Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Website Tip - How to build a Web site for $0 - Part 1

There are several ways to do it. If you want to make it from scratch, you're probably going to need to have your own HTML creation program, such as FrontPage (Expression Web, DreamWeaver, etc.).

If you don't have one, it's still possible to do it just in Notepad.

So one thing to do is to find a Web site you like. So you can do that with the Web site you like. Then save the page as an HTML file. Then open the HTML file in Notepad. Then you can tweak the HTML code and keep saving it out as an HTML file.

Then you double click the HTML file whenever you want to look at how it's progressing (because Notepad will just show you the code, not what it actually looks like).

The basic idea is that you then keep working on and tweaking the site. Look at the source of other pages (Click View and then Source) and compare as you figure out the code. Don't stop until your site is visually different than the Web site you initially saved, including swapping out all the images.

Eventually you'll want to rent space from Go Daddy (or another hosting provider) and dump your files up there, by using their Web site or by just dumping to an FTP folder.

More later! Leave questions as comments!


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Disney's most recent Goofy and Mickey Mouse cartoons

How to Haunt a House

Released 30 October 1999.

Films like MICKEY'S BRAIN, HOW TO HOOK UP YOUR HOME THEATER and HOW TO HAUNT A HOUSE are among these wonderful newer shorts. While they have a lot of similarities to the best Disney shorts of the 1930s and 40s, they have a modern zaniness and tongue-in-cheek style that makes them unique--not just copies of the older classics.

How To Hook Up Your Home Theater

Directed by: Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers

Produced by: Tamara Boutcher, Chuck Williams, John Lasseter
Story by: Kevin Deters, Wilbert Plijnaar, Stevie Wermers, Dan Abraham

Runaway Brain

The first release was on August 11, 1995 and it was re-released on July 16, 1997.



Saturday, January 09, 2010

Animation Tip: How to start animating

Paint and Movie Maker. Those are free, and that's all you need. Those are bare bones though (not the best tools by far). Other better tools are editors (like Final Cut or Premiere), Flash, and ToonBoom. Even Photoshop is better than Paint.

So animating is a skill, like flying an airplane. You learn a tiny bit at a time.

So for step 1 of animating, find a picture of a face. Take it into Paint and open the mouth a little, save that picture as something separate, open the mouth even more, and save that one. Then take your three pictures (closed mouth, open a little, and open a lot), and put them into Movie Maker. Record your voice talking or find a voice clip. Then time up those three images to the voice.

That's a good way to start animating.

Here's an example of LazyGopher doing his first animation this way:


Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Muppets "The 12 Days of Christmas"

I know it's past Christmas, but I couldn't help but post this Christmas song from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Not exactly animation, but puppetry is quite an art!

And Disney bought the Muppets brand from Jim Henson, which makes this a collaboration between Disney and NBC. NBC is part of NBC Universal, which is owned by GE. So essentially this is a collab between Universal and Disney.

Seeing how, under Robert Iger, Disney has bought the Muppets, Pixar, Marvel, and even Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (Walt's pre-Mickey character), Disney is really soaring under Iger's leadership. They (Lasseter and team) just need to give Disney their first bonafide animation hit since Tarzan. Unfortunately, Bolt and Princess and the Frog just didn't break the jinx. Hopefully next year's Rapunzel will do the trick.



Monday, January 04, 2010

Disney's Rapunzel - new image

Rapunzel is scheduled to hit theaters in November 24th 2010.

Scanned from French movie magazine Studio Cinelive:

Directed by Byron Howard & Nathan Greno (the co-director and head of story on Bolt respectively), this new telling of the classic fairy tale, will transport audiences “to a stunning CG fantasy world complete with the iconic tower, an evil witch, a gallant hero and, of course, the mysterious girl with the long golden tresses. Expect adventure, heart, humor, and hair, lots of hair.”

Our lead heroine is voiced by Mandy Moore while Chuck’s Zachary Levi will play a “dashing bandit” named Flynn Ryder who hits the road with the “rebellious, teenage hair apparent.” The voice cast is also rumored to include David Schwimmer, Matthew Gary Gubler, Kristin Chenoweth, Dan Fogler, and Grey DeLisle. is scheduled to hit theaters in Christmas 2010.


Friday, January 01, 2010

Fruits VS Bugs: Episode 1 - now has 1 million views!

Fruits VS Bugs 1 now has 1 million views!


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