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Posted in Evan's Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2010 by EAbrams

Well I’ve been all about Archer on FX. New episodes Thursdays, or Fridays usually from the torrent sites. Their production blog mentions how they make their style for the show so I thought I would have a crack at a famous spy that we all know and love and want to be. I know I do. Also Sean was a real looker back in the day and makes me more confident about my whole chest hair thing.

There's something I want to get off your chest. (it's your top)

The best part about this image is that it’s all blocked out and ready for animation already, so that’s cool too. Just needs some more phonemes. It was drawn from an original here:

Damn I wish I was that dashing. Maybe if I roll around in Mrs. Dash.

Hopefully we’ll get some scripts I can animate, making assets like this is an easy work-flow, clean lines, and fast as long as I can get reference photos. Problem is I’m still terrible with backgrounds, I suppose that’s what’s up next, or I’ll use some photoshop cheapness and 12 ounce mouse that shit up.

If you don’t know about 12 Ounce Mouse you should. It has inspired my animation because it proves you don’t need to be able to draw, or animate, or write, or voice act to get on TV and entertain people. Actually any Adult Swim program makes me think I’m not making animations because I’m just lazy. These are good, quality programs made on shoestrings and skeleton crews and somehow they also got paid for what they did, so that’s cool too.

To that end I’m writing something now and it’s gone to get done in this type of style here. I’m getting a lot more comfortable going this route so I think it’s time to apply it to a script.

Mixed Emotions

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2010 by EAbrams

I am both thrilled and disgusted with a new show on FX. The show is Archer, and for anyone who hasn’t seen the pilot, it is funny stuff. It’s only 15 minutes long but I lol consistently. This promo sums it up quite nicely in what you’re in for. Also watch all the other promos if you are safe to giggle. This means not at work. Also some have breasts so your co-workers will think ill of you unless they’re cool.

It’s in the same vain as Frisky Dingo and the spin off from that The Xtacles. Both those shows had decidedly low production values compared to Archer, probably because FX can wield a larger budget than Adult Swim and it shows in their art and animation staff. The art style is semi realistic using actors as a base model for a retro cartoon feel. Also those actors are terrific as the voice delivery is top notch featuring SNL’s Chris Parnell, funny man H. Jon Benjamin, and the vivacious Aisha Tyler. The show is a delightful combination of sarcasm, sexual innuendo, spies and smarmy behavior, all of which are the key ingredients to things I like.

As for what I do not like: like most complaints here at Ghostrunner it’s that I didn’t do it first! Perhaps what is most frustrating is that this is not only a show i enjoy watching but that I would enjoy making. So to that end I’ve made a list of projects I’ll be getting to while I’m looking for work and waiting for call backs and the like so I can be productive with my time and keep reaching for that rainbow.