Sunday, July 29, 2007

3 days down!!

Well, that's 3 days and a preview night of the San Diego comic con gone. Now there's only one more to go. To be completely honest, we're not sure if we could do anymore than that. What a crazy overwhelming experience! Today (saturday) we stayed clear of the actual convention floor and stuck to the Hall H panels. A decision we don't regret. Firstly, we got to see Pixar's Wall.e panel. Andrew Stanton took the stage and owned it, bringing out sound designer and legend Ben Burt to demonstrate how the sfx/voices of Wall.e work. Then, the showed clips from the film and they were no less than breath-taking. This may turn out to be the best Pixar film to date, and that is quite a claim. The next panel we sat in on was the Marvel panel. Here we got to see Edward Norton, Liv Tyler and some of the crew of the new Hulk movie, there was no footage to be seen, but it sounds like the film is in good hands. They also brought out Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jnr, Gwyneth Paltrow and Terence Howard to talk about Iron man. The footage they showed brought down the house, it was amazing and I think it's gonna be a great film.

We also go to meet a couple of our online buddies today. Chris Hardwick and Mike Phirman who make up the musical comedy duo, "Hard 'n' Phirm". That was awesome.

To top off an awesome day this afternoon we also randomly found ourselves with tickets to a private screening of some scenes from the new Laika stop-motion film "Coraline" based on the Neil Gaiman book of the same name. It's directed by one of our personal heroes Henry Selik, who of course directed Nightmare Before Christmas. So we go into the theatre and who do they bring out for a Q 7 A session but both Neil Gaiman and Henry Selik... we pooped!! They had us put on our 3D glasses (thats right 3D, it's the first stop-motion film to be filmed in 3D!), played the footage and we were amazed, what they've finished of the film so far is freakin awesome!! We then had he chance to get autographs and Alex and Tim were lucky enough to draw tickets to get posters signed...

and here's us waiting in line to get a ticket so that we could wait in line again to meet director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) and Nick Frost. We soon found out that we were actually waiting in line to get the chance to win a chance to wait in line to meet them. This was done by pulling a ticket out of a bag. We were sad.

And finally, check this out....Last night we went along to a comic con Disney party. We were invited by our friend from Disney, Mike Moon (thanks dude). We met some great people (including some actors from Heroes - Sylar and Peter Pertrelli shook our hands. We smiled) but the highlight (and a completely unexpected one) had to be meeting the legend himself, Stan Lee. He was great. We got to have a little chat with him and then......

we had a photo with him!!! (that half person is Tim)

Yeah so that's the story so far. We'll be back with an update on our "adventures" soon.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Comic-Con Day 1

Well today was our first day and what a day it was!! The crowds were crazy and something you can never quite prepare yourself for but we did manage to finally meet a a whole bunch of cool people from the blogs... Darryl Young, Patrick Morgan, Javier Guzman, Stephen Silver and Martin Hsu were all really cool!! We also got to meet an artist whose work has been a huge influence on us and that is Chris Sanders, co-director of Lilo and Stitch and voice of Stitch... what a mind trip!! Joe Moshier and all the peeps at the Conduct Happiness stand were also all really cool!!

We also brought heaps of cool toys and other stuff that we can't get in New Zealand, not to mention all the artist's sketchbooks!!!

We're staying in a part of San Diego called Old Town, it's really cool and done up kinda like an old Mexican town, so we're getting plenty of proper Mexican food which is awesome to us all... except Ryan! (see image below)

Tim also like bugs....

Monday, July 23, 2007

Mukpuddy Does America!!!

Well, the time has come. Mukpuddy is coming to America!!

Tomorrow night (wed) at 7.30pm we'll hop on a plane and take a 12 hour flight to L.A, then we'll drive down to San Diego to the comic con (for all 4 days). Woo hoo!!

We'll be in the U.S for 3 weeks, travelling between San Diego, Anaheim, Burbank & Vegas.

Let us know if any of you will be there. We want to meet as many of you as possible!

It's gonna be righteous!

Sparkle FriENDS!

Well, here they are, the last two episodes of Sparkle Friends season 2.

We got a little swamped with other work, so it's taken us a while to post them up, but better late than never.

These are the last episodes ever. Probably. There's not much chance of a 3rd season, just from a creative point of view. We feel we've taken Sparkle Friends as far as it can go and are happy to go out on a high. We will however be making something new to fill that space. We'll let you about it when it happens.


Monday, July 02, 2007

We made a film in 48 hours!!!

Well, after many weeks of anxious waiting and general pants wettery it's finally over. The national finals of the 48Hours Film Competition were held last night, but unfortunately we didn't take it out. We're a little disappointed but we're still really happy with what we created and think it can have a life outside the comp!! And the good news is we can post it online... yaaayy!! We're also posting another little clip that we made - each of the finalists had to make a 1 minute clip to introduce their film for the televised final. So enjoy!!

Also wanted to mention the great job Ryan and Jeremy did voicing the 2 main characters!! Jeremy voices Jerry and Ryan voices Sid!!


Here's a treat, Jeremy stayed up all night cutting together this and we all think it's ace!! So have a gork....

UPDATE2: Wooo hooo, we got our trophey back from the engravers and think it looks pretty snazzy!!

Alex and his new neck!!

I recently had my neck tattoo finished so thought I'd post a pic!! The idea behind my tattoos is to get stuff that has inspired me to be the artist I am now so, obviously, this is my homage to Pixar and my favourite film of theirs....
FYI- Sully hurt like a mofo!!!