Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Here's a picture of Georgia, seconds before she knocks over all my stuff.

Fish maquette

Here's the maquette for my fishy. I already have him modeled in 3D, but working on this had given me a lot of changes I want to make on it. Perhaps I should have held off rigging it, but I can still probably use the same rig- or make it better.

Friday, September 11, 2009


Here's some character designs I've been working on for the sushi chef. Some pretty poor concept drawings, but the maquette is actually coming out pretty well.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Another clip

Here's another extraordinary clip from the Japanese move Tampopo. It's all about food. This scene really highlights the age difference that I want to incorporate into my story. The young assistant is willing to step outside his own culture and take the time to educate himself- while the older men are firmly rooted in their ways. If you can get a chance to see the entire movie (it's tough to come by) I suggest you do it.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Concept Art

I decided I'd put up a few pieces of concept art I've been working on. They're not really what I'm hoping the final looks like (I've got someone better than me lined up to actually do some concept pieces for me to help direct the visual look of the piece). The first one is awful. The next two are a little better, and the third one is probably closest to what I want the final product to look like.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Coke Commercial

This is a commercial from a number of years ago my teacher brought up the other day. I completely forgot about this one, but I think it does a pretty good job of demonstrating my topic.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Big Night

This clip from the movie Big Night, is one of the best examples of themes I'm exploring in my thesis. If you have the opportunity, you should watch this entire movie, because it is a gem. The actual scene starts around the 3 minute mark.

Basic premise

I figured I'd post an entry just summarizing the basic premise of my thesis. Here at SCAD we're required to have a written component and a visual component. So essentially we have to write a paper about some concept, then demonstrate that in our film.

My paper is about how gastronomy can be used as conflict in the animated narrative (yeah, it's a bit of a mouth full). Basically I'm researching how food can exemplify cultural conflict, and can be combined with other cultural (and language) difference to create, heighten, or represent conflict in animation.

This has been done a lot in film, but not so much in animation. As this progresses I'll post more stuff about the research- films, narrative device, realities of gastronomy, etc. This has actually been a really interesting topic to research.

As for the film portion of it, I'm taking that concept and building a story around it. An American tourist finds himself in a Japanese sushi bar. There is immediate animosity coming from the elderly chef- who speaks no english, is distrustful of foreigners, and is deeply rooted in tradition. The tourist persists in committing social faux pas (unwittingly) and increasingly agitates the chef. The story is about how the tourist tries to atone for his cultural ignorance, and how both characters try to overcome various cultural, language, and age barriers.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I decided to create a blog dedicated strictly to my thesis. This will be a good way communicate about it, and just keep updates.