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:

Recording sound in the recording studio

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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!





Update 4/20/09

21 04 2009

Here’s some more content to make you drool – it’s a short animation titled “Meet Java!” where you’ll “meet” Java, Heidi, and Maddie – the three main characters from the upcoming series created by Danielle ChillemiJava!
Watch it on Newgrounds too, and remember to vote 5!
The Java pilot episode is coming out this summer, so stay tuned.




Coming Oh-So Soon: Purgatory Pizza

19 03 2009

The flash version of Purgatory Pizza is coming soon!
Creator Christian Taranto, AKA MC Death Bear, took a twelve-hour bus ride from Virginia up to our studio last Friday, and he’s been working non-stop since he arrived.

Talk about dedication! But what would you expect from a guy who’s almost finished with a concept he started in ninth grade? That’s right, Purgatory Pizza was first conceptualized when Christian was a freshman in high school. Back then, it was a comic strip. It’s gone through many revision since then. At the beginning, it was known as “Outcasts,” and there wasn’t even a pizza place! But over the years, he’s worked at several pizza places, so he eventually decided to put his work experience to good use (or bad, who knows? It’s Purgatory).

Now at 22, Christian’s thrilled to see his teenage doodles come to life in magnificent moving media magic, not to mention that he’s at the helm of it all. But Christian isn’t the only one working. Chris Davidson’s been leading the animation, and he and Jeff Hellman have been hard at work on the sound design.

In fact, it was because of Chris Davidson that Purgatory Pizza got started on the road to cartoon-dom. Back in December 2007, Christian had an art show at Pixel Lounge. During the show, he mentioned how he had an idea for a cartoon and wanted to make it, and he was referred to Moving Box Studios by local DJ Chris Capulet. Christian had always be interested in animation, but he never got the chance until he and Chris teamed up.

Just like The Elephant’s Lullaby, Moving Box will be putting together a “making of” video for Purgatory Pizza. It’ll include commentary from those already mentioned, plus Christian’s cousin Law Tarello, the co-writer of the cartoon. Law will be arriving at the studio this Saturday to share his thoughts.

We’re in the final pruduction stage of the final cut, but if you need something to do before Purgatory Pizza is released, head to SickDamage.com where Christian is a staff writer. No kidding, Christian isn’t just an artist and budding animator; he’s a talented writer as well.

Need something else? Get a Purgatory Pizza refresher – watch the teaser for the cartoon on Newgrounds.





Update 2/11/09

12 02 2009

Whatever the weather’s like outside, you can be sure that inside Moving Box Studios, everything’s coming up roses. (forgive me, please)

The Making of The Elephant’s Lullaby has reached it’s second cut, and the final cut is expected by the end of the month. Wanna see how the cutest animation you ever saw was put together? This’ll be the one to watch.

Don’t forget about Java! The pilot has gotten a sound-lock and the picture-lock will be finished next week. Plus, we’ve gotten some awesome additional art by Emily Benning (see the image above). Java will be out this Spring!

We have a full inventory of everything we need to complete Days of Our Lamps 2 – General Popsicle. We just had a shoot at a local hospital and have a new action sequence planned – it’s gonna be epic! Don’t let the sequel status fool you…this Summer blockbuster is gonna make you think in a whole new way about lamps and popsicles.

We’re working on a cut for a highlight reel of completed Moving Box productions. It’ll be featured on our website when it’s done, so keep a lookout for that!

Moving Box Studios is launching a new service called Ithaca Tape to Disc. If you have any old home video tapes, you probably know by now that they wear down, and this service is the perfect solution – we’ll convert your tapes to digital format! More details to follow.