Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Summertime!



My state park job has come to an end for this season and now with a decent stash of money in the bank I can get down to the real shit. So many projects to work on! Will I make progress? Gosh, I hope so! This is going to be exciting! Watch this space!

This illustration, by the way, will be seen (and most likely ignored) on a poster that warns people to take caution while driving their jeeps out into the desert in the middle of summer. That's right. I'm SAVING LIVES. With ART.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Three Landscapes










Three pieces I made for the annual community show at the Borrego Art Institute. They'll be up all through January.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It Seems Quiet...

Once again it seems all quiet on the Geoffblog front.

And again its not because I haven't been doing things. I have been doing things. Classes have been taught. Paintings have been painted. Stories have been written. Progress has been made.

When these beautiful things are completed I will show them.

But first there will be the holidays.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, from me and drunk Orson Welles!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

My Glamorous Film Career




Maybe some of you heard that I worked on an animated feature film while I was in college. For those of you who never heard about that: I worked on an animated feature film while I was in college.

The film in question is of course Bye-Bye Bin Laden, America's new favorite independent animated musical satire and it is now available for purchase or for rent!

It available for rent on netflix, where I am delighted to say that it currently has a 2 and a half star rating (delighted because that proves that people who didn't work on film are now watching it!)




(left to right: Me, Dave Perry, Christine Rhee, Scott Sublett, Zach Knoles)

The film was a great experience (crazy, yes, but definitely great.) I was one of the first people on the project and I got the chance to be involved in every stage of production from script to the dvd release. I have credits for storyboards, animation and co-producer and I learned so much from writer/director Scott Sublett and especially animation/art director Dave Perry, not to mention the whole crew, some of whom are my closest friends.

Here's a nice article about the release.

The movie is unrated, by the way, but I would probably describe it as a hard PG-13. Definitely some edgy confrontational humor but if you are into something irreverent and indy and you don't mind being reminded that George Bush was president check it out.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Music Club: The new Yo La Tengo album!

Yo La Tengo is doing it.




Yo La Tengo is getting it done.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Movie Club: The Fall




In a hospital in Los Angeles, in the years of silent movies, a 6 year old girl meets a stunt man suffering a broken body and a broken heart. "Tell me a story," says the girl to the man and 'The Fall' is the tale he tells.







'The Fall' was released in the US at least a year ago but I missed it in the theaters. It is the second feature film of Indian born director Tarsem Singh. His first was 'The Cell,' a sci-fi psychological thriller that seems unfairly forgotten. I really liked it. Most of his credits are as a commercial director, and for years he travelled the world to find the most beautiful locations in order to sell cars, or dog food or whatever. Watching 'The Fall' it appears he piggybacked his own film along with him wherever he went. Watching the credits, you will read the names of film crews representing almost every continent, almost every corner of the globe. You will not read the names of any cgi artists. Their names were not omitted; there is no cgi in this film.








There is not a minute of the film that isn't filled with astonishing visual invention, not a minute that isn't perfectly delightful. While it can be said that the film as a whole doesn't add up to the sum of its individual parts, let it also be said that each individual part is greater than most film's entire sums.

It could be a masterpiece; we may never know for certain. I could be convinced its a profound exploration of the power of storytelling as a tool for redemption. I could be convinced it was all just a 2 hour commercial for perfume. In either case, I recommend seeing it, if for no other reason than the fact that it exists.

And because... well... look!