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Tomorrow the Madness Begins

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Tomorrow I start work on creating an animation in 48 hours.  Yes, two days.  Me and and a bunch of other CGI artists will be working hard from dusk till dawn, twice over, to create the most stunning, whacky, incredibly-insane short animated movie you’ve ever seen.  And it’s the fourth year in a row that we will succeed.

Tomorrow I hit the road to go down to Richmond, VA, which is nearly 5 hours away, to work with the Hand Turkey Studios team to create a film in 48 hours for the Richmond 48-Hour Film Festival.  I’ll be at homebase, which will be graciously hosted by Hal Dowdy at Broadscope Media Inc., where we will be kicking off at 7:30pm on Friday, July 22, and start planning, voicing, modeling, animating, texturing, compositing, and rendering constantly until the deadline exactly two days later.

We will be given a few items to include in the short film (a line, a prop, a genre, etc.) to prove we made the animation on within the time constraints.

We’re bringing incredible talent onto the team this year, including Bassam Kurdali (Director of Elephant’s Dream,) who’ll be joining us from Team International; Sebastian König, Dolf Veenvliet, Beorn Leonard (animator for Sintel,) Jarred de Beer (winner of Suzanne Award for Best Animation at the Blender Conference,) Jonathan Williamson (author at CGCookie,) Lee Salvemini, Kernon Dillon (BlenderNewbies,) and Reynante Martinez, to name some.  And in Richmond, none other than Roland Hess (author of The Essential Blender and a score of other books,) Sam Brubaker, and our producer and mastermind, Jason van Gumster and his wife, Heather van Gumster.  It truly will be a magnificent team – and there is simply too many awesome exploits be each of these names and others on the team to write here, but let it suffice to say: we rock.

I’ll be down in Richmond, VA, this year to capture all the action first-hand and meet other real Blenderheads for the first time.  Last year I was on the team for my first time, heralding from the International Team, when we created the sensational Grey Justice: Puncher of Men animation.  This year, we can only top the awesomeness by getting closer to the source.

Let it begin.

Removing people from the background

Off To Cleveland Again :)

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I’m heading off in a few minutes to meet up with my ride to Cleveland again, but this time some friends and I are going to help a family move from Cleveland to West Virginia!  I should be away for a couple days, helping load their truck and whatever else needs being done.

Recently I helped a friend prepare a photo for a contest (sadly I didn’t send it back to her until it was too late – it was taking forever to attach the file.)  Anyhow, the job was relatively simple: remove the people from the background and make the image look stunning.  Well, I didn’t get around to making it look awesome, but the people sure have disappeared.

Removing people from the background

Removing people from the background. Photo credit: Mai Kwok

She was very pleased with the result, and is even going to frame it, so all is well. :) I edited it in GIMP 2.6.6 and used the Clone and Heal tools, as well as blur.

Well, I had better pack for this trip. A ton has happened since this post and my last, including working on my website, (the main part of this site,) visiting Colonial Williamsburg, starting private vlogging, and so forth.

God bless and see you next time!

Aviation at JAARS!

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A couple days ago I was privileged to see the JAARS headquarters!

JAARS (Jungle Aviation and Radio Services) is a Christian organization established in 1948 which specializes in providing essential transportation and communication resources to missionaries traveling to the far reaches of the Earth.

So this past Friday my family and I went up to visit some missionary friends, the Wussows, and stayed the night. We checked out their trails the next morning, and headed off for the JAARS headquarters, where Bryan and Joan work.

We toured the facilities, visited museums, saw a demo presentation of a Helio airplane taking off and landing in a stunning 5-plane-lengths, and enjoyed a lovely evening eating a taco dinner before heading back to West Viriginia.

I got to try out dubbing the Jesus film into English, meet a lead team member of the WordSign project (which I hope to contribute some assets to,) ride in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle over a rough-terrain training road, and take a ride in the Helio plane.

All-in-all it was a wonderful experience, and I am seriously considering my future options, and if JAARS will play a part in that future.

After all, I really want to travel – and what better way to do that then to spread the good news to the far reaches of Terra Firma?

Adios! May your journey be eventful and bright.

P.S. I got to be the co-pilot! It was pure serenity to fly over rural North Carolina in a bush plane… simply inspirational.

Interviewed for Blender Indonesia!

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A few weeks ago I was interviewed for Blender Indonesia‘s magazine, [dot]Blend Magz! It is a great honor, and the second issue, containing my interview, is published! Hiza Ro permitted me to upload it to my site. Check it out now!

Right now I am very busy with preparing the footage for my church’s youth group Christmas production, which will combine live action with recorded video to put on the screen. It’s pretty cool.  Today I finished reviewing most of the footage we shot, and tomorrow I will be editing as much as possible all day long!

Gotta get some sleep, now that I’m done playing CTF matches in Open Arena!

I’ve got work to do! Cheers!

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