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Sunday Morning Cartoons-Ub Iwerks Flip The Frog "Fiddlesticks"

Posted on May 29th, 2011 Written on darkallison's blog


The story of Ub Iwerks life  is interesting  and tragic. You can read the whole story on Wikipedia and in the book his grandaughter recently published The Hand Behind the Mouse (Disney Editions, 2001). He was the creator of Mickey Mouse and Flip The Frog who I consider the better of the two characters. Unlike, the one dimensional Mickey; Flip is a very real and mischevous sprite. Ub Iwerks  cartoons are as  surrelistic and nightmarish as they are childlike and innocent.I choose to showcase Flip The Frog as my first Sunday morning classic cartoon for two reasons. One, it shows a really early prototype for the character that became Mickey Mouse. Two, it shows the power of animation without words.I hope you all enjoy this and please tell me what you think.

Tags : Ub , Iwerks , Flip , The , Frog , cartoon , history , Mickey , Mouse

Tenative Blog Schedule (site record keeping)

Posted on May 28th, 2011 Written on darkallison's blog


I have a confession to make ...my first lover was a beautiful gold fountain pen that I fell madly in love with at the age of six at a yard sale on Long Island. It was one of the first possesions I ever bought with my own money. It was heavy and cold in my chubby little hands but it made me feel like an adult and a princess every time I used it. I was heart broken when I lost it when I was 9 years old in a taxi coming home to the East Village.Writing has always been my dark,cold hard evil mistres

Tags : schedule , blog , writing

The Saturday Shooter's Alley

Posted on May 28th, 2011 Written on darkallison's blog
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I have a confession to make. I live in Boston which is one of the East Coast's most beautiful cities. Only second to New York where I grew up. Photographing this stunning city is just  too  easy. The following picture of one  my favorite  scrap metal sculptures (the pretty woman below)was taken yesterday with my LG Rumor Touch phone camera at the Stonybrook Fine Arts Gallery in Jamaica Plain (which is a small art community within Boston) and quickly color adjusted with GIMP (a free image editor)

Tags : Boston , art , photography , LG , Rumor , Touch , Linux , Gimp

Tips and Tricks

Posted on May 27th, 2011 Written on jfinnigan's blog
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Transitions In general you shouldn't use anything but the basics, nothing screams amatur more than a page turn transition. Stick to transitions like cross-dislove, dip to black, dip to white & film dissolve   Audio you should turn off AGC (Auto gain control) on your camera, because it will cause hissing during the quiet parts, or peaks if it gets loud. run your audio manually. if you have a limiter or ALC on your camera you should turn it on, this keeps your audio from peaking. In Post you shou

Friday Free Resources for film makers

Posted on May 27th, 2011 Written on darkallison's blog
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  Today is Friday, May 26,2011 and I'm starting a free resource page and resource finder for all of the no budget digital filmakers out there. My resource today is frugal film maker at  http://filmflap.blogspot.com/ . I love this site! Where else can you learn to make a under 20 dollar shoulder mount for your camera? You can also learn some really neat hacks to extend the life and usefulness of your flip cam; including how to make a deadcat for a flip camera mic and recently how to use an eleven
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