Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Watchcat at the Planet 9 Film Fest!

Our earnings are up to $53.00 from ads clicks (8 people clicked = $3.00) for our donation to a local animal shelter. Every ad click helps us get closer to $100, the amount Adsense needs to write us a check. Just keep clicking!  

Since Halloween is just around the corner, this week, I will be doing a vampire makeup for an upcoming feature film called "Noir"

Since we put out Watchcat, the special edition about 13 days ago, it is to 46 views. We are hoping for more and plan to enter future film festivals with this cut of the film.

This weekend, Watchcat 02 is a finalist and will be shown this Saturday, Oct 21 at the Planet 9 Film Fest in Burbank, CA. Greg and I plan to attend this unique film festival.
 



Whatever happens at this festival, we will post something about it next week and even though this is the Watchcat files, let it be known that we do like dogs too. Here's a new stop motion film coming out by Wes Anderson that we really want to see, enjoy...


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A few more clicks yielded .86 cents this week and this month so far, we have $1.67. Our grand total is still at $48.06, and we encourage you to click on the ads to show your support. We are hoping to pass the $50 mark or more this month with your help. 

Google won't write us a check until they get $100 or more in clicks. So 15 viewers might read this and only one person will click on an ad. However, if every viewer clicked, I wouldn't have to write this stuff on every post.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A winning Watchcat Wednesday

We are up to 43 views for Watchcat, the special edition and need a lot more. Also this blog is on its way to 18,000 views!

Welcome back to Watchcat Wednesday. A lot of things are happening this week, including the winners of the 24hours animation contest and Student Academy Awards. I won 1st in Animation a century ago, when Film critic and Animation Historian, Leonard Maltin handed me my award for my film "Cat & Rat"


Ever since then, I have been encouraging my students to enter their films into this and other animation film festivals.


This weekend was the 24 Hours Animation contest were students form into a team of 5, are given a theme and then have 24 hours to make a :30 second animated film.

The team can choose any animation style from traditional, to computer and even stop motion. The contest has grows larger every year and this year, 44 schools schools participating with 183 Teams completing or 915 students all working to complete a :30 second animated film based on the theme in 24 hours.
 
 
 
 
The winners are judged and the top 5 films are given prizes from various studio sponsors. This one came in 27th out of 183 from CSULB, which we at the Watchcat files really liked a lot.



If you would like to watch the 2017 top 5 winners, click here.

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A few more clicks yielded .86 cents this week and this month so far, we have $1.67. Our grand total is still at $48.06, and we encourage you to click on the ads to show your support. We are hoping to pass the $50 mark or more this month with your help. 

Google won't write us a check until they get $100 or more in clicks. So 15 viewers might read this and only one person will click on an ad. However, if every viewer clicked, I wouldn't have to write this stuff on every post.

When we do get a check from Google, we want to donate the money to a local animal shelter. Every little click will help an Animal in need.

Thank You and keep clicking!
 



 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Watchcat, the Special Edition

Making films is always a learning experience and from the beginning we've thought of making a series of shorts which we could edit together to tell a longer story. We've screened Watchcat01 and 02 to several audiences and discovered that we got a few laughs in Watchcat 01, but less in Watchcat 02. And we've discovered that part 1 and part 2 needed to be shown together as they were intended.

Part 1 sets up the character, his world, his personality, while Part 2 begins with the criminals describing a monster and we discover its only a cat instead. I feel like we should have figured this out a few years ago, but it was the audience reaction that made us finally realize what we had to do

And so, here is Watchcat, the special edition.


Please leave a comment below or email me heyjimr@gmail.com if you like this version better than Watchcat separate episodes and to let us know if we finally got it right, 
Thank you!...

 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Watchcat at the World Animation Celebration

Last weekend, I was in Dallas,TX at a Portfolio Day event while Greg visited the World Animation Celebration festival in Culver City which our film Watchcat was in. I really would have preferred to go to this festival too, but Greg went to represent our film and hand out Watchcat postcards to as many people as he met along the way.

The festival was held at Sony Pictures Animation studio and was a great venue for portfolio viewing, meeting professionals in the animation industry and seeing a lot of animated films.



At a panel about Classic Disney animators, Greg ran into this classic, Nik Ranieri, Disney Animator of characters including Lumiere, Jafar, Meeko, Hades and Mother Gothel, just to name a few.
First of all, Greg doesn't know who people are in the animation world and he reported that at first, he felt like the festival was a very small event, unlike the CTN Expo. Greg said, " It felt like a small gathering of folks, but you felt very welcomed to all the events and I had a better  time than I thought I would."
Greg even got to meet Glen Keene, who I met years ago at Siggraph. There's Mike Cedeno, another famous Disney animator photobombing behind.

So while I was sitting in the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX, in this giant room waiting for arriving art students to show us their portfolios...


Greg was sitting in a crowded theater, listening to Glen Keane talk about his latest animation film entitled "Dear Basketball". Animated by Keane about Kobe Bryant's tribute to his sport.

Written by Kobe Bryant, animated by Glen Keane and a music score by John Williams.

Dear Basketball,

From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.
A love so deep I gave you my all — From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul.
As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.
And so I ran. I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.
I played through the sweat and hurt Not because challenge called me
But because YOU called me.
I did everything for YOU
Because that’s what you do
When someone makes you feel as
Alive as you’ve made me feel.
You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.
And that’s OK. I’m ready to let you go.
I want you to know now
So we both can savor every moment we have left together.
The good and the bad.
We have given each other
All that we have. 
And we both know, no matter what I do next I’ll always be that kid
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1
Love you always, Kobe

In this 5 minute and 22 second film, Kobe Bryant narrates this emotional tribute about his life, career and love for Basketball. With amazing animation by Glen Keane and a music score by
John Williams, I am putting my money on this film animation short for this year's Oscars.


Thank you Mr. Keane!

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Watchcat Wednesday for Sept 27th

This week, we got some really great news! Besides getting a 105th subscriber to our Watchcat Films Yotube channel, Watchcat Episode 2 has been accepted and will be screened at...  

International Short Film Animation Festival
 Held at... 
 9050 Washington Blvd. Culver City, California 
Saturday, Sept 30th & Sunday, Oct 1st


During this weekend's festival, I will be in Dallas for a Portfolio Review Day, while Greg will be working the crowd at the above event. Look for the guy in the Watchcat T-shirt...
(Kevin Conroy might be there too.)

And if you mention Watchcat, you'll get a free Watchcat postcard! Greg will also have a few XL Watchcat logo T-shirts and some collector WC pins for sale. Become a subscriber to our Watchcat Films channel on Youtube at the event and you'll get a free pin!
We will post if we win anything, but right now just getting in the festival is a great reward! If anyone visited the festival, please let us know what you thought of it in the comments below.


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A few more clicks yielded .86 cents this week and this month so far, we have $1.67. Our grand total is still at $48.06, and we encourage you to click on the ads to show your support. We are hoping to pass the $50 mark this month with your help. 

Google won't write us a check until they get $100 or more in clicks. So 15 viewers might read this and only one person will click on an ad. However, if every viewer clicked, I wouldn't have to write this stuff on every post.

When we do get a check from Google, we want to donate the money to a local animal shelter. Every little click will help an Animal in need.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Watchcat Hurricane Irma

The real news story this week is, if the Hemingway Cats on Key West survived Hurricane Irma? Ernest Hemingway liked cats, especially a 6 toed breed which now inhabits his home in Key West. From the video below, these cats have a very lazy life which has changed due to hurricane winds and rain

Being a native Floridian and having been through several hurricanes, I would not like to be any pet left outside during a storm like this. For many years, Florida has been dodging hurricanes, only to have a few storms hit hard and do some major damage. A lot of people still think they can wait out the storm by staying put. The Hemingway house and their cats decided to do just that. Hurricanes can kill and create a lot of damage, but its the clean up that takes the most time to recover from one. 



We at the Watchcat files are happy to report that the 54 Hemingway house cats have survived Irma after all. Hopefully, the rest of our Florida friends did too.

History for 9/13/2017 Birthdays: Richard Kiel – Jaws in the James Bond movies,
Roald Dahl and Don Bluth is 80.

1928- Riding high on their big hit film the Jazz Singer, the Warner Bros. buy out First National Pictures and move into their big Burbank studio lot, where they still are today.

1969-Hanna & Barbera's "Scooby-Doo, where are you?" and "Dastardly and Mutley and their Flying Machines" premiered.


1979- Animator Don Bluth quits Walt Disney Studios taking a third of the top artists with him. Bluth becomes Disney's most serious rival since Max Fleischer and helps sparked the animation renaissance of the 1990s. A whole new group of young talent, "bluthies", exert great influence throughout the animation business.

These days, Bluth has his own theatre and is attempt to make "Dragon's Lair" into a movie.


1993- The Animaniacs Show premiered. 

Animaniacs was one of the first animated TV series that I worked on back in Chicago during the 1990's. I worked at Startoons, an animation studio started by Jon McClenahan, who had secured a Hollywood contract from Warner Bros and hired Columbia College Animation Alums like myself to learn the ways of the force. We all worked on Tiny Toons, the Tiny Toons Christmas special, the Tazmania intro and some episodes and Animaniacs. Check out Jon's animation of the William Shatner character.
Startoons was a great little studio to work for, once hired, everyone got a lot of animation experience right out of school in traditional animation. I worked there for almost 2 years and enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks Jon!

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Watchcat Wednesday for Sept 6

Famous Birthdays!
Max Schreck (Nosferatu), Felix Salten- the author of Bambi, Buddy Holly, Jane Curtin, Sergio Aragones, Jo Ann Worley and Idris Elba is 45.


1958- The Spunky and Tadpole show debuts!


1969- DePatie-Freleng's the Pink Panther TV Show premiered.


1968- Many momentous events occurred in 1968: assassinations, riots, the Vietnamese Tet offensive, the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia, Easy Rider, 2001 a Space Odyssey and the Beatles Sgt Pepper. But that’s nothing compared to the television premiere of H.R. PUFNSTUF on this day! 

Even when I was 6 years old, I thought there was something a little weird about this show.


Witchipoo, Orson and the Vroom Broom. Whether or not Sid and Marty Kroffts strange kiddie show was a code for drug use -HR meaning Hand-Rolled Puffing Stuff, is a matter for scholastic conjecture.

Work has been moving forward on Watchcat. On Friday, we sent in a request to see if we could get a few interns to help with the next episode. We will be working on improving the design and backgrounds. And with the extra help, I'm hoping to improve the animation since I've been doing everything myself.

My friend, Greg came up with the originaI character and together we figured out the first two episodes. It almost took me a year to do one episode, working alone on and off, as much as I could do. We didn't go the crowd funding route, because we wanted to make sure we had an audience that wanted to see more of our Watchcat episodes. Our episodes are getting views and we have 103 subscribers to our Watchcat Films Channel on Youtube.


Do you have a real Watchcat story or a picture of your real life Watchcat? Let us know and we will include it on this blog. Send your stories, images, etc to heyjimr@gmail.com

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Thank You and keep clicking!