Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Watchcat Wednesday: August 16th

History for 8/16/2017
Birthdays: Otto Mesmer the creator of Felix the Cat, Myron Grim Natwick the creator of Betty Boop, Hal Foster the creator of Prince Valiant and Julie Numar, Catwoman from Batman TV series is 84.

Happy Birthday to Mighty Mouse. Here's the first Terrytoon's short: "The Mouse of Tomorrow" explaining how Mighty Mouse became a "Super Hero". 

Producer Ralph Bakshi returned Mighty Mouse to Saturday morning TV in the late 1980's with "Mighty Mouse : the New Adventure". It was a great series with a lot of comedy, animation in jokes and it also gave a lot of young writers and directors their start in the animation industry. Here's a great example of one of those adventures.



And sadly on this day in 2005, the world lost Pixar's Story Giant, Joe Ranft. Below is a very touching and wonderful tribute to his life.





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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Watchcat Wednesday postcard

At the beginning of the Summer, I set out to create 5 new Watchcat episodes in storyboard form. I'm still working on them and hoping to be done by August. We hope to have the episodes in animatic form in order to see if we can get funding to take them to the next level.


Right now, this whole venture is a hobby, since we aren't getting any income from it. I have been learning that I need to balance my hobby with the rest of my life. As a freelance animator, you can get carried away with looking for work or working on a project and make it your number 1 priority. But I've got a family and even though I want Watchcat to turn into a full time paying job some day, balance is the key. Making an animation takes a lot of work, but time with your family and friends is priceless.So, if I don't post on the next Wednesday or two,its because I'm spending time with my family.

I've noticed that we are still getting viewers to this blog even without a new post every week and people are clicking on the ads as well. We are almost to $50.00 now, more clicks will get Google closer to writing us a check for our Animal Shelter donation, so keep clicking.


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Watchcat Wednesday July 12th

Here's a link to an episode of "No shit, there I was". I did the storyboard/animatic for this one called "Smells like Deployment Spirit."

Summer has sizzled by this year and in 6 weeks, I'll be back to teaching animation at Woodbury University. I've been enjoying my Summer, by going to more drawing nights at the Center Stage Gallery. Here's a link to Andy Flaster as a Hillbilly character and a few drawings I drew of him last Wednesday night.


 

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy 4th of July, America!

I've been doing some research about WWll planes lately and came across something awesome...

The above was taken in 1944 of a group of young WWll British Paratroopers who went to Normandy. The link below takes you to an interesting story, where they found the same guys as well as their plane for a very special photo shoot.

If you are new to this blog, here are some links to our Watchcat episodes as well as some our popular blog posts of the past.

Watchcat is coming: https://youtu.be/AoUPGIWX3gY
Watchcat Episode01: https://youtu.be/J-xe8EdBbW4
  Watchcat Episode02:  https://youtu.be/J-xe8EdBbW4

While researching WWll images about Paratroopers for a sequence in a future Watchcat episode, I discovered that the US army had a plan in WWll, to parachute dogs over enemy lines.


 
 That's one brave puppy.

And so, to celebrate our nation's birthday, we thought we would show you a work in progress of our next episode. Its still in the rough stages of production and we have already made some improvements, where we will learn more about Watchcat's past.

Leave us a comment below!


WC Episode 4 Rough Animatic from Toondini on Vimeo.



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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hollywood Watchcat




In Hollywood, many tourists drive down Beachwood Blvd to get a photo or selfie in front of the world famous Hollywood sign. 
You have to drive carefully, because at any moment a group of tourists will run into the middle of a street to snap a photo of the large white letters on the hill. 

At the corner of Beachwood and Belden Drive, outside the Beachwood Market sits a small sculpture of "Figaro" by artist Sharon Loper. A small statue of a black cat sits looking at a round garden in front of him and I suspect he's keeping an eye on the traffic as well.



Most people are more interested in the nearby Hollywood sign and will never notice this small work of art. So the next time you are visiting the LA, stop by and get a picture this bronzed Watchcat of the Hollywood sign area. I am sure there is a more of a story here, and so, I contacted the artist, Sharon Loper, who was nice enough to reply to some of my questions.

It turns out that, Figaro was her cat for seventeen years. Loper writes, " Figaro is a very popular cat with the children and neighbors. Figaro was my best model for the cat series, which you can see on my website www.sharonloper.com. "

I gave her a link to our Watchcat files blog and she wrote back, " I love the idea of a black cat protecting the neighborhood. I'm an avocat for animal rights and Figaro was one of my rescue cats. He was the model for Number Nine Cat , now in the permanent collection of a museum in Amsterdam. BTW, Number Nine cat is on the left and Picasso cat is on the right.




I found Figaro while I was working across the street at "We are the Mighty" studios. I was there last week to help finish one of their future animated show. Here is an example of their first series called "Gunny". Character design/Animation by Douglas Vannick: http://www.vannickartz.com/

The project I worked on was animated in ToonBoom Harmony and used rigged animation character assets, which make it faster to animate, then traditional drawn animation. I learn a lot about how they set up their files and their animation pipeline.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Meet a real crimefighting Watchcat




For one great moment in time, The city of Los Angeles turned into Gotham City for a very special tribute to Adam West. 


A couple of Weekends ago, we asked our friends on Facebook to help boost our views on our Watchcat episodes and other videos on our Youtube channel: WatchCat Films. We started the weekend with Watchcat01 = 597 views and Watchcat02 = 968 views. I am happy to report that Watchcat 01 is at 634  and Watchcat02 jumped up to 1,033 views. We also have reached 98 subscribers to our WatchCat Films channel. Keep the views coming!

A lot of the recent increase in views is the result of a person who was using our Watchcat logo without our permission. A few week ago, we had never heard of Martinsville in Morgan County, Indiana, but there is a crime watch group known as the Martinsville Watchcat who prowl the streets, keeping their eyes open and reporting crime or any suspicious activity.



The leader of this group is Brian Wagaman, aka wagswayz on Youtube. He came up with his Watchcat group about the same time we started to animate our first episode. Just by chance, we saw the video below and were surprised to see our Watchcat logo in his video.


At first, we contacted YouTube, but since we are not a corporation, they couldn't do anything for us. I emailed Brian through his email page and discovered that he had found our logo and thought it was a stock image.

"I started a crime watch group called WATCHCAT...
To find a logo i just googled watchcat and found the eye with cat ears. I had no clue how to reach anybody to ask for permission to use it, so i was hoping it was just a stock image. 

But...i totally understand your position and i will refrain from using it in future videos. I do apologize. I assure you i did not intent to make any gain monetarily with the logo, we just needed a symbol that stood for the good people in town that warned the criminals that we are watching."


After watching some of Brian's other videos, we discovered he's also a musician, tattoo artist, cat rescuer as well as crimefighter CatMan!

I'm not sure if Brian dresses this way when he fights crime, but if he does, that's one dude I would not like to meet in a dark alley!
It turns out, Brian is one of the good guys and helps cats who have been abused or abandon. He also keeps watch on his fellow humans with his WATCHCAT Morgan County, Indiana post on Facebook. A place where residence can report their concerns and help keep their town safe. 

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And so, we want to help this cause by allowing Brian use our logo as long as he gives us credit and a link to our Watchcat Films Channel on Youtube. We also would like him to help us promote our films to his subscribers as well. 

We are glad there is a real life Watchcat keeping the streets safe in Morgan County, IN.


Check out Brian's YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/wagswayz and his facebook page.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Our Tribute to Batman, Adam West!

Last Saturday, we reached out to our Facebook friends to see if we could gain a few more views on our Watchcat episodes. That same day we learned the news that Adam West had passed away. 
I'll let Greg handle the rest of this post, since he is the biggest Batman fan I know.

I was always a big fan of Batman.
Ever since I was a little kid. I loved reading the comics and I've especially loved watching the 1966 TV show, "Batman" starring Adam west and Burt Ward. That show really opened up my imagination on wanting to be a storyteller at a very young age.

So I guess it's no surprise that as an adult, when I came up with an idea of a crime fighting neighborhood cat that protects his city, at night, in the shadows, from bad guys, that Batman would be a big inspiration for that.

Even our Watchcat logo is a nod to the great bat signal in the sky.


I had a great opportunity to meet with Kevin Conroy who voiced Batman in Batman: The animated series,
 

but one person in particular I always wanted to meet was Adam West.


I guess you can say if it wasn't for Adam West being Batman, there might not have been a Watchcat.๐Ÿ˜ผ


And so, It is with great sadness that I lost a childhood hero. Adam West has passed away at the age of 88. He was Batman to me and the Batman TV show was my all-time favorite show of the 60s, along with the Green Hornet. My brother and I would play Batman and Robin when we were growing up. To this day, we still quote lines from that iconic TV show.
 
I remember as a kid being excited when I first saw the Batman movie that had the Cape Crusader's against their Rogue Gallery of Villains, that included the Joker, Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman. The Riddler was my favorite villain. 


I can still remember how excited I was coming home from school, when they were playing Batman reruns and seeing my favorite episodes "A Piece of The Action", and "Batman Satisfaction" which pitted Batman & Robin against the Green Hornet & Kato.


And who could ever forget the introduction of Batgirl. I loved everything about that show, the look, the music, especially the theme and even the camp humor. I never missed an episode, through all the good ones and even the bad ones. 

But Adam West also did a lot of voice work for animated shows throughout his career, most recently as the mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island on Family Guy.

And the thing that made the show work was was Adam West. He always played Batman with a certain amount of integrity and never played him for laughs. He was Batman. I only wish I could've met the man once just to say thank you. 
๐Ÿ˜” Well..thank you Adam West for being Batman๐Ÿ˜ƒ
#RIPBatman


NEXT WEEK!  
Meet a real crimefighting 
Watchcat in Martinville, Indiana!
Same Watchcat Wednesday, Same Watchcatfiles Blog!

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