Sunday, 1 June 2014

Up date......

Well, it is obvious Ii suck at blogging. To be fair I have been in limbo for the last year. Things should settle down in a few months and I can finally start my Stop motion film production. This is what the Blog is suppose to be about and what I intend to follow here on the blog. Maybe if I suddenly start getting nighttime visits from Grey aliens I could change topics and start writing about my thoughts and feels regard abductions. But sadly no one comes to visit me in the dark hours, lol
Here is a bit of a run down on what's is coming up.
1: I have to move yet again, I don't want to get into the details but there are reasons forcing me to relocate again. This means starting from the beginning again as far as building my studios goes.
My illness has been a real pain in the neck, literally, I need another MRI and I will be seeing a Neurologist as soon as one can fit me in.. The concern is my illness may actually be MS.
That brings me around to the subject of my next real blog post. My new desk. This condition, what ever it is, has effected my back and most of my joints. I can't sit in a normal "Office Chair" and work at my computer for more than 20 minutes before I become overwhelmed with horrible pain. The only position I can work in with some level of comfortably is in the stretched out position on top of my bed. So I have studied, designed and started to fabricate a desk that will roll over my bed and allow me to work for longer periods of time.
I move at a snails pace so this build is taking a very long time, but once it is completed, I'll post the photos and videos. I am documenting the process, in case any one cares.
I'll be back!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Strategies for Working with a Disability!

So, it is the dawn of a new year. All the holiday festivities are behind us, and our normal routines of day to day life are back in full swing. At least for most of us. For me, a 48 year old man, who has spent most of his life healthy and active, this is the beginning of a very different chapter in my life. For the last 4 years I have been struggling with a crippling disease.
There is no cure, only treatments to help cope with the pain, and slow down the destruction to my joints.
So why bring this up? Well it has drastically effected my ability to work. Caused a full stop to everything. I haven't given up however, not at all. My family and I have just recently moved into a lovely new home, and I am embarking on a quest to built a studio in the basement suited to my “Special needs”. I never realize how difficult it is for people with just the slightest disability to work with computers and animation software.
So that's is part of what this blog is about. How I go about tackling this challenge. Of course the second part is following my journey as I attempt to produce a massive silly Stop-motion, CGI film. So stay tuned.

Below is my soon to be studio, lots of work ahead of me!!!

Saturday, 9 November 2013

New Website

Last month I let my website expire. As I am now a subscriber to Adobe Creative Cloud I figured why not use the web tools that they provide. Might as well, I am paying for it.
Anyway so here is a crappy temp placeholder. When I get a bit of time. I'll bang up a proper job.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Off Topic

Ok, so here is the latest for those couple of peeps who have followed my situation. As some of you know I was, and I stress, was a full time VFX artist. I had to stop a few years ago due to a very painful medical condition. At first the docs where treating me for something called Psoriatic arthritis a chronic disease that can cause inflammation of the tendons, cartilage, eyes, and lung lining
 I have just recently been told I also have Spinal Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Arthritis of the Spine)
The good news is, finally after months of waiting I am heading into the hospital for some Relief. The pain clinic, where I will be getting either an epidural steroid injection or a lidocaine infusion. Both treatments are meant to reduce the pain, not a cure but a temporary measure to reduce the chronic pain.
So hopefully this will mean i can get back to work, and working on my long over due Stop motion film.
I should have an update next week.

My MRI and CT scans show bone spurs impeding into my spinal cord both in my neck and in my lumbar area of my back.
This effects both my arms and legs.
Major bumber.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Not all Stop Motion

This film will be employing both "Practical Effects" and CGI FX, this is a test I did a while back for a demolition FX. I was testing out a Maya plugin called Fracture-FX. I liked the plugin a lot, so I shall be purchasing a licence in the near future.