Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pok├ęball Cake

The cake was a huge it at the party.

We even made Poke-Cake-Balls out of some of the leftover cake.
Those were delicious.

It was a complete surprise to everybody when we cut the cake open and out fell a bunch of M&Ms.

One of the kids watching as the cake was cut noticed that there was an Espion inside the cake.  All of the other kids went wild with excitement that there was actually a pokemon inside the pokeball cake.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pokeball Cake

First off, let me start off by stating that my mom is brilliant.

I never liked cake when I was growing up, and that always made things difficult when my birthday came around.  My mom was always a good sport about it.  Most of the time I would just end up with an ice cream cake, but once in a while I’d have an idea for something different.  Even when it came to making cake my mom was great at creating incredible designs.

That's not sushi or cake!
Rice Krispies Treat Sushi

When my girlfriends daughter showed an interest in having a Pokemon themed birthday party my eyes lit up.  I thought to myself, “This could make for an awesome cake.”  I called my mom up and asked if she could think about a way to make an amazing Pokemon cake.  I gave her a couple of ideas, but her idea was so much better than mine.  A pinata cake!

My mom had sent me that link and I was all in on that idea.  After finding a fondant recipe on the internet my she went spent most of today trying to figure out how to get this cake together.  

And yes there is a Pokemon inside!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Finding My Voice

Over the last three or four weeks I have made several attempts at creating "let's plays" on my gaming YouTube channel.  The "Finding My Voice" series is about trying different ways of interacting with the audience and the game to try and create an interesting voice.  The content of the videos seems to be steadily increasing with each attempt.

In my first attempt it was allot of filler words.  My favorite filler word seems to be "Ok." When editing this video I tried to cut out most of the filler words, but this ended up with a lot of dead air only showing game play and not my interaction with it.

The second attempt was a complete bust.  After loosing all the audio the shoot was un-salvageable.  If memory serves correctly, the word "OK" was used far to often and the amount of dead air was pretty bad.

The next video went about the same as the first and second. I tried editing out all the filler words; that left out allot of the commentary and left dead air while I was going through parts of the game that were challenging me.

My most recent attempt went a better.  I studied some of my favorite YouTubers that post let's plays.  The ones that I like the most and the ones that seem to be enjoyed by the most people edit out a ton of dead air.  If you watch GassyMexican's videos and compare them to SeaNanner's videos, you'll notice that it's allot easier to watch the SeaNanners videos because he really only includes the funny moments in his videos.  Taking this knowledge, I edited out anything that didn't include me commentating, or wasn't funny.

This process of creating these videos has been immensely enjoyable as well as a ton of work.  Never let anyone tell you that what people like PewDiePie and CaptainSparklez have no talent or are lazy. This is a really job.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Industrial Artist Emporium

     Embarking on a new adventure in my life, producing YouTube videos and managing the social media for a burgeoning industrial arts school and website.

     Industrial Artist Emporium is still in the process of getting setup and getting classes started.  Follow our progress on Facebook and YouTube.




Thursday, October 28, 2010

Special Effects and Puppetry

The effects in this piece was probably the most fun I've ever had editing video.  The fire balls were recorded well after the studio shot where the actors were shot. The fire ball were just a lamp wick ball soaked in kerosene on the end of a wire.  They were shot against a completely black background. Then I use a luma key to remove the black.  This created a fire ball that I could put over any piece of video and it looked like the fire ball was there. Then using key frames I was able to animate the fire balls and give them character and life, and even allowed them to interact with the characters.

I had a BLAST with this piece.  It just reminds me how much I love animation.