Welcome To Genesis

Welcome to Genesis
So since I’ve been slowing down on my animations I’ve struggled to figure out what to blog about. Inspiration has been running low for the last couple months. But last week I came across a file on my computer that I started and never finished and I think it will make some good blog entries. Here’s the idea:

Welcome To Genesis:
Over the years of animating Genesis I’ve gotten to know it’s characters in a new light. It’s their personalities that I’m drawn to, their qualities and flaws that I can relate to and try to portray in the animations. I’m not a historian or theologian so their surroundings and historical relevance are foreign to me, but take that away and you start to recognize the people in these stories. So I’m going to introduce you to the characters I’ve met who all happen to live in the modern day neighborhood of Genesis. Each post will be dedicated to a separate citizen of Genesis and will be based of their biblical counterpart.

If you are confused hopefully the next couple posts will clear things up. I’m hoping this will be fun and make people see the characters in a new light. I tend to loose interest in things pretty fast if it becomes stagnant, but taking something old and making it fresh and new re awakes my interest and gives me new appreciation for how it originated.

Keep an eye open and Adam should be posted soon.

Second Hand

I love animation! I wish it was more acceptable for adults to watch cartoons so people didn’t think I was weird when I get giddy about seeing a really good animated movie even though I don’t have kids. Anyway I came across this great animation by Isaac King on vimeo today and wanted to share it. It’s called “Second Hand” and follows two houses living in extremes. I’m a strong believer in finding a middle ground on most issues so this really impacted me. Too often we close our minds to new ideas just because it’s not the way we’ve BEEN doing it or the way we’ve been taught. Different isn’t always bad. Not only is the concept and idea behind this video good, but the style, editing, and sound design is really fresh too. Take a few minutes out of your day and check it out.

New Blog Feature

Hey everyone Just wanted to announce a new blog feature and make sure you were aware of it. Some may have noticed it already, but to the right you will see that I have a spot to “Follow SSD-O”. I’m excited about this because for the past 5 years I really haven’t been sure if anyone was checking out the blog but now I’ll have proof! As I see new people following I’ll get encouraged to continue to update the site. Thanks in advance again for all your support.

So please take a minute to click the button and follow SSD-O. At the bottom of the coloumn over there —–>

As a side note I’m trucking away at the next animation and should have it up sometime in August so keep looking for that.

Sufjan Stevens New Video

One of my favorite artists just released a music video from his new album. Here is Sufjan Stevens’ video for “Get Real, Get Right” from his album “The Age of Adz”. This is always in rotation for my car music. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Gen. 20 In the Works!

Well, I’m back at it. I’ve started work on Gen 20. It should be a pretty short animation, but I’m not sure when it will get finished. Here’s what I CAN tell you though. The script is finished and I’ve started working on drawing characters and sets for the animation. Today I’ve finished the first set which is actually going to be the shortest scene in the animation but I think it turned out pretty nice so I thought I’d share.
The bottom left is the sketch. The top left is the illustrator file I used to layout the shape and colors, and the right is the final. I still have a little touching up to do on this once I start animating but this is pretty much what it will look like. Hope you like it!

NEW SITE!

I’m really excited to announce the new site! It has been a long time coming and is the first time in the last 5 years that I’ve updated the site so I went all out. The site is done completely in WordPress now. I was hesitant to transition to WordPress but when I found the layouts at Organicthemes.com I realized the flexibility WordPress would give me. I’m not a web designer by any means so I was nervous about updating the code too but it only took me a weekend of playing with WordPress and reading tutorials to figure out something that I think is WAY better than the last site.

Here are some of the benefits of the new site:
1. Fresh new Look and Logo
2. Blog and Videos are together on the same web site
3. Video pages allow for comments (Please Leave me Comments!)
4. simple and clear layout
5. Easy for me to Update

Now that I have this new site I really hope to get back into animating. One thing I could really use though is feedback. Emails, comments and even if you just favorite the video, it really help motivate me to keep going. If you have any thoughts for improvements or have a favorite part from a video please send me a quick comment or message. I promise to be EXTEMELY grateful!

Taking a Break

I’m sorry to say I’ve got to take a break from SSD-O for a while. Not sure how long it will last It may only be another month It may be a few more. I’m really starting to get burnt out from it though and I am struggling to get motivated to start the next animation. It’s almost been 5 years since I’ve started the process and right now I’m not really sure it’s worth continuing. I definitely plan to finish Abraham’s Story in Genesis. After that we will see what happens. There are some other projects I really want to pursue but haven’t been able to because of time commitment of this one. I still plan to check my email and keep all the videos posted on vimeo and maintain the website as long as I can, there just won’t be a lot of new content being added.

I’m not saying I won’t ever pick this back up, in fact that’s part of the reason I’m taking a little break from Sunday School Drop-Out. I don’t want to get to a point where I just throw in the towel and don’t work on it any more. Right now I can only promise that I will have one new animation by the end of the year and maybe two.

Thanks for your patience,
Brandon

Some Updates

I got side tracked with some freelance work for most of last month. It was a fun project but now I feel way behind on SSDO. I’ll have to make up for it somehow this month. Gen.19 is taking longer then expected since everything is being rebuilt from the ground up and it’s going to be in HD. I think it will be worth it though. Right now I only have a little over a minute animated and I expect this one to be a little over 5 minutes. But I think the rest will go by a little faster then the first part. Most of the backgrounds are finished and I’m working on finishing up the characters. The first minute already is a vast improvement on past cartoons I think.

Still no word on my website. I’m still optimistic that it will get done by the end of the year though.

Sorry for the short post. I’ll try and make the next one longer, but I just wanted to give a quick update and let anyone who was curious still know that I’m working.

Later

QWA 8: Change God’s Mind

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Questions Worth Asking” post in the blog. I’ve lost track of where I left off so instead of trying to catch up I think I’ll just jump back in at the last animation.

In Gen 17-18 Abraham successfully negotiates with God. Which brings up the question: Can we change God’s plans? First of all the thought of this blows my mind. How can we make suggestions to adjust God’s plans! Not that that ever stops us (myself included). Now in this example it could be argued that God’s mind wasn’t changed because he already knew that there weren’t 10 righteous people to be found in Sodom so he was just humoring Abraham. But there are still a number of times in the Bible where God’s plans are changed or adjusted based on the prayer of pretty insignificant people.

There are a lot of opinions on this and no way to come up with a concrete answer. Some believe that God’s plans never really change, it’s only our view of his plans that change. Another thought (and the one that I’m partial too) is that we CAN change God’s mind. God’s infinite knowledge of all the possible outcomes makes it possible for him to adjust his plans at any point and still, in the end, accomplish his ultimate goal. Think of a chess game against a Grand Champion he allows you freedom to make any move you want because with every move he sees an infinite number of moves in the future and adjusts accordingly to his desired goal. I love this view because I feel like it doesn’t limit God and it supports “Free Will” which may be one of the most important aspects of Christianity.

Again, this is just where I’m currently at on this topic through my studies and it is in no way a definitive answer, but more of a step towards an answer. I’m also aware that these answers both just unlock a multitude of more questions I don’t have answers to but the journey has to start somewhere.

Updates

Gen. 19: Sodom and Gomorrah script is finished! I’ve started working on Gen. 19 backgrounds. This one is definitely going to take a loooooooong time to finish. I’m shooting for the 1st of the year, but that may even be pushing it. I think this episode is going to be my most ambitious. A lot happens in this episode and it will be pushing 5 1/2 minutes. In past episodes I’ve been able to recycle backdrops and character designs but in this one almost EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER and EVERY SINGLE background have to be created from scratch. In addition to that I am finally taking the website into HD! So it will take a little longer to make everything better quality since all my mistakes will be magnified now. :) I think in the end it will be worth it.

Below is a sample of the first scene as proof that I am working.

And I believe my friend who said he’d help with the website finally got his schedule cleared, so (fingers crossed) work will begin on the website in October.