Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Art Clokey, Pokey and Gumby

You may have noticed today that Google has launched a clay inspired logo featuring the characters of Pokey and Gumby, all in honor of what would have been Art Clokey's 90th birthday.

While doing your Google searching today, check it out. Gumby is standing with several balls of clay. Clicking each one springs a different character to life.

If you get a chance today, visit YouTube to watch some of the Pokey and Gumby cartoons.  I remember watching them as a kid. They were one of the reasons I got into Stop motion in the first place.

You can learn more about Art Clokey on his Wikipedia page too.

Monday, October 10, 2011

6 days to air

If you haven't seen it yet, check out '6 Days To Air', the documentary about how they get South Park to air.

6 days...

Good. Lord.

Awesome documentary.

The Fionavar Tapestry

The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay
It has taken me over  a year, but I've finally finished #The_Fionavar_Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay.

It is a mother of a book (its actually a mother of 3 books in one), and was one of the best books I've ever read.

I am not, by any account, a quick reader.  Combine that with the fact that as soon as I'm on a project, the only things I ever seem to have time to read are 22 minute scripts or Google News (or anything in Allure, Glamour or People Magazine).

I started this book during production on two shows, several commercials, my trip to London and the brand refresh at the CBC... so needless to say, not a lot of "reading time".

But over the last week the intense desire came over me to hunker down and finish this masterpiece, and I'm so glad I did.

If you want to learn more about the author, you can check out his Wikipedia page.  Some quick points of interest - he's Canadian (rock on!), a segment of this book takes place on the U of T campus (shut up!) and he's just all around awesome (awesome!)!

A must read if you ever come across it.

Now I wonder who owns the rights to produce it and have they started production designs, 'cuz man this would be awesome to put to see on the big screen.....


Friday, October 7, 2011

Dirtgirl Just Keeps on Going!

dirgirworld Nominated for Shaw Rocket Prize

an image from "dirtgirlworld", DHX Media

Out of all the projects I've ever had the pleasure to work on, DGW has by far been nominated and / or won more awards than any other!

Its the little show that could!

So needless to say, I'm totally thrilled to post that DGW has been nominated as one of the 2011 Finalists for the Shaw Rocket Prize.

What is the Rocket Prize?  Well very good question!

The Rocket Prize awards the best of the best in TV and supporting digital content for kids.  It is actually the Shaw Rocket Prize, and includes a $50,000.00 winner take all award (which is apparently the largest prize of its kind in Canada).  The annual prize is awarded to the best independently produced Canadian children's, youth or family program.

Needless to say, I'm pretty proud about it.

I must give a big shout out to the DGW Team who worked together at Spin VFX (these guys were The Best - Ever!), as well as a big shout out to Janice Walker and the team at DHX Media.  Congratulations to everyone!

View from the New office

Well, really, its what my computer sees of me at the new office - but we're in, and we're very happy!

Brett is crazy busy with prep for launch in the new year ('launch of what?' you may ask... you'll just have to stay tuned!), and I'm between CBC Sports and the New Office for at least the next little while.

What fun.

Shout out to Aaron Pozzo who I bumped into the other day in the hood!  If you haven't come across it yet, check out Good group of guys, good work.

Happy Friday folks, and Happy Thanksgiving!