Monday, August 27, 2018

Dreams

Flash back ~ April 2003, Day 00, The One Academy, Sunway, Subang Jaya, M'sia.

It was a blistering hot day, the day I've made my first step towards my career of choice ~ art. Induction into then one of the few art colleges around, known to be one of the more creative and diverse pushing creativity in design, architecture, fine arts, advertising and digital media. I have never felt more excited going to "school" a school where I don't feel like an odd ball as everyone else was that "kid" who drew at the back of the class. The arty and creative, nerds of nerds, we all enjoyed geeking out on games, manga, film, anime and all things "normal" kids would shun away. 

In a way it was a dream come true to be free and express myself creatively with my peeps, people who support and not having to worry about being ridiculed for being different, being some one who has to take risk and breaking the boundaries and convention of our culturally conservative. Pushing ourselves and each other to be better at our crafts, learning to give and take criticism so that one day we would follow the foot steps of our peers, peers of the past, peers who set the foundation of arts we all have the leisure to learn from and follow so that maybe one day we young lings could reach for the stars and reach our goals, to fulfill our dreams. 

Mine? ~ Gun Dream : Battle Angel Alita. 

Was the 1st manga I read picked up and watched the pages flow, and boy did it blow my puny 10 year old mind.

Maybe one day some one will make it, maybe I'll make it? That was the goal set that day I step through those doors, I would work my way to one day fulfill my dream, after all it's just a dream right? A target so far away and unreachable, a nice goal to try to achieve, something to strive for, something to hope for. It was wishful dreaming.


May 2013....


HotDog Magazine Article


"What I like about it is that when we first meet Alita she's very young, she's sort of almost pre-pubescent in a way, and she actually matures throughout the story. I like that, that the development of her mind actually affects her physicality. There's a lot of really great things about it, and there's a lot of things ? whether the artist really intended them or not ? that I read into it, and so I think it'll be a good fusion of what Kishiro created and how I would do things." 

"The manga is very episodic and very discordant ? it's not internally consistent, meaning sometimes she looks like one thing and has one set of abilities, and at the whim of Kishiro he'll go off on a whole different tangent. It needs to be fused and focused and given a centralised storyline. But the character will be very, very true to Alita as she is in the manga." 


"Motorball might find its way more into the second film ? I definitely want to do more than one film. I want to create a world and a character that can go through at least one more film, possibly more. And that's not just for the classic financial reasons, it's just that I think there's a possibility for a real mythology here, so I feel that this is a good canvas to do something big that's got more scope." 


"Battle Angel is a very real possibility, and that's the film that I fully intend to direct, that I *will* direct ? the issue is will it be the next film, or will it be the one after the next film? That's really all there is to it at this point. We've done a tremendous amount of design for the film, we're fine-tuning the script, it's just a matter of time.", says James Cameron. 


*Tick ~ Tock


Days turn to night,
Day in day out it's flight or fight,
Weeks become months, where's the light,
My only source of power, my dreams at night.

Seasons becomes years, I truly fear
Missing the only boat, unfurling at the seams,
Reasons of fear, time crawls up my rear,
Snickering, oh they gloat, hurting for my dreams,
Grinning ear to ear, their intentions clear,
My goals are so far fetched and it's no where near,
They grin.

I push on, blood, sweat and tears.
I push on, but I fear
Shattering my mind, fragmented by Time,
Pressure of Time, slowly losing my mind,
My only actions are mine,
Pushing on, my life on the line.

Like the sentence in this line,
Optimism in the mundane I find,
To lift me up, to not give up,
To scream fuck fear and crawl out of my dump,

My heart pounding, my psyche pumped,
It's now or never, my time is almost up.
The last push I make, is the last bullet I'll take,
Gambled my life for my dreams, I sailed across the lake,
I hold my breath for my own sake,
The thought of standing at my own wake.

The longest breathe I took,
The farthest goal is in sight,
There I stood, my body shook,
My dreams, The Dreams I dreamt that night.

All those feelings of regret,
All those remorse and tears I've shed,
All those stares and glares I get,
All in time will I never forget.

Here I stand.

The boy in the man.

Here, me, I am....


Flash Forward ~ 2018 Sept 27th, Ports B, Windy Wellington, NZ.

... Here, I am.



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

7 Year Itch

Can't believe it's been 7 years since the last post and has by far been a really interesting ride.

It's that time again, culling season and time to replan and schedule my goals.

Guess it'll be 7 years from now when I look back when times weren't actually as bad as they seems to be.

On a brighter note and anim related check out the podcasts from Taught by a Pro.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Joy Batchelor

**If you're in London this weekend (13th April, 2014) at Barbican Arts Centre.
**Cartoon Brew Article on Joy Batchelor




Joy Batchelor

b: May 12, 1914, Watford, Hertfordshire, England
d: May 14th, 1991, London

One half of the award-winning British husband-wife team noted for their influential animated films and who co-founded and co-owned the largest animation studio in Britain, Halas & Batchelor, producing more than 2000 films including informational and educational cartoon shorts, series and features since 1940.



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Most notable film Animal Farm (1954)
Director, Producer & Writer.

Friday, October 25, 2013

5 Months in London

Soho Square here I come! Holy ground of Richard Williams Studio.



Here's a Link to everything you ever want to know that came out of his studio;

The Thief Archive

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Expressions

I tend to get hooked on to these youtube vids which really amazes me as an animator. This particular one really shows an extremely pure and honest expression change from sullen to intrigued and finally appreciation. Really great subtle expression changes, yet so effective.

Always brings tears to my eyes.

Ballet

It's been almost a year since my last post, this place is old.

Anyway thought I'd update it with a music video I thought was really interesting to watch for it's ballet sequence. Firstly I'm no ballet fan but there was something in that short sequence where the main ballerina was just so mesmerizing to watch. she was graceful and smooth but not soft, there was power in her movement and every thing was timed and executed with intent, but it just flowed so well. Just watch her arms, it feels weighted but light at the same time, the drag and overlap is so well controlled and her finger poses just accentuates her arm movements even more.

And I really like the song and band, enjoy!


Edward Sharpe & Magnectic Zeroes - Man On Fire

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Saturday, November 19, 2011

EUFF 2011


I thought I'd share my opinions on the organisation of EUFF 2011 for Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist with Great Expectation screening at GSC 1Utama.

In short what had happened was that there was a lot of mis~communication/organisation in the Ticket Availability and where to purchase/collect the tickets. The lack of advertisement banner display at the makeshift booth regarding Ticket purchase for EUFF sc
reenings yet there were so many posters around but non at the actual ticket booth. Just by having the Seat Availability as Sold Out would have made potential general audience from asking any further questions regarding EUFF screenings when in fact there was a stack of free tickets to be given out if you had asked.

I was so very eager to catch Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist with Great Expectation film screening at GSC 1Utama this Saturday(19th/11) afternoon. To my surprise all the tickets were sold out in bold red letters when I got to the queue. I was already hesitating if I should just go home after being stressed out getting stuck in a jam just to catch this film which was sold out. To my luck they mentioned that it was redeemable for free at a counter at the entrance of the cineplex, apparently it was just a survey booth. I had to queue up a second time at the ticketing counter before they eventually pointed me to the right make shift table counter to redeem the tickets. Honestly it was quite an embarrassing sight; just a make shift table with no banners of any kind to advertise EUFF 2011, even though they had posters all over the place but non at this very important booth. A person passing by would have thought they were selling cotton candy as the booth was situated next to one. I was surprised again when the person in charge told me that I had printed out the wrong form to collect this particular screening, at that point I was pretty much about to just leave but since the screening has already started and I had explained to him that I was rushing to catch this screening that he kindly gave me both the screening tickets, for which I am grateful for. I was kinda irritated though that there was still a giant stack of tickets for those 2 screenings yet on the film time schedule display stated that it was sold out. True enough both screenings only had a handful of people, approximately a dozen which was maybe 8% of the hall seating and it was a small hall.

Anyway after all the fuss, I did enjoy both films as it's the first time I watched a Silent Black White and a classic Black White film. I was happy to have caught a screening of Sophie Scholl as well, it was a great film, one of the best films I've seen this year. Thanks for 2011 and I'm looking forward to EUFF 2012 but with better organisation.

Sophie Scholl is a must watch for facial and emotional studies, as well as a lot of secondary actions and small subtle gestures in a very stiff body motion. Lot's of slow intense interrogation drama with subtle facial changes which portrays the characters emotions.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Steven Paul Jobs

If it weren't for Steve Jobs (1955 ~ 2011);

We'd probably not have Windows OS

We'd not have innovative user interaction and immaculate modern gadgetry brand designs.

There wouldn't be Pixar, we wouldn't have RenderMan thus most of all the awesome visual/CGI effects we have in films digital era.


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