Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Another pair of logo / title card rough designs from Basement 24. Both Crime King themed. You might recognize that bottom one as a homage towards the Bruce Timm styled Batman animated series that we all know and love (rip-off is such a harsh word).

Sunday, May 20, 2007

I had mentioned to Barry from Basement 24 that I was in need of a logo design for Villains. And that if he had any ideas to keep me posted. Well, within a day or so he sent me over a whole bunch of sketches. If he keeps this up he's going to ruin the reputation that artists are lazy.

The one at the top I think would work very well on the title page of a pitch. And I can picture the one on the bottom looking nice on a TV screen as the opening logo for the show. If this whole concept does manage to come to fruition, I'd like to make use of a title-card in front of each episode (like they did in the good ole' days on cartoons, and as has been seen in recent years on Batman and currently on stuff like Fairly Odd Parents). So there'd be plenty of opportunity for designs like these ones I hope.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

My favorite character in the Villains U is Mary Mime. A kick-ass backstabbing evil mastermind with pale white skin, spades tattooed over her eyes and a penchant for brutal violence. She may or may not show up in some of the scripts that we're compiling for the initial pitch. She doesn't appear in the one that I've completed. That would be a Christmas episode starring the central three loser characters of Crime King, Ghostman and Ric (changed from Rick for comedic spelling reasons). I'm sure she'll show up sooner or later though.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Some years back, I had the crazy idea to do a trio of short films that stood on their own but could then be packaged together as a feature length anthology. Hence three Villains shorts were produced, and then they appropriately enough became an anthology titled 'The Villains Anthology'. They were fun shoots, lots of my friends worked on the things, and I was very pleased with the final product. They were screened here in Ottawa and at a number of fests around North America (...off the top of my head I remember that they were shown in New York, Toronto, Utah, Vancouver and elsewhere). They were featured on a couple of online film places, and got me listed on IMDb for the first time. Alas, as happens with most indie films, the effort did not grant us riches, fame and fortune.

I've always had in the back of my head that I want to take another shot at the concept though. I really love the characters and the world. So currently, with the help of some alike mind friends, we are whipping up some scripts and storyboards and stuff and slapping together a pitch for an animated 'Villains'. I'd like to do a comic too. Especially with all the nifty Internet options available for publishing nowadays.

Those pictures up above are concept designs for a couple of the central characters from the Villains Universe. As illustrated by James Lagowski. More to come.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Peter Laird does a segment on the TMNT website every once and a while called Blast from the Past. Wherein he posts random things from the Mirage / Ninja Turtles archives. In that tradition, here's a lil' blast from the Batturtle vault. A page of conceptual art done up while trying to figure out the logo design for Batturtle Productions. The Batty in the lower centre of the page won. Which if I remember correctly was actually the artists least favorite drawing. I like that Batty the best though 'cause I could picture him as an action figure.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Worked on of all things, believe it or not, a pirate movie a couple of days ago. Served as A.D. (that's assistant director for those of you who have better things to do with your time than to familiarize yourselves with film crew terms). Sometimes one can have the strangest things to talk about whilst travelling in film-making circles. The movie is titled 'Pirates of Snake Island' and will continue to shoot on and off for the next few weeks. I'm crewing again for the project on Saturday...with the stipulation that we'll be done shooting before game two of the Senators / Sabres series.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Today is Free Comic Book Day eve. Which means that tomorrow is my favorite holiday of the year. Well, maybe it hasn't been recognized as an official holiday just quite yet. It's not on calender's and you can't buy over-priced greeting cards to swap with your friends and loved ones. What you can do though is go to your local comic book store and get yourself some free comic books. Free! No tricks. No catch. No foolin'. They have all kinds of different genres up for grabs. There's western, horror, sci-fi, comedic, kids-stuff... there's mainstream and independent. You can try something new, or pick up something familiar like Spidey, Simpsons, Family Guy, Archie or Mickey Mouse. Anyhow, go check out their website. And tomorrow go out and visit a comic store and get yourself some comics.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Sam Raimi is a frackin' genius. Bruce Campbell is hilarious. Sandman and Venom are cool. Betty Brant is hot. I have seen 'Spider-man 3'. I loved 'Spider-man 3'. I will go see it again very soon.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

In possibly one of the greatest 'new comic book day' Wednesday's ever in the history of new comic book days, no less than three books written by Joss Whedon came out: Runaways #26, Astonishing X-Men #21 and Buffy: Season 8 #3. And to make things even more exciting, within Buffy #3, I got a letter published. Not quite as cool as say writing an issue of Buffy...but I'll take my geek points where I can get them. My name and Joss' name are in the same comic, so we're like peers or friends or something right? C'mon...allow me my delusions.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Lent a hand and got behind the camera last Friday night for a quick lil' music video shoot for the Bella Bombs. Directed by Brett Kelly, and shot on location at the Birdman Sound record store. Brett's put up his first run at editing the project together onto the video section of his MySpace page.