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What a week.

Beginning of the week: woke up about one minute before the 4:04am earthquake. No, I don't have an inner earthquake detector, I do wake up many times during the night. The timing was just perfect.

Lots of work, no break in sight before May. Getting ready to work every weekends until then.

Trying to get a hotel for San Diego Comicon. Urgh, what a pain! One had to give Travel Planners (the one organising hotel reservations for the con) a choice of twelve hotels based on a list, with your prefered choice first.
Then you wait.
I was supposed to get news later the same day. We're now Sunday (3 days later) and still no news. Nothing. Silence.
It's a good thing Kazu seemed to have managed to fix things up. We'll know more on Monday.
But for hundreds of regular con-goers, how the HECK are they going to get in? What's going on? It does feel like there is less and less place for just the regular public who would be curious to go see the con for fun. Especially with passes and tickets sold out a year in advance.
There will have to be changes, or this will become a big show like E3: an insider fare, almost nothing for the public.

Did I mention Flight 7 coming out this summer? I still don't have a story in it, but oooooh! So many good people participated! I'll have to do a journal entry with some previews.

On a fun note: Horus 1 (the french version) is a finalist for a Bedelys prize. It is a Quebec based comic award, and I am terribly flattered to be in such grand company as other author from Quebec.
In another category, Kazu Kibuishi is also up for a special Youth Bedelys for the french version of his book "Amulet". Go Kazu! Though I also do love "Les Nombrils". Augh!
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=103648742999642&ref=nf



We had our crew screening for How To Train Your Dragon this past Saturday.
This was the first time I was seeing the whole thing finished. To see what made the cut, the changes, the look.
I was not disappoint ;)

Gerard Butler coming by to say hello to the crew. What a nice gesture! I couldn't help but giggle (sorry!) when he mentionned how his other film "bounty hunter" has dismal percentage on Rotten Tomatoes, while Dragon has a nice big score. He covers the whole spectrum!

As for the movie itself:
some people will complain that the story is nothing original, that it is all themes that have been done and redone. Considering we had barely more than a year to do the film, I have to say they have managed to tell the story well. In the end, even with common themes, it is what counts.
Personal taste highlights: I like the silent moments. How the story managed to be told without the need for dialogues during many scenes. Yaaaaaaaaay! Let the images sell the story!

I'm not a big fan of 3D, what with wearing glasses over glasses, but I must admit it actually works very well for this one.
Or I could be biased.

The lighting.
Oh gods, the lighting. I could rant and rave about the lighting. Lighting team, if you are reading this, wow.

Musical score: so many war pipes! *squee!* Excellent work from the composer.

My one nitpick: it is too short. If some scenes are very well paced, others feel rushed. I know we had a time limit, and so much material was edited to fit within that time limit.
Damn you time limit. I hate you.


HTTYD sketches
by *rufftoon on deviantART

Last fun thing: at the end of the evening, the studio offered us a little gift. A moleskin sketchbook based on the one Hiccup has in the film.
*fangirl squee!*
Ooh, what will I put in it? I want to have other people's drawings in it, ha ha!

Comments

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psychoe
Mar. 22nd, 2010 06:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, I still don't have my confirmation either! PHOOEY.

Oh, congratulations on getting into the finals! Horus is a wonderful book and I will keep prodding you for more awesomeness!
rufftoon
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
As of Monday morning- still no hotel news. Feh.
Horus is in very good company in that category. They all deserve of taking the top spot.
eiko82
Mar. 22nd, 2010 09:04 am (UTC)
Cute sketches. Looking forward to the movie!

I agree that it'll indeed be scary to see what ships are formed...
rufftoon
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
Fandom can be a scary place.
Entertaining too! I guess both will always exist side by side, ha ha!
ming85
Mar. 22nd, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to see it! The sketches are fun, you draw an adorable toothless. Thanks again for all your interesting headups and backstage information (Gerard Butler!!) on this film, you're doing a fine job promoting this film!
rufftoon
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
Gerard Butler's appearance was quite a surprise, but oh so very sweet of him to stop by to say hello.
I'll try and upload a photo I took.

I don't know about my promotion skills- I can't help talking about it, but at the same time I don't want to twist people's arms. I know not everyone will like the film, but in my most non-biased way, I do believe it is pretty good.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 22nd, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
Wow! A Bédélys nomination! Bravo!
Thanks also for sharing the premiere - looks like it was something special even for staff!
(Sas)
rufftoon
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Congrats!
I think the staff enjoyed the drinks and food afterwards too, ha ha!
I managed to escape with no hangover, which is good.
If you want to try the 3D, it could be worth it. At the same time, I know how you get that motion sickness so...at your own risk.
wodhaund
Mar. 22nd, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
I am ITCHING to see it this Friday. Words can't even describe, oh man.

(Toothless reminds me of the da Vinci flying machine. I'm hoping that was intentional. /nerd)
rufftoon
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I don't know, I should ask if any DaVinci inspiration creeped in.
egoulet
Mar. 22nd, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
Yay!
First, félicitations pour la nomination!!! :D!
Second: CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HTTYD!!!!

I wish you luck with the hotel thing for Comicon! I hope the earthquake wasn't too ...shaky?

Hug!
Em
rufftoon
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Earthquake was like someone gripping the edge of my bed and rocking it slightly, trying to get me up.
Didn't work. The time it took for my hazy mind to decide if I should get up, it had stopped.
As for HTTYD- I'm almost tempted to say see it in 3D. It does work rather well (as I said, I could be biased).
raddishh
Mar. 22nd, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS OH MY GODDDDD

Your fanart is adorable.
rufftoon
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
The movie has loads of adorable moments actually, so it's easy to stray there.
(it's also got action mind you, but I'll do the cute stuff first)
invaderk
Mar. 22nd, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
Gah, now I'm worried for NYCC... it's not legendary like SDCC, but who knows? Maybe I shouldn't wait until August to buy my tickets.

And as usual, I love LOVE your character expressions. So charming! Here's to hoping that the shipping for this fandom doesn't explode like certain other fandoms. ;)
rufftoon
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
NYCC, in the past years, was definitely easier to get in to. PLUS!
Hotels are relatively easy to come by. It is a great city for public transports, load of interesting shops and restaurants all over the city, so it doesn't matter how close or far to the convention center you are (actually, around the convention center in NYCC, it is a bit boring ha ha).
Ha ha, even if the shipping explode, I'll do what I usually do: sit in the sidelines and watch the fun.
ndgmtlcd
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Your sketch of Astrid looks much better than what I've seen of her in the trailers. I also hope I'll be seeing the movie soon.
rufftoon
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
We all drew Astrid differently, none of us drawing her like her 3D model. Tron Mai did the cutest Astrid.
savageknight
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
love the art! love the movie! Here we are weeks later and Kyle is STILL talking about it! What a wonderful rush it was to watch :)

Congrats on everything!!
rufftoon
Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Did you see it in Imax 3D? If you did, did you think it worked well? As I said, I think I may be biased so I am looking for other people's opinion on that.
Glad to know we've corrupted..erm..made an impression on Kyle's mind.
savageknight
Mar. 22nd, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Yup! Remember we talked about it on Facebook? ;). The 3D was non-intrusive and worked really well. Kyle was both pretty excited AND freaked out :). (You have to picture him watching the movie with his hands partially covering his 3D glasses :) )

He's constantly asking about other movies/ shows with Toothless :). I think I'll print him up a copy of your drawings - which he'll promptly want to put up in his room :) )
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amiraelizabeth
Mar. 23rd, 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
I got confirmation for a hotel out in the middle of Nowhere at the Con prices, but I don't drive so yeah...not much of a help.

Because of the hotel thing, I booked a suite in October of last year, but without at least 3 people in it, it'll send me to the poor house. So I am completely in agreement with how ridiculous the whole ticket/hotel/thing is.

Comic-con, why do you have to be so freakin' complicated!?!
amiraelizabeth
Mar. 23rd, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
Love the sketches, BTW. :)
phoenixblaize
Mar. 24th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Yay for HTTYD! I didn't know Gerard Butler was in it, but I was excited about Craig Ferguson! It must have been really cool to meet Mr. Butler. And I love your sketches of the characters too! Your art is always really expressive. :)

And also yay for Horus! Congrats on being a finalist! You definitely deserve it!

Your troubles with the San Diego Con are a bummer. A lot of the fun would be taken out of it if no non-industry types were able to go. I know it's a reserve-in-WAY-advance thing, but, geez. Give some regular people a chance, huh? This sure does convince me not to bother until I have a reason other than wandering about the con to go.
eiliem
Apr. 10th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on being a finalist! Good luck.

On another note - I saw How to Train Your Dragon and loved it. &hearts

I was very excited to see it from the first time you mentioned it on your lj and it did not disappoint. It was fun and sweet and funny and exciting! XD

It was also the first time I'd seen a real film, in theater, in 3D. I almost tried brushing the falling ash near the ending out of my face before I realized what was going on.

Thanks for sharing your news about the movie. &hearts
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