Too Complicated?

I saw the animated film “Epic” last Friday. The one review I saw said it was a bit complicated. Sometimes I wonder if I see the same movie as critics. The plot wasn’t complicated. In fact it was pretty straightforward. It had some depth and character growth and maybe that was the problem for the reviewer. It wasn’t shallow, one-dimensional. The characters were fun and the artwork was AMAZING. See it in 3-D. It’s an experience. I thank God that the computer is now a tool for the animator/artist. It allows the filmmakers to create scenes that couldn’t be done with hand animation. The drama created by the way the camera moves through a scene is all thanks to the computer. Plus the ability to create multiple crowd scene images also depends on the computer. The “complication” the computer allows the director to add to those scenes multiplies the emotion created by the images. I wonder if reviewers think a children’s movie has to be simple for the audience? They couldn’t be more wrong. Simple movies don’t become classics. Simple movies that lack dimensional characters and plots that matter to the characters, aren’t memorable. Epic is memorable because it offers emotional depth, characters you understand and empathize with, and imagery that takes your breath away. Go see...

A Moment of Zen

I saw this lovely slide show and it gave me a much needed break from my crazy, crammed work schedule and frenzied holiday rush shopping marathon (and let’s not forget to throw in the house decorating and tree adornment). I was stunned by the beauty of the shapes Michael Grab created. The mechanics of it are astounding. After watching a video of him working on one of his sculptures, I still don’t understand how he manages it. What makes this art, though, as opposed to just a neat trick are the wonderful, imaginative structures and shapes he creates. I’m filled with awe, amusement, and serenity looking at his work. Like taking a deep breath of fresh air. I’d like to add the slide show to my blog but since I saw it on Huffington Post I’m not sure if there are any copyright issues. Instead, I’ll post a link to their site so you can see the show for yourself. http://tinyurl.com/cfb9o9d. It you want a moment of ethereal peace and beauty, take a moment to watch it. Then go look at his...

A Moment of Zen

I saw this lovely slide show and it gave me a much needed break from my crazy, crammed work schedule and frenzied holiday rush shopping marathon (and let’s not forget to throw in the house decorating and tree adornment). I was stunned by the beauty of the shapes Michael Grab created. The mechanics of it are astounding. After watching a video of him working on one of his sculptures, I still don’t understand how he manages it. What makes this art, though, as opposed to just a neat trick are the wonderful, imaginative structures and shapes he creates. I’m filled with awe, amusement, and serenity looking at his work. Like taking a deep breath of fresh air. I’d like to add the slide show to my blog but since I saw it on Huffington Post I’m not sure if there are any copyright issues. Instead, I’ll post a link to their site so you can see the show for yourself. http://tinyurl.com/cfb9o9d. It you want a moment of ethereal peace and beauty, take a moment to watch it. Then go look at his...