Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I have not forgotten you, dear readers

...though I may have forgotten many of the wonderful things I would otherwise have blogged about in the past 2 months or so. There was too much wonderfulness! I have not been able to process it. This week is the first I've really felt completely like myself for about two months. Now that I'm me again, let me tell you what I've been up to. So much to say! Where to begin?

Let's start with Bert. He's been a major source of wonderfulness and I know you all like hearing about him. Things have been going very well. We've been spending a lot of time together and growing closer and good stuff like that. I met his mom when she was in town a couple weeks ago. Neither of us were at 100% that day (I was recovering from a sickness and she was exhausted from sightseeing) but we shared some laughs at Bert's expense and at one point she said "I really like him" so those are good signs. I'm looking forward to when my parents are in town in a couple week so they can meet.
We've been busy, we biked on Lake Shore Drive :

We attended a party in a fancy penthouse apartment in Hyde Park, have had lots of wonderful dinners and brunches and seen good movies and all that good stuff. But what I really need to tell you about is Brickworld. This is my 4th time attending this LEGO fan convention, but it was my first time having someone with me for the whole thing. Bert was very supportive, he made sure we ate real meals (instead of Potbellies and Chipotle on repeat like I have in the past), sat with me through the endless traffic as we drove down to Hyde Park and back on Friday to retrieve the DVDs, helped me hand out NNN fliers and sell DVDs and much more. We even went for a romantic walk around the pond at the hotel. Thanks to him I didn't have to rent a car or pay for a hotel room so he saved me a bunch of money too.

Check out the NNN polo shirts he requested and I designed:

Bert made me take this picture of him of of facebook because he thinks he looks goofy in it. But I think it's adorable so I'm posting it here. Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!!

So yes, things with Bert are going very well. :)

While I'm talking about Brickworld, let's talk about LEGO stuff! I wrote up a recap of the event from the NNN perspective which I urge you to check out. Did you know the DVD of Chapter 1 is available for purchase online? (If you contributed a voice to the production you will be receiving a complimentary copy in the near future). I need to get working on animating Chapter 2, maybe I'll start this during this long weekend...
Unfortunately, Metamorphosis did not win the MoFilm LEGO contest. They chose a bunch of sappy commercials that I think are stupid (except for 3rd place). Maybe I need to stop entering these contests and just focus on my own projects, I have more than enough. I don't regret making this animation though, I had been thinking about it for a while anyway. I won't be able to post it on YouTube for a couple more weeks, but here's a secret link (keep it secret, keep it safe) to the final video for now.

Did you know I'm taking a class at Columbia College? I'm taking Motion Graphics 1 (which is mainly focused on learning After Effects, but it cover issues of graphic design and typography as well) every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. The class is actually almost over now (it was only 8 weeks long). My boss not only let me work from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays but she also agreed to pay for most of the class. Pretty sweet deal. Though the class started off slow, it has taught me a lot and I have some cool (though somewhat random) things to show for it. I'll probably do a full round up when the class is done, but here are some highlights:

This pain-staking line-tracing of Anderson Cooper is so detailed because the instructor gave us the assignment before trying it himself and I actually did all the tedious work, since I was 75% done when he decided it we could use lines wider than 1 pixel. I chose Anderson Cooper because Bert has a celebrity crush on him. This picture is now hanging on his fridge. The next two were for a synesthesia project where we had to combine images found via Google image search to look like a sound. The first one is the one I think turned out the best the sound of a headache:

This one was supposed to be the sound of a flirtatious wink, and while I don't think it ended up very wink-like, it was my favorite of the 7:

Of course, the main products of the class are supposed to be animations/title sequences. Here's one I just completed today. Police Show is part of the NNN world. It will show up in a commercial soon (you may recall voting on whether the main character should have a robot a dragon or a pirate as a partner, do not worry, that is still part of the plan). I used a lot of Google image graphics as placeholders until I can make them out of LEGO. I want the show to be completely over the top. The last 10 seconds of that intro were my attempt to come up with ridiculous situations that could still somehow be part of police work. If you have any suggestions I always welcome them.

The class has definitely been the best thing about work recently. We had a confluence of big events happening one after another this Spring. This is not new, but it was taken to absurd heights this year. But the good thing is that now that we have a larger, competent staff, we are much better equipped to handle them.

A while ago I wanted to respond to the Robert Ebert "Video Games Can't be Art" kerfuffle. I had a long elaborate post planned, but it's not really worth the effort. Just go play these two games:
http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/passage/
http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/gravitation/

I'm sure there is a lot I have missed, but this is where I'm going to end this post. Don't wrooy, it won't be another 2 months until my next post.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

OMG it's done

http://www.mofilm.com/account/watch.html?movieID=4010
My living room is a mess and I am seriously sleep deprived, but it's done and submitted.