Monday, January 8, 2007

Blacked out text is the new blacked out text.

I'm censoring this post in the ever so trendy fascist dictatorship style because I know so many people are waiting with baited breath and rocket powered fishing rods to see what the new animated short is all about.

"IIUM/KUS" (the new short) is sort of an experiment to see how fast I can make an animated short. The previous and only other animated short I've ever made, "She She She She's A Bombshell", took roughly a year to produce from start to finish- script to sound design etc. And roughly a year equaling 7 minutes and 38 seconds of animation is clearly no way to live my life. So what's different on this short?

First off, it's very unorganized. Take one of the storyboards por ejemplo:

Note the meticulous attention to illegibility, the almost Machiavellian lack of detail in the characters bodies, and what could those red circles mean? I don't know, I forgot already. Yeah, there's no animatic. So what if I've started animating before even recording the audio? What's it to you?

Difference number two: I'm not the only animator. This new short was written by Mr. Matt Burnett and myself, so he's drawing some stuff too.

Difference number three: I'm off the meth. I can't tell you how many times I sold my light box senior year of college. I can't because there's still some pending civil suits.

Will this short look good at all? Will we be able to finish it within the relative span of a month. I do not know, but like I said it's an experiment. There's 42 shots to go, can it be done?

I'd say this is totally some Jack Bauer shit, but I don't watch 24.

Stay tuned.

Robot rights.


darrell said...

I'm poised and ready to pirate your new animation and sell it over in Hong Kong for a filthy profit.

JK. I can't wait to see it though. Ben Levin is the new Jack Bauer.

tom said...

just promise me this is going to be funnier than Assy McGee.

Zachary said...

I think your use of blacked out text is a blatant and insulting rip off of the blacked out and thereby censored bits of the naked character on You Can't Do That (on television). Is this a parady on that? I don't know!

gross. slime.

darrell said...

Totally awesome YCDTOTV reference. Slimings on TV have dropped off in recent years...I think we should bring them back. Actually I hear Jack gets slimed in season 6 of 24.

Ben said...

Darrell, I'll be contacting my lawyers to see if there's a way to get some royalties off that filthy Honk Kong profit.

darrell said...

Well if you sue me I'll never let you direct my adaptation of "From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" (tentatively titled: "Night at the Museum").