Monday, July 28, 2008
Here are my first roughs for animation cells of the pilot, I used Flipbook to break the live action into stills, so now I have something like 10,000 stills!
Now going through the various shots and finding keyframes, drawing over the photographic images with the Wacom tablet in Photoshop, and coloring them as well. I am feeling out the overall effect and making sure that whatever the final product looks like, it will have HEART, that is what I think is lacking in most cartoons now. Your can be funny, sly, and have all kinds of post modern winks to the larger culture but can't you also have high adventure? Can't you have something that actually put itself out there and really tries to make people feel?
Thursday, July 24, 2008
A nice selection of my new paintings are currently on display at Thomas Robertello Gallery, if your in Chicago and have some time go check them out. Also they are priced very low, so maybe pick a few up, the Holidays are coming, nothing says I love you more than a metaphysical mythic mixed media painting.
- Jason Robert Bell
Monday, July 21, 2008
I am currently staying in Valparaiso, Chile, which is the “Chile’s Cultural Capital”, the entire port city is filled with abstract murals, great cartoon graffiti, and every building is something out of a postcard. The city was home to Pablo Neruda and other well know South American artist such as the cartoonist Renzo "Lukas" Pecchenino. I realized that mixing Valparaiso with New York City (home for the last 8 years) would be a great combo for Monumenta, the fictional city that is the setting for the Caveman Robot animation project I am working on down here.
I tried to take some pictures today, to start building a image bank from backdrops to use in the animation, they can all be seen here!
More to come.
Jason Robert Bell
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Thanks to all the actors for their time and great effort-
Adam Swiderski played DR. JOHN ZARATHUSTRA, D.D.S.
Jonathan Latiano played LOSER PETE
Hope Cartelli played MEGAN TUTTLEWELL
Jeff Lewonczyk played FRANKLIN PARK
Joe Infurnari played PROF. TUTTLEWELL
Shoshanna Weinberger played CHIMP, STAND IN, EXTRA
John Michael Bell played APE LINCOLN
Jason Robert Bell played CAVEMAN ROBOT and EDISON PARK
Photography by Shoshanna Weinberger and Jonathan Latiano
Cinematography by Jeff Lewonczyk
All the pictures can be seen here on Flickr
I have begone production of a animated short this summer, instead of going to this years San Diego Comic Con, I am focusing of actually making the Caveman Robot cartoon that we have been trying to get off the ground for the last five years. To that end I set up a photo/video shoot at the Brick last Saturday, to do a run through of the script, get the movement and action down, and record the rough sound. For the next three months I'll be working full time on this project, translating all this material and the last 13 some odd years of the Caveman Robot into an animated short.
I will be using this live footage, drawings, actual clay and paper sculptures to re-produce this pilot into a fully realized piece. This will entail creating a number of figures and dioramas of the sets, however the actual piece can be somewhat small and most of it can be shoot on a table-sized space. The over all effect will be a sort of fusion with paper collage animation, 3-D renders, hand drawings, and Photographic sources, but with an overall "organic feel". People will not look at this a see CGI- b.s., they will see a something new and beautiful.
If all goes as planned I should have the finished fully animated 3 min trailer done by the fall.
I feel that the only real hope for Caveman Robot getting onto the small and or large screen to focus on a production of this short and use it help with investment opportunities for the production of the complete “pilot” script as a animated short subject. Extending it to a 30 min piece, that could be available online, and for film festivals and the like. Instead of approaching this project as a pilot for TV, I suggested seeing it as a 30 min feature that will attempt really capture people’s imaginations.
The pillars of this project are two fold, great story and artistic innovation in animation. If we can create something that will get other artist, filmmakers, creative thinkers, animators, cartoon lovers, and cartoonist, talking, plus something that has a great story with broad, but smart appeal, We will really have something. At its core Caveman Robot has always been about collage and fusion of high and low, with a lot of wacky over the top action, and absurd humor thrown in, this should continue.
However I feel that a certain level of pathos should be pushed in both the Caveman Robot and Loser Pete characters, this can be done mainly with visuals and tone, beyond pathos I feel that these two characters and their interplay with the Zarathustra character can be used to create a larger cultural statement about Heroics, Pop culture, Mass marketing, success, and the individual in society, and the relationship between God and Man. (really, not kidding)
Films such as Persepolis, are a good a example of how high a Indy cartoon can go, and I think Caveman Robot has what is takes to better. I don’t think we should settle on some fly by night crappy affair, or waste years trying to get second-rate cable channels to give us a chance. All of the great cartoons features where attempts at making works of art, not commercials to sell toys. Snow White, Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings, Toy Story,
If we keep waiting for a giant white gloved hand to come lift up Caveman Robot into the limelight, it will never happen or they will turn it into crap. We Have to do it ourselves, and we can.
-JASON ROBERT BELL
Monday, July 14, 2008
I have been uploading all my projects and documentation to Flickr, mainly to help manage everything and get the work out into the world in a faster way. It is nice to see everything together in one fast loading place.
Friday, July 11, 2008
My friend Gwendolyn Skaggs, hooked my father and I up with a hand painted job job for a new bar opening up in Billburg next month. Dad did the layout and roughs on the sign and I did the detail work and finishes.
It has been a lot of work to get it right, but overall it was fun to paint a sign with my Dad again, last time we did that it was 1993!
451 GRAHAM AVENUE
-Jason Robert Bell
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I was getting all my paintings together to show them to a few interested parties and friends and I thought it would be nice to photograph them all together. Also I just finished ZAM!, 2008, Oil, acrylic, epoxy, metallic pigments, collage, and sand on canvas, 9 x 12 inches
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
What has happened to the old standards of loveliness? Are our men being taken in by the Continental or Dior look? Is the high-fashion type slowly replacing her more endowed sister? I think not and to prove it, here is a presentaion of the ideal woman, what all real men want in a woman... ALL Women!
But, I digress....All that drawing yesterday, reminded me of how much I enjoy drawing (my first true love) so I took a break from a writting gig that is taking up all my time to do this drawing for the Big Beautiful Wonder Woman Blog. Hopefully they'll post it in the next round of posts.
-Jason Robert Bell
Last night I went with Chris "Dried Peaches" Uphues to Secret Project Robot's
drawing party. I ended up being asked to draw some portraits of people, here were two of the best ones, Arthur the Taylor and the lovely Crystal Lee.
-Jason Robert Bell