The Plaidworks

Clearing the Air with Smaug

The last film in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy opens this Wednesday (or Tuesday night if you’re hardcore). Naturally, stars of the film are making rounds on the talk show circuit, including the greatest of all the Wyrms, Smaug. The Colbert Report caught up with him in between books and feasting on elves.   Brandon: I wonder…

We got your Thanksgiving right here

Sheala: What if it had been robots instead of Indians here?? Brandon: Robots wouldn’t share their corn, vegetables or wild turkey, because they wouldn’t have any! Maybe energy generators? Sheala: What if they pretended to be friendly like the Europeans? And what if the robots saw a use in people as repair techs or slaves? Brandon: What if the…

Quick Improv Zombies to Fill Time!

Ok, ok. So we had this elaborate video planned for Walking Dead. We were gonna do this great catch up of everything up until now. Then the summer got shorter. And there were sick days and extra business days and blah blah blah. And all these out of town trips started happening. Family business, trips…

Guardians of poo

Brandon: Gamora! Gamora! Gamora is really neat! She is filled with turtle meat! Sheala: Drax! Drax! Drax! Drax! Has new friends, that’s a fact. Brandon: Rocket! Rocket! Watch what you say, that’s gun in his pocket! Sheala: Peter Quill is captain StarLord. Play with him you’re never bored. Brandon: The Gamora one was something I stole off the…

Marvel Nearly Kicked Our Butts, Rocket Raccoon Saved Us

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!


The fun of anticipation


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!