Thanks to everyone who weighed in with tech suggestions on yesterday’s connector quandary.    I think I’ve finally got it figured out, thanks to a few helpful text messages from my buddy Ivon:

February 13, 2018: Tech Support And Oscar Shorts!

Tomorrow, I will finally uncover the mysteries contained within those ancient hard drives.  Will it be an avalanche of awesome behind the scenes pictures, videos, and documents?  Or an Al Capone’s Vaultful of disappointment.  Tune in to tomorrow’s blog entry!

February 13, 2018: Tech Support And Oscar Shorts!

One of the nice things about not being in production is the free time I am afforded to check out matinees alongside this city’s retirees.  As was the case this afternoon when Akemi and I checked out a screening of this year’s Oscar-nominated animation shorts.    We watched all five nominees along with two bonus shorts and animated interstitials, Akemi joyfully oohing and aaahing throughout.  It thought both the U.S. entries were fine: Dear Basketball, in which Kobe Bryant reflects on his love for the game, and Lou, a Pixar entry as technically accomplished as it is comparatively unremarkable.  France’s The Garden party was great fun, offering an underlying sense of dread to a surprisingly creepy, but artistically impressive entry.  Although Akemi thought it went on a little too long, I quite enjoyed the British-German Revolting Rhymes, based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name, that offers a wickedly dark take on some classic fairytales.  Our favorite, however, was France’s touching Negative Space, about a son who reflects on his relationship with his father and the ties that bond them: specifically, their proficiency for packing.

Check them out if you get a chance.  And check out the trailers for Negative Space and Revolting Rhymes below…

9 thoughts on “February 13, 2018: Tech Support and Oscar Shorts!

  1. Those shorts sound cool.

    Also, LOL at the text. 🙂 Your laptop might have a Thunderbolt connection, but that drive doesn’t appear to.

  2. Very cool! We don’t get the opportunity to view the shorts around here. I’d probably have to go into NYC for that.

  3. Yay! R2d2 to the rescue once again!

    After watching both trailers am feeling a bit ambivalent about Negative Space.
    Not sure I will ever unpack the rest of it.

    Revolting Rhymes appears to inspire some quintessential fun, tho.
    I might just cast an eye or two at it once I’m done
    Riding my sometimes pretty-sometimes not, horse, Ambi Val Ence
    then soaring to new heights over the ocean with my pal Johnathan L
    whilst re discovering The Time Ships buzzing about inside Stephen Baxters
    inordinately scrutinized head 😀

  4. I’ll be hunting down Negative Space, packing is everything isn’t it? I feel like I’m a pro but yet I’ve managed to forget to at least one thing that I absolutely didn’t want to forget. I am re-reading Year One, it’s going to be a long 8 months till they publish the next chapter.

  5. We have boxes and boxes of cables. I tried to sort them all. If I throw one out, we’ll need it. I’m glad Ivon could help!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    1. Someone should do a special feature for the Star Wars DVDs for “Day in the Life of R2D2” or something like that.

      1. Oops. That wasn’t supposed to be on Tammy’s thread. I have the same problem. The minute I discard something I need it.

  6. We had a presentation of Dear Basketball by Glenn Keane at the Annecy Animation Festival last year, and it was amazing. Negative space was one of the best short we had in the selection last year as well, I loved it.
    And I totally agree on Lou.

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