Americas Off Broadway Festival Podcast

...starring Jack!

"For the next few months 59E59 will host the Americas Off Broadway Festival. To gain some insight into some the featured productions, Martin Denton, moderator of nytheatrecast invite three of the participants to fill us in on the details. Meet Jack Finnegan of City Love Song..."

Listen to the podcast here!

Also catch up on the City Love Song countdown videos:

9: http://vimeo.com/22805712

8: http://vimeo.com/22875574

7: http://vimeo.com/22899832


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City Love Song: Red Alert

http://vimeo.com/22788008

Just one of those days...  (10 days and counting)


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Revisiting old friends

I'm getting ready to spruce up my demo reel, so I'm going back over some old shots to see what's salvageable.  This shot is one I always liked - great line of dialogue, some good motion - but coming out of school my last mentor deemed it far too stiff...and he was right.  There was very little to zero body movement, in fact there was nothing in the base (waist) at all - a major no-no!  So, this is just a first initial pass to get the waist moving, lots more residual body movement (and other corrections) to follow.


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City Love Song: 12...er, 11 days and counting

It's hard to keep up with this!

Videos 12 & 11 here:

http://vimeo.com/22726418


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City Love Song: 13 Days and Counting

http://vimeo.com/22678526

Click link.  Watch video.


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Busy week

Well, it was a long weekend as I worked at Disneyland Friday, Saturday and Sunday, after also working there last Saturday and Sunday as well (Spring Break week).  Needless to say, it's set me back a bit on the animation front.  Add in Svoundtrack work on top of that and suddenly every bit of free time feels like a sin ("Maybe I should be working now instead of playing video games!").  But things are still moving along, on all fronts.  I got an extra week's worth of work a couple of weeks ago when I got to animate the dragon for a pilot movie trailer.  I don't know if it's actually called a "pilot trailer," that's what I call it; it's a trailer that was put together to take around to studios in an attempt to raise money to make the full length film.  I animated multiple dragons (which were playing the part of demons) in a wide angle shot showing a burning city in ruin (there were multiple "demons" circling buildings and one of them landed on a building).  I can't say much more than that - or do I even know much more than that - but it's a little more of my animation floating around the movie world, which is pretty awesome.  There is a very basic website for the film, though, and I can point you there:

http://www.firecity.com/

...and also a facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/FireCity

"Fire City is demon noir thriller we are developing in-house. Private Investigator John Asher suffers from a special 'gift' and sees demons everywhere. Not only are demons living in the world among us, they are some of Asher's best clients. When his estranged 17-year-old daughter, Polly, comes to tell him she is turning into a demon, Asher must find a key to turn her back."  Or as Davey put it, "Like Constantine, only it won't suck."  The man is nothing, if not blunt (although I personally enjoyed Constantine).  It's being put together by Okay By Me Productions.

So, I think that will do it for this week.  Next week I will get back into some of the details of where the dragon animation is at, that's the plan anyway.


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City Love Song coutdown: 14 days

Hard to believe that in just two short weeks Jack will be kicking off the second leg of City Love Song - with performances at 59E59 in New York City - and in just four short weeks he will set off on his world tour!

As the big day(s) approach he has begun putting together a series of countdown videos, the first of which you can watch here:

http://www.vimeo.com/22611621

Enjoy!


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This week in animation

Here I am, as promised!  It's been quite a while since I talked about what is going on in my world of animation and that's not from a lack of goings-on.  I'm still working under contract for Tiny Juggernaut and have been under the direction of the owner, Davey Jones (yes, just like the famed sea captain).  The experience has been both incredible and challenging, for many reasons.  One thing I learned right away is that things change...a lot.  This can happen for any number of reasons, but it honestly wasn't something I had expected.  Here I thought that being an animator would be a simple matter of going from A to B to C and so on, but apparently the alphabet I had come to known isn't quite the same in the moving pictures business.  I've jumped from shot to shot, had the rig I was animating change (twice), but that's all part of the process.  The project I'm working on - a short film - is not a blockbuster.  Will most of you see it?  Probably not (unless you're my family).  Will I be any less proud of of it?  Absolutely not!  Davey has helped me (forced me) to push my skills beyond where I thought I could go and in doing so is helping to set me up for the long haul in the animation business.

There's lots more to be said, but it's late and I need some sleep.  This will hopefully just be an introduction of things to come, so I hope you can accept a bit of exposition this week.  Until next time!


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How Walt Disney Cartoons Are Made


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City Love Song ticket on sale now!

Support an incredible artist and buy tickets today!


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