Yesterday I bought a pair of fangs. Yep. Good old fashion prosthetic vampire fangs. They look pretty damn real but does walking around in normal clothes with a pair of fangs make a costume?
Dictionary.com says its – a fashion of dress appropriate to a particular occasion or season.
Ok so yes. So why a vampire? I wanted to be Darth Vader – probably should have gone there – but frankly at 100 dollars a day on the rental I couldn’t afford it. So I settled for the cheapest, simplest solution – my favorite childhood memory other than the Sith Lord himself -the vampire.
Halloween isn’t really about dressing up in a costume or the candy( ok maybe a little). Its about becoming, just for one day, someone or something else. Its about taking off your daily mask you wear and dawning a new set of rules and expectations to play with. Its the one day a year where “normal” people do not have to be afraid to be “weird” and write it off to “Whatever man it was halloween and I wanted to wear that superman suit.” Lets be honest here – if randomly on a tuesday in March you saw a guy walking down the street wearing a superman suit you’d probably think he was bit of a nutter, but on Halloween that nutter is probably your accountant.
He can for that short time become superman, act like superman, and not be afraid of anyone judging him. Just like when we were kids and the world was what you imagined it could be. We have somehow told ourselves that it isn’t ok to pretend on most days. We aren’t allowed to imagine being part of a great space battle or a deep sea exploration and act it out -because that’s crazy. Adults don’t do that. We exist in the real world -not some childhood fantasy – where we have deadlines, responsibilities and yogurt.
Do you remember when your pretend machine stopped working and your reality machine turned on? When it was no longer “cool” to play cops and robbers, or climb a tree while pretending to be exploring the dark jungles of Africa? When being older mattered and the day dreams of youth were just that dreams. It is a sad thing this loss of pretend. We artists are luckier than most I think because we get to keep our pretend machine. We get to imagine other worlds, become other beings doing amazing things, escaping, traveling – to us every day is a journey in the pretend machine. We get to live it and be mocked, praised and envied for it.
For the rest of you, Halloween is your out. Society gives you this one day to become a kid again and pretend. So use it. You get to put on that red blanket as a cape, dawn your blue pj’s, scrawl a messed up S on your chest and say to the world “Up, up and away!” Because on Monday, its back to eating yogurt.
Well so the daily drawings have come to a slow miserable end. After much hard work, and thought I have moved past them onto a new short film, which I must say was inspired by them. I’m keeping it pretty quiet for now still in the boarding and design stages-but I do have some cool test imagery to show…
Check out this apple texture – 100% procedural nodes in Maya, rendered in Mental ray.
You see inside the apple because we are gonna do a pull back from the core and as we pull back the layers fill in – like we are really moving through it. I’m still wrestling with the edge where the cut happens, attempting to give it thickness, without displacement. Also not happy with the core shader just yet -needs a bit more wetness to it, but the spec is tricky since it is a dead flat plane.
More to come… stay tuned!!
Well Delgo fans – there is a new trailer online at…
It is really well put together, makes me want to see the film all over again. : ) There is one major typo on the page that we are aware of and hoping that Apple fixes immediately - my name is not listed along side Marcs as Director.
It is not a conspiracy. No-one deliberately dropped off my name – we are having constant problems with companies dropping off the second name as director. Marc gets lucky because we did the credits alphabetically – Adler comes before Maurer…
So the world is clear Delgo was Co-Directed by Marc Adler and Jason Maurer and Animation Direction was done by Warren Grubb. Also we are all listed with proper credits on www.imdb.com.
If anyone out there whom reads this has a direct contact or knows someone who has a direct contact at Apple for the individual who makes the changes to the trailers sites -please shoot me their contact info. I’ve emailed email@example.com and I know that Marc has contacted whom he knows there – but we want this changed immediately.
Thanks again for all your support and help! Take a look and shoot me your thoughts!
*!!!! UPDATED!!!! Thank you Apple for your amazingly quick response to our inquiry!! I emailed them and less than 2 hours later, the site is changed! Way to go customer service! Love me some Apple!
Finding random writing or unique situations when you are out and about always makes for good material. Here’s some Ive found lately.
My favorite is the crashing ATM machine thing damn near took my card!
So here are some quick black and white lighting tests I’ve been playing with for a class I’m taking. Was going for the Lincoln Memorial. Using like 4 spots and Maya software rendering (which were limitations of the assignment). I’m happy with the moodiness and the contrast of them. I think that I could use some more bounce here and there – but overall I’m happy with the output especially considering each one took probably 1/2 hour to an hour to light. : )