Monthly Archives: July 2014

Marvel Nearly Kicked Our Butts, Rocket Raccoon Saved Us

Whew!
Just in time we have finished??!! We can hardly believe it. It was a close call. Seriously, we meant to have this done last week, but boy did we have fun!

And by fun I mean, we made more paper dolls then before, we made more scenes then before, we suffered through software woes and we learned all about new software. It’s true, we consider those things fun ways to spend our spare time. And while we are not quite ready to do it again…ask us again on Tuesday if we are! Because we already have other ideas brewing in our brain-boxes!

Also the fruits of our labor have resulted in this, which is currently brewing a custody battle!

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The fun of anticipation

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Still working away on the Guardians of the Galaxy short, principal shooting is almost done and things are soon to be edited.

Which is good, ’cause the movie opens Thursday and we’ve already booked out IMAX tickets.

But as I was busy putting the final touches on the Guardian puppets (See Groot above) and dancing because a sequel has been confirmed by Marvel, it’s fascinating to note that everything we know about these characters comes simply from a trailer (we’ve avoided the comics to be able to enjoy the surprise). That’s it, just two minutes of carefully crafted goodness, specifically designed to snag the interest of people. It totally worked on us, particularly in terms of interest in Rocket Raccoon and Groot, who barely appear in that first trailer. Yet we were totally hooked by the first viewing. The tone of the opening sequence, the perp walk and description of characters and the combination of the retrotastic song mix with action packed scenes. It’s like if Frankenstein was specifically designed and pieced with plaid colored thread and sewing needles in lab named FUN. First impressions are everything, as we discovered with the first glimpse of a movie appearance of Wonder Woman (#underwhelmed #drab).

But the Guardians of the Galaxy? Yeah, we’re so there, massively interested to the point where we’re trying to avoid other trailers and advance information about the movie, because we so want to be knocked over the head with awesomeness on that opening night. Only four more days!

Oh crap, we we still have so much to do. Back to work!

Whooshing and laughing

 

(SCENE 6 SHOT 2) SEVENTEEN SECONDS) They’re lead by Nick Fury. SHIELD forms the Avengers with all these guys and Nata, uh, Black Widow, who is just so awesome (blushes) (pinkish felt circles!) (girl giggles) and uh, uh, Hawkeye who has an awesome bow and arrow. Actually this is two scenes, one of just Nata, uh, Black Widow and Fury/Shield, the other of Hawkeye. IS THERE A REASON TO MACHINE GUN ARROWS??? cause as a running joke…Is there a reason not to machine gun arrows?! I CAN’T THINK OF ONE!!

We’re still in the midst of shooting scenes for the Who Are These A-holes movie/recap. And still drawing some of the characters and backgrounds. And rewriting some scenes.

There’s a deadline monkey on our back and he’s just laughing at us. This is not like the training with Yoda!

It’s funny in the “uh oh, but maybe we’ve finally learned something” sort of way. It’s incredibly easy to go back and forth and figure out the script (as seen in the quote above), but putting it into reality is a process. And there are only so many hours in the day. So we trudge on, taking notes so we can do better next time, while blaming the monkey gods for messing with our plans.

To be fair to monkeys, there are always monkeys and we are easily distracted by things like the new Weird Al videos, new pictures from [that website with the movie art! Ack! Help (Concept Art World)], Gif Party Friday or discussion of what all those new Marvel dates mean.

But we’ll get to the end, over the next week!

 

Translating popculture

Sheala: Since we don’t have stuff to shoot and we are both working and I have a sore throat and headache. I will chill at my house and come shoot tomorrow. Brandon: Boots, reset the traps for tomorrow! Sheala: Boots. I will bring tuna!! Brandon: Feel better-Memorial Health Sheala: We care- candler Brandon: You are…

A guarded post about what’s next

We’ve slept and rested and eaten, along with plotted and planned about what to do next. The answer came with a certain movie trailer which captured our attention and wrestled it to the ground like it was an unruly teenager:

Guardians of the Galaxy, due in August, is a totally unexpected and exciting bit of story. There’s a talking raccoon with gun and his pal is walking tree. Who are these people, what are they doing, where did they come from and how do they fit in with the rest of the Marvel Universe?! Over chocolate cookies, we’re sketching and storyboarding the answers!

Mr. ink and cookie Mr. Pink and Guardian storyboards