Oliver Twist vs Jabba the Hutt

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request-a-doodle-01-introThis week I have been trying to promote a new feature on the site called Request a Doodle. This feature required people to post their ideas on the Noddegamra forum and for me to draw my interpretation of it this weekend.

The idea itself could be anything, encouraging members to really stretch their imagination in an attempt to be creative and offer me a challenge. One member in particular managed to go a bit beyond what I could accomplish in a single weekend, but his idea has inspired a future project.

With many great ideas it was tricky to pick just one. The request I finally settled on was:

“Oliver Twist fighting off Jabba The Hutt with a breadstick and a jar of Nutella.”

Such a Busy Bee

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busy_beeProgress has been a little slow on this blog lately. Although I did not intend to post articles/updates on a daily basis I was hoping to be a bit more regular than this.

One of the main reasons is a strong focus on the forum. Recently I got a bit of an unexpected e-mail stating new licensing terms which meant I would need to pay somewhere around the sum of £200 to continue using the software, and then pay for each update. This caused me to search for alternative free or low-cost software, with phpBB being my final choice.

Those who have been members for quite some time have been through a couple of these “forum transfers” and the last one wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped. The software transfer and database conversion did not quite go as planned and unfortunately we lost quite a few posts. The move also required new passwords to be set, and a few other aspects did not go very smoothly either.

This time however, I managed to setup the new forum and convert the database very cleanly. I’m still spending some of my free time in the evenings setting up the new template, but so far everything seems to have gone quite well. All the posts are still intact, and the user experience is pretty much unnoticeably different. The only problem is that all this time and energy has gone into something technical, meaning I’ve had little time to draw and animate.

With an operation coming up soon (the 18th of November) it is unlikely I will be finishing any new animations, although I will do my best to upload some new doodles, ideas and tutorials as soon as possible. :)

Happy Birthday Wallace and Gromit!

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wallace and gromit googleToday marks the 20th anniversary of Wallace and Gromit’s “Grand Day Out”, one of the main inspirations that got me into stop-motion animation. I remember back when “The Wrong Trousers” came out and I received a plasticine kit at Christmas which included a guide on how to make the characters. I spent numerous hours recreating Wallace, Gromit, and the evil little Penguin.

I have been a huge fan of Wallace and Gromit over the years and hope Aardman continue to make many more adventures for them.

I bought a book!

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Stop Motion: Craft Skills for Model AnimationI had originally planned to start animating this week. However, I have spent most of my time sketching out ideas, reading tutorials, and watching videos for some inspiration. As all of my previous animation has been purely experimental, I really wanted to make my next stop-motion video a little more meaningful or entertaining.

As part of my research, I’ve decided to buy a book. I used to think that all the information you could ever want was freely available on the Internet, but it seems that claymation and stop-motion animation might be a bit of a small niche, even for the word wide web. Sites like animateclay.com are good, but they just don’t seem to go into enough depth, or suggest alternative ways of doing things beyond the scope of products they sell in their e-shops.

The book I purchased (and will be eagerly awaiting for in the post) is called Stop Motion: Craft Skills for Model Animation. There are a few others that I’d like to get my hands on, but I’ll try reading this one first and pass on any good tips I find.

Noddegamra is Evolving

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It’s taken a lot of time and effort to try and bring some sort of focus to the Noddegamra website. As something that just started out as a bit of fun and a way to communicate with friends, time has definitely brought about a need for change. With the community thinning out a bit due to other competitive sites (such as facebook, cracked, digg, etc) there has been a real need to find something unique in order to offer something fresh here. The main focus of Noddegamra now is on creativity as well as the community.

Heath Ledger is Dead!?

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Heath Ledger (The Joker) 28 died January 22nd 2008It’s true, I only just found out myself!

According to many sources such as The New York Times, 28 year old actor Heath Ledger died today of suspected suicide or overdose.

“Heath Ledger was found dead this afternoon in an apartment in Manhattan inhabited by the actress Mary-Kate Olsen, according to the New York City police. Signs pointed to a suicide or an accidental overdose, police sources said.”

Heath Ledger was set to appear as The Joker in the upcoming Batman movie “The Dark Knight“. As far as I know, the film is (or almost is) 100% complete, currently undergoing the stage of post production.

Whilst nothing has been confirmed yet, I imagine Warner Bros/Time Warner will continue to show the film, possibly dedicating the movie to the actor in this tragic event.

For those wishing to keep up-to-date with the story (and also read into it in more detail) please visit the following sites: