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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!

Penelope’s Movie MinuteFebruary 23, 2011

As always, to watch the newest episode, go to the right and click on the top picture!

Most of the full length episodes have been squeezed into the archives!

It’s a thrill to be finishing a couple of these shows. I’m finding them to be alot of fun, and faster to finish lately.

Weekend at Bernie’s is one of my favorite movies.

There. I said it.

The whole thing just WORKS. Very likable characters, and a hilarious premise that does exactly what you want it to do. Not a flick that lent itself well to a sequel, unfortunately….but it’s been quite awhile…maybe we can look forward to “Weekend at Bernie’s 3…The Rotting”!

Hmmm….I gotta go.       *opening screenwriting program*

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….

Dang!January 13, 2011

My friend, collaborator and online mentor Tom told me several times that updating a blog weekly is necessary to allow people to find it. It makes good sense…who wants to visit a site that never has anything new?

Somehow, though, MONTHS have slipped away. It’s quite strange because the Typical Strange series occupies the majority of my thoughts and efforts! It’s hard to get to sleep sometimes, my mind is so abuzz with stories, scripts, illustration and various other particulars regarding Oscar, Abigail, TK, Penelope, Harley and Wade.

With time off for the holidays, most of my working time has been on finishing production on the next episode, Big Dreams, and writing and editing the next block of stories.  In addition to that, I have five shorts in the hopper, just waiting for me to grab a couple voices and then do the final animation/lip sync. It’s been a busy time, really, but I’ve utterly neglected the site!

Luckily nobody’s really watching. Yet. For those who are, let me just say “Hello!” and “Thank you for being here!”

In any case, I recently found an online cartoon that, not including the occasional holiday or special project, updates EVERY WEEK with an animated episode. Amazing. It looks good, too. It’s called DORALEOUS and ASSOCIATES, and judging from the couple episodes I watched, it’s quite funny…and well drawn. Well produced in general, actually, with music, and…well, more on that in another post!

I also found it inspiring that these guys are able to do what they do every week! I’ll talk more about that in an animation/illustration-specific way in the other post.

But suffice to say, it really was a powerful wake up call to me, that says “It IS possible to do this kind of thing much faster, and with quality!”

It CAN be done!

Thanks, Doraleous and Associates! And well done!

Hey, Happy New Year, too!

-sean

A New Short!October 31, 2010

Still postin’! I wanted to finish a new vid before posting anything.

This one features MUCH less movement (“They Barely Move!”). I’m trying that out, style-wise (does that count as ‘style’? Sure it does!)

I’ve wrestled quite a bit with the question of whether 20 minute episodes are a good idea. Do people have the patience, online, to watch videos that long? Still not sure.

Going to a much shorter format definitely reduces the workload for everybody involved, and allows people to give the series a chance. Oddly enough, they’re harder to write.

Check out the new short, “A Dying Industry”, featuring David Goldfarb doing a great, really funny job as the antagonistic customer.

Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!

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.

Character redesigns, more writing, and etceteraJuly 20, 2010

Hello!

A few months ago, while I was SLOWLY plugging away at another script, a couple of emails with Sarah inspired me to put together some SHORTS featuring Penelope and her web cam. The first one is finished, and took me three days to do, with sound editing, animation and rendering. It features a redesigned Penelope! For my money, her new look is just great. Seeing that smile of hers, I can’t help but smile myself.

Evolution! You gotta love it!
Here’s the new Penelope:

BIG DREAMS is about one third complete, I’d say. It’s coming. Look for more shorts, featuring Penelope as well as the other characters, in the meantime!

Writing-wise, there are TWO scripts that have reached maturity. A few hours of typing and then editing on each one, and they’ll be ready to give to the actors! The writer Orson Scott Card said that it takes several MONTHS of gestating in a writer’s mind for a story to be ready. As much as I’d like all of this to move more quickly, I’m finding that that seems to be true. With both new scripts, I’ve just recently made important connections about completing the story! The Baby Daddy now has a climax that grows out of the characters, and My Feral Laddie has a funny and PERFECT bit with Abigail and TK that I can’t wait to show!

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!