Friday, September 29, 2006

Part014

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Length: About 1:15.

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Today's synopsis: Dr. Levin's got a plan to save Jeanette. So why isn't Monique more supportive?

Comments: Monique should maybe start looking for another job soon. I'm sure there are plenty of mad scientists hiring now--maybe even one with a better 401(k) and dental.

I like how back then, radioactivity could make everything better. Sure, it produces giant ants, but let's shoot some directly onto your face, it'll be OK.

Process: Today's animation--about 90 minutes, at the Starbucks on Second Avenue.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Part013

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Length: About 1:20.

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Today's synopsis: Maybe that Derma28 stuff isn't all that, after all...

Comments: I promise you, the movie does eventually leave this room. Really. I know we've been stuck here for like, three days now, but stay with me here. Though I can't promise we'll ever leave the house again. That would be way too much to ask.

Process: Today's animation--about 90 minutes, at the Starbucks on Second Avenue, in the early evening. I finished in time to go to Rififi for Invite Them Up, where David Rees, Demetri Martin, Reggie Watts and others all killed, Slappy.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

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"Scott's work is funny and offbeat. His cartoons are simple but so distinct. And it's short too! Perfect for those of us with ADD"--Michael Showalter, The Baxter, Stella.

Part012

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Length: About 90 seconds.

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Today's synopsis: Dr. Levin and Jeanette's celebration gets all weird.

Process: Apparently, celebrations were total downers back then. Thank goodness someone invented karaoke, or parties would still suck this hard today. Think about it, won't you? Thank you. This message brought to you by the National Karaoke Council.

Today's animation--about 90 minutes, at the Starbucks on Second Avenue, in the early evening. I finished just in time to go to "Gabe & Jenny At Night" at Rififi, where Jenny Slate (I think I saw her on VH-1's celebrity baby show...?) and Gabe Liebskind presented John Mulaney (he killed), Leo Allen (he danced to Madonna's "Cherish"--the entire song, in a totally unplanned bit), and more. Plus? Free is a very good price.

Monday, September 25, 2006

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Length: About 1:20.

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Today's synopsis: Dr. Levin and Jeanette celebrate, while Monique mopes.

Process: Dr. Levin is so smooth, isn't he? Brings a girl to his evil castle, yells at her, operates on her, plies her with enough alcohol to kill a horse, and then moves in for the kiss. I suppose that Neil Strauss book would have been a bit different had it been written by Dr. Levin instead.

Also: poor Monique, crying in the crawlspace.

Today's animation--about two hours, at the Starbucks on Second Avenue, where I'm becoming enough of a regular that some of them know what I always order. I'm not sure how to feel about that.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Part010!

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Length: About two minutes.

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Today's synopsis: Will Jeanette like her new, Derma28-enhanced face? And what will Monique say?

Process: Today's two-minute chunk is SO "General Hospital." The best part: the way the music swells up for Jeanette and Dr. Levin's big smooch.

The smooch was a little tricky to animate, since my forte is straight-on people staring at the camera--which also made the brief bit with the mirror a small challenge, as well.

Bet you're wondering how the Monique-Dr. Levin-Jeanette love triangle plays out. I'm sure they all three live happily ever after in a nice polyamorous household with Sasha and maybe Pierre, too. Or maybe it ends badly for everybody. Who knows?

Today's animation--about two hours, at the Starbucks on Union Square by the Petco. German businessmen sat next to me making frenzied phone calls; I imagine they made like, $400,000 (sauerkraut ist down! Sellen! Ach!!!) on German futures trading while I worked on this.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Part009!

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Length: About two minutes.

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Today's synopsis: So, did the Derma28 work on Jeanette, or what?

Process: Yesterday, I spent a big chunk of time just animating the dancing. Today, I spent a huge amount of time just on Jeanette's facial transformation, and I have to say it's much more convincing than the lame time-lapse-removal-of-make-up they use in the actual movie. Holy crap, it's horrible.

But the face transformation--I didn't want like, eyes passing under mouths and stuff, and but so it's actually pretty carefully choreographed--nearly as well as anything you'll see on "Dancing With The Stars."

Today's animation--about three hours, at the Starbucks on 2nd Avenue in the East Village, where I blew my nose every two minutes as I am a mucus factory today. Oi.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Part008

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Length: About 1:20.

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Today's synopsis: Will the Derma28 work on Jeanette? Plus, Pierre's still drunk, the poor sap.

Process: Sadly, this is the last we're going to see of Pierre for a good long time. Eventually, he sobers up slightly and starts looking for Jeanette, but here, we're not going to see him again for a few weeks. Too bad--I love Pierre.

This animation went really fast--those surgical masks really cut down on the amount of lip-syncing I had to worry about. I'm seriously considering putting ALL the characters in surgical masks for the rest of the movie. Or maybe putting them all in bunny suits. Either way.

Today's animation--less than two hours, at one of the Starbucks on New York's Union Square (yes, there's more than one, which is a sad commentary on the world today, I tell you what, Slappy).

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Part 007

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Length: About a minute and a half.

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Today's synopsis: Pierre drowns his sorrows, the poor sap.

Process: There is a lot of dancing in today's scene. A whole lot of dancing, and bosom-shaking. And it's certainly not gratuitous or anything--oh, no, today's scene advances the hell out of the plot, too. Well, OK, actually NOTHING happens in this scene; it's just an excuse to a) show women shake various body parts, and b) feature a wonderfully lounge-tastic soundtrack.

In the actual movie, you also see members of the band, and they're all wearing Jerry Seinfeld puffy shirts. Now, I'm not saying their lives were ruined by the puffy shirt, but did any of them appear in another movie...?

Today's animation--just under two hours, at a Starbucks in the East Village.

Monday, September 18, 2006

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Length: Just over a minute.

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Today's synopsis: Pierre returns from sea to find Jeanette gone, and Dr. Levin returns to the basement to find Sasha drinking.

Process: Today--two very short scenes, all mushed together! I love how the actor playing Pierre seems to have only one acting style, which is, "constipated."

I had meant to change the labels on the dials of the machines in the lab again, but I forgot, so don't worry about reading all the fine print unless you missed it the last time. I think one of the dials is measuring something in "Karloffs."

I'm not sure, but I think this is the last scene with the nurse at the hospital, which is too bad--she's actually really fun to animate, because she really doesn't even act; she just kinda says her lines and stands around. Kind of like Lindsay Lohan.

Part 006 took about two hours to animate, again at a Starbucks in the East Village--I get a lot of work done there, for some reason

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Part Five!

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Length: about 2 minutes.

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Today's synopsis: Dr. Levin and Monique continue to try to convince Jeanette to let them treat her with the highly experimental Derma28 formula. Will Jeanette give in?

Process: The whole convincing-Jeanette-to-be-Dr.-Levin's-guinea-pig scene lasts over three interminable minutes in the actual film, and but so I split the scene over yesterday and today.

Jeanette sobs a LOT in this scene. Man.

I packed the background of the study with small pictures of Dr. Levin. What else would a megalomaniac with a God Complex have in his study, right? Maybe later, Ill include a life-size solid-gold statue of a nude Dr. Levin, just for fun.

The actual animation took about two hours (it was simple to set up, since it was just a continuation of the previous scene), and was done in a Starbucks in the East Village while it rained like a mofo outside.

Atom Age Vampire

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Length: 5 minutes.

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Today's synopsis: Pierre breaks up with Jeanette because she's a stripper. Upset, Jeanette gets in her car and breaks her face in an auto accident. Regular doctors can do nothing for her, but the evil Dr. Levin wants to use her as a guinea pig for his new youth formula, Derma 28.

Process: Atom Age Vampire is an awful, awful horror film from 1960, and I've decided to strip the sound from it and animate all new visuals, scene-by-crappy-scene, until it's done--probably around the end of the year. Stay tuned for more Atom Age Vampire!

Part One is a big chunk, five minutes. Future scenes will most likely run under two minutes for easier viewing. I just wanted to introduce al the characters and get this bomb running.

Part One actually took about a week to animate, because I had to come up with the general look of the movie, the characters, etc.