Sunday, July 29, 2007

HOMEMADE CAT TOYS

look... a new quick and easy way to make a homemade toy for your cat

Saturday, July 28, 2007

movies I saw recently that I thought were great

here's some movies I saw recently that I thought were all excellent and definitely worth your time...
the director of this new harry potter is the same guy that directed a really great little film called "girl in the cafe"... I think it was an HBO movie... I saw it on dvd, and it is great... if you get a chance... check out girl in the cafe... oh, and the new harry potter... that's great too... its a much darker and more character driven film than the last one... which will appeal to some more than others
i love John Cusack... that guy needs to win an academy award someday... or if he doesn't I'll make one for him out of rice krispies and send it to him... 1408 is a really smartly written movie, that is sort of billed as a horror movie, but is much more... you should go see this one... its got a brilliant premise... and cusack's performance is top notch ratatouille is a really great little animated movie, that I got to work on a little bit in my last 4 1/2 months at pixar... the great thing about it is that its not a huge over the top animation extravaganza... its just a really sweet simple movie with great acting and great writing... I haven't met anyone that's seen it, that hasn't liked it
I thought shrek the 3rd was really underrated by the critics... this movie was really funny... and exactly what I wanted from a shrek experience... its got some excellent animation and it makes you laugh at least once every few minutes... and occasionally makes you laugh so hard your guts might spill out all over the place... and how can you not love the characters... there's so many strong memorable characters in these films... (donkey, puss n boots, gingy, pinocchio... the 3 pigs)... I'd definitely recommend checking skrek the third out, if you haven't already
knocked up was awesome... a great great comedy... and just a solid movie all around... its up there with wedding crashers and 40 year old virgin... try to see it before it disappears from theatres
the fourth die hard is not as good as the first or third but a million times better than the second... I got exactly what I wanted from a die hard movie with this one... lots of crazy over the top die hard action... and the mac kid is pretty good in it too... there's some story silliness sometimes but plenty of great action scenes to make up for it... if you are a die hard fan go see this movie... i had to pee for the last 2/3rds of the movie but I held it in because I didn't want to miss anything... that's how good this movie is... and I learned a valuable lesson about getting a soda at the theatre... never do it... milkshakes are okay though

and this one comes out on dvd august 7th... i loved TMNT when i saw it in theatres and can't wait to watch it again on dvd... don't judge it before you watch it... the movie stays really true to the characters... and doesn't let you down if you used to be a really big ninja turtle fan... unlike another film about giant robots

Monday, July 23, 2007

EVERYDAY (the wii is gone)

here's a really funny video about how impossible it is to get a nintendo wii...
I lucked out and got a wii a while ago...
but I never play the thing anymore...

Friday, July 20, 2007

new song

I added a new song to my site...
here's the link...
http://www.alexfleisig.com/music/SEPERATEDWORLD128K.mp3
sounds better on headphones...
yucky on speakers...
here's the other songs if you haven't heard them yet...
and would like to listen...
http://www.alexfleisig.com/music/FLOATAWY.mp3
http://www.alexfleisig.com/music/REASURE_ME.mp3
http://www.alexfleisig.com/music/NOWAYOUT.mp3
http://www.alexfleisig.com/music/BRKNMND.mp3

Monday, July 16, 2007

INTERPOL

One of my favorite bands, Interpol just released a new album. Its their 3rd. And its great. A few of the songs are on youtube... here's some videos... I added one song from the old album. You should listen to those, too!!! They're brilliant albums. Some of these videos aren't real videos... they're silly homemade videos... you tube is weird... ENJOY





Friday, July 13, 2007

ZELDA

in celebration of friday the 13th I have decided that the legend of zelda needs to be posted again... watch and enjoy... make sure to watch them all... they get better and better and better... the 3rd episode is indeed epic... pay particular attention to the artists new cloth and special effects skills


Thursday, July 12, 2007

animation mentor class of 2007


here's some of the stuff from the animation mentor class of 2007... there's some beautiful work in here... its very inspiring to see students doing stuff of this caliber.


here's a short by one of the students... Dan Segarra...
He was mark behm's student for a bit, and later melanie cordan's.
Its got some amazing animation in it.
I'm curious if he's working somewhere now.

Monday, July 09, 2007

FLIGHT VOLUME 4

I just picked up Flight Volume 4 at the comic book store today. There's some beautiful artwork littered throughout this book, and some great little short stories as well. And its got a very cool story by a good friend of mine, Sarah Mensinga. Sarah and I worked together for about 4 years at DNA Productions in Texas. If you've never read a flight book, you should pick up the first 3 as well. They're all quite excellent.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Assasin's Creed

Here's some great developer diary videos for assasin's creed. This game really looks amazing, and I can't wait to try it. Hopefully it doesn't come out before I finish Odin Sphere. Its youtube so it doesn't do the graphics justice... here's some links to gametrailers.com, if you want to see prettier versions of the same video. http://www.gametrailers.com/player/19907.html http://www.gametrailers.com/player/19930.html

BUNNY DRAWING #3

MEDIEVIL WARRIOR BUNNIES
(click the image for a larger view)

here's the black and white version... messy

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Odin Sphere and GrimGrimoire

So I'm still playing odin sphere, which is amazing... made by a japanese studio called vanillaware... they just came out with a new game called GrimGrimoire.

I'm going to try to finish odin sphere first... but GrimGrimoire is getting great reviews too, and has the same sort of cool 2d visual style of odin sphere... except its presented more like an RTS. Below is the english trailer for grim grimoire.



check it out... and if you haven't checked out odin sphere yet... I highly, highly recommend it... its still the best new game you can buy right now. One cool thing about these games, is that everything is spoken... you don't have to read... and most of the voice acting is pretty strong... some of it is silly, but it still works within the context of the games. Below is the english trailer for odin sphere.



these are both playstation 2 games... if you don't have a PS2 I would actually recommend picking up a used one just so you can play these games... they are really something new and different... I've found it hard to find any innovation in videogames in a long time... most games just rehash the same thing over and over with prettier graphics... But I think vanillaware is really doing something different... and I hope they are successful with it.


here's the video review on gametrailers.com http://www.gametrailers.com/player/20926.html?type=mov

Monday, July 02, 2007

BUNNY part 2

this bunny is very excited because his background is the color of carrots

(click the image for a larger bunny)

Sunday, July 01, 2007

two website fixes

I fixed two broken things on my website... alot of people weren't able to watch this old animation I did, because I used a weird codec... here's the new one with the fixed codec... should work fine now... http://www.alexfleisig.com/animation/Big_Head_2CD.mov ... and also this mr incredible test from back when I was at pixar... there had been something wrong with the sync, but I fixed it... http://www.alexfleisig.com/animation/mr_incredible_sit_test_6_CD.mov