One of the best things that happened this week was just a little while ago: I was dropping some reels off to be scanned. As I described and gave notes, the owner of the shop was making a quick note of each thing, making sure to get it right. As I talked a little about each thing, I was struck at the care he took to get the notes right about framing and making sure he’d get it right since I can’t sit in on the sessions right now. It’s a really varied batch of stuff for all different projects, and he hadn’t heard of quite a few of them. On my way home, he sent a text that I didn’t see for a while, but it was about Linus the Lionhearted. He had watched some on-line and thought it was really great. He texted “Why have I never heard about this before?”
There’s been a series of special moments doing these things and showing vintage animation all these years, and I’m sure you’ve experienced this too. Sometimes you have the opportunity to share these things and provide some wonderful entertainment to someone. Having someone new enjoying the great work of the past makes me really happy, and I’m glad to have been lucky enough to stumble upon ways to do that. I can’t wait for those scans to come back here!
As it expands further without me completely involved with every aspect, it’s strange to think it is now almost big enough to support itself; it’s been wrong sized in so many ways for many years, with my ambition often outweighing the expandability at times, but it’s working and growing in the directions I had hoped it would- and needs to continue to do so to do the sorts of things we’d all really like to see. Dave and Becky Grauman, along with Mary and the small group of freelancers have been helping me to be less scrambled, and that commitment is making it possible to rocket forward. I’ll be making some announcements soon about the release order on many of the upcoming projects. If they can manage to be funded by sales and other revenue then they’ll keep moving forward quickly.
The next changes will only help to grow it more, and perhaps give the the little business the power to do much bigger things- some things I’ve dreamed about being able to do for many years. Thanks for sticking with us through these projects.
The expansion, in many ways, has already started to happen – just not evenly and bottlenecked with me usually. By the week’s end, I’ll have worked on a piece of 15 different projects, with a concentration going on finishing some animation for titles on one. That’s too many projects, and handing off work has always happened, but now I’ll need to hand more responsibility out – and that’s hard for me but necessary. The biggest thing at the moment is expanding our dubbing and shipping capacity to keep up with all the stuff getting finished. Time has become more precious.
I thought it might be fun to briefly discuss a little piece of some of these for the article tonight, so here’s a sneak peak into some of the many things going on here. There’s more on their way:
A quick snapshot from Google drive. Here’s a few of the color models for the titles on Rainbow Parades, Volume 1. We’re trying to finish all the animation next week. I’ve got my ruffs sitting in front of me of a teapot- almost done.
I’ve been getting the last few things scanned for the ‘On Hold’ set. It contains a bunch of things that are for projects that will be a while before finished for various reasons. This set contains a few of the ‘Linus the Lionhearted’ shows, scanned from ABC’s original broadcast negs. Here’s a few of the Lab timing sheets, included in the cans.
Here’s the cover for the special set “Steve’s Closet” featuring a bunch of odds and ends. It was a fun project in that I digitized and put together things I probably otherwise wouldn’t. This is a little more disorganized than the real closet is, but I liked the idea of sort of deconstructing for a picture. This, along with four other special sets, are all done. We’re working on dubbing these five now to go out together.
Our own Devon Baxter recently finished cleanup on The Milkman. There’s a few more Flips to clean up here, and we’re waiting to scan four other elements to finish all 38 of the films. I took everyone’s notes from Coo Coo the Magician and made a finished version of the film that’s in cleanup right now. Thanks all for your input.
More Stop Motion Marvels has been moving right along. Almost all the films are cleaned up for the set now, and Stewart McKissick, who did great research as well as the package for the first set, is working on the cover for the second. Here is his comp drawing for the package, as well as a still from The Lady Said No, one of the coolest things on the set, from a rare, complete color print. More on that soon!
Have a good week everyone!