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Tue, August 31

Dancing at the Movies—10:57 AM

Really nicely edited montage of dancing clips from popular movies, set (naturally) to "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins. Very catchy and a nice way to get the creative juices going to start the day.

The creator says there's over 30 films in there, but it reads as closer to 20 because it keeps returning to the same scenes from six to ten movies for the core moments. I wish there were another 15-20 movies sprinkled throughout the middle part, where it really gets going, to heighten the variety. White Knights, Grease, Dirty Dancing, and Flashdance really tend to dominate. (And I don't think there was any reason to go back to True Lies a second time.)

I'm not saying I could do it any better – given these clips, this is very skillfully edited – but, with this amount of skill and effort, it's a shame there isn't more of a progression and a story to the clips chosen. Instead, it seems to swim around in circles in the same pool of clips. Where are Romy & Michele, Chicago, and Bring It On? What about Back to the Future – there are fun little moments of dancing in all three that would be surprising in a montage like this. (More than Jamie Lee Curtis falling down.) I applaud working Get Smart in there, but what about Enchanted? (500) Days of Summer?

It's very good – it left me wanting more, after all!


Mon, August 9

The Envelope Please...—1:24 AM

I never thought I'd do this, but I wanted to express a big "Thank you" to everyone who helped out with voting on the dialogue clips last week, so here is the video reference footage that MaryBeth and I filmed over the weekend based on the three finalist clips.

This footage was submitted as part of my planning for my next animated assignment, and in concert with my mentor I'll select one of the three lines and animate it according to a plan based on the video. (The video is just a guideline; the animation evolves from this plan over time.) The whole video reference process is pretty embarrassing, but I admit it has proved to be an invaluable step in the planning of a new shot. I wouldn't ordinarily take it public, but all the voting from last week would've felt pretty anticlimactic otherwise.

The hard work seems to have paid off: this little packet earned an A- from my tough-as-nails mentor, from whom I've only managed to eke out one B so far this term. Thanks again to everyone who voted, and an extra-special double-thanks to my past and future writing partner Brandon, who made time for an emergency brainstorming session on Friday night to come up with actions and backstories for six or seven of the front-running dialogue clips, which helped me narrow the pack and figure out which ones to film.

(So that's me acting. I'm deeply sorry you had to see that.)

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Thu, August 5

More Dialogue Voting! Yay!

Your chance to vote on some more dialogue clips. Let's get to it! (Read more.)

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Wed, August 4

You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet!

It's time to add sound to my animation, and I am (as always) in an utter state of panic. Help! (Seriously, help me out by voting in a poll.) (Read more.)

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