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  1. Animation in progress

    Working on getting the animation cleaned up and smoothed out for this, but it was a fun bit of practice.
  2. Indeed. Surprise! Granted most of them come from a Broadway background so we're talking folks who love people like Daveed Diggs and Rory O'Malley more than big name movie actors. Most of them went to see Moana primarily because of Lin-Manuel Miranda and went to see Frozen because of Idina Menzel. This is not a GA demographic, admittedly. But there are plenty of insular communities who do find the presence of certain less mainstream actors to have a lot of appeal because they come from theatre.
  3. Anurian Designs

    This project is taking on shape going forward and I'm happy with some of the overall changes and expansion in the designs. Story-wise it's very close to being done, I'll be moving into finalization of more background and environment in the near future. I've contacted at least one musician for work. The format of this is still in a state of flux. It may be fully comic, but may contain animated segments as well. Actual pencils of some initial designs for this race. And coloured versions of the updated designs:
  4. Meeting with Rafael Rosado

    Tomorrow I'll be attending a lecture and getting a chance to talk to storyboard artist and animator Rafael Rosado. He did primarily animated series (notably he storyboarded on Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Teen Titans and Transformers Prime, among others). I'm looking forward to this, as well as discussing on the idea working with him on something in the upcoming future.
  5. Because I like Broadway? Seems like a pretty shallow reason to ignore someone, but whatever floats your boat.
  6. There was none. I have a lot of friends who are huge Book of Mormon fans. That's not surprising itself either when you consider Josh Gad only got his role in Frozen because of his connections via the BoM creators who were working on Frozen at the time. I love his work on that musical (not so much on Frozen, but he was barely in it and Olaf's design was ugly as hell). So why wouldn't I (or other fans of BoM, especially those who have forked over hundreds of dollars to see BoM several times) hesitate to pay like 10 bucks to see a Broadway actor we like in a movie?
  7. I know at least twelve people who went to see it because of Josh Gad. Myself included. Granted they're all theatre fans who thought Emma Watson should have been tanked in favour of a Broadway actress (or at least one who can actually sing). A few of them primarily saw Moana because of Lin-Manuel Miranda. I also know two people who went just because of Ewan McGregor. I consider these an outlier though. Most people I know seem to be going just because it's Beauty and the Beast. I still can't persuade my gf to go yet because she's a theatre fan who thinks Emma Watson can't act.
  8. My latino mutuals on facebook are super excited by this trailer. I'm guessing this teaser isn't showing any of the actual story though.
  9. I admit, I'm really surprised they're doing a mexican themed movie called "Coco" that isn't about el Coco... Unless they're hiding it.
  10. Man. The animated slate this year is looking rough. Also you forgot Rock Dog but no way that's making enough to worry about lol
  11. Coraline probably qualifies. That movie manages to be creepy as hell. Both Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie are really more gothic fantasy in style rather than being horror. Not sure about Paranorman. I really need to watch that.
  12. Fortunately Horror is one of the genres where they do seem to put out a fair number of original films, it's just that most are low budget. Horror and Animation seem to put out a lot of originals (though there's been a glut of sequels lately, it never seems to prevent original content from going forward either). Now all we need is an animated horror film.
  13. I'll have to check it out then. I'm so glad for the amount of shows hitting netflix lately.
  14. I don't get cable so I'll never be able to watch that show, but there's also a fairly big difference between mental illness in movies and in tv shows (mostly because a show just has way more space to explore the nuance of characters). It's just got the possibility to be a better medium for character development. I'm not against having mentally ill people in things or even portraying their negative traits (believe me, I know of plenty via personal exprience), but I'm annoyed that they're such easy fodder in horror films, especially, when in reality a lot of mental illnesses would kinda make you suck at being an effective villain. I can just see it now: a scary crazed lunatic... who freaks out at raised voices and rocks in a corner while having an anxiety or depressive attack... Or someone with OCD, who cannot focus on the hero because they're too obsessed with their daily routine not being interrupted. Scary. ...also as a personal peeve from someone whose mother had schizophrenia... it's not the same as multiple personality disorder, even if most movies use them interchangeably. I mean I'd think the least one could ask is enough research on mental illnesses to not get two of them confused. A lot of use of mental illnesses in media tends to display lazy writing where they're taking shortcuts based on the fact that people can automatically assume mentally ill=dangerous. I have good friends with BPD and I suffer from PTSD myself (thanks military!), and the assumptions people make about them are just gross and stupid. Also to the other person, not gonna bother grabbing the post. I've seen psycho. The cinematography is great... but honestly the story is kind of boring. Of course it suffers from a glut of content similar to it now, when at the time it didn't have anything else of that nature to be compared to.

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