Thursday, March 25, 2010

Needle Pulling Thread

Whenever I come across a dress or top I want but can't have, I tell myself "I could make that." Sometimes, I'll actually go so far as to buy fabric and think about a pattern.

The mantra "I could make that" isn't completely unfounded. I know how to sew, understand how certain fabrics work and can sort of operate a sewing machine. In college, I even made this -

So last night I decided to actually put a little effort into seeing one of these whims to its conclusion.

Here's the sketch with measurements and start of a dress pattern. With some luck, I'll be able to have a dress that looks vaguely like Debbie Harry's in Blondie's Heart of Glass video.

And with cats helping, I'll definitely have it ready in time for my friend's wedding in April.

Unfortunately I was too tired to remember to take a photo of the final cut dress pattern. I'll see what I can do about this in the future.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Screening a Day...

Keeping with March's trend here's another film I had the pleasure of contributing to -

(The one time I'll let Papyrus slide.)

David Grubin's documentary The Buddha had it's New York premier last night. Sold out, I might add. It's a good thing I grabbed a ticket when I first heard about it several weeks ago; There were little old ladies forming a waiting list several benches long by the time I got there.

And the response to the 25 minutes of animation I helped out on couldn't have been better. The instant the following Q & A session ended, the section of 'Animators' was bombarded with a multitude of audience embers with nothing but words of admiration.

Truth by told, I was a little nervous sitting down to watch the two hour documentary. As someone who has spent a good two months staring at every frame of select scenes, it's hard to take a step back and appreciate the film as a whole. All I can see are the flaws.

But whether it was time (my role in the project wrapped about three months ago), Richard Gere's smooth narration or just plain good fortune, the flaws went unnoticed.

My heartfelt congratulations to Brian, Richard, Christina, Marina, Doug, Fran, Elliot, Larry, Carolyn, Kristin, Kelly and of course, the venerable Ed Smith.

Oh, and Johnny A.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mazel Tov!

Last Spring I got pulled on to a web series by Nick Fox-Geig. The goal was to animate a chapter of the Torah a week. The first one I animated was a fun little piece set to music all about which animals are not kosher.

Try getting that song out of your head.

Last night I got an email from the Producer, Sarah Lefton informing me that the film had be selected to compete in the Seattle Jewish Film Festival. Definitely something I never expected to happen. Awesome if surreal.

The only unfortunate thing is that you have vote online and in order to, you have to register. So any of you out there that want to prove how much you care (or if you haven't bought me a birthday present in the last 10 years) go here.

And VOTE!!!