Thursday, May 24, 2007

Dash it all - I need to try harder...

A Cad

Your score of 67.46% puts you safely in the Cad region of our spectrum, good work. You can clearly hold your own and capably fly solo, no doubt having earned your wings with a saucy tussle here and nimble skirmish there, all washed done with a bottle of something restorative and expensive. Obviously, there is still room for improvement, but you are already contributing well to the sum of Caddish knowledge. Keep up the good work, send us your tales of Caddery and we look forward to bumping into you over a blonde and a martini. Tally ho.

Score Break Down
Character: 75.31% (Good Work)
Kit: 67.50% (Good Work)
Skills: 54.17% (Acceptable)

Courtesy of the The Modern Cad

(Thanks AB!)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

That AAMI Ad

My agent has just told me that AAMI will be rolling over the ad for another three months.

That's right folks - more of me in your living rooms for a while... heh.

IG-88 - Dancing Robot

Now, must people would say I'm not prone to hyperbole but what about Hyper-drive-bole! This piece of Star Wars fan animation is incredible. Great animation, gags and cameos. It's up as part of the Atom Films 'Star Wars Fan Films' competition - I hope Mr Bogety wins.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Messin' with Tintin

Thought I'd post this from the AWN newsletter. I'm undecided how I feel about this approach - at least it's not Bob Zemeckis directing.


Steven Spielberg has gained a partner in Peter Jackson to fulfill his longdesire to bring beloved Belgian comicstrip TINTIN, which was created by Georges Remi (aka Herge), to the big screen. The duo will produce a trilogy of films for DreamWorks while each director will helm at least one of the three films,which will be presented in full digital 3-D via WETA Digital's performance capture system. Joining the duo as a producer will be Kathleen Kennedy.

Apparently, Spielberg and Jackson have been developing the project for some time. WETA Digital has created a 20-minute test of performance capture versions of Remi's characters.

"From our earliest conversations, Steven and I were intrigued about the potential of developing this performance capture technique even further, to apply a real actor's performance to computer generated versions of Herge's vast cast of characters," said Jackson. "For well over a year now, artists at Weta have been quietly testing the theory of creating life-like reproductions of Tintin, Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus and many of the other core cast -- faithfully replicating Herge's original designs, but not rendering them as cartoons, or the familiar looking computer animated characters -- instead we're making them look photorealistic, the fibers of
their clothing, the pores of their skin and each individual hair. They look exactly like real people -- but real Herge people!"

"After looking at over 20 minutes of test footage produced by Weta, Steven and I decided to add that one last element that will totally immerse the audience in the excitement of Tintin's adventures -- and that is to produce these movies in full digital 3-D. Just the thought of it makes me feel like a kid again. I'm thrilled beyond belief that Steven invited me onboard to help realize his long held dream of bringing Tintin to life on the big screen."

"Herge's characters have been reborn as living beings, expressing emotion and a soul which goes far beyond anything we've seen to date with computer animated characters," Spielberg said. "We want Tintin's adventures to have the reality of a live-action film, and yet Peter and I felt that shooting them in a traditional live-action format would simply not honor the distinctive look of the characters and world that Herge created."

For the trilogy, Spielberg and Jackson have chosen three stories from the 23-book series, THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, which was published between 1929 and 1976. The series has sold more than 200 million copies worldwide. Tintin is a junior reporter who will go to any length to track down a story. His allies include the white dog Snowy, the crazed Captain Haddock, the perplexed Professor Calculus and the magnificent buffoons, the Thompson Twins.

DreamWorks obtained the TINTIN film rights from Herge Studios, which is run by president Fanny Rodwell, Remi's widow.

Friday, May 11, 2007

What's His Motivation? Fun

Lil' Brando - by Rod Filbrandt

Oh man - I have such a dirty cigar smokin', rotgut drinkin', skirt chasin' real - he-man crush on Rod Filbrandt and the lowdown chicken-stealing, egg sucking, gutter trash world he creates. Ring a ding ding - the man is the king of the beat artists as far as I'm concerned.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Unforeseen Stories

I'll do a post-fest wrap up at some stage but the world of improvised theatre waits for no man.

In case you haven't seen it Impro Melbourne is doing a season of 'Long Form' improvisation - essentially shows and formats that don't necessarily rely on games to entertain but focus on strong narrative, characters, plot and really, really well set up body-part gags...

It's already been going a week and the audiences and the feedback has been tremendous.

I'm performing on the last night (Sunday 13th, 7pm) in Harold. A format pioneered by the late, great Del Close.

Image designed by Karl McConnel who is taking over some of the design duties of IM- yay!

Also - a special offer for readers of this blog: TWO FOR ONE DEAL

That is two tickets for the price of ONE FULL PRICE TICKET, i.e 2 tickets for $20 for Thursday/ Friday/Saturday and 2 tickets for $15 on Sunday.

You just need to use the password "Friend of Jenny" when you buy tickets at the Box Office from Andrew.