Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mental Disorders

I feel like I am having one of my own....

I'm supposed to be writing a 4-5 page paper on Fight Club and I just CAN'T seem to concentrate! GUH! I wish I were working on my film...

I hate this paper...

Sunday, February 20, 2011


I so wish I could make my classmates understand how lucky they are- to be able to work on their films right now while I am sick as a dog and unable to! They are so lucky! What I would give right now to kick this fucking illness and get back to my cube! I never thought I would miss it this much! I want to work! I want to do stuff!

As it is, I will be working this weekend anyway... I am reboarding my film- Sickness be damned! I must work. I may not get better because of it, but I am not waiting anymore!
I think I can do it, but I'm not sure. But I HAVE to do this this weekend and send it out to my professors to see if it reads better. Plus my poor composer! I need to give him something SOON! Poor poor guy!

Off to eat and then work!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Still Sick

I am going back to the doctor in the morning. I am SICK of being sick like this! I need something better. I have a frigging FILM I need to work on, dammit!

Speaking of which, renovations of my story are underway. After the doctor and my FAFSA, I am redoing my storyboard and emailing it out to my professors. It's a three-day weekend, so I have three days to get better and get my film ready to GO, right out the fucking gate! I have catching up to do!

But now, rest... I need to rest up and get better. My film is more important than this!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

From the mind of Amanda, the "Mucus Machine"

After some serious consideration (and possibly due to my illness and the related craziness?), I have come to the conclusion that I need to do a complete overhaul of my film. I have to simplify it and bring it back down to where it is easily understood. I have been getting NUMEROUS notes from all over that it is not clear. I am not exactly happy about it, but I think it is for the best.

Meanwhile, my illness (a viral infection of my sinus cavity) is raging. I have moved into my dorm room for the recovery period. And I am SO NOT HAPPY about it! I want to work!!! I also missed my SECOND opportunity to go to the LA Zoo, only this time it included Deborah Ross!- one of America's leading wildlife artists.... I cried already. That also might be in part related to being sick. Nevertheless, I am miffed about missing it! But I know deep down that I would have only suffered had I gone. As it is, I am beyond thrilled that I got to see Ralph Eggleston in the Palace last night. <3 The suffering was worth it. I even sat in the front row. Since I have so much free time now, I will download those photos and post them today.

In other news... I am tired. School will be interesting this week as I cannot do homework. Also, I feel SO behind on my film now! As of this moment, I have not animated a single frame yet. But hear me now- I WILL finish this film!

Also- guess what my doc called the cough syrup he put me on! "A heavy narcotic!" BWA-HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Off to feel better. Later!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Animatic DONE!

While it may still need some refining, the animatic is for all intensive purposes, DONE! I'm a little behind schedule, but I do not have plans to make the film entirely finished-looking. In fact, there seems to be some sort of strange animation renaissance going on in the first years' ranks.

The hallway screen has been featuring student films from the 80's as some sort of a Flashback thing. (Films by current professors and current big-time people like Chris Sanders, Andrew Stanton and Sue Nichols, YES PLEASE!) Anyway, though the films are still unbelievable to watch, they are ALL pencil tests! Okay, there are a few cut-outs and such, but these are PENCIL FILMS! There are no After Effects, no 3D rendering! All the effects are done in camera and are STILL beautiful! I just thunk of this! These films are almost as old as I am... That's sad.... Moving on!

But I don't know if it is because we are so inspired by these films or if we all had the idea before they started playing, but there is a significant number of freshmen who plan on doing this. And I am proud to say that I am one of them. I want my film to be clean, beautiful animation, not some ritzy effects on craptastic, half-assed animation! So... work moves on!

See ya later!