer look for in a film editors reel?

  Even when I was a Creative Director and had to hire editors, I had the good fortune to have a couple of extremely talented intern editors on hand so it was just a matter of saying, 'Hey, you're salary now.  Get that car spot done.  Yeah, the script runs 45 seconds, but you have to make it 30 seconds.  Now sprinkle some fairy dust on the Mac and make it happen.'

  And they always did. (Thanks Dana, Delbert and Patrick!)

  Anyway, I had no idea what the 'professional' paradigm for a reel was. So I did what I always do when I need to learn something I should have learned ages ago.  I hit the interwebs.

  I will save you hours of frustrated searching.  To keep it short, every answer I read was a variation of the following three.

1. Music--Set a bunch of clips to music.  Techno works well (seriously, it made a little sad to read that more than once).  Show you can edit to a beat.

2. Clips of your work---Put together a series of short sequences from your various works that showcase your ability.  Put your best work near the front because its likely that within the first 15 seconds they have either written your name down or ejected and trashed the dvd.

3.  Reputation/resume---"What reel? People should just like, hear your name and think, 'Man, I want that guy to edit my documentary on the production of fair trade coffee."
    If you don't have a coast to coast style reputation built up yet then make sure you're resume looks as impressive as you want people to believe you are.

  The only agreement across the board was that your reel should never, ever be more than 5 minutes long. Also, make sure to put your contact information at the beginning, end and cover of your reel.  Apparently a lot of people do not put their name on their work, which I was sure was mentioned in the third grade as a good idea.

 To me, style number 1 makes no sense unless you want to edit music videos.

 Number 3 doesn't work for me because none of the films I have edited are recognizable film titles and the thought someone would hire me just because I have X number of credits without watching them worries me.  I have known too many unskilled people that had a good looking resume to think that in a professional world an employer will see I've edited 8 features and hire me sight unseen.

 In my mind an editor is a good storyteller and has an innate sense of pacing.  He can watch a scene and know intrinsically that shot number 3 lasts 6 frames to long.  In my mind, the only way to display this is to have a series of clips showing off different editing styles and your basic skill set.  So in the end, I chose option number 2.

Of the projects I have worked on, I was surprised my favorite editing was for a 48 hour film project (an entire movie from concept to completion in two days).  Also, the two features I wrote, directed and edited myself I didn't feel worked well on a reel which made me rethink how I edited them to begin with.  I did not include any of the commercials I have edited because, well, frankly I estimate I have edited almost 1000 of them and don't want to edit any more unless I am short to cover the maybe I should have tacked one on there.

Without further ado, here is my reel.

Darrell Claunch Editing Demo Reel from Knights End on Vimeo.

Ulysses flyin thru the galaxies!

Another one from Gary, this is the intro to a cartoon I have never heard of.  Ulysses 31.  It either has the most incredible, or terrible, theme song ever.  I'd say I don't know how I missed this one, but I somehow doubt it made it past a season or two.

Pole Position cartoon intro

A repost from the fellow 80's geek, Gary Bedell.  This is the intro animation to the cartoon Pole Position, based off of the Atari (or Namco in Japan) video game with the same name.  Its like Speed Racer and M.A.S.K had a baby.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Sectaurs Commercial

When I was 7 or 8, my Grandpa bought me the Sectaurs General Spydrax figure for christmas.  He always ruled over all of my action figure minions of evil (partially because he had 8 eyes and fangs, partially because he was an inch taller than all of my other bad guy figures).  Here is a commercial featuring him from the late 80's.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Now accepting all major credit cards!

Because, it makes life easier I have gotten set up to be able to take credit card payments for all of my contract work.  Lets see if its really as helpful as they say it is.