Zeus vs Thor. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 4.
Well, it's been for-freaking-ever since my last update, hasn't it? And I suppose a fair amount has happened in that time. So...let's play catch-up, shall we? Since my last post in October, I spent a great deal of time in the Los Angeles area for two different projects. One was working alongside fellow animators Forrest Whaley (forrestfire101) and Sean Willets (filmyguy1) on a commissioned film for popular YouTube show Epic Rap Battles of History. For those who follow ERB, by now, you must have seen the Zeus vs. Thor battle done in LEGO. That was us! If you haven't seen it yet, you can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_xFOmYxKYw The other project I worked on in LA was the first shoot of an upcoming documentary titled "Bricks in Motion." Directed by Philip Heinrich (known best as SmeagolStudios) and produced by myself, Nathan Wells, and Doug Vandegrift (of "America: Outlawed" fame), it explores the hobby of LEGO animation, some of the very talented folks who participate in it, and the very nature of creativity and storytelling itself. Recently a teaser trailer was released for it, which you can view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxaTuqjp42Y But wait, there's more! For the better part of the month of December, I have worked alongside Philip Heinrich once again to create a fully-LEGO rendition of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer. Yes, I know it's already been done numerous times before us, but we worked very hard and very meticulously to make it as accurate to the original trailer as possible, and we're very happy with the final result. I'll post that video in a separate post after this one. As for current projects, I have a few in various states of active production. There's the film I originally set out to make for BRAWL last year, which I still plan to finish. I know it's taken forever, and because of the time it's taken, I've had to re-write the ending from what I had originally, so I need to get that constructed and shot. The original ending sort of demanded that the film be finished for the contest, but since that was almost half a year ago, the "joke" of it is heavily outdated and wouldn't make any sense. Plus, I'm happy with the new ending I have, and I look forward to shooting it when I get a chance to. Also, I attempted to participate in the Twenty-Four Hour Animation Contest this year, but was unable to finish my film in time. However, I'm only 3 shots away from having it done, so expect that one to be finished very soon. It would probably be done by now were I not currently battling some sort of virus (one of the few reasons why I couldn't finish it in time for THAC), and have been trying to recover from that before I get back to work on it. So for now, that's about the long and short of it. The last few months have certainly kept me very busy, and hopefully that productivity continues on into 2015! Oh, and speaking of which...happy new year, everyone!