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  1. Does anyone know the name / maker of that plug-in that makes it look like something is being sewn on to an object? I've seen it on a couple of different spots. I'm just assuming it's an AE plug-in of some sort. If anyone knows, it would be helpful. Thanks!
  2. chris_

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    Obviously the Blur link is a great way to look at the animation. I thought I'd also mention that the design for the initial boards was done in-house at Studio FX / FX Network by Carl Bartoles. The "Originals" opens that are airing were also done / designed in-house. What couldn't be done in-house, animation-wise due to time constraints was handed off to Blur to animate. They used 3D Studio Max, from what I've been told by the guys over at Studio FX.
  3. Their rates, the rates they pay freelancers that is, are generally lower than other creative staffing agencies. That's all I know about them. You should ask what their payment cycle is. Do they pay you before they get paid by the client on a bi-weekly payment cycle or is it net 30 or do they (try and) practice that nonsense of paying the freelancer once they get paid by the client? If they don't give you a very straight and simple answer then you know it's a bad deal. One of their recruiters should be able to easily answer that question. FYI, I haven't worked for them or even tried due to their rates being too low, but disgruntled doesn't always equal out to "didn't make the cut".
  4. Pesonally, I can't stand working in the dark. It IS hard on the eyes. Invariably, it gives me a headache. Here's a couple links I found after a Google search on the subject: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/eyes-sore-here-are-22-solutions.html http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_using_a_computer_in_dark_room_bad_for_your_eyes
  5. Ray Gun was actually started with Vaughan Oliver, if I recall correctly. It quickly became more Carson's baby and he took it to a different extreme. huH Magazine, which was subscription only, became Vaughan's project. Marvin Scott Jarrett published both magazines and now runs Nylon or did, last I heard. Personally I favored huH over Ray Gun, but both were good in their approach to graphic design as well as the music and bands they covered, generally speaking. Side note: There is a new magazine out of the UK called HUH and it isn't the same or at least does not appear to be. Funny how this thread evolved into something different than what it started talking about.
  6. Again, I have to disagree. There are low points in every decade, the examples you show are indeed prime examples of poor taste and mainstream drivel. Hollywood crap, if you will. That exists even now. However, there were a lot of great things going on in graphic design in the early 90s and throughout the decade as well. Although certainly graphic design has continued to evolve, it was a very inspirational time and certainly not an all time low for graphic design as a whole. There was plenty of negative space to be had if you knew where to look. No offense, but you obviously don't know enough about designers and design of the decade, given that you're making gross generalizations such as "most of the typography of that era was an abomination". The examples below are from the early 90s. They are work done by Vaughan Oliver of 23 Envelope for 4AD. While this is only one designer, I could dig up plenty more examples from others that have innovative type and great use of negative space from the early 90s. I don't really want to do your homework for you though. You get one freebee. Apologies for three of the examples being so big. I don't have time to resize and rehost them.
  7. Were you ever into Jack The Tab and PTV?
  8. I disagree. I would say both decades had cohesiveness about them, musically speaking and neither sucked if you ignored the mainstream. In fact, both were very exciting times as far as music goes. Although it depends on what you were into and aware of at the time. If you were only aware of things that had filtered through the mainstream, then it all sucking is most likely true. Certainly, this would apply to hair metal. However, if you had a disdain for all things mainstream and sought out other alternatives, then you were probably having a good time listening to all of the music and going to see live shows. That said: Darkwave (80s to early 90s), Shoegaze (early 90s) and then Britpop (early to mid 90s) were very cohesive. They were all scenes as well as music genres. To a degree, they all bled into each other. They were all good too, in my opinion. Same goes for British Indie as a whole and most of what came out on 4AD in the 80s and through the mid 90s. I would say all of the people I knew into 4AD at the time and all of the genres I mentioned were pretty cohesive, fans and musicians alike. American Indie in the early 90s was also pretty interesting and good. It also had a certain cohesion about it that spanned all of the sub-genres within it. Velocity Girl, Lilys, Throwing Muses (although they started in the mid 80s), The Loud Family (Game Theory, who were part of the Davis 80s new wave scene, with distortion pedals and a new name), Tsunami, Lois, Rodan, Slumberland Records (which unfortunately has since become a parody of itself), K Records, Simple Machines. On more of a hardcore note, there was Unwound, Karp, Fitz Of Depression, Clikatat Ikatowi, Kill Rock Stars. These are / were just some. There were many more under the indie umbrella at the time that I could write a book on. If you were in LA and into any of these bands and labels at the time (early to mid 90s) then you would have been at the Jabberjaw anywhere from one to four nights a week. You would see the same people at almost every show, whether it was pop or hardcore, so that's pretty cohesive, generally speaking. Back then there really wasn't much of an internet as of yet so we didn't have to worry so much about being over run with poseurs. Today fondly referred to as "hipsters" (in my opinion).
  9. Fair enough. I can respect that. That's not the impression I got from your initial post. Yes some law enforcement friends. Some military. There's also a few people I know who are semi pro fighters and going full time professional. The Filippino military uses Kali in all branches. Guro Dan was in the Filippino army. He's helped train American special forces in martial arts methods that include JKD and Kali methods and continues to do so. The American military may choose not to give it all a specific label as a system the way the Israeli's do, but it's there. Francis Fong trains military too and law enforcement. For specifics you can check his web-site if you're inclined to validate that. I believe Guro Dan has also worked with the Israeli Military, or maybe those certificates of appreciation from the IDF on the walls with the Star of David on them are for something else. Honestly, it really sounded like you were writing off people at studios other than Krav as hacks who couldn't cut in a real confrontation. Now I like Krav, but only for their more advanced techniques. Having been to their level 1 through 4 classes, I didn't really see the effectiveness of straight punches and rear straight and side kicks with the right leg in a left lead stance against a trained adversary or even someone who is just naturally good at fighting. Not to mention, a lot of students were telegraphing the hell out of their punches and not getting any real correction from the instructors. On the flip side, all of the techniques to get out of chokes and holds were good. I've adopted a few myself. The gun disarms in the level four class were excellent. And there's the rub. I don't consider JKD or Kali to be recreational. That just sounds dismissive. Having trained in Kali, you know one of its primary goals is limb destruction. That's not recreational. Neither are all of the countless knife and gun disarms in the Kali systems. Likewise, JKD with it's finger jabs, various take down techniques, limb destruction techniques and hits to the throat, knees and groin are not recreational. It's street fighting. Of course not. Why would you even say that? It just sounds smart ass. Well that said, I respect your opinions about martial arts. I can't say I agree with what you qualify as "recreational" or your delivery, which struck me as dismissive and flippant, but hey, to each his own. I do respect your opinion, so I hope that part doesn't fall on deaf ears. It does look fun. It does look like it has wide range of things to learn. That's one of the things I like about all martial arts. There is such a wide range of things to learn that can not only help you defend yourself, but really help get a person in shape as well. I didn't think you were suggesting that. Yeah, fair enough. I do think Krav is a good system. Parts of it I like more than others. For me that's true of just about every martial art system / style out there. I don't really care if a good system is developed by a military, like Krav is or single person with the help of a couple of others, like JKD. If it's good and works then it's good and works. I'm not saying one system is better than the other. I'm saying what I LIKE BETTER or what works FOR ME better. There's a difference. As I said before, I like the JKD techniques for empty hand to hand a little more because I feel like they're even more direct than some of the Krav techniques. I prefer the Kali techniques for empty hand defense against a knife as opposed to the knife defense techniques in Krav's 360 defense system because I feel the Kali techniques are going to be more effective against a trained fighter or a person who is attacking with very quick slashes and stabs as opposed to some sort of singular mid or high line lunge. For getting out of chokes and holds, that I fail to intercept in a confrontation or surprise attack, I like some of the Krav techniques best. Same goes for gun disarms. It's a PERSONAL preference. I think it's great that you recognize the effectiveness of Krav as a well thought out system. Likewise I think it's great that I've tried the techniques of Krav and JKD and Kali and developed an opinion as to which techniques I like best for certain situations. They're all good, but I do have my preferences for certain types of attacks. That's not how I meant it. When you tell people about the one inch and three inch punch techniques, there is usually a bit of disbelief, especially if they haven't practiced martial arts before. Me saying "I know, because I've done it" was my way of trying to alleviate any possible disbelief as to whether or not the techniques really worked. If I can do it, anyone can. It was not to emphasize how tough I am, on the internet. So peace, brother.
  10. Maybe. That's hard to quantify. Guro Dan has trained Navy Seals and other special forces in the use of JKD and Kali. He also trains law enforcement. Well, the core philosophy of JKD is "take what is useful and discard the rest". Meaning take what is useful to you and discard the rest. I don't know anyone who does JKD for a "hobby". I know people who use it professionally and have used it effectively to defend themselves on the street. Moreover, everyone I know is always open and very motivated to finding, learning and modifying techniques from any discipline to make themselves more effective fighters. When you say "highly motivated" are you talking about the Israeli Army? Also, apart from the frequency of dealing with conflicts, how would their motivation be any different from a person defending themselves from say a home invasion robbery or any other kind of attack? If your life is threatened then your life is threatened. A lot of everyday non military people practice Krav Maga. The same goes for JKD. How motivated they are as practitioners really depends on the individual. I've trained at both places. If you want to make such gross generalizations that the practitioners of one system or school are any more motivated than the other to continually evolve, you'd be wrong. There's generally a lot of enthusiasm and motivation to be better at both places. Do you practice Krav? You obviously don't practice JKD and Kali. You sound a little ruffled about my opinions on martial arts and you shouldn't. They are just opinions based on my training and observations in martial arts. You sound a little condescending too about something you aren't too familiar with. I'm not putting down any system. Krav is a good system. There are things I like about it and I continue to go to their seminars. I also like their anti-terrorism training. However, there are other techniques and approaches I find more useful TO ME in certain hand to hand or empty hand knife scenarios. In the end it is what works best for the individual to get effective results. There are actually similarities between Krav and JKD. Krav has the 360 defense, in JKD it's called the New Moon Defense because the name comes from Cantonese; which means 360 degrees, since the "New Moon" is a full one, which is a circle, which is 360 degrees. The principles in both defense techniques are almost the same. Some differences between the two systems in addition to the ones I've mentioned in my previous post would be that JKD generally teaches right lead (Southpaw Stance) if you are right handed, in the beginning. Later, an ambidextrous approach is emphasized. At its core, is Bruce's modified Wing Chun. So you have his modified pak sao lop sao techniques among others, which do come in handy. JKD also teaches and emphasizes the non-telgraphic punch and the non-telegraphic kick. It uses center line theory, economy of motion and the stop hit. The latter refers to stopping an attacker and hitting them at the same time. It also teaches the techniques for the one inch and three inch punches, which allow you to gain more power within a shorter distance. They work. I know, because I've done it. Haha. Gee, thanks for validating me. I feel so much better now (sarcasm, fyi). -Sorry I couldn't resist. But yeah, to reiterate, it's good to do some research before signing on with anyone, just like anything else. Uh. Okay. Unless the fight is sanctioned and release forms are signed, that sounds like a recipe for a lawsuit. But hey, to each his own. Capoeira mestre has similarities to a lot of other martial arts. In fact all martial arts have similarities because everyone is always borrowing and updating from each other. That's why it's an art. Capoeira mestre seems to have a lot of dance moves and acrobatics in it from what I've observed. Do you practice it or any other martial art for that matter? I'm just curious what training and / or experience you are basing your comments on. I would encourage Beaver to check out Francis Fong's academy and check out and observe other systems including Krav and choose what he feels is right for him if he wants to pursue martial arts.
  11. I train in Jeet Kune Do and Kali Escrima and I would suggest training in JKD and then picking up the Kali when you feel comfortable with the JKD and it becomes your natural reaction. Some people like to start training in both at once. It really depends on the individual. I started in Jun Fan Gung Fu / JKD and trained in that for about a year before I started going to Kali classes. That's just what worked for me because I felt it was a lot to learn and I wanted to really learn the basics well. I also wanted JKD to be my core foundation (which it now is) and then build my Kali techniques over that to compliment my JKD. I plan to also start training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the near future, although JKD has Jiu-Jitsu incorporated into it already. I like Krav Maga for their gun disarm / defense techniques, but prefer JKD and Kali for everything else, including knife disarms. I've observed classes in levels one through four at the Krav Maga Headquarters in West LA and I've taken one of their gun disarm seminars. I will say that JKD and Krav Maga are both very direct and Krav is a good system. Krav Maga gun disarms are probably some of the best techniques that are available for a civilian to learn to deal with a gun threat. I recommend frequenting their seminars on gun disarms to compliment any self defense system. Personally, I found JKD in addition to being direct, to have prescribed techniques with an emphasis on economy of motion and doing the most amount of damage while exerting the least amount of energy. A lot of the Krav classes I observed, while having some good techniques, seemed to focus on relying on rage to get you through and having been in many sparring matches I can tell you that up against any one with any amount of decent training, relying on rage will probably get you worn out and beaten or killed. This is just my opinion based on what I observed. I can't emphasize enough how everyone should make their own decision on what works for them. Btw, you only want to attempt a knife disarm if there is nowhere to run or if the threat is on your plane with a box cutter or something to that effect. You also want to use anything you can pick up as an equalizer if possible, should the event ever occur, but I digress. It's difficult to find people who teach real JKD. These days, anyone who says they are certified to teach JKD would have been certified by either Dan Inosanto or Taki Kimura or certified by someone who was certified to teach by either Dan or Taki. Dan Inosanto and Taki Kimura are the two people still alive, out of the three people that Bruce Lee certified to teach his art of Jeet Kune Do, before his untimely death. Dan Inosanto is also a certified instructor in the Filipino martial arts systems of Kali Escrima, of which there are many. Your profile says you are in Atlanta, so I did a quick search. Sifu Francis Fong has his academy in Norcross. Francis Fong is one of those people who teach real Jun Fan Gung Fu / JKD. I don't know if that would be too far for you, but safe to say you would get good instruction there. http://www.francisfongacademy.com Guro Dan is actually giving a seminar there in May. The guy who owns this place claims to have a certification from Dan Inosanto: http://atlantamartialartcenter.com/ However, I would check on that just to be safe. You can contact the Inosanto Academy at www.inosanto.com and ask them exactly what level he was certified at. As I recall, Guro Dan has actually only certified a small number of people to be full instructors. He has certified other people at various associate instructor levels. After you check on the guy's credentials, if he checks out, I would say go observe classes at the school if the Francis Fong Academy in Norcross is too far to travel to on a regular basis. It should be free to observe a class or two without actually participating. Meat head UFC types...hmm. Well, I don't really qualify as that. Although, UFC is a good thing to watch in my opinion if you like to study fight science and different techniques. It's the closest thing you're going to get to watching an actual street fight on tv, even though it actually has a lot of rules that don't apply in a street fight, which should basically be treated as a life or death situation in my opinion. There are a lot of brawler types on there though and often the matches just turn into brawls with very little technique, so I know what you mean. However, it's good to watch in my opinion, much the same way that watching football plays can help you improve your game if you are into playing football. Some of my opinions regarding martial arts schools: A good school will teach you to avoid a conflict at all costs, but teach you how to win / survive / neutralize the threat, if an altercation is unavoidable. A good school will also be a place where you learn to remain calm and keep your head in hostile situations and still deal with those situations effectively if a physical threat or attempt to do bodily injury to you occurs. Learning how to respect yourself or respect yourself more and respect others / respect others more along the way should be a part of your training. A good school will not be one that encourages you to be hostile towards others or go out and pick fights. In fact, I would say martial arts should have the opposite effect if you are learning from a good school. Bruce actually said the same thing in an interview once. You can probably find it on YouTube. If you want to see real JKD demos here is a link to some videos of Yori Nakamura, who is a certified full instructor of Jeet Kune Do under Dan Inosanto and who teaches at Inosanto Academy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJPnbf6wJ08 Here's a few videos of Dan Inosanto showing basic footwork- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNp8E5t9Djg Here's one from around '85 of Dan showing a Kali empty hand knife technique with his wife, Paula who is also a certified instructor. The Kali demo starts at about 2:10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJQUOohK2kA Best, Chris
  12. Martial arts. If you want me to expand on that suggestion, let me know.
  13. Norris is in great shape though, despite the cheesiness and bad writing of the show. Keep in mind, he's 69 years old. Martial arts keeps you young.
  14. Just say no. I've had about three or four different shops ask me as a freelancer to do this in the last year and I have said 'no' to each one of them. My education wasn't free. Neither are any of the things I need to live, like food, shelter, clothing, etc. The more freelancers that say no, the less it will occur when people figure out that no one is going to work for free. If an agency or shop wants to do a free pitch for a client and cover it with their in-house staff or in the case of one and two person shops, cover it themselves, then that's their business. Even then, it's still a bad idea on their part in my opinion. I'd also like to take this opportunity to encourage freelancers to READ ANY AND ALL WORK AGREEMENTS presented to them thoroughly and not allow themselves to be pressured or rushed into signing anything disingenuous, authored by some shop and delivered by some producer or pa who wants you to hurry up and sign so you can be screwed and they can file it. Beware of clauses in contracts that state the 'client' or in this case, the shop, has to 'like' what you produce in order for you to be paid. The wording for these type of clauses will vary from shop to shop, when they are present in any agreement, so read carefully. This is BS no matter how you try and spin it. C
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