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You Gotta Move – Penelope’s Movie Minute #3May 29, 2011

My love for comedy is matched by my love of SCARY stuff. This Movie Minute has a small element of the SCARY. OOOooOOOooh!

Sarah is really funny in this one, once again, and I’m glad to have finally finished animating it!

I feel the same way as Penelope does when i watch the film she watches…it’s powerful, powerful stuff!

See you again soon!

I Gotta Post Monthly. So here’s “May”May 27, 2011

I gotta post monthly, at least. Since weekly has just not happened yet!

The animation work is going fine, with the roughs for episode 5 (the action packed dramatic thriller called “Abigail’s Birthday” and the lip sync for another Penelope Movie Minute coming along great.

The Movie Minute requires a little background music, which oughtta be finished this weekend. Then, the rest of the lip sync and smaller animation touches, and BOOM! Twelve short years later, another 2 minute short! YES!

These movie minutes, along with the other shorts, have been on the back of the proverbial shelf, with my mind wandering to other things…but MUEY MUEY SOON, another movie minute’ll be done. FINALLY!

Monthly Update: Welcome to Creepyville.March 28, 2011

Whoa. It’s been just over a month, once again, since the last blog update.

The next episode, “Abigail’s Birthday”, has been written and is undergoing a quick polish before it goes out to the actors. Rough animation is underway, too…there are some fun new characters guest starring, and I’m wild about the story.

It’s pretty complex, stucture-wise, and the cast separates into separate adventures. We’ll see how well it works in the end, but this is going to be the busiest, fastest paced adventure so far!

Lately I’ve found another great online cartoon. This guy is great. He’s got interesting (and slightly disturbing) characters (the voices are fantastic), and it’s hilariously creepy, both the writing and character design.

It’s called “Welcome to Creepyville”.

Take a trip to Creepyville!

D and AJanuary 28, 2011

Nice to have another episode done! Always exciting.

I meant to talk more about Doraleous and Associates. I don’t watch a ton of stuff online, but this show makes me want to watch more…because it’s enjoyable, but also it can be inspiring.  It certainly is in the case of Doraleous…I love the look of it, with the hand-drawn pieces, and the engaging, classic story of “the journey”. The humor is right up my alley, and the actors are funny. Sir Walken? Come on! How can you not love that?

Thy share the style of a lot of modern animation…individual pieces are moved/rotated. It appeals to me. And these guys do a great lookin’ background, too. Lots of shading, too. And highlights. On the characters as well as the backgrounds. That really helps.

What shocks me most is how quickly they do their thing. A 7-8 minute cartoon every week? Amazing! When you have the pieces drawn, it’s certainly speeds things along….but even to edit the audio and keep up with the writing/post audio must be a challenge.

And most importantly, it’s FUNNY! Gotta get me back over there and watch some more…maybe they give a peek behind the production curtain somewhere….

TimeSeptember 27, 2010

time TIME time time TIME tImE time TiMe…

That’s the cacophany that’s ringing in my head this morning. How it slips away, man! The months that have gone by since last episode!  There’s been lots of activity in the meantime, of course. 

I guess that’s the point. There’s plenty to keep the days busy and full of tasks and distractions.  I find myself shocked, though, at how these months have disappeared!  There are a whack of shorts written. The next couple of full length episodes are in pretty good shape, but maybe need a little more revision. Lately I’ve been devoting myself to the shorts (and to outside obligations, annoyingly! haha). 

Anyway, we soldier on! More to come, soon!

InterviewedSeptember 23, 2010

A slightly belated thanks to Lindsey Torma for having me on her radio show on monday. I had a good time, Lindsey, and you know I like the show!  Hope we can work together again soon and let those wacky voices of yours come out!

It was a real treat to be able to talk about this stuff now , at the beginning of the site/series.

Secret Door Productions: They barely move!April 17, 2010

Welcome to SecretDoorProductions.com, home of the cartoon series Typical Strange.

We tell stories. Animated stories. Well…kinda animated.  And kinda stories.

Starring

Sarah Elmaleh, Sean Gilbert,

Al Gravelle, Karen Throupe, Barbara Winters.

Created by

Sean Gilbert

Enjoy!

Note: This stuff is not intended for the kids!