Happy & Sad Dreams

Hey friends,

Sorry, this blog has been inactive the past month or so. I’ve been prioritizing other projects and IGOTAJOB.

Not saying what this job is at until I’ve finalized paperwork…mostly because my brain is still telling me that it’s not real even though I know it is. It probably won’t feel real until the first day of work which is coming up on March 13. In the meantime, I’m moving to New York City without a place to stay and lots of craziness as a result. Well, that’s not entirely true…I have family in Connecticut that is letting me crash there for a couple days while my dad and I go apartment searching. After that, the only plans are to make an Airbnb reservation for the rest of the month. I leave for the city this Sunday, March 6th. Life has gone from 5 mph to 100 mph what feels like overnight.

To say I’m excited is an understatement. I’m absolutely terrified too. But the good kind of terror. The kind of terror that you just are so excited to pursue that you’re running at a cliff full speed with only a very thin bungee cord and a very brief safety talk. I’m so unprepared but so ready to spring at this opportunity. Life is going to be insane for the next month and I will be updating this blog as much as possible.

I’m thinking about daily uploads here again. Ones that function similar to a journal so that I don’t forget all the little details and moments of the move and memories I’m about to make. I am so ignorant right now of all the business and movement New York City is going to hit me over the head with, but I’m so excited to try my best and live there.

In other news, a sad one, some of my childhood is leaving me. My favorite video store, The Video Station is closing. It hurts like hearing a friend has passed to know that my weekends will never again hear “Can you pick up _____ film/movie/tv show from the Video Station?”

It’s a relic that shaped my childhood, my dreams, inspiring me, and gave me a goal I didn’t realize I had. I want to design title sequences at some point during my art journey and the movie magic love comes from this place. I owe The Video Station for teaching me about stories. It’s a library of artistic moments that have shaped some of the stories I tell today. My dad said it sadly, “I will no longer look forward to Friday evenings.” It’s true. Every time I’ve left Boulder some of the things I miss most are watching videos and TV with the family, eating dinner, and going for walks with the pets and my mother. But crowding around the TV to watch a film my dad grabbed from The Video Station was always something I loved. Fresh popcorn (not that microwave kind), green apples, blankets with the lights low all huddled on the couch to anticipate the film found on the shelves of this place.

It’s sad to hear, not something unexpected, but sad. I’m sorry that it happened and some part of me wants to find a way to fight back, but I’m not sure how. How do you bring a video store back when everyone wants convenience? I’ll admit Netflix is easier to watch sometimes, but it’s never had all the titles I want to see. There’s no charming surprise of a title there, just algorithms that tell me what I’ve already seen in a different form. I’ll miss the recommendations and the charm of browsing, finding that story I didn’t know I wanted to watch.

To The Video Station, Thank you for giving me a foundation of stories to live by. Horse films that I rented out constantly, horror and sci-fi I couldn’t get instantly from Netflix, foreign films I’ve never heard of, and stories that bring me joy. Thank you for being here and I’ll miss you greatly, old friend.

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Updates

Welp rebranding progress is stalled. On the other side of the productivity stick, I finally backed up my computer files, deleted a ton of photos I didn’t need, and updated my computer OS from Snow Leopard to Sierra. Quite a fun and big change I’ve been procrastinating on for the last two years. Six full hours of updating. So fun…so fun. #sarcasm

Spent the earlier half of the day planning for the Adobe Creative Residency proposal. I’m thinking I’ll do some Christmas and/or end of the year mographs for the examples of what I want to create. Still trying to narrow down the main project I want to get done, just know it’s motion design. Too many ideas for animations popping into my head and I find myself adding more every time I open a word doc or notebook. Consulting friends about the projects I have and trying to decide.

Other news is lots of crazy startup things going on and finding/making gifts for the 25th is getting hectic. Still working on getting my schedule together. I need to make one and stick to it. On top of that some internship applications opened so I’m working on applying for those at the same time. Just need to go to coffices more frequently. The other day I didn’t make it to one but I did work at my kitchen table so it helped break up the monotony. Tomorrow I’ll be going into town which helps with time management. I’m always more mindful when I have a schedule to keep.

Still obsessing over the Yule Log  videos and music. That looping music is perfect for concentration. I’ve had that on every time I start working. Although while waiting for all the updates I spent a lot of time writing in my notebook and playing games. I wanted to get some animating in but updates. Plus my Cintiq is acting up. -cry- I’m just thankful it’s still alive. I’ve had it since my junior/sophomore year of high school…which was 6+ years ago. Still painful to know that it’s old and surprised it’s still alive. Cross fingers it makes it to 2017.

Time to get some reading in and sleep. Excited to get some work done tomorrow!

~Kendall

One more day of Inktober!

Can’t believe there’s only one more day of Inktober left! Gonna have to pick a fun one for ‘Friend’ tomorrow. It’s been a quick and crazy month. I feel like I just started the challenge yesterday. Not as long as my 365 Days of Lettering, but still a large project. I love these types of habit based challenges.

Speaking of habit based challenges, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins Tuesday! I’m spending Monday gearing up for writing. Will be updating you on the progress. Still on the fence about vlogging the process. If I decide to do so look for an announcement video tomorrow. Updates will be on here and Twitter regardless of vlogging. I’m determined to win this year and have supplementary drawings or animations to post. Very excited!

Gonna go get to bed so I can get some important tasks out of the way tomorrow!

Thought Process | Inktober Day 9: Broken

Today’s Inktober theme of ‘broken’ had me all over the place! I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do broken animals with sad faces but after the ‘lost’ themed one I got so sad. This one had me in circles looking at broken boned baby animals and broken spirits of animals that all recovered…it was  depressing. I tried to go for breaking bones as the next step. Picking animals that could quite easily break and crush your bones…but that didn’t seem right for the theme. I ended up flipping the meaning to ‘broken, but resilient’. Because animals carry on despite injuries. They survive in the face of danger!

From there it took me forever to pick an animal. I decided to draw this giraffe who has survived with a broken neck for 6 years and is thriving despite the strange zigzag. The photos were great and highlighted the theme of ‘broken, but resilient’ perfectly. A survivor despite his injuries.

Just wanted to give a little insight to my thoughts on today’s Inktober theme and remind everyone that you too can be resilient like this giraffe and other animals!

Life Updates | Catchup

I got my cup of tea and I’m ready to animate for the next couple hours! My day got split between research and job applications instead of what I wanted to achieve, animation. So a late night begins! I’ve got two more days to animate and sound design, but realistically only one full day. Tomorrow we have company so I don’t anticipate work after 1 pm. Therefore the bulk of animation gets to happen tonight and Thursday.

I haven’t done a life update in awhile, despite posting every night. These last couple weeks have just been crazy in my mind. Last week was more toned down but had a lot of follow up emailing as well as work. I spent a lot of time trying to get my bearings back after the intense networking week prior. Denver Startup Week tired me out! I also followed along the Adobe Youtube Live Sessions on Motion Design. They had amazing artists and I learned so much during those three days! Glad I got a chance to catch the sessions!

Monday, September 12, 2016, started with an early morning commute to Denver for a panel. The topic was Artist as an Entrepreneur. The three people there were very knowledgeable and had very interesting perspectives on presenting yourself as a business. I learned a ton. It was also great because space was small so I was able to meet two of the panelists. Following that, I ended up being an adult and going home to work.

Tuesday I had a lunch meeting with a client. That went well. That evening was a concert at the huge Pepsi Center. All American Rejects! Also, Blink182 and A Day to Remember. More importantly, Mike Kennerty liked my tweet. It should be known that I am a massive AAR fan. A great, fun concert, but tiring.

The following morning I did work. Then went down for Startup Week Denver. I went on a pedal-hopper tour which was interesting. We went to three different startups in a growing area of Denver. Made some new friends and then went to the Startup Week Career Fair. That was the biggest fair I’ve ever gone to. Three giant floors.

Thursday I commuted down in the middle of the week for, yet another, career fair. Then went straight home to work on my title sequence animation. This is when I discovered that they had extended the deadline. Celebrated with sleep.

Friday morning was Creative Mornings Denver. After that, I hung around for a couple hours waiting for my mother. Ended up at a parking meter photo shoot. It was Parking Day which is meant to represent taking back parking spaces. People set up a photo booth in a couple parking spaces. Lunch with mom and then home to relax for a bit. Then in the evening I went to Boulder Filmmaking Incubators for, more networking. It ended up being less networking and more critique group. Honestly, I was a little disappointed because the meetup group description made it sound more like a networking event. It was interesting watching the independent films, but I wish it had been more transparent about what the meetup actually was. It was a great and interesting critique session, but definitely not a networking event. The films screened were amazing and I learned quite a bit about the film process. If I end up at another one I’m interested in seeing progress on films shown and their process.

That concludes the crazy Denver Startup Week. This week has been hectic with job apps and emails. Hustling at all the projects. And now gotta get to that animation before I shower and sleep. Gonna be crazy tomorrow.

Night,
Kendall

More Vectors & Monday Goals

Today was draining…got some vectoring done, but we had a memorial in the middle of the day so I felt pretty emotionally drained after that. I wasn’t expecting to get much done after it, but I’m still finding myself frustrated with how behind I am. Tomorrow will be busy, but excited to take on the crazy this week will offer!

I have plans to rise early and work work work until I have to go down to Denver. There’s a panel for Denver Startup Week in the middle of the day on Meow Wolf. Super excited to attend! I might bring my computer down with me so that I can get some work done after the fact, or get on a bus back right away…I have yet to decide. Goal is to have all vectors done, animation files prepped, at just one animated square. I got this. #tired

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Title Sequence Contest | Research

So, my brain is spinning. I found this contest to make your own title sequence in the style of an existing one [link], and now I’m breaking down from too many ideas. THIS IS ONE OF THE DREAM JOBS GUYS. Basically I’m overloading and have to pick now ’cause the contest ends on the 16th. Will still be working on my selfi animation and other videos at the same time, but they’ve shifted down in priorities because of this contest!

So far I’ve been crawling through Art of the Title trying to pick ones that I know that I can make in the time left and that I actually have the skills to create. I would love to create a 3D one, but I don’t have any 3D software to work with…so I’m stuck with 2D and film sequences. The thing that I’m struggling with is if I should go from title sequence to subject or subject to title sequence? Either one can work in this case since it’s a contest.

If I go subject to title sequence I’ve started to look at books for inspiration. One of the ideas I’ve had is to create title sequences based on books using character names and publishers and editors as the names. I plan to use a book as inspiration for the opening sequence. The 3 books that are contending right now are Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. There are more on the list, but I made myself pick the top 3 for sake of narrowing down something tonight.

From those I have an overall design choice to make. I’ve left links to a few I’m considering for ideas. I’m not set on anything obviously, but I’m working on gathering all my thoughts together so I can get a jump on animating and designing asap. I’m gathering sequences I can recreate in the timeframe and will lend themselves to the stories of the books. I would love to make their own original ones in the future, but for now this will be a fun challenge!

Super excited! Hope you watch the ones below for inspiration!

Man Seeking Woman | By Digital Kitchen

Narcos | By Digital Kitchen

The Interview | By LAUNDRY

Juno | By Gareth Smith & Jenny Lee

Napoleon Dynamite | By Jared Hess

The Conjuring | By Aaron Becker (Filmograph)

 


 

Special Thank you to Art of the Title for serving as my hub for finding all these amazing title sequences and for providing me with inspiration! Also to Pond5 & Red Giant for putting on this contest! Super excited to start working on something and will be keeping you updated as I narrow down my subject and start creating!

Animation Inspiration 30

Boomerang Global Rebrand

I love this rebrand! The brand is very bouncy and cartoonish, which I love. Seeing all the classic cartoons running through it too is great! I love that there’s a channel to complement Cartoon Network. It’s great to see how it still feels similar to their parent channel, but also has their distinct own style within it.

You should also read the in depth article as to how they rebranded the channel and their though process on the new branding for Boomerang. http://artandgraft.com/portfolio/boomerang-rebrand

Reading case studies is one of my favorite things to do! It’s always fun to see why someone has created the brand in the way that they did. Also they have a style guide up there, which is like eating chocolate cake with raspberries on it and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream together while drinking some alcoholic fruity drink………..um…yeah, I have a thing for style guides. I really love seeing design process.

Loogos in Motion

Yaaaaaassssss. I’m gonna have to keep this on file for reference. I love the transitions from logo to logo, as well as the personality that the animation adds to their logos. It’s really fun to see all the different types of logos, and they still work together in in this showreel. I’ll probably come back for some studies of how they animate their logos so I can create animate some of my own. ❤

Animation Inspiration 26

Marathon

I like watching the characters run with the fat wobbling around. 😀 So cute & hilarious. I likey it. I’ve been reduced to describing things as a child because I enjoy these types of animations so much. lol

ALM Illustration/Animation ’16

I should do an Animation Inspiration devoted just to reels. It’s so much fun seeing all the different pieces of work pulled to work together in less than 2 minutes. Syncing to the music is hard too so it’s interesting to see how these all still work to the beats without compromising the original animations. Also the strong visuals and movement in this reel just make me happy. This reel is really interesting, especially after listening to my favorite podcast, Animalators. Which if you like mograph you should listen to. I’m addicted, I don’t know about you, but I am.

Animation Inspiration 22

Ode to a Flower

Love the circular motion of this piece. I’m fascinated with the artful animations that created this. It’s nice to be looking for the reinforced motion as well as the eye trace movements. Animation Bootcamp is being constantly reinforced when I see mographs. Give it watch and study the movements. My favorite part is watching the words/letters animate on. Love when they break down words and use the offsetting animations to build them. I also like watching the many twirls of the flower and the patterns used to animate them on. Hope you are as excited as I am about the animation. ❤

FIFC Toronto 2016 Titles

WATCH THIS NOW. WATCH IT RIGHT NOW. Just do it. Especially if you like games (vintage), title credits, and animation. Of which I love all three.

This title sequence got me all excited to reread Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and the movie. Mind you this has nothing to do with that book, but that was what my brain computed when I saw the opening. Because that book is all about vintage games. This is exactly what I wanted to make for my thesis last year, but didn’t have enough of the skills and knowledge to do so. I wonder if they’ll (Giant Ant) get to make the title credits for the film…if not this is what I want those credits to be like. Whoever gets to work on the movie’s opening or closing credits I hope I get to be an intern/worker on that or at the very least interview you on the process of creating it. Now I’ll just drool at this title sequence for FITC Toronto 2016 and dream of getting to make my own animation of similar proportions.

My favorite transition is Snake to Pacman, followed by the racer section. I love the clever sequence of popping on names in the fighting games and the first person player POV. Just this entire thing is something I’ll be spending weeks drooling over and analyzing. Oh my goodness. I’m gonna rewatch it now.

Me: #goals

~Kendall