Messing around in Moho 12

Some little tests and experiments using the new animation software I’m studying (formerly Anime Studio Pro; actually was called Moho before that.)

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Hor to Draw a Bicycle

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How to Draw a Minotaur

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Quick sketch with bone rig and “action” I exported and imported into the Minotaur file above

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Mesh Warping (selfie from the last time I was in a doctor’s office)

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Pin Bones and background masking

A Pony for Vermin Supreme

A Pony for Vermin Supreme

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My Car-Free Life

Another Pecha Kucha talk I did (here’s the other one). Slides and text after the fold.

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The Skin of the Earth

Flying to New York last week I had this amazing view of Central Illinois farmland. It was early in the season and nothing was growing in the fields yet, but they were no longer frozen. The land was unobscured by snow, ice, or crops. I noticed the naked fields were mottled, and it dawned on me I was seeing underground rivers – not unlike veins you can see under the skin – along with the obvious surface rivers. Humans parcel the land along even grid lines, and when I ride my bike through the countryside I tend to think of the land that way too. But seeing these complex, chaotic patterns underneath reminded me just how puny, idiotic, and clueless about nature modern humans really are.

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I also got this nice shot of downtown Manhattan from the plane, because the lady in the window seat was asleep:

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Manhattan had grown a new tower since I’d seen it last. Or maybe it was just happy to see me.

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I am blessed with a terrible memory, which allows me to get fresh enjoyment from my own work after enough time passes. So it was especially fun to come across a Facebook post in an unfamiliar language with a gif of my animation from 2004:

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By some miracle, the original .fla files were on one of my main disk drives, so I reformatted one for today’s preferred 16:9 aspect ratio, and voila:

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Maybe I’ll find some way to use it in a new project, and render it as 4K video. It was originally part of a short I was going to do about depression, because in 2004 I was very depressed. Instead I made Sita Sings the Blues, which was probably  more therapeutic. But I sure like this walk cycle.

The original 640 x 480 gif is here, uploaded by some anonymous archivist.

Special Snowflake Pride

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I recently came out as a Special Snowflake. Please respect my identity by buying this shirt.

New York City! Seder-Masochism Work-In-Progress Benefit April 21 at IFC

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 7:30 PM EDT
IFC Center, New York, NY

You must purchase advance tickets for this event.

All singing! All dancing! All 40+ minutes of my feature-film-in-progress, Seder-Masochism! This is not the finished movie, but the core musical scenes animated in Flash. While I take a production break to learn new software to make the rest of the film, let’s watch all these crazy scenes together in a theater. Featuring:
Goats!
Egypt!
Plagues!
Death!
Idols!
Commandments!
Unsubtle phallic imagery!
…and MORE!

FREE MATZOH!

Big thanks to my friends at GKIDS for making this happen.

Seder-Masochism is Nina Paley’s second feature film, currently in production. Like its predecessor  Sita Sings the Blues, it’s an animated musical – but

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Bike Rankings

I love bikes. Bikes allow me to procrastinate. I go on long country rides that benefit no one but myself, yet I appear virtuous because our culture elevates “exercise.” And while I’m out on those rides, in a semi-meditative state – exertation? meditatiercise? – I compare my bikes to each other. Which is my “best” bike? If I could only have one bike, which would it be? Questions of no urgency to anyone, even myself, but since I had the time (because I was procrastinating) and the little notebook and pen I carry with me, I decided to rank my bikes.

Here are my criteria:

Speed
Comfort
Lightness (Weight)
Portability/Storage: can I take it

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March 1: Seder-Masochism Work-In-Progress Screening

 

Tuesday March 1, 7:30 pm
The Art Theater
126 W. Church St., Champaign IL

All singing! All dancing! All 40+ minutes of my feature-film-in-progress, Seder-Masochism! This is not the finished movie, but the core musical scenes animated in Flash. While I take a production break to learn new software to make the rest of the film, let’s watch all these crazy scenes together in a theater. Featuring:
Goats!
Egypt!
Plagues!
Death!
Idols!
Commandments!
Unsubtle phallic imagery!
…and MORE!

$5 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. FREE MATZOH!

  Tuesday March 1, 7:30 pm The Art Theater 126 W. Church St., Champaign IL All singing! All dancing! All 40+ minutes of my feature-film-in-progress, Seder-Masochism! This is not

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Modern Ten Commandments

I was recently asked what the Ten Commandments would say if they were written today. I suggested these:

Thou shalt go to college and acquire at least a Bachelor’s degree.
Thou shalt root for at least one sportsball team.
Thou shalt drive a car.
Thou shalt eat the flesh of animals.
Thou shalt breed.
Thou shalt worship babies, and mothers, and parents. With thy tax penalties shalt thou worship them.
Thou shalt be monogamous, that thou mayst treat thy partner as property even while denying it.
Thou shalt copyright everything, that thou mayst censor even while denying it.
Thou shalt bank and use credit cards and organize thy days according to “work” and “bills”.
Thou shalt not question any of these

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Exodus 19-40: Tabernaculous!

Music: The Things We Do For Love by 10cc (1976)

The Tabernacle is built, Aharon ordained, Joshua and Eleazar introduced, and an enduring religious hierarchy established.

This concludes the songs I’m animating in Flash for Seder-Masochism. The rest of the movie will be in different styles, possibly using different software. Experimentation awaits!

Tax-deductible donations can be made here.

Music: The Things We Do For Love by 10cc (1976) The Tabernacle is built, Aharon ordained, Joshua and Eleazar introduced, and an enduring religious hierarchy established. This concludes

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Circumcision! NSFW

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Killer of Sheep redux

A few years ago I posted this cycle of Aharon ritually slaughtering sheep. I recently re-did it so he’s slaughtering Kosher-style, from below the neck:

 

More about bloody ritual slaughter here.

A few years ago I posted this cycle of Aharon ritually slaughtering sheep. I recently re-did it so he’s slaughtering Kosher-style, from below the neck:   More about bloody ritual

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Now with more violence

Some people – even my own Momz! – requested more violence in Exodus 32: The Law, to better match the text. So I have obliged. You can see the carnage in the video starting around 3:20.

Exodus 32: 27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.

28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

Some people – even my

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Exodus 32: THE LAW

Note: Moses is a prophet of Islam, as well as Judaism and Christianity. The Law he delivers in Exodus is foundational to all Abrahamic religions.

Exodus 32:

7 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:

8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

9 And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people,

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Angel O’ Death T-shirts

Available again until November 24, because people apparently like to buy stuff in November.

 

Available until December 3 2014 April 13 October 18 November 24 here! There’s a pull-down menu that lets you choose between men’s and women’s crew necks, v-necks, and unisex long sleeved shirts. Teespring worked great for the Passover Satyr shirts – I was pleased with the quality of both the screen printing and the shirt stock. This is a much easier way for me to produce shirts than trying to figure out demand in advance and paying for everything up front.

Available again until November 24, because people apparently like to buy stuff in November.   Available until December 3 2014 April 13 October

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