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February 25th, 2007

Interview @ AnimWatch

February 22nd, 2007

French Sci-fi Pulp

About a year and a half ago, my brother from Québec sent me a stack of old science fiction novels that used to belong to my mom. I devoured all the books in a matter of days and started hunting ebay for more. Thus, began my love affair with the French pulp sci-fi collection, Fleuve Noir Anticipation, from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Reading these novels has not only helped stimulate my imagination but it also got me back into reading and writing French (which I hadn't done in about 20 years). I still love the American and British sci-fi authors, but I find these lesser known novelists to be refreshing and unique.

Despite a few clunkers, most of the tales are fun, exciting and on occasion, brilliant and very thoughtful. I've been particularly impressed with author B R Bruss, a fantastic writer who, to my amazement, has never been translated in English.

After reading about 80 of these, I haven't lost my interest yet and I keep looking forward to my reading time every night. I love it when I discover something new that gets my imagination fired up!

February 16th, 2007

In Praise of ANIMO

Since acquiring my full license of Animo 6.0 software last Fall, I've been extremely excited about animation. Animo has allowed me to turn my home studio into a fully functional animation studio. It's so cool to be able to produce my brand of animation (at film resolution no less), from start to finish, without having to leave my home!

I first worked with Animo years ago when I did Prelude to Eden. While making that film, my friend Jon Hooper and I helped the programmers design the software through feedback and recommendations. Because of that initial arrangement, Cambridge Animation System promised us both a lifetime license to the software. I never made good on that promise until last year. Now, I'm wondering how I ever lived without Animo!

I just wrapped up my first big "film resolution" commission using the software to scan my drawings, paint, composite and render, and everything worked out beautifully. You will see the results in Brad Bird's next movie!

Now on to the next animation project...

February 8th, 2007

Prelude to Eden Final Mixed Score

When I put together the Prelude to Eden Music Page, sound maestro, Joe Campana, provided me with a bunch of MP3s from the recording session. The only thing missing was the final mixed score which no one seemed to be able to locate. Joe dug some more in his archives, finally unearthing the elusive recording. Here it is, Shirley Walker's mini-masterpiece:

Prelude to Eden Score - Final Mix (3:36 min. / 5mb)

February 3rd, 2006

ZED #6 Reviewed @ A Comic A Day...

"Gagne is a ruthless writer, gently building a house of cards for the reader and intentionally swiping at it to excite our empathy and excitement." (read more...)

February 2nd, 2007

ZED #8 Preview

ZED #8 is really coming together. Here's a little preview to whet your appetite!

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February 1st, 2007

ZED by Peter Warkentin

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Peter (who lives in Vancouver) got an unusual present this Christmas. His Aunt (who's a friend of my wife and I) gave him a visit with me in my studio! Peter is an aspiring artist you see.

The day after Christmas, Peter and I hung out at my studio as I shared insights about the work I do.

Judging from the nice letter I received, I'd say he had a really good time. I did too!

Above is an inspired drawing of ZED he sent me.

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