Monday, December 29, 2008

On the Shinkansen to Tokyo...

So it's been a really long time and once again I have to say that I don't have much to show since I haven't scanned any of my new sketches, but I have been working pretty hard on this months 11 second club animation. So check it out and give me some feedback if you have the chance.

11 Second Club December Comp from Paul Fuller on Vimeo.

But other than that, I'm really pumped for this New Years. Me and Joe are going to Tokyo for like four days and hitting the city hard. We've both saved up money so we don't have to hold back at all, and now that the day has finally come, its all I can think about. On New Year's Day we have the chance to see the royal family at the Imperial Palace, which only opens up twice a year to the public so I think that's going to be pretty awesome. Also, we plan to be in a fancy bar at the top of one of the tallest buildings in Tokyo sipping champagne when the ball hits. There's so much to do, and just being in Tokyo, a place I've looked at photos of for the last five years, is going to be a crazy experience. I'll definitely have some photos and some good stories to tell once I get back, but for now I just thought I'd update with something while I post up my entry for the competition.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

8th Place wins a new bike and some friends.

So I was pretty disappointed to see that I got 8th out of the 108 participants in the November 11 Second Club. I knew I wasn't going to win, but some of the entries above me don't deserve the spot. Anyway, I got some good feedback and 8th place isn't really all that bad. My thumbnail is in the banner on their web page even. Other than that I've just started working on this months competition and after doing some of the layout work I'm pretty pumped about how its looking. After watching some very cinematic shorts like Cid Jones and Astro Mail by some guys from Superinfocom I want to try making a little more interesting clip instead of just one steady shot.

Its becoming harder to focus though because me and Joe are actually starting to make some friends. We met these girls that are studying abroad from England and Australia who are really cool and have the same night available to go out as us. A few nights ago we went all over the town and ended up staying at this little place called the Honeybee Express or something until seven in the morning. This place had a giant Pulp Fiction poster, a neon Ghostbusters sign, and a whole lot of hokey tropical items all over the place. I don't think the worker was too happy we stayed for so long, but we could see that he snuck in a few little naps here and there. Japanese are afraid to embarrass people in public, even if it will make them much more comfortable, and I feel bad saying this, but it makes me feel much more relaxed by taking advantage of this fact. There's no rush to drink as fast as you can before the bar closes, you can just stay there all night.

It feels good to indulge in normal conversation with people who are capable of talking about a lot of different things, and its definitely had an effect on me. I was stuck here for two months by myself and a little reprieve from solitude feels fantastic. Because I feel like I'll begin meeting more people from now on, I'm going to buy a cell phone and I've just purchased the biggest bike they sell here that's still too small for me. It has a basket, a bell, and a light that's powered by the turning of the wheels. I have to say though, its kind of scary riding it through the city.

I have some pictures from my vacation a while ago but I want to put them through some Photoshop beautification before I post them up. I've just been really busy lately, I've even got a lot of sketches I'd really like to post too. Soon my friends, soon.