Sunday, February 7, 2016

Super Bowl Spot

I hope you are enjoying your Super Bowl Sunday, so I present to you the Super Bowl spot for Dinosaur Daze.

Here is proof that I was working very hard on that project.  I started as early as Fall 2015.

Wrap your brain around that.  All is left is the the combining of the live-action and animation with the Athena Motion Analysis Film Projector, editing, music and sound effects.  I got enough dinosaur sounds, but this project is due out in the Spring of 2016.  Be patient because Rome was not built in a day.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Happy Holidays!

It's that wonderful time of year!   I hope you are having a nice holiday,  so here is a message from the cast of the upcoming movie Dinosaur Daze

Happy Holidays 2015 from Matthew B. Lamont on Vimeo.

Enjoy and have a Happy New Year.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Creature Triple Feature!

Happy Halloween to one and all!  Today in the spirit of my favorite holiday, I present you three creepy shorts I have made.

First off, is Bert Snaps!  That's right, you heard me!  This is what happens when you get annoyed by a fun-loving trickster for 45 years.  I made this one over the summer when I was checking for the following programs to see if there were any bugs in them.  Motion and CineColor.  If I wanted to test them, I came up with an idea.  To me, Bert from Sesame Street is known for being a long-suffering soul who gets tormented by Ernie's tricks.  He doesn't bounce back and give Ernie a piece of his mind.  What if all that changes.  So I came up with this video that symbolically shows, what would happen if Bert looses it.  Made with Motion, CineColor and Final Cut Pro, this video freaked out my friends and said it was terrifying.

The next one is Out of the Ordinary.  Inspired by the movie One Million Years B.C. (1966), I came up with an idea to do a nice little short that is an exercise in compositing stop-motion animation with live-action.  I chose the prehistoric beast, Arsinoitherium (a prehistoric ancestor to the rhinoceros), as the subject to this short because there were a lot of movies which had stories of the creature's involvement, but it ranged from getting replaced or rejected (like Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, Ice Age and Mark Wolf's Age of Mammals) to having the film itself be unmade (Creation, The Legend of King Kong and Jongor of Lost Land).  So here, I decided to let him be the star in this short.  The title was inspired by a quote by Daffy Duck when he saw a disguised Bugs Bunny and said to Elmer Fudd, "Does anything appear out of the ordinary?"  I mean, it is a great title.  This was made during the Summer. 

Finally, I present you Tyrannosaurus Wrecks.  This was for a Digital Toolbox 4 class.  I made this one when I heard that Jurassic World was coming and Disney's The Good Dinosaur is coming soon, so this was made in the Spring of 2015.  Animating one is easy, but creating one from scratch is a challenge.  All in all, who loves dinosaurs?

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks from Matthew B. Lamont on Vimeo.

So I hope you enjoy it.  Happy Halloween. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Minions Break In.

In the summer of 2015 the movie, MINIONS, took America by storm.  Newspapers, magazines, radio, TV and internet won't shut up about it.  Now I enjoyed DESPICABLE ME and DESPICABLE ME 2, so there is a chance that I will enjoy it.  I saw and I loved it.  I even ate the Twinky.  It was that moment that I got inspired to make a break-in recording (since I haven't made one in four years).


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Breaking In Again

After I made "A Trip to T.U.F.F." I found the words on the birds.  Popular birds.  Birds that happen to be not only popular, but angry.  This was Angry Birds.

It started in 2009 and got popular in 2010.  A there was merchandising, cartoons, a comic book and a movie was announced.  Not to mention spoofs.  So when I saw how popular Angry Birds was, I decided to make a break-in recording of it.  Instead of calling it "Hey Angry Birds!"  I came up with a better and sophisticated title, "Birds that are Beyond Upset."

This one, akin to "A Trip to T.U.F.F." got aired on Anthony Logatto's show, "A-log on the Airwaves."

I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Breaking In

The post you are about to see is about "Break-In Recordings."  What are they you may ask?  Well, they are recordings that are revolving around what is going on, in a style of a news report, but with samples of songs breaking in to represent what the interviewee is talking about or giving out a sample on what is happening after the reporter describes it.  Dickie Goodman (1934 - 1989) was known for doing it from 1957 to 1987.  Here is is first known work, "Flying Saucer" from 1957.

Eighteen years later, he made a break-in recording with "Mr. Jaws" in 1975, which won a Grammy Award for best Comedy Record. 

Later in the seventies, Dickie Goodman made more of those.  Rocky in "Mr. Rocky,"
 the 1976 remake of King Kong in "Kong," Charlie's Angels in "Charlie's Devils," the mini-series, Roots in "Deep Roots," Star Wars in "Star Warts" and "Star Warz,"  Superman: The Movie in "Hey Superman," The Energy Crisis in "Energy Crisis '74"  and "Energy Crisis '79".  The 1980 Election in "Election '80," "America '81" in 1981,  E.T. in "Hey E.T.",  The Z-100 Radio Station, in "Attack of the Z-Monster" (1985),  and Safe Sex with "Sex Safe Report" (1987), which was his last.
With MTV being popular and the rise of CD's, not to mention the fact that people found his work rather annoying, he committed suicide in 1987.  Was this the end of Break-In Recordings?  No it wasn't.  Whimsical Will of the Dr. Demento show continued this tradition from 1986 to 2010.  But it didn't end there.  According to the podcast, "A-Log on the Airwaves,"  Chris Wolvie and I continued the torch.  He made "Hey Green Lantern," based on the film, "The Green Lantern."  I for one,  made "A Trip to T.U.F.F." which was based on the Nickelodeon cartoon "T.U.F.F. Puppy", which was created by Butch Hartman of "Fairly OddParents" fame.

Keep in mind, I ran into Break-In Recordings in 2009,  I was wishing to make a project like that.  However, in 2010, I heard about this course called "Introduction to Sound".  It was going to be a spring course.  I contacted a friend of mine about it and he said that for the first part,  you need to record sounds and the final assignment, make anything you want.  I talked to him about Break-In Recordings and he said "Go for it!" So I did, but what am I going to make?  I heard of this cartoon called "T.U.F.F. Puppy" and I thought to myself, "Why not use that as your subject."  I wrote the script and collected the songs in 2010.  All is left is to wait for the time to come.  When I took that course and I was given the final, I pitched it and my professor said yes!  The result was as Duddley Puppy would say, "Aaawwwesssooooooommee!"  Everybody loved it and it was like a bright light at the end of the tunnel.  Because the work from everyone else was boring and abstract snooze-fests.
So from 2011, here is "A Trip to T.U.F.F."

The result was a success and got aired on Anthony Logatto's "A-Log on the Airwaves" in the Fall of 2011.  This wasn't the only one aired on the web, another one was made after the success of it.  Only this time, it is not a cartoon, it was a game.  It was called "Angry Birds."  This was "Birds who are Beyond Upset."

Friday, August 28, 2015

Commentary on my Music Video "Funky Disco Princess"

On February,  I made a music video called "Funky Disco Princess".   Today, I made a commentary on how I made my music video.  It is bound to raise eye-brows on why I made it.

I hope you enjoy it.