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Adventures in the Land of FK/IK Rigging

By | Animation, Impressions, Life | One Comment

It just occurred to me that despite having been animating for the past 6 months, I’ve never updated anyone about what I’ve actually been doing. Realizing this, I have elected to try my best in documenting a little bit of what I do each week (or every couple of days). This probably will not only help inform others on my adventures and endeavors, but it’ll also provide a type of log for me to look back upon in future years. Additionally, by attempting to record my thoughts, I also help organize my ideas in a more tactile form, which, consequently, should also help improve my work. Read More

Outbursts #029: Novels VS Films

By | Animation, Book, Drama, Impressions, Introspective, Movie, Outbursts | No Comments

The movie is better than the book. The book is better than the movie. Which is better? The debate for whether a film adaptation of a popular novel (or any novel, for that matter) can meet or exceed expectations of its fans has been one for the ages. For sure, numerous film studios (live action and animation) have hunkered down and spewed films that draw from pre-existing material. The advantages of this include many: having an original source to draw inspiration from, having pre-existing marketing material or ideas for fans to get excited about (therefore increasing revenue based purely on anticipation), and being able to work with your favorite childhood (or adulthood) characters and bring them to life. Many risks accompany such a decision, as well, however, ranging from total crashing and burning of the movie fails (Golden Compass and Animal Farm come to mind) to being completely forgotten in the voids of film making (not sure which is better). Read More

Internet #005: Happy Father’s Day

By | Commemoration, Impressions, Internet, Introspective, Life | No Comments

Happy Father’s Day, everyone. Here’s to those important guy figures in our lives, who helped us make us who we are today, regardless of how big or small those contributions were. I’m sharing a video that izthakkim shared with me on the 1st of January this year. What a way to start the new year, eh? The video is truly intense, and I’m amazed at how well it was was done. I was watching 那些年,我們一起追的女孩 (You Are the Apple of My Eye) (2011) (lol…translation…) with my parents a couple nights ago, and after getting into a somewhat heated discussion about the director’s artistic direction in the ending sequences, my mother mentioned how she was more of a family-drama oriented movie, rather than young sappy love. Ah, what the heck. Who can blame her? Read More

Sengoku Basara / The Last Party

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Sengoku Basara is pretty simple and easy to understand. It’s far from being complex in nature and it’s wonderful that it doesn’t try to be. Each character epitomizes very general personality characterizations, and with artistic license that appeals to most fans of the fantasy/sci-fi fans genre, the series gives each character a theme color. Such decisions really tickle your insides due to how it makes complicated, epic fight scenes more streamlined, crazy, and fun to watch. Read More

Songwriting Series: #10

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“Inner Mosaic,” the last song in this Songwriting Series, is probably the most serious song yet, venturing into broken, as well as lost, love. I can’t really say that this song arose from experience, since I’ve never suffered from lost love (or even having one, for that matter). The bitterness and longing for a broken past to be whole and true again is a thematic idea that’s pretty popular in dramas and epic romance stories. I thought that I’d give a shot at it (and quickly found that it was pretty emotionally exhausting to put words down and sing the lyrics). Read More

Songwriting Series: #7 & #9

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“Yellow Rain Boots” was probably the most fun assignment to write and record. Written as an “opposite” song for a previous MUSI3370 assignment, I recycled “Yellow Rain Boots,” rerecording, remixing, and rebouncing a new version for my final portfolio (hence, why I merged #7 and #9 together). This song quickly became my favorite of the bunch, due to its lighthearted nature and involvement of numerous friends from school. Read More

Songwriting Series: #8

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Sadly, relationships may be destroyed by a simple misunderstanding or a perception of existing inadequacy. Pain, deterioration of personal respect, and reduction of perceived self-worth are common results of relationship failure. The destructive process does not even have to be consciously conducted. Perhaps even without being aware one is doing so, tiny perceived imperfections may encourage latent, hidden anger which is eventually brought to the fore, often repeatedly. “RETRY” exists as a sentiment that relationships require work to succeed. Retrying, and trying again, despite previous issue, difficulties, or problems. Read More

Autumn’s Concerto / Next Stop, Happiness

By | Drama, Impressions, Review, Taiwanese | No Comments

It’s not too often that I watch live dramas during my free time. It seems  like I’ve seen a lot since each episode is an hour long and existentially is more exhausting to plow through than 20 minutes anime episodes, but the truth is that I can count all the live action dramas I’ve seen on basically one hand (maybe two). Based on my limited experience, dramas tend to follow similar constructions and pot devices, but Autumn’s Concerto proved to be an utterly new experience in many ways. Read More

Songwriting Series: #6

By | Impressions, Introspective, Music, UVa | One Comment

Probably one of my most enjoyable pieces to listen to, “Proud” by Norah, was what I conjured from the composer’s lead sheet. “Proud” is the title I gave it as Norah did not title her lead sheet, but I felt that it was quite appropriate, as the song is constantly voiced in a parental or adult manner to a younger child, perhaps a familial, teaching the values of trust, confidence, and perseverance (wow, why can’t I write songs about such deep and applicable stuff…). Read More

Songwriting Series: #5

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Singing is fun. Sort of.

Everyone says singing in the shower makes you sound better, and generally, that’s probably true. The reverberations inside a bathroom definitely give your voice a more operatic feel and helps you sound more powerful (as well as muddying any awkward termination of phrases), but bathroom echo doesn’t help fix incorrect pitch. I consider myself a poor singer, not because I can’t “sing” or because I’m embarrassed about my voice. I’m embarrassed about my ability to never sing on pitch. Read More