Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ethan Turnaround

I drew a character turnaround of my cartoon character, Ethan, in preparation to animate him for my production company tag which will be at the end of all of my videos.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Soboroff vs. Reiner Cartoon

I attended a surprisingly entertaining debate between the director, Rob Reiner and Steve Soboroff, a real estate developer in Malibu. This news article sums up the topic pretty well. But what kept me most entertained during this televised event was drawing this cartoon.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Another Day, Another Kickstarter

I am growing quite fond of producing Kickstarter videos. Especially when working for an energetic and fun client like Jeff Siadek, a veteran Board Game Designer. Jeff wrote the script for the "Desert Island Kickstarter Video" and gave me full creative license over executing of his vision. Fortunately we share a similar sense of humor and the result is really quirky and entertaining. Click the picture below to watch the video!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Production Company Logo

I'm starting a production company that produces commercial and narrative videos for the internet, film, and television, and I've been racking my brains trying to design a logo. These two designs are based off of Ethan, the main character in a novel I'm writing called The Occupational Dreamer. Ethan is a graphic novelist who travels into his imagination, disguised in a sleeper gown, to save it from the social pressures that threaten to destroy it. In this pose he is falling from the sky. He is joyful because he is in complete control of his fall. He took the leap of faith and is living the dream. Ethan embodies the mission of my company to realize dreams on the big screen.

I still think these designs are too complicated. When I shrink them down to the size of an app icon for an iPhone they become unreadable. I want the logo to be readable at any size and iconic like the Apple logo, Playboy logo, or Lacoste logo. Though I love this design concept, I'm not sure how to simplify it so it will work when shrunk down. When people look at the logo I want them to feel like they're falling into a dreamlike state which is kind of like we do when we watch movies.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Business Card

I kept getting asked for my business card on film sets and while socializing in public so I decided to appease the masses. I designed a simple logo for maximum readability. It features: two colors, 2D shapes, and a circular composition. I also wanted it to feature one of my cartoon characters. So I chose Ethan to be my mascot. He's looking up to the right dreaming up his next big idea and he's wearing a sleeping cap which has a whole story behind it.

I was going to make up a production company name, but really this card is highlighting me and my skills, not some fictional company. I broke a rule I have of marketing myself as one thing by branding myself as "the one man studio". I say this phrase all the time when people ask me what I do cause it's true, I do everything video production related. Who knows, maybe I'll pass 50 copies of these babies out and get no callbacks. In that case I'll design different cards, but right now I think this sucker looks hella cool!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Inspirational Friends

Friends of mine are producing are super cool new web series about the rise and fall of a rock band called "Red Heart Rebels". These folks inspire the heck out of me and prove the statement that the rate of your success is directly proportionate to the people you surround yourself with. Their hard work makes me want to work hard too. One of the producers is my roommate Andrew Ryan. There's nothing like waking up to a hot set in your living room or eaves dropping on heated production meetings in the evening! Watch the teaser trailer and support them on IndieGoGo! P. S. I was the guy holding the right banner pole in this shot!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Poe at The Sayers Club

My friends and I got a VIP pass to watch Poe's show at The Sayers Club. This woman inspires the bejeebus out of me. I hadn't seen Poe for a year, and she asked if I'd won an Oscar yet. Recollecting the most interesting thing I'd done in the past year, I told her about Chaosmos, the board game I helped produce. I was ashamed by my response. I wish I could have told her that I directed a feature film or wrote a novel, but alas, I feel like I screwed up the past year majorly.

Chaosmos was a cool project, but it wasn't mine. I didn't do anything in 2013 that was mine. 2013 was a year of other people's projects. 2014 has been much the same way. I've got to see my personal projects through. I'm surrounded by too many inspiring artists to squander all the creative mojo on half finished projects.

Here's to speaking with my own voice again. Thanks, Poe!