Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy New Year 2013!

So exciting! A new fresh year to make, do, and learn new greater things.  Here's to 2013 Make it Happen Everyone!  Wooo!  Got to a half-way point on my anti-litter PSA project, 7 more shots to go and an animated logo blaster.  Here are rough renders and poses of the shots to get my bearings my blueprint and got the light almost finalized ( storyboards). 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!!

Life has been very good to me. A spectacular year, hope the same to all and more.  Keep the dream alive, share great things and experiences with everyone. Always help to push next level, have an extreme passion to learning and challenges.  Have a Merry Cali-Christmas!! And to more fantastic things in the next year yo!

And a bonus clip from one of my super talented puppeteer friends Kelvin Kao.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Popular Science Fleischer Studios The Cartoon Process

 How cool is this,  "Popeye" Incredible footage from the 1930's Whoa...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Urgent Skit Done

Got this one out, quite happy with the outcome.  Fun obstacles to overcome and learn as usual.  Next is "Don't Litter" Commercial , Spidey and Doc Ock blocking, Bk's for Ski Dazzle.  Good times!  Took a year for the "Wrestlin" one to finish and I had to basically re-learn phrasing and dialogue again since I was in body physics mode .  Oh Well..

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Disney's Joe Bowers Interview

 This is Fantastic!!!  A great find.  So informative.  A mentor tip finally clicked in with this clip for me.  Thanks to Animschool.

JoeBowers Interview from Frame By Frame on Vimeo.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Skill Progression

Note: Plateaus, Growth and Time will always vary
"To take the master's journey, you have practice diligently, striving to hone your skills, to attain new levels of competence.  But while doing so- this is the inexorable fact of the journey- you also have to be willing to spend most of your time on the plateau, to keep practicing even when you seem to be getting nowhere." 

-Excerpt from book *Mastery by George Leonard.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Wrestlin' Mania 2012 Toon-Tribute

YEAaaah! Another wrap rockstars!  Took me year to animate part time and weekends.  So worth it to see the flow of the story, blood sweat and tears.  Learnt tons, I suggest everyone to do shorts, its total discipline.  I have alot lined up and I'm just crossing them off the list.  So with no further adeu..

As a special treat I uploaded the blueprint of this short from my DSi the 2d version of the rough timing and action..


Rock it NON-STOP!!! To the NEXT PROJECT!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Almost Done "Wrestlin' Mania"

Checkin' in.. 2 more shots to render, then I can start editing and wrapping is close in sight.  A year to this day.  Learned so much. 
Here is the title card I'm still working on. 

 And a shot, I tried to add blur but ran into issues.  I will solve eventually when I get to that level.  Really pushing the abilities of creativity on this.  I do love carving lighting and shadow also, when I had the animation locked down I cleaned up the rough lighting to the best I can do.  So Fun!

The finished product is up soon.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Schoolism Interviews

Pure "Gold" right here, from the source.  Check out "'s" collection of heavy hitter interviews.  Bio and Tips galore.  Big thanks to Bobby Chiu for doing these and sharing.


Friday, June 8, 2012

I am Big Bird - A Documentary

Way cool, Carroll Spinney is one of the last of the original cast of Muppeteers in Sesame.  So looking forward to some knowledge past on in this movie.  I learned tons from "Being Elmo'.  But what this has will be incredible.  He plays Oscar the Grouch as well as Big Bird.  Check out the trailer..

More info @

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Project Update: 5 more shots to go!

This is proof of life, shot 5 polished.  Something that I heard Glen Keane said that helped me a lot lately, is when you think you got the movement, a pose, emotion, etc. right, there is a bell that rings in your head.  Its tough, but I make ring daam it!  Not far now,  gonna get some cool powers at the end of this for sure.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Cool Find: Frank Oz, Carroll Spinney

Talented people on top of their craft always have great things to share un-knowingly and knowingly.  I try to keep notes and catch it when I can.  Three and a half day Memorial Day Holiday and trucking away with the wrestling short vid 6 more shots to go and I'm anticipating it to get tougher getting so close to the end.  Will post a proof of life clip soon.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Craft Notes: Mastery

Pablo Casals in Deep Practice

 Choose a life of Growth:
       It's said that when Spanish composer and cellist Pablo Casals was in the final years of his life, a young reporter asked him " Mr. Casals, you are 95 years old and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you still practice 6 hours a day?" What was Casals answer? "Because I think I'm making progress". That's the kind of dedication to continual growth that you should have. The people that reach their potential no matter what their profession or background, think in terms of improvement.

        *Excerpts from Self-Improvement 101 book: by John C. Maxwell

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Power of Music

Wow.. this is proof, of the life and energy that music gives you. Keep this in mind when you are beat and need to attack. So Incredible.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Brain Tracy Smasher

These are free GOLD. Wisdom of success info. Check it!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Your books and art are responsible for what I have become today. Forever grateful of your talent and wisdom. The earliest memory of walking in to a school library grabbing those books and amazed at the pictures and rhymes that meant something. Which most likely got me to dig rap music, use words eloquently and most of all have no limits to my craft. Have an awesome day Dr.Seuss!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Advice from all areas

Use advice from all areas to advance towards your goals. I've been collecting anything and everything from goal achievers and top people, your hero's, legendary people, it's out there for you. What their mindset is, how they got there, tips, advice, autobiographies, etc. It really helps when your running low of rocket fuel from pushing and climbin' to the top. Challenge yourself everyday. These are hardcore clips, I found to be valuable. I can kinda relate, to them and the zen of pushing past the limits. Have fun.. Take advantage of this great era of infinite information we are in.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Daydreaming for a Living

Sage, Wizard, Rip Van Winkle. These names came to mind from seeing a picture of George Clayton Johnson.

Twilight Zone has been and forever will be one of the all time greatest shows. Each episode is different from the next. Fantastic short stories, Incredible cinematography and sound. All masterpieces and memorable.
So I leaped at the rare chance to meet this legend in a lecture held by The Creative League. Bam! as soon as George arrives, you can sense this energy and sharp vitality from him. He hit the ground running with his insights on life.

6 years old was when he discovered his art form. It was a poem of a frog, he recited to us word for word. He said, it's the delight of the story you just don't forget. Carefully crafted words flowed from a master, from this creative genius.
Magnetic words, alarming, and the vocal delivery, George explained the editing of useless weak words gave strength.

A great example he pointed out was the connection to the audience of " Getting away" with anything is universally powerful. From my observation he loved and is really passionate about story. He constantly pitched a lot of different work in progress from his head, if it would hold your attention. He lives in the future and spoke about his plans, totally having a blast. Pushing the peak of his ability and engrossed in the effort. Super focused concentration he has for one thing. I asked him about his workflow, he said sometimes he can see it happening and be there. To set yourself a high minded challenge, a lot of writing is discovering and picking out cliches. Plenty of critical thinking and arguing to himself of the topics to break off to other outta the box ideas and insights.

He said it wasn't difficult to write, mostly what to write was. To set a standard and stay on top of your craft. The expansion of consciousness, thinking sideways is an art form. Take notes and pile them up to a dozen projects. George would munch on ideas from the past. I would imagine like a sculptor, piecing and shaping together wads of clay to have a whole masterpiece. Stories should be better than reality of the ideal world. And that truth is boring, the play in words.

Here was the best advice I got from him, is to match the voice in your head with the outside voice. To really hone your skill, the writings as a writer. This was truly a great event for me and definitely validated from what I've read, heard, and noticed, the theories for long life and mental sharpness. By being challenged by your passion projects, etc. and having really something to live for, to push, climb, progress new levels on your lives with.

His credits in the Twilight Zone series include :Kick the Can, Nothing in the Dark, Four of Us are Dying, The Game of Pool, Execution, Penny for Your Thoughts, Ninety Year's Without Slumbering. He also wrote the original "Oceans Eleven" .

Cool footage of George.