I’m Loving Lynda.com

12 10 2010

Jeff Hellman, one of Moving Box’s videographers and graphic artists, has been working on a variety of projects using the latest in professional creative software. In order to learn new tricks and keep his skills sharp, Jeff has been using the tutorial services offered by Lynda.com. He has been so pleased with the tutorials that he wanted to pass along this great site to you guys.

As we progress day by day with new technology and software advancements changing constantly, it’s important to stay in the know. This is why I’m loving Lynda.com. As a premium member, I have access to over 54,000 online video tutorials instantly. Now, whenever I have a question about how to do something with creative software, it’s just a click away. Lynda.com has tutorials and info about a variety software the Moving Box team uses on a daily basis including After Effects, Final Cut Pro, 3D Max, Flash, Photoshop, and ProTools. Lynda.com also offers tons of other tutorials on a wide variety of other software. Don’t need tutorials for professional creative software? They have tutorials for eBay, Excel, PowerPoint, and lots of other software we all use on a daily basis. Lynda.com offers a great service so go and check them out!

– Jeff Hellman





4 12 2009
JavaShow.tv

This is what I'm doing tonight

Eye surgery, not sugary. JavaShow.tv [coming soon]





Interactive Graffiti-Style Comic: NAWLZ

12 10 2009

I am intranced by this out of control Flash comic called NAWLZ.

“Nawls is a not-for-profit production exploring the capabilities of web technology to provide new immersive story experiences online”

It takes place in some super-future where astro-projection is possible through the use of mind-altering technology available at the consumer level. WHAT. What I meant is you can buy acid at Best Buy. Pretty out of control art and ideas, definitely worth checking out an issue or two.

Each issue features it’s own music, animation, and sound design. Very, very cool stuff.

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The Ultimate Warrior VS Stormtroopers

24 09 2009

We did it. MCDeathBear and I completed this little ditty in about two weeks. It’s all your childhood fantasies in the way you always wanted them. That’s right, The Ultimate Warrior from from WWF battling Star Wars Stormtroopers. You’re a nerd right? You get this kind of stuff.

I should warn you, it does include some Gratuitous Violence.

Here’s the video on YouTube:

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Working on Warrior

21 09 2009

MC Death Bear and Chris “DJ Name” Davidson working on The Ultimate Warrior VS Stormtroopers. Woo fun late night animation session.





We’ve submitted the Olympus Burger pilot to Adult Swim!

27 04 2009

Today, we mailed the Olympus Burger pilot episode and bible to the late-night Cartoon Network block, Adult Swim! Getting onto Adult Swim has been our goal for Olympus Burger since the beginning (which was almost four years ago) so we’re keeping our fingers and everything else crossed.

This picture was taken six minutes before the post office closed, but Chris* turned into The Flash and got it there just in time. He was locked in the post office for a couple minutes afterwards, but then he turned into the Hulk and…asked the lady at the desk to let him out.

Unless the mail gnomes get at it, the package will arrive in Adult Swim’s submission box tomorrow. We’ll put up another post when we hear from them, so check back soon!

*Even though that little sign says “Connor,” that’s Chris. Trust me.





Behind the Scenes: Interns!

27 04 2009

Hello, world.

This is Steve, a current all-purpose animation intern at Moving Box Studios. My creative director Chris Davidson wants to give you all some insight into what us interns actually do (i.e. not watch cartoons all day), so here’s some insider info.

I had my hands on the pilot episode of Java, correcting colors and whatnot. Java refused to “pop” against the background in his drab duds. We can’t have our title character blending into the background, so I created a bunch of alternative palettes. I consulted with Chris on what the final color choice should be, and after picking it, I went to town in Adobe Flash changing each instance of Java to the new palette by Cmd + I’ing and Cmd + K’ing everything into submission. Repetitive? Eh, maybe, but it seriously helps develop an eye for color, attention to detail, and, well, using Flash in general. Java will be coming to your screen this summer… so I better hop to it.

That’s all for now. Cheers!