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.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston Anime - Part 3: Matthew meets Greg Ayers (Why your fan base stinks.)

So Sunday was my final day at Boston Anime. I was kaijued out and I found something that caught my eye, a lecture by anime voice-actor Greg Ayres. He has such a great voice so I attended the lecture called “Why your fan base stinks?” He talked about how people can horribly go to far with their fan-bases. For instance, during a lecture he talked about the Hetalia fan-base, where in the manga (comic-book), countries are personified. Germany is depicted as Nazis! Here comes the shocking part, those nutty Nazis paraded at Boston Anime and posed around for goofy photos at the Holocaust Memorial! This caused a horrible uproar and as a result, they got in trouble and the reprentatives of Anime Boston apologized.
This happened in 2010.

A few years ago, there was a problem with the Homestuck fan-base. There was this little girl who was dressed up as her favorite characters, got beaten up by other people who were fans of one character, but hated the other. As a result, the person who came up with this idea blogged about it (“real smart move” there), leading to get not only arrested by the police, but banned from Anime Boston! The little girl who got clobbered became guest of honor. Greg Ayres said, “It is like fighting over the Smurfs.” It is just art.

Then there was this brony related story. Now what is a brony? A brony is a man ages 18 to 30 (or older) who is a fan of the cartoon My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic (which is aimed at little girls). He is a fan because of the witty humor, clever writing, interesting characters and pop-culture references. To get a full understanding of it, let Doug “The Nostalgia Critic” Walker, explain.

So now you got an understanding through this video, back to the story. In the cult-cartoon (or colt cartoon), there is this character named Derpy Hooves. Think of this wonky-eyed (which was a mistake in the animation), grey Pegasus as the Clumsy Smurf of the cartoon. In her first appearance, she caused controversy for poking fun at the retarded people. The Brony Community struck back by saying that it is not making fun of retarded people, it is reaching out people with special conditions! If anyone who is reading this, I would like to say that I am not a brony.

After that, it was time to talk to Greg about anything in relationship to fan-bases that fouled up. Now is my chance to go and warn them about a new fan-base that happens to grate me. I told Greg that I was watched this series called Toons These Days. Hosted by Doggie D. Daschund (a retro 1920’s/30’s cartoon character) and Conroy Cat (a modern day cartoon character). In one episode, there was a review of the web-series Barbie-Life in the Dream House. Doggie bashed it as usual, but Conroy gave an honest review of it saying that he enjoyed it because it was inspired by Toy Story 3! He went on to say that it was the next brony fad! Behold, the rise of the Brobie! I told him told him all about it, saying it was like having a vampire convert to Christianity. Mr. Ayres joked that the communion would be weird. I told him this joke that went like this: “Did you hear about the vampire who converted to Christianity? He died.” With that bad joke aside, hearing and bringing out mad news like that is like the Destruction of the Gender Barrier. My gosh what has happened here?

Here is a link to Greg's site:

So that is my whole Boston Anime story.  I hope you enjoy it, sorry that there was lack of updates because I was busy. Stay tuned to this site for more.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Boston Anime - Part 2: Matthew meets (the Stars of the Original) Godzilla! (Not Exactly)

After failing to meet my favorite stars on Friday, I decided to meet them on Saturday and boy what an awesome experience!  Before the movie, there was a questions and answers segment with Akira Takarada and Harou Nakijama, the original stars of GODZILLA (1954).

They talked about their thoughts on the original movie, the wonderful experience and their thoughts on the 2014 movie.  As a fan, it was amusing.

Now this was followed by the audience who wanted to ask questions to them.  I was ready!  I was going to ask a question to Mr. Takarada:  "What is it like working with American actors in the film KING KONG ESCAPES?"  I was going to ask Mr. Nakijama: "Is there a difference when you are playing Kong on KING KONG ESCAPES and Godzilla?  What is it like?"

However, when I came to ask, time was up.  As a result, this was followed by a screening of the original 1954 version of GODZILLA.  Uncut, undubbed, uncensored and unseen by American audiences.  This was the one by Rialto Pictures from 2004 (which I saw 11 years ago).
So here is a music video I made.

So that concluded it and tune in next time when I attend a lecture called: "Why your fan-base stinks."