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Wall-E & Art

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I make very little bones about the fact that I’m an unabashed Pixar fan-boy. They’ve made consistently great movies (some greater than others), and even with all their technical innovation, it’s the story telling that makes them great. Animation World has a fascinating piece on how they simulated “real” photography for the making of Wall-E.

If you challenge yourself with each artistic endeavor, always aiming beyond your comfort zone, you invariably become a student of your own work, and the biggest thing I learned on WALL•E was that all the major elements that produce a film… play a vital and unique role in telling the story. If you choose to remove one of them (in our case, the dialogue, which was drastically reduced), the other remaining elements must fill the void that is left behind. The job of communicating information suddenly becomes the imperative in every instance.

– Andrew Stanton

[From Animation World Magazine]

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July 7th, 2008 at 3:54 am

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Top 10 TED Talks via Boing Boing

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Head over to Boing Boing and check out the top 10 TED talks. I’m not saying I agree with all of them, but the TED talks tend to be thoughtful and interesting.

top 10 most-viewed TED Talk videos from June 2006 to May 2008

[From Top 10 TED Talks - Boing Boing]

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July 6th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

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Dozing off and blogging

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It has been a long short week at work. Now it’s 11:30pm and I’m barely awake. The big kid has conked out watching Animal Planet. The baby girl is now asleep in her bed because Sam wanted me to bring him in to sleep with Mom “because she’s been so sweet to me today.” Somebody is going to watch the kids for the day of the 4th, while I (and maybe Alicia) go paint and such in our old house to get it ready to sell. I’ll have to write something more interesting/amusing/worthwhile at some point… but right now I’m typing with my eyes closed… just to “rest” them.

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July 3rd, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Posted in Blog Entry, Sam Stories