The World in Review


Do you ever get the impression you're juggling too many projects at once? Maybe you're the kind of person with a focused mind that knows that the only way to get to Point B from Point A is to not randomly go off on a side-road on the search for Point C.

Yet this seems to be happening to me, like, all the time. Which is why, despite every natural instinct in my body, I'm going ahead with this short film I'm writing, despite something in my brain egging me to ditch it and write a short-form web-sitcom. Because if there's one thing I haven't tried and abandoned yet, it's web sitcoms. I'm also plowing ahead with the webcomic, slowly but surely. I kind of blame the vlogbrothers, especially Hank Green, for this. There's something about their amazingly varied careers and mix of projects - vlogbrothers, Crash Course, SciShow, 2D Glasses, VidCon, that made me want to do everything. I wonder if envy is a good motivator.

But, here, on the horizon, a new project appears! It's called The Asian Cinema Critic, and it's essentially just a review site for films from East Asia. There's not a whole load of content on there yet but I do want it to be a hub for all kinds of films from the region. It sprang up when I was looking for a review of Police Story 2013 and found only one or two. Now that one of my favourite asian cinema review sites, Snowblood Apple, is down (and has been for some time), I thought I'd jump on it. It's a bit barebones at the moment, but I'm hoping in the future to include essays and editorials, if it gets big. Right now, it's just a place for me to put down my thoughts on films as I watch them. It's fun and it's helping keep me writing and analytical with film - two things that I need to keep up to date with.

Oh, that and drawing. Tried my hand at a 100 Days of Drawing thing, but bailed out at around thirty. Not that I couldn't, just more that I was having the hardest time actually finding something to draw, and then drawing it to the point where I liked it enough to upload. Didn't have the highest standards by any means, but a lot of them were awful and never made it online. A few can be found below. Most were either Final Fantasy or Discworld themed.

They say that talking about your goals is the worst thing you can do to achieve them. Only now I've just written a bunch of words about it, and frankly, I don't want to delete them all and write a whole new blog entry. That sounds difficult.

Before You Know It


It's great when things get done, isn't it? It's even better when the deadlines aren't looming closer and closer, and you're left wondering if you'll get it all done in time, but it's still pretty great.

Christmas is coming, which is pretty cool, up until you realise that the end-of-semester hand-ins are due, too. And there are so many of them. Character animations - of which I'll post up here soon and on youtube - which are just basic animations of a rigged character or a simple CAT doing whatever task we were told to are always fun to upload, and get feedback on. It's also fantastic practise for the upcoming project Once a Thief which needs some serious speeding up if I'm to get the animatic finished in two weeks.

Then there's the life drawing module, which is actually pretty decent indeed. We've only had the one model so far, which is a bit of a pain because we were promised more than just the one, but I'm not complaining. It's still excellent practise for later on. Every week I seem to be getting better and although it doesn't seem to be noticeable at first, looking back, I see it's done a world of difference. It's certainly going to help with the main film, that's certain (I now find I have to draw out the key poses before I can animate. It grounds the actions so much better than if I were to do it straight onto the computer).

Here's some work from Once a Thief that's been happening while I haven't been blogging:

Models are all mine - texturing is being done by Li (and he also is tweaking the models of the characters to make them look better, too). And although this one character took me way long than I thought it would, I'm glad I have him done. It's a bit of a motivator to get the others done too. 

Also storyboard. Guh. Those are taking forever, but they need to be worked on soon, and animatic-ised to be sent so I can get a music sample to show.



Maybe I shouldn't be, but I can't help trying to do things on the side as well. I have a sci-fi noir story  I really want to write, but have no time (that I know I won't finish anyway). And a couple of Christmas things I want to get done, too, before it's too late and I have to wait until next year.

I'll see how things progress, with this blog as my ever faithful recorder of failure. At least Once a Thief is looking good so far.