On Saturday, January 11, actor Vic Mignogna made an appearance at Awesome Collectibles in Bell, California. I took the occasion to give him a copy of The Animated Voice, Volume 2, which features the cast of Dragon Ball Super–and among them is Vic. While waiting in line, I happened to be behind Kevin T. Rodriguez, who has a channel on YouTube, The Autograph Hound. He saw me with my book and lo and behold, did an impromtu interview, posted online here:
On Facebook, Emmy Award-winning animation director (among many other talents) Mike Milo offered some advice for people interested in storyboarding as a career. Here it is:
Someone asked me to give ‘words of wisdom’ on how to be a storyboard artist so I wrote back and I figured I might as well post it here in case it IS useful to someone new at storyboarding. If you want to add to it feel free.
For me, storyboarding is all about three things….Clarity, staging and excellent drawing skills.
Part of the clarity can come from the drawings themselves, good silhouettes, clear poses and good solid acting. But staging adds a tremendous amount of clarity as well. By staging I mean place everything in such a way so you can direct the viewer to what you WANT them to see not let them decide for themselves.
As a board artist, you constantly need to ask yourself, Is the joke clear?
Do we understand the drama?
Is it easy to tell what’s going on?
Am I clearly telling the intent of the story?
For me most of what makes something clear, is often the amount of drawings used to convey that action. that may sound crazy but the truth is that many artists can be lazy and they cut corners to get the job done and it’s not always clear what’s going on in their boards. Humans use a lot of nuance to show emotion and in their communication and it usually can’t be displayed in a few drawings.
A lot of new board artists simply do not draw enough poses to show what’s happening, thinking that someone else will fill in the blanks. The truth is that the buck stops at the storyboard artist. There IS no one else. It’s the last line of communication. Some think the animators will ‘fix’ it and make it clear.
The animator’s job is to simply clean up what’s there and inbetween it, not figure action out. that’s the job of the board artist. Many seasoned board artists might argue that it’s not their job to do so much work and they’re right but the fact remains it’s essential in this day and age.
If you want to be a good board artist, you have to be able to draw well, be able to act well, have excellent draftsmanship skills, understand perspective, know how to draw backgrounds, props, design characters, as well as be able to set up a joke clearly, and understand WHY we’re cutting to a close up not simply doing it because you feel it’s time. You also need to understand pacing, staging and good layout. It’s a hard job and it’s not for everyone but if you work hard and pay attention to the disciplines above you can do it.
Today, January 8, 2020, the new DragonHeart Vengeance trailer premiered at SR Trailers and Reviews. Siveth in action!
Joseph Millson, posting on Facebook, says, “I want to tell you all, with full understanding of those who didn’t get past 2 👀that this is a gorgeous film. I’ve seen it. It works really well. Proper family movie. Great action some actual laughs and the Dragonheart magic. I had the most wonderful time shooting it. But didn’t expect it to come together as well as it has. I hope doubters might at least try it before they fry it. And fans love it as much as I suspect they will. Big love.”
Coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital on February 4, 2020.
On December 5, it was announced on social media that Dragonheart 5, called Dragonheart Vengeance, is coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital on February 4, 2020.
Here’s a synopsis:
Lukas, a young farmer whose family is killed by savage raiders in the countryside, sets out on an epic quest for revenge, forming an unlikely trio with a majestic dragon and a swashbuckling, sword-fighting mercenary, Darius. Helena Bonham Carter voices Siveth, the ice breathing dragon who was once banished from the kingdom for failing to save the king’s life. Compelled by the young man’s cause, she emerges from hiding, using her fantastical powers on the trio’s adventurous journey which brings revelations and rewards beyond vengeance. Dragonheart: Vengeance is an exciting action-adventure filled with fantasy and humor that will thrill the entire family.
I don’t think “PG-13”-rated violence will enamor the entire family, but that’s what we’ll get.
Here’s a clip:
Look at her breathe ice!
And here she is giving romantic tips:
The Dragonheart series has a history of killing off its dragon heroes, leaving a bad taste in the viewer’s mouth and discouraging repeat viewing. One can only hope the same fate doesn’t befall Siveth.
From Bat in the Sun Productions, posted online March 5, 2015:
BATMAN vs DARTH VADER
Directed by Aaron Schoenke
The series is produced by Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke and Nikolay Zamkovoy.
DAMIAN BEURER/DARTH VADER
DAVID BAXTER/DARTH VADER UNMASKED
JON-CHARLES CORDERY/DARTH VADER’S VOICE
Original Music and Sound by Sean Schoenke
Cinematography by Joey Rassool
Editing by Aaron Schoenke
Make Up by Jeff West
Stunt Coordinator Shaun Piccinino
Written by Aaron and Sean Schoenke Rafael Jordan
Co-Produced by Bryan Morton Joey Rassool Nicole Klepper Damian Beurer Michael Bender
Bat cowl sculpted Reevz FX
Special Effects created by Nikolay Zamkovoy
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The concept of the SPBD web series is to take two super powered legends and make them battle! Every new episode the viewers will be able to vote to determine the winner!
Death Star hangar reference
Matte paintings by
The following demo reel comes from Nasus Lee, an animator at Bardel in Canada. This is from Season Three of The Dragon Prince, currently streaming on Netflix. The voice of Sol Regem, the golden sun dragon, belongs to Adrian Hough. Enjoy!
Some behind-the-scenes footage of Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill taking a break in the Death Star set. Note the cigarette between Ford’s fingers.
On November 28, 2019, “Star Wars” posted a featurette, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” talking about the legacy of the franchise.
Notice the footage at 1:12:
What happened to Ford’s cigarette?
The first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation under the U.S. Constitution:
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
George Washington, President.
Thanksgiving, October 3, 1789
General Orders, November 27, 1779. The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799. John C. Fitzpatrick, Editor.
Head Quarters, Moore’s House, Saturday, November 27, 1779.
Parole Landaft. Countersigns Lexington, Leeds.
The Honorable the Congress has been pleased to pass the following Proclamation.
Whereas it becomes us humbly to approach the throne of Almighty God, with gratitude and praise for the wonders which his goodness has wrought in conducting our fore-fathers to this western world; for his protection to them and to their posterity amid difficulties and dangers; for raising us, their children, from deep distress to be numbered among the nations of the earth; and for arming the hands of just and mighty princes in our deliverance; and especially for that he hath been pleased to grant us the enjoyment of health, and so to order the revolving seasons, that the earth hath produced her increase in abundance, blessing the labors of the husbandmen, and spreading plenty through the land; that he hath prospered our arms and those of our ally; been a shield to our troops in the hour of danger, pointed their swords to victory and led them in triumph over the bulwarks of the foe; that he hath gone with those who went out into the wilderness against the savage tribes; that he hath stayed the hand of the spoiler, and turned back his meditated destruction; that he hath prospered our commerce, and given success to those who sought the enemy on the face of the deep; and above all, that he hath diffused the glorious light of the gospel, whereby, through the merits of our gracious Redeemer, we may become the heirs of his eternal glory: therefore,
RESOLVED, That it be recommended to the several states, to appoint Thursday, the 9th of December next, to be a day of public and solemn thanksgiving to Almighty God for his mercies, and of prayer for the continuance of his favor and protection to these United States; to beseech him that he would be graciously pleased to influence our public councils, and bless them with wisdom from on high, with unanimity, firmness, and success; that he would go forth with our hosts and crown our arms with victory; that he would grant to his church the plentiful effusions of divine grace, and pour out his holy spirit on all ministers of the gospel; that he would bless and prosper the means of education, and spread the light of Christian knowledge through the remotest corners of the earth; that he would smile upon the labours of his people and cause the earth to bring forth her fruits in abundance; that we may with gratitude and gladness enjoy them; that he would take into his holy protection our illustrious ally, give him victory over his enemies, and render him signally great, as the father of his people and the protector of the rights of mankind; that he would graciously be pleased to turn the hearts of our enemies, and to dispense the blessings of peace to contending nations; that he would in mercy look down upon us, pardon our sins and receive us into his favor, and finally, that he would establish the independence of these United States upon the basis of religion and virtue, and support and protect them in the enjoyment of peace, liberty and safety.33
[Note 33: In the General Orders this resolve was condensed by sundry omissions.]
A strict observance to be paid by the Army to this Proclamation and the Chaplains are to prepare and deliver discourses suitable to it.
Adams, John, 1735-1826. The ‘American Revolution‘, Letter to Hezekiah Niles, first editor of the National Register. Quincy, February 13, 1818. First published in Niles’ Weekly Register, v. 2, n. 14, March 7, 1818.
Another gentleman who had great influence in the commencement of the revolution, was Doctor Jonathan Mayhew, a descendant of the ancient governor of Martha’s Vineyard. This divine had raised a great reputation both in Europe and America, by the publication of a volume of seven sermons, in the reign of king George the second, 1749, and by many other writings, particularly a sermon in 1750, on the thirtieth of January, on the subject of passive obedience and non-resistance; in which the saintship and martyrdom of king Charles the first are considered seasoned with wit and satire, superior to any in Swift or Franklin. It was read by every body; celebrated by friends, and abused by enemies. During the reigns of King George the first, and King George the second; the reigns of the Stuarts, the two Jameses, and the two Charleses, were in general disgrace in England. In America they had always been held in abhorrence. The persecutions and cruelties suffered by their ancestors under those reigns, had been transmitted by history and tradition; and Mayhew seemed to be raised up to revive all their animosities against tyranny in church and state, and at the same time to destroy their bigotry, fanaticism and inconsistency. David Hume’s plausible, elegant, fascinating and fallacious apology, in which he varnished over the crimes of the Stuarts, had not then appeared. To draw the character of Mayhew, would be to transcribe a dozen volumes. This transcendant genius, threw all the weight of his great fame into the scale of his country, in 1761, and maintained it therewith zeal and ardor, till his death, in 1766. In 1763 appeared the controversy between him and Mr. Apthorp, Mr. Caner, Dr. Johnson and Archbishop Seeker, on the charter and conduct of the society for propagating the gospel in foreign parts. To form a judgment of this debate, I beg leave to refer to a review of the whole, printed at the time, and written by Samuel Adams; though by some, very absurdly and erroneously, ascribed to Mr. Apthorp. If I am not mistaken, it will be found a model of candor, sagacity, impartiality, and close, correct reasoning.
If any gentleman supposes this controversy to be nothing to the present purpose, he is grossly mistaken. It spread an universal alarm against the authority of parliament. It excited a general and just apprehension that bishops and diocesses and churches, and priests and tythes, were to be imposed on us by parliament. It was known, that neither king, nor ministry, nor archbishops, could appoint bishops in America, without an act of parliament; and if parliament could tax us, they could establish the Church of England, with all its creeds, articles, tests, ceremonies and tythes, and prohibit all other churches, as conventicles and schism shops.
Nor must Mr. Cushing be forgotten.—His good sense and sound judgment, the urbanity of his manners, his universal good character, his numerous friends and connections, and his continual intercourse with all sorts of people, added to his constant attachment to the liberties of his country, gave him a great and salutary influence from the beginning, in 1760.
Let me recommend these hints to the consideration of Mr. Wirt, whose life of Mr. Henry I have read with great delight. I think, that after mature investigation, he will be convinced that Mr. Henry did not “give the first impulse to the ball of independence,” and that Otis, Thatcher, Samuel Adams, Mayhew, Hancock, dishing, and thousands of others, were labouring for several years at the wheel, before the name of Henry was heard beyond the limits of Virginia.
If you print this, I will endeavour to send you something concerning Samuel Adams, who was destined to a longer career, and to act a more conspicuous, and, perhaps, a more important part, than any other man. But his life would require a volume. If you decline printing this letter, I pray you to return it as soon as possible to,
Sir, your humble servant,