Thor Kid

Here is a goofy little take on Thor as a child that I shot with my friend Kaipo Jones. It was a good introductory test of our child wrangling/directing skills.

Kids, comic book characters, giant robots…

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Cast:

Blaik Johnson
Zeth Johnson
Kyle Schember
Ryan Stuit

Camera: Rory O’Donnell
Audio FX: Ryan Stuit http://www.subtractive.net 
Also, check out Ryan’s Band: http://wearethedeep.com 

Special Thanks:
Pam
Avaleno

To Europe and Back Again

Back in late August and all through September, I spent some time backpacking through Europe with my wife. We traveled by rail to quite a few cities, including London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Hallstatt, Interlaken, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Rome, and Venice. We braved mosquitos, bedbugs, and drunk creepers on overnight trains and had a great time.

A few things we took away from the trip:

  1. People with roller suitcases are the bane of our existence.
  2. In-train entertainment is not necessary when you are traveling through the Alps and are sitting next to a perfectly good window.
  3. Go where all the locals eat. (i.e. Alle Vecchia Betolla in Florence. Loved the pork ribs)
  4. 1st class train travel can be a welcome respite from long travel days, but 2nd class is where all the interesting people are.
  5. Packing cubes are a godsend for backpackers.
  6. Backpacking far from home and for many weeks is a perfect opportunity to better know one’s self and your significant other.

Here are a few photos from the trip:

At the Tower of London

At the Tower of London

Atop the Eiffel Tower

Atop the Eiffel Tower

La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre

La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

Ancient Egyptian Tablet in the Vatican Museum

Ancient Egyptian Tablet in the Vatican Museum

The Colosseum

The Colosseum

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco

Venice Grand Canal at Sunset

Venice Grand Canal at Sunset

Traveling Without Moving

Traveling Without Moving

 

If you liked these, you can CLICK HERE to see the entire Flickr set.

Birth of a DIY Cardboard Robot Puppet

I’ve been working on something a bit different lately. In an effort to produce some original content for YouTube, I’ve decided to get a little crafty and create one of the characters for this project myself. He’s my DIY cardboard robot puppet and his name is Franklin.

I basically used anything I had lying around the house, such as cardboard, cracker boxes, ethernet cable, toilet paper rolls, old socks, and hot glued it all together. I didn’t use any proper measuring tools, just a straight edge, a sharpie and my eyes. In the end, it resulted in a hastily put together, asymmetrical look which I think works pretty well.

Here are a few progress pics:

A basic robot head with moving jaw. - DIY Cardboard Robot Puppet

A basic robot head with moving jaw.

Facial features in place. - DIY Cardboard Robot Puppet

Facial features in place.

All limbs glued on and painted. - DIY Cardboard Robot Puppet

All limbs glued on and painted.

 

Franklin - Robot High School - Class of 2013 - DIY Cardboard Robot Puppet

Franklin – Robot High School – Class of 2013

Franklin will be appearing in a new YouTube web series that my friend Kaipo and I are developing. It involves puppets and movie trailers. It’s kinda like Beavis and Butthead meet MST3K. This isn’t a huge series launch by any means, but over time, we hope to add a bit more in the way of character development, story arcs and whatnot.