WE HAVE MOVED TO AWN

Posted in daily sketch on January 22nd, 2010 by lanimate

Hello. I  have moved my blog to AWN and changed it’s name to….what else…

ALWAYS ANIMATED

See you over there!

Larry

PETE’S ODYSSEY GARNERS INDIE AWARD

Posted in daily sketch, animation stories, production journal, news, student, festivals on December 29th, 2009 by lanimate

Congrats to Executive Producers Charlotte and Bill Rinderknecht. PETE’S ODYSSEY been awarded an INDIE FEST award.

Please, pass the statue.
Please, pass the statue.

The Indie is about helping independent filmmakers secure distribution, the Holy Grail of filmmaking. We have relationships with distributors friendly to independent filmmakers.
Indie awards go to those filmmakers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and compelling documentaries. The Indieis a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices.

The Indie is a virtual festival. It does not have physical screenings. Rather, winners are promoted via targeted press releases to media outlets and The Indie’s email database of more than 28,000 filmmakers and industry insiders.

The Indie recognizes filmmakers who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity. First-time filmmakers are often recognized. It receives entries from all over the world.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Posted in daily sketch, animation stories, production journal, news, student, festivals on December 24th, 2009 by lanimate
My official Holiday card
My official Holiday card

First off… MERRY CHRISTMAS! Second, I hadn’t posted in a while thinking that any day my blog was to be moved to AWN. As busy as they are… that hasn’t happened yet… so, I will just continue with my current blog entries until is does happen.

Here is a Holiday card with PETE
Here is a Holiday card with PETE

The last month or so has been busy with the Holidays, finishing up projects and making sure PETE’S ODYSSEY is out there at festivals.

So far we have been selected to 4 film festivals. We won a first place for Best Animated Short… at the AG Indie Film Festival in Smithfield, NC. By the way, I usually stop of at Smithfield when I travel North to see clients in D.C. and in New Jersey and other places in the Northeast.

Also, PETE is a finalist in the Beaufort Film Festival in South Carolina. It is an official selection in the Savannah International Animation Festival and the Amelia Island Film Festival.

I am gearing up for my next project and will try to share what I can…

The Youtube link thingy doesn’t seem to be working - so my Christmas Film Festival has gone by the way side. But I will try to add PEACE ON EARTH here…

here is a list of films on youtube you can peruse.

Cosmic Christmas
A Wish for Wings That Work
Ziggy’s Gift
Mickey’s Christmas Carol
Christmas Carol, a Ghost Story (produced by Chuck Jones)
Claymation Christmas
A Peanuts Christmas

and most importantly, PEACE ON EARTH by Harmon and Ising

These will keep you in the Holiday spirit

I still like this one from last year
I still like this one from last year


Have a wonderful Holiday Season!!!

Art Time!

Posted in daily sketch, art, animation stories, production journal, news, student on November 4th, 2009 by lanimate

We are entering PETE in festivals to take advantage of her shelf life.

In the meantime, I am working on other projects - preproduction and scripts.

a bit of time in Central park
a bit of time in Central park
A recent sketch from the Met. Museum of Art
A recent sketch from the Met. Museum of Art

Now I have a bit more time for drawing. Here are some recent drawings and sketches.

Another view from beside the bridge
Another view from beside the bridge
Thr view from the Common Grounds Coffee House
Thr view from the Common Grounds Coffee House
in development a third Henri movie
in development a third Henri movie
another sketch of Henri
another sketch of Henri

Footage from the PETE’S ODYSSEY

Posted in daily sketch, art, animation stories, production journal, news, student on October 27th, 2009 by lanimate

IT WAS A GREAT NIGHT!

Here is some footage I took at the premiere of PETE’S ODYSSEY. It has the students, Michelle Armstrong singing and a snippet from PETE - shot off the screen.

Plus a sketch from my book….

Pete flits away!
Pete flits away!

Thanks.

Even More Animated!!!

Images from PETE’S PREMIERE

Posted in daily sketch, animation stories, production journal, news, student, festivals on October 20th, 2009 by lanimate

WHAT A NIGHT THAT WAS!!! An event we will remember for years.

PETE makes her debut on the BIG screen
PETE makes her debut on the BIG screen
Lynne Oddo CAT Chair and Francis' head
Lynne Oddo CAT Chair and Francis’ head
art director Francis Acupan's front with animator Dwight Phillips
art director Francis Acupan’s front with animator Dwight Phillips

For me it was gratifying to see the students again. When you do a project like this you tend to form bonds with your co-workers. The students were so amazing (probably the 20th time I have written that)!

animators Carrie Hermann and Orlando Feliz
animators Carrie Hermann and Orlando Feliz

Those of you in New Jersey can catch the making of PETE’S ODYSSEY on cable and the New Jersey Network (NJN).

Speaking of the premiere - it was the first premiere of one of my films I have attended for the last the films.

When the North/South project, ANIMAGIC, premiered December 7th 1995 in Belfast, I was already working for Disney and that weekend was a big press weekend - prior to the opening of the Disney Institute. So I kind of had to stay. Now, I wish I had gone to see the kids and teachers who participated on the project. Actor Bob Hoskins presented the film…

The next premiere I missed was of OUR WORLD. It premiered in Cologne, Germany at the Ludwig Museum in October of 2005. I missed that one because I was teaching in Europe in Provence. I should have hopped a flight from Marseille.

They say three times are a charm - so this one worked big time.
Yea!

Incredibly Animated!!!

Another Making of PETE’S ODYSSEY

Posted in daily sketch, animation stories, production journal, news, student, festivals on October 17th, 2009 by lanimate

Hello.

The premiere of PETE’S ODYSSEY went extremely well last Friday night, October 9th at Bloomsfield College in New Jersey. It has taken me a week to come back to Earth and resume my daily tasks.

This video was presented at the premiere…

Where are my “skinny” pictures?

Again many thanks to the folks at Bloomfield - to the students, the faculty, Lynne Oddo and Vincent Potuto and especially my partner in crime, Charlotte Rinderknecht

TODAY IS THE DAY!!!

Posted in daily sketch, animation stories, production journal, news, student, festivals on October 9th, 2009 by lanimate

Okay, tonight is the premiere of PETE’S ODYSSEY at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, NJ. - just minutes from the Big Apple!

A scene from the PETE'S ODYSSEY
A scene from the PETE’S ODYSSEY

The festivities begin at 6:00 pm.

Singer/songwriter Michelle Armstrong will perform several songs including the soundtrack from the music video, UNAFRAID TO FIND.

To say that we can’t wait to see the film on the big screen is an understatement!

Yesterday, was media day at Bloomfield College, the New Jersey Channel folks descended on the campus to interview the students, educator/filmmakers.

The atmosphere in the halls outside the studios was carnival-like with students,crew and everyone else milling about…

Michelle flew in from Austin, Texas to be interviewed and to perform live for the crew.

The afternoon was a combination of hectic activity and high energy.

For my part, it was wonderful to see Michelle, PETE Executive Producers - Charlotte and Bill Rinderknecht and  Bloomfield faculty - Lynne Oddo and Vinny Potuto.

It was especially wonderful to see the students who worked on the project. They all seemed to have grown in confidence and stature. There plenty of hugs to go around!

After the media activities, we all enjoyed the familiar buzz of a pizza party hosted by the college. They do know how to do it right!
I know that tonight will be a special night! I will have pictures and maybe some video up soon.

Westmister Hall at Bloomfield College
Westmister Hall at Bloomfield College

A huge THANK YOU to the folks at Bloomfield College for hosting this event…it seems so right that the efforts of the students should be rewarded this way.
In the meantime, several “PETE” sightings have occurred.

An Inn in New England
An Inn in New England
Tybee Island, Georgia before this weekend's Pirate Festival
Tybee Island, Georgia before this weekend’s Pirate Festival
Santee State Park in South Carolina
Santee State Park in South Carolina
Even a local fruit bowl
Even a local fruit bowl

ALWAYS ANIMATED!

PETE’S ODYSSEY PREMIERE ON FRIDAY, OCT. 9TH at 6:00 pm

Posted in daily sketch, animation stories, production journal, news, student, festivals on September 24th, 2009 by lanimate

Finally, the animated film PETE’S ODYSSEY will premiere on Friday, October 9th at 6:00 pm at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, NJ. The event will take place in Van Fossan Theater, 476 Franklin Street (on the corner of Franklin St. and Fremont St.) on the campus.

Here is the official poster-invite. Many thanks to Lynne Oddo and crew.
Here is the official poster-invite. Many thanks to Lynne Oddo and crew.

Special musical guest, Michelle Armstrong will appear live to sing her song UNAFRAID TO FIND which is the basis for this music video.

For more information call 973-748-9000 ext. 507

The event is FREE and open to the public. For maps and directions go to:

http://www.bloomfield.edu/about/location.aspx

I’ll be there…Executive Producers, Charlotte and Bill Rinderknecht will be there.

Charlotte has been hard at work on the editing of PETE.

The students that worked so diligently on the film will be there!!! 

I know that everyone will have a great time.
All in all it should be a great night.

We can’t wait to see it on the BIG screen.

In a related PETE sighting - this banana is now being offered on Ebay for 7 million dollars!

Here is the banana that has set the internet abuzz!

Here is the banana that has set the internet abuzz!
a close up of PETE - a top banana
a close up of PETE - a top banana

PETE IS IN THE CAN!!!!

Posted in daily sketch, animation stories, production journal, student on August 29th, 2009 by lanimate

Whew! An amazing event occurred earlier this month.

The student animators at Bloomfield College came through again- big time. They animated, tweened, cleaned-up, scanned and worked their way into animation stardom - well at least in MY mind they did.

Amazing, truly amazing is the word.

And now….PETE’S ODYSSEY is in the can…pretty much ready for it’s premiere, Friday night, October 9th at Bloomfield College.

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Bloomfield-a.jpg

Thanks so much to Lynne Oddo, Chair of the CAT major and to Vinny Potuto, animation professor…they are awesome!

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Bloomfield-B-a.jpg
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Bloomfield-C-a.jpg
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