Monday, August 29, 2005

In the late 1990s, I was involved in a documentary about a rural US "UFO alien" sighting. It was called the BRAXTON COUNTY MONSTER. It was intended to have several dramatic animated re-en-act-lints of the incident. That particular project collapsed in a maze of recrimination and pastry, but the design of the titular robot guy, based on "eyewitness accounts", stuck with me. I've incorporated that overall look into a major robot character in REPERKUSSIONZ. In the years since the original BRAXTON animation was done, my 3D modeling/animation abilities and software have been upgraded considerably.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Every day I work with this footage, and it reminds me of the good humor and patience Desiree and Pondo brought to this humble, weird production. I hadn't typed up the script before production began, so it was all in sloppy handwritten form. Every night, I'd type and print out just enough to cover the next day's shooting. The actors never saw their lines until just before they had to deliver them, and they frequently had to say long strings of multi-syllabic nonsense words. They also saw none of the script in sequence, so I'm not sure even now they have any idea what exactly this thing is about. Many pivotal scenes are completely animated, so there was no need to print out scripts for those. There were rewrites done as the script was being typed, and some changes were improvised on the set, inspired by suggestions from Des and Pondo. I get tentative calls from them sometimes, asking what completed footage there is to see. Very soon the first teaser will be done.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Pushim stacks his toys precariously. Click the pic to see it in 800 X 600 resolution.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Desiree composited over a temp background.

There's still some green to matte-choke from the right arm. I must have been crazy to make the jacket shiny. There's spill everywhere! I am getting "crap-all tunnel sin drum" from lots of extemporaneous hand-roto.

Here's lookin' at you.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

I bought this mask on ebay to use for a gaggle of background alien creatures shown for a few seconds. It served with honour, but it has become a storage problem. It's huge! It currently nestles snugly in its three-foot cardboard shipping cube. There's no room to put it in my apartment, so this latex monstrousity sits in the back seat of the Corolla. Parallel parking has become a bitch. On a hot day, my car has that "freshly-baked condom smell". I suppose I'll sell the mask on ebay eventually. Circle of life and all that.

This is the robot deployment nozzle. The sight of its protuberant frenzy causes Buck to remember repressed psychosexual trauma, with hilarious results.

Friday, August 19, 2005

This is one of the rotating promo pics that appear on my website.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Here's a tiny doctor. He and other tiny doctors attempt to heal a thraller with a damaged klanger:

This is a thraller:

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The live action has been "in the can" for a short while, needing only a couple minutes of pickups to fill in some sloppy holes. The three main non-animated characters are played by famed wrestler Madman Pondo Cannady as Buck, Desiree Ferrari as Hentai, and Wayne "Raw Talent" Stanfield as Tool. It was challenging shooting a planet-hopping extragalactical epic in a 13X13 foot temporarily-converted garage with a low ceiling. There wasn't a lot of elbow room for all the crazy wild adventure. Thanks to DESTINY IMAGES for the use of its garage.

This blog will be updated as frequently as showy new parts of REPERKUSSIONZ are finished. That won't be every day. The completion date of this movie has been pushed back with every time-consuming outside animation job I get. Now it looks like REPERKUSSIONZ will be done mid-2006 instead of early in 2006 as I had hoped.

You can hear part of the musical score to REPERKUSSIONZ here.

A few stills from the shoot:

An early composite from the PUSHIM UPPATONI sequence:

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