Thursday, August 6, 2009

John Hughes 1950-2009

I can't think of any one filmmaker that takes me back to those awkward teenage years, and with a smile no less, like John Hughes. Walk into the video store where I worked as a teenager, and 9 out of 10 times, you'd find me watching one of his movies....again. He gave us The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Vacation, Weird Science, Pretty In Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, Uncle Buck, Planes Trains and Automobiles, and my favorite film of all time....Ferris Bueller's Day Off. If you want a window of what it was like to live in the 1980's, nobody did it better than John. His films still resonate with me, and I've yet to find a filmmaker today that can tell so many stories with such incredible heart and humor in the way that the did.... Mr. Hughes passed away of a heart attack on August 6th, he was 59 years old.
"Yep. I said it before and I'll say it again... Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around, you could miss it." --Ferris Bueller

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Viva la Fjorg!

Fjorg! has begun.. What is Fjorg! you ask? Its an animation marathon at Siggraph... Teams are to create a 15-45 second animation in 32 hours time. No more, no less, no Resubmits. This is no small task, for one thing...its 32 hours straight....and two, its in New-freakin-Orleans, and three....random distractions are thrown at the animators at any given moment. Good times....good times.
Day one Link:
Day two Link:

Here's an updated link to a short film about this years Fjorg! Ah, the joys of Sleep Deprivation. Plenty of Ringling Students and Alum representin y'all.

SIGGRAPH 2009 FJORG! Competition in New Orleans, LA from Alumiq Productions on Vimeo.