Monday, 29 December 2008

Aha!

Confusing for some...


But I get it! Aha! I finally get String Theory!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Christmas and stuff

Woah.

Christmas just happened.

Ok, I've got a few things to clear up first. Ok, sorry about not releasing The Night Before Christmas, AND Jørgen Vig Knudstorp #4. Neither made it in time. JVK is being shifted to New Year (I'm going to make it tomorrow, it'll only be a short one). As for The Night Before Christmas, well, I dunno. If I get time, I'll finish it, but if it's not done by the end of the Christmas holidays (6th Jan), then don't expect it to ever be finished. I'll try. I have the whole of tomorrow to do whatever I want, so I'll try to manage my time carefully.

I've taken more pictures. No, not phone pictures (my phone camera really can't put up with much since I stepped on my phone. Accidentally, of course. How? Well, I was jumping up and down and my phone slipped out of my pocket, fell face-down on the gravel and I slid on it), but pictures taken with my/my dad's Powershot G9. So, on Boxing Day, like my dad always make us, we went on a walk. This year it was a place called Mariner's Hill. So I took the camera and took some pretty good shots. I'm not uploading them all to here (I need all the space I can get for Brickspace), but you can check out all the best ones on the Flickr gallery .

Happy new year!

Monday, 22 December 2008

Planki's Christmas Carol

Just to ensure that you guys don't get bored if The Night Before Christmas doesn't make it in time for Christmas, I've released my Christmas special from last year. Originally 13 minutes long, Planki's Christmas Carol was a bumper Planki episode that marked the end of the Planki era. After that monumental film, I suddenly discovered Planki's limitations and how Planki just doesn't work with my slightly deeper voice and new ideas, and no one actually liked Planki anyway.

So here it is, the Redux version. I tried to remix it to under the YouTube 10 minute time limit, but sadly I just didn't make it. So, catch it in two parts:

Part 1
Part 2

Merry Christmas!

Friday, 19 December 2008

End of school!

Like, YAY!
School ended today! Hooray!
... and other things that rhyme with 'ay'.

Anyways, now it's the holidays, I'd better get back on with The Night Before Christmas. A tough film to make, and now that I'm worried  the ending may not be very satisfactory/sane, everything's gone to pot.

I've started work on Brickspace 2009, with new types of posts and Jørgen's Christmas special comic strip, hopefully a bit shorter than previous JVK comics. I'm really hoping to up the anti at Brickspace in 2009. Hell yeah.

Next up, the Film Festival. Everything's gone a bit quiet, but I'm gonna put up some posters and host a few more assemblies in the Spring term. I think the resources are the only reason preventing the students entering a film, so I've got in touch with Carl Salton-Cox from Beths Grammar School. He started up a huge filmmaking community at Beths, and has got funding from the government for loads of equipment. Hmm...

Ok, now for the body of this post: some cool new pics! I've always been in love with symbols and signs and letters with accents. Now I've discovered the character palette on my computer (my computer never fails to amaze me: the amount of new features I find every day, It's astounding), I've been making up my new characters with accents...
A C double cedilla. For extra smoothness on that c. Normal cedillas turn 'c's into 's's, as in 'ç', but this s sound is much smoother and more 'relaxed'. Very hard to pronounce.
A Z Cedilla. Basically, a soft 'z'. When pronounced, it sounds pretty much like an s, but a bit harsher. Like a snake, y'know?

A harsh 'v'/'f' sounding letter. One of my few completely new letters, and not just ones with different or made-up accents on. The Vrenda sounds like a cross between a V and an f: a harsh, spitting sound that you may need to scrunch your face up for.

The sthent is the sound that people make who have a lisp. So, this letter, the 's', will sound like a 'th', as in, for example, 'thnake' instead of 'snake'. This letter is a way of simplifying the 's/c - th lisp' without actually writing out the th.

The sthent is the sound that people make who have a lisp. So, this letter, the 'c', will sound like a 'th', as in, for example, 'thentury' instead of 'century'. This letter is a way of simplifying the 's/c - th lisp' without actually writing out the th.

The Efnet, the symbol for the Efnar part of my extended ElectroMagnetic Spectrum. The Efnet is a letter that was once used in the alphabet of an extinct language, but now is just used to symbolise things, like Alpha, Beta and Gamma are. The old language used to pronounce it like 'huurf'.
This is the symbol for Baevern Visible Light, a section of my Extended ElectroMagnetic Spectrum just to a higher wavelength of Radio. It is the visible light wavelength on the planet Baevern. The B in this symbol sports one of my lovely 'slurs': the twelfth letter of the Baevern Alphabet, slurs are used to make the sound of a letter much smoother, much more, well, slurred. As if you were drunk, let's say. You get two types of Slurs: this one is called a topward slur. There is also another type of Slur called a longward Slur: basically a tilde/enye underneath a letter. You can also get Slur-strokes on 'O's and 'A's.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

The weeks before The Night Before Christmas

I'm brickfilming again!
Yay!
So, this next Brickfilm is called 'The Night before Christmas'. I always try to make one Christmas-related film each Christmas. Last year was Planki's Christmas Carol, this year it's time to do another Brickfilm...in term time (gasp!).
So, this Brickfilm is a huge step up for me. I've moved up to 15 fps, which means I have a new walking animation, and everything looks much smoother. Also, I am now using a new tripod and diffusing thingamyhoop with boom! Look, just see this pic of my room after today's filming. The light goes behind the white circle, which diffuses its harsh glow and stops glossy white parts on me minifigs.
My dad also introduced me to the Monopod: the stupidest yet coolest piece of equipment ever!!! It's just like a tripod, but only has one leg (!?). It's used for on-site tripodding without the tripod, and has a toe rest!
Anyways, I've just finished the latest Jørgen Vig Knudstorp comic, and updated his blog, which is now called 'Jåm'. Check it out here .
So, enjoy all that, and here's an exclusive (!) frame from "The Night before Christmas":

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Phone Pics #3

It's me again!

Obviously.
So, I got some new Phone Pictures to show you! This one (roll #3), isn't the best, as it's getting much darker and I'm getting much shakier. It I could just sort out the noise that comes out on EVERY SINGLE FLIPPING PICTURE, I think I might take some perfect photos. However, with my phone how it is, I'll just have to do what I can. Godammit, I gotta get myself a new phone some time or other. Or a camera. Hmm, maybe.


Now, every day I walk out of school and peer across the fields into a lovely blue December sky. Every day I see huge clouds moving in across the sky towards the school, like giant cliffs jutting out hundreds of meters up and no doubt hundreds of meters wide. So I took lots of pictures of them, and here they are. Enjoy.

The sun shines through the clouds on an unusually photoshopped day

I think these are called cirrus clouds. Fluffy, but pretty nonetheless. They look very low in this picture, but they aren't really that low!

Alien invaders! Don't you agree that big cloud looks like it's looming over the school? Scary, eh?

Just another blue sky. They're all beautiful, really, but I don't find this one very special.


A lamppost. Strange, but it looks kinda weird. The lamp is actually that colour. It's got a weird look to it. Hmm.


SWOOSH! Someone's stupid gesture makes an excellent spinning shot of the trees. Exciting!




So, that's all I got for ya! Sorry there's not much, but it wasn't really a very good roll. I'll try and take some better ones, but it's very hard to keep the camera still enough to put something in absolute, complete focus. Anyways, see you next time!

Saturday, 22 November 2008

November update: film festival, youtube channel, new pics

Woah, what a 22 days it's been since I last updated this blog! Sorry for the delay, but I've been astoundingly busy!

Firstly, I launched the St Olaves' Film Festival in assembly on Wednesday 19-11-08. Tom pulled out of helping me at 10 o' clock the previous night, so I phoned Luke up in the morning and asked him to help. Luckily, he said yes, so it all went well. We had a few technical problems, but they were my fault, really, and for some reason I didn't care. We played 'Beige' to the whole school. So, I feel so much better now I've got it started. I've had lots of interest in it already, burt people seem to think that it's only an animation competition, probably due to me showing Beige. Damn. Oh well, the posters should go up in a few days. I've updated my YouTube Channel's background, with SOFF's trademark flying animated guy, like a mini advert for SOFF. Here's one of the posters for SOFF, it's gonna be in A3, should be released on wednesday, put up around school and will be put in the register of some of the Forms. The Form Tutors should put the posters (whichever one they get) on their notice boards.

Next thing on the agenda: more pictures! Due to a Geography IPM due in three days ago, I had to end my next reel of Phone Pictures rather early, but hey, wotcha gonna do about it? I've got some quite good pics, not as good as before, my phone really sucks in low light which is annoying since I seem to be walking home from school in the dark of night. Anyways, I have some good pictures and a few very embarrassing ones that I will not show you guys, so there. I also have some pics from my Geography IPM investigation, that I consider as some of my best pics, so I'll put those on too.

The School field, looking green as...well, grass really! BTW, this picture was essentially photoshopped, can you tell?


Power to the Thermometers! I have so many thermometer-in-air pictures, and this is one of the best. I don't get why everyone hates lens flare/Newton's rings. It's so beautiful!



At the bottom of the school field, Luke, Fridge and Sam take thermometer readings against a blue sky. Well, not totally blue, but sometimes clouds are nicer than just a boring blue sky.



Leaving school. This is an OK pic, I just wanted to include it.



A street lamp through the branches of a tree. The best - and only decent - picture that I took with my phone in the dark. Oh well.



And finally, the sunset that Natalie pointed out on the bus. If only I could have taken a picture of it outside the bus, there's the reflection of the inside on the window. Grr.


Last but not least, I am Blobgend is still in progress! When Apple delayed the Insomnia Film Festival that Luke and I were gonna enter, we took the time to do some much-needed Blobgend filming! Because we had lost a scene that we filmed before (I'm not sure how), we re-filmed that and it looked much MUCH better, because we did it when it was dark and it looked SO COOL! We also filmed yet another opening title sequence (hopefully the real one this time), and I'm looking forward to finishing off this film in the Christmas holidays. Sorry for the delay, but it's gonna be so much better!!

Ok, that's all for now, so see ya!

Friday, 31 October 2008

Jorgen strikes again!

The next Jorgen Vig Knudstorp comic is out! For those of you who don't know, Jorgen is the CEO of Lego, and I make a cartoon comic about him each month. This time, in episode 2, JVK's comic has been pimped up, and he's ready to handle the local trick-or-treaters, Danish-style. I'm sorry, Tom, I'm so sorry.

See it here, because I can't be bothered to upload it to this post as well!

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

DER STORIE OFV BILL AND HARRY AND THIN ASWOLL

This is a weird story my sister wrote. It sounds best when used in Text-to-Speech, ie. Microsoft Sam or the cool voices that you get on a Mac. Just get your computer to say it out loud, OK?


One day Bill woke up and decided to send some spam to his friend, Harry. So he quickly opened up email thin and evrythin. He write….

YOUR MUUM IS GOY WHEN SHE KABLUIS DA THIN ON D’ATHA THIN. AN YOUR DAD LIKE PERSIL SO MUCH, HE SMELL OF DOOR.

 As soon as Bill had finished this, he pulled up his hair and put a sparkly hat, and then screamed “FFFAAAAAAA AAAA AAA BUUUUMMMMMMMM” to everyone in the street. The end.  Oh, wait. Not the end.

When he got to school (as it was Meunday) he walked over to his friend Harry, and said “AAA AAA AAA DID YOU GET MY SPAM?” And Harry said “Well, um, I didn’t actually. My computer has broken down, so I can’t receive any new spam. But, I did get this piece. want to see it? ok I’ll show you…”

TO HAWRY
Y U SO GFDGJVXFVCXC. I GET YOU LATER IN ALASKA.
WE IN AUSTRIA, SO GET ON PLANE NOW. YOU DON’T

GET THERE BY TWENTY ELEVEN, I GET YOU IN TEXAS.

ALL THE WORST,

THIN.

“What the hell is that thin!?” said Bill. “Let’s go uuuuuu uuuuu nnsdhgsdusdybcn to the teachers” said harry.   “‘k” said Bill.

Later, Math started. Harry and Bill’s class were doing their SATS, when Bill sent a spam to the test marker saying…

TO MARKER

HOPE YOU GET THIS SPAM.

COULD YOU PLEASE PUNISH ME WITH POOL TABLE, I BEE BAD

YOU ARE VERY BLUFF.

PLEASE SEND ME LOVE NOTE.

FROM BILL, THIRD ROW, FIVE ALONG DARLING  

Well, the marker was furious. Bill wouldn’t even bring a rose to the date they had planned. So Bill flew and sent him a note sayin…

FAREWELL, MARKER,

YOU HAVE GOT BUEAFITUL ARMS SLOTHERED IN JAM.

I HOPE YOU GYDXRCH SOON.

ALL MY  LOVE,

BILL.

 

Meanwhile, Harry was in Alaska with Thin. “What the hell is that spam you flew me,” said Harry. “I dunt now” said Thin. “But it was buff kfhvbnsl!!!!!!!”

“AAA AAA AAA” scremed a cute poler bear (^.^ SO CUTEE!) “I eat you twos!!!!!!!!” An they go eaten.

The end.

Oh, yeah, and to finish it ALL off, Bill gave birth to yellow keyboards smod in had.

The proper edn ned den end.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Castle Walls and The BaumRunner

Hej, guys! I've been making more Lego creations, and now I've finally taken some pics of them! First up, here's two castle walls I made really quickly one evening. They're ok, I suppose, I'm proud of the window in the smaller one.

And there's also Jennie Bracken's BaumRunner, the fastest thingamyhoop in the whole of Steam Punk! For those of you who don't know, Steam Punk is a genre of Lego creations. It's neo-Victorian: timber and steam, with mechanical levers, dials, etc, but in futuristic things, like spaceships and speeders (like this one). I only made it Steam Punk because I was using some of my pieces from my Viking sets, which are mainly brown and dark grey, the Steam Punk colours. I'm glad I bought all those Viking sets now!




Thursday, 23 October 2008

This 'n' that






'lo, everbody! Or should I say, Hej! That's how you say 'hi' in Danish! Ok, I've got a whole load of stuff to tell you, so get comfortable.
Ok, firstly, me and Luke have finished Brickspace! Yay! It used to be 'best of Brickshelf' but now we've upgraded it to BrickSpace. Check it out, on its new shiny domain name: www.brickspace.org.
Next up, some pictures I took on my way to and from school. Sadly I can't show you the ones of my friends, but I guess it's better than being sued. I took them on my Nokia phone, then bluetoothed them to my Mac and edited them in iPhoto '06 (yeah, not '08!). They're a little blurry, but good quality nonetheless.
It's half term soon! Wa-hoo! Oh yeah! Yay! I'll be doing some Brickfilming, and some lego building too, so expect more from me.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Happy birthday to me!

Yay, it's my birthday! I'm now officially 14 (er...yay?). I've just had a pizza with my friends (not all of them, sadly)! Yay! And guess what I got for my birthday, well, non other than Final Cut Express 4 [HD], which you can see here modelled [beautifully] by me! Oh, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, too! It has THE BEST physics engine, ever! AND Euphoria, Havoc and also DMM. THIS GAME OWNS! BUY IT NOW SO YOU CAN OWN [IT]!!!! Ok, I'm rebranding Best of Brickshelf, and I can't give you the new name but oh well. I also got £100 from assorted friends and family! Wow, but please don't break into my house now I've told you! Ok, if you guys out there are actually listening to this, what do you think I should buy...
  • A new HD/AVCHD video camera?
  • An A4-size graphics tablet?
  • Photoshop CS4 extended?
  • Put it in my bank account?
  • A new MacBook Pro?
  • A Cinema Display?
  • Give it to charity? (haha lol)
Please comment!

Friday, 10 October 2008

A few Kafka quotes


A few quotes from Franz Kafka:
The meaning of life is that it stops.

Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself; anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie.

One tells as few lies as possible only by telling as few lies as possible, and not by having the least possible opportunity to do so.

In the struggle between yourself and the world, back the world.

The whole visible world is perhaps nothing more than than the rationalization of a man who wants to find peace for a moment. An attempt to falsify the actuality of knowledge, to regard knowledge as a goal still to be reached.

Paths are made by walking.

Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you anymore.

My life is hesitation before birth.

What have I in common with Jews? I have hardly anything in common with myself.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Some quotes

Some of the best quotes I have found from the internet, by my favourite famous people:

M.C Escher:

I do not use drugs. My dreams are frightening enough.

A woman once rang me up and said, "Mr. Escher, I am absolutely crazy about your work. In your print — Reptiles — you have given such a striking illustration of reincarnation." I replied, "Madam, if that's the way you see it, so be it."

He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.

Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it's in my basement... Let me go upstairs and check.

Originality is merely an illusion.

Talent and all that are really for the most part just baloney. Any schoolboy with a little aptitude can perhaps draw better than I; but what he lacks in most cases is that tenacious desire to make it reality, that obstinate gnashing of teeth and saying, "Although I know it can't be done, I want to do it anyway".


Alfred Hitchcock

Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.

One of television’s great contributions is that it brought murder back into the home, where it belongs.

Self-plagiarism is style

It's only a movie, and, after all, we're all grossly overpaid....

To a distraught mother who said her daughter was so scared by the shower scene in Psycho that she would no longer shower:"Then, Madam, I suggest you have her dry cleaned."

When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, 'It's in the script.' If he says, "But what's my motivation?" I say, 'Your salary.'


Douglas Adams

I wrote an ad for Apple Computer: 'Macintosh - We might not get everything right, but at least we knew the century was going to end.'

Technology is a word that describes something that doesn't work yet.

In fact, I wanted to be John Cleese and it took some time to realize the job was in fact taken.

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they go by.

Getting a movie made in Hollywood is like trying to grill a steak by having a succession of people coming into the room and breathing on it.

"He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife."


Steven Spielberg

The most expensive habit in the world is celluloid, not heroin, and I need a fix every few years.

On winning the Ocsar for Best Director for Saving Private Ryan:"Am I allowed to say I really wanted this?"

Once a month the sky falls on my head, I come to, and I see another movie I want to make.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Pics of me




Here are some pictures I took of myself, for my profile pics. They're meant to not show my whole face. Also, check out , for Luke's stuff.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

New channel design!

Yay, we have a new channel design! It fits well with our new logo, so enjoy!

Monday, 6 October 2008

A new logo! Oh noes!


Ok guys, here's a POSSIBLE new logo for Crescent Studios.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

A new Flash, and more!


Yep, I uploaded a new Flash Animation yesterday. It didn't take me long to make (which I suppose is not a good thing), but it's out there anyway. It's got a score of 2.7 something out of five, which is good. Also, I have a new subscriber on YouTube! Yay!

Please watch and rate my animation here: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/463047

Oh, have you ever heard these two songs? They're so cool!

'Tribute' by Tenacious D
'LSF' by Kasabian

Friday, 3 October 2008

Amazing building


I find this building really cool, really smooth and beautiful. I haven't shown it to you before, so here it is. Somehow I managed to include it in my Chemistry homework (!?). It's called the Al Hamra, and it's in Kuwait.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Not much to say!

Right, I'm going to update this blog though there isn't much to say.
Firstly, it's finally October, which means it's nearly my birthday! Yay! Every day that goes by, I get closer and closer to owning Final Cut Express 4! I'm salivating already! Oh, National Brachiosaurus Day went down well, I suppose. I gave everyone their cards (apart from Chris, sorry mate, I forgot), and we got a joint one from Natalie.
Also, I'm going to be getting a desk for my room. Yes, another one! This one's for Lego and Brickfilming, 'cause my desk is cluttered with that alleyway creation I showed you earlier. This desk is gonna be SO COOL. Yes, it's from Ikea, but It's got shiny legs and a drawer unit with shiny handles and a new lamp and a drawing board and drawer divider thingy. Mmm, shiny. Ok, If Tim, Luke or Genesis are reading this, then ADD TO THE BLOG!! ARGH!!
Oh, and I'm currently animating, which is exciting!

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Phone Booth Alley






Last weekend I tried a Creation that I had thought up. It's basically a phone booth in an alley with a fence, an aerial, a tramp and a load lot of minifig-scale rubbish. BUT!! The inside of the phone booth and the light box on top LIGHT UP! WAW! :O! Basically, I used fairy lights and blu-tacked them behind these areas. The pics I got weren't very good, soz, but enjoy them anyway!