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Friday, June 29, 2007

Rumours are already circulating about the next series of 24 (not airing til January). It's common knowledge that the producers are planning a 'radical overhaul' for the next series based on the less than enthusiastic reception for series six. A reception it deserved. Because it was crap. Suggestions are only two or three characters are going to be brought back from the previous series- I don't think it's too much of a Spoiler to say one is obviously Big Jack himself. The thing is it wasn't the fault of all the other characters (or actors) that the last series sucked so hard- that was down to the writers. So if anybody is deserving of the chop, perhaps they should be looking closer to home. (Besides, I'd miss Nadia, she was a total hottie!) Whatever they decide I'll still reserve judgement until I see the finished result...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

It wouldn't be quite right to say that producing a cartoon for broadcast reawakened my passion for animating, because it never really went away. But it certainly meant I've had more fun doing it than I have for quite a while. Also getting the recognition for my work has given me a damn sight more confidence in my own abilities, which is invaluable. You wouldn't know if from the site, but I've always been lacking in that confidence, which has probably held me back from making the most of it. Hopefully this will be only the start. As a result I've got a lot of projects planned. You might be pleased to know a new game is underway too!

Monday, June 25, 2007

And so it finally Happened. After running the site for more than 3 years I finally took my first steps into thew world of pro animation by getting an animation on TV. Not just TV, but terrestial TV to boot, on the spin-off of one of the highest-rated shows in the country too (for their shame). b So if you missed it (not being British would certainly be a valid excuse) yesterday Big Brother's little brother played out with my animation. Top TV bloke Dermot O'Leary even said my name on TV! It was very odd and I'm still in shock. I'm probably not going to shut up about this for a while. In the meantime those who were unable to watch should check out the news page.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Brilliant UK animation studio Aardman Animations has recently come clean on their current slate of titles- the first I've heard since they announced a distribution deal with Sony. Mixing their traditional claymation style with Flushed Away-style CG, we can look forward to a selection of tiles, including a (non Wallace and Gromit) new film from the genius Nick Park. Although mentioned in the announcement as almost an afterthought, I was particularly excited by the prospect of Aardman co-founder Peter Lord's project- Pirates! Not just for the obvious reasons either- it's based by on a series of books by Gideon Defoe- once of which was the ace comedic novel Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists, a book I greatly enjoyed. In fact a couple of times I found myself thinking "this would make an awesome movie!". The fact that it'll be animated, and by one of the World's greatest animation studios (Part of the 'Holy trinity' that also includes Pixar and Japan's Studio Ghibli), well that's just icing on the cake. It would have been really expensive to make live action, that's for sure!

In other animation news the Web's greatest animator Weebl (aka Jonti Picking, Creator of Weebl and Bob) has got a doozy of a commission, creating animation for Seasame Steet! Well done Weebl! I've thought for a long time global stardom (beyond the web) beckoned for him, and it looks like it's on it's way. Why not celebrate by watching his latest strange creation Cat Face? He's got a big Cat Face dont you know?

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

This month marks the first anniversary of this blog, so I thought it's time for a bit of a rejig. And I'm rather chuffed with how it's looking, but I'm probably going to continue fiddling. In fact I'm almost too chuffed with it, because I'm now thinking maybe I should make the news page look like this too, but I'm not sure if that would make things confusing. I've even thought of merging the two, so site news and blog posts would be in the same place. I'm not sure, maybe I'll just integrate elements of this redesign into the news page and leave it at that. I hate decisions. Which is why (hey, check out this neat segway) I have decided to ask readers of my regular comic Back To the Drawing Board how I should mark the publishing of the 5oth cartoon. So if you want to be involved you can vote here. It's democracy in action!

If you've checked out the main newspage recently you'll know that I'm close to getting my first piece of animation on TV. Unfortunately I'm not entirely sure when it will be airing, but it will be most likely be some Sunday in the next few weeks. If I get more concrete news it'll be posted on the newspage.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

This blog is undergoing a make-over please bare with me while I fiddle with the design!

EDIT/ by which I of course mean bear with me. I'm not asking you to get naked with me..*Not all of you anyway.


*may be reassesd on a case be case basis if you happen to be a foxy lady

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Friday, June 15, 2007

This is most irregular but I'm really going to have to insist you check out the news page... there's big news that you're going to want to hear!

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

I've resisted and resisted, trying to believe it isn't so. But having seen the whole lot I just can't deny it any more... Series 6 of 24 was rubbish. Unusually, the show's producers have basically admitted as much- OK they didn't say it was actually rubbish but they confessed they might have begun to repeat themselves and that it's been a challenge to keep up the high quality of other series. I'm not going to criticise it for some of the completely ridiculous scenes in this run (I don't mind if it's unrealistic, that's not what I watch it for) but it committed the worst sin any entertainment can commit. It became boring. All the shocks and twists seemed like a mere shadow of what's gone before. The makers have promised radical rethink before the next series- so hopefully the next series will be a return to form. We can only hope.

To be honest, those of you waiting for the DVD release are just as well to give this one a miss- just pretend it never happened. You'll thank me later...

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Just a quick reminder to UK viewers- the anime network block starts 8pm tonight on Sky Channel 195. Check it out!

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Sheesh, how ace was the Season 3 Finale of Lost? Pretty damn ace, that's how much! The genius of the show is how it always manages to always say just on the right side of completely maddening- just when you think they're never going to tell you anything, they throw in a revelation or a plot twist that blows you away. And the final two episodes were full of such moments- it's going to be a long old wait until the next season!

[ beware! the following paragraph contains spoilers highlight text to read ] Charlies' "shock" demise was hardly a big surprise- being signposted for weeks and weeks- but it was doubtless a great, memorable and noble exit for a popular character (albeit one I was never particularly keen on). The flash-forward was a real humdinger of an ending though, because we really have no idea how the next season will unfold!

In unrelated news, I'm working on an animation project that will keep me busy for the next couple of weeks, so the update department might be a little lacking- providing I don't get too distracted.

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