Monthly Archives: September 2013

‘Dick Figures: The Movie’ LA Premiere

The cast and crew of Dick Figures: The Movie redefined independent filmmaking last night at the L.A. Premiere (Sept 16) as the once animated web series made it’s big screen debut. With a team of only 8 core animators both storyboarding and animating the entire film, the crews from Remochoso and Six Point Harness teamed with Mondo Media to break new ground in Hollywood. I am extremely proud and privileged to be a part of it.

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As part of that core team of artists, I have been on Dick Figures since Season 1 — and for the movie, I was a lead animator, story artist and even supplied a few voices for the film. It was unbelievable to see the turnout last night as they cast, crew, friends and family showed up as the first people to see the movie, spearheaded for over a year by Zack Keller and Ed Skudder. Checking our cell phones in the theater lobby, even before it’s official release the movie reached #1 on Amazon Pre-Orders and #2 on iTunes Pre-Orders (continuing it’s climb to the top of overall sales). It was incredibly exciting and humbling to see such a turnout and to receive such an amazing reaction. It is unprecedented that a feature film produced on such a small budget, with KickStarter backers funding most of the film, and literally no money spent on advertising reach these heights. I cannot be more grateful to everyone that made this happen. I would like to personally thank Ed Skudder and Zack Keller for including me in what I know is only the beginning of amazing things to come.

To officially announce the movie’s release, we’re doing a Live Event today on YouTube at 2pm so please head over to Mondo Media to check it out.

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Make sure to grab yourself a copy of the film from iTunes, Amazon or view for free on YouTube or Kickstarter, and of course don’t forget to get the amazing soundtrack by Nick Keller now available on iTunes and Spotify.

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There is much more to come and great things on the horizon – but today … it is Dick Figures.

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Duke of Fancy

I’m super proud to announce that starting next week “Duke of Fancy”, the web series I produce with Zack Keller, will be making it’s grand premiere! The animated series follows the exploits of the richest man in the world who does whatever the  hell he damn well pleases, only to have it backfire in everyone else’s face.

I wanted the show’s visual style to reflect its whimsical yet high brow humor. The solution was the obvious perfect marriage between Ronald Searle and The New Yorker comics. As for the style of animation, having worked on Dick Figures for four seasons and a movie, I learned quickly that poppy pose to pose style can not only be hilarious, but allow for each of these episodes to be animated in about a week. Using puppets, the style is also heavily influenced by Terry Gilliam cartoons from the old british series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.”

As Zack points out, Duke himself is “in no way, shape or form inspired by his book The Success of Suexliegh … Okay, well, maybe just a little bit.”

Duke of Fancy.

September 17.

Get ready to be greedy.

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Writing Process (9 of 9)

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Letting Go…

… continued from part 8: DEADLINE

This is probably the hardest part. I’ve looked at the book for so long I don’t even know what to think of it anymore. I love it and I hate it. I’m also indifferent about it. Overall, I’m just way too close to it. I could noodle with this or that forever, but I’ve hit my deadline and now it’s time to let it go.

This is where, if you’re self-publishing, you really have to be hard on yourself. You are never going to get it perfect. There is no such thing as perfection. Every author, every director, every artist has to at some point just let it go. Pass it off to your editor to send to the press, upload that file to Amazon and start worrying about how much to charge.

Glaring corrections can be fixed in subsequent editions. I’ve found copies of Fitzgerald that have some pretty bad typos. Who knows how long they were in there. But the important thing to realize is that you’re done. A work of art will never truly be finished in the eyes of the creator. But therein lies the beauty of it. It’s not supposed to be. I don’t write books for myself–I might come up with an idea I like but ultimately, I write it to be read by others. It’s the reader who finishes my books. And they finish it a thousand times over with endless variation. What wonders I would see if I could crawl inside their mind as they flip through the pages, deriving meaning from the unintended and totally missing meaning I tried to put in. But that’s the beauty of it all. Some people will love it, some people will hate it. Never in the history of the world has there been one piece of art that everyone came to love equally.

So that’s it. You’re done. Get it out there and let the readers have at it. I try to learn from my mistakes and improve on my next creative endeavor. And as an artist, I know damn well that I’ll be on my death bed, still with the desire to grow.

I’ve currently finished a short story, Meet Me at the Falls, with fellow authors Zack Keller and Ben Tuller… and for as much as I think I have it all figured out for this book, I know my next book may be an entirely different journey where I abandon these methods deeming them useless and naïve. I’d like to think that I won’t, but for me the point of writing… and for that matter, reading what people write… is to gain a glimpse into the soul and see the wonder and magic in the expression of the human condition.

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