Archive for December, 2010

Ruffus The Dog’s Christmas Carol – Behind The Scenes

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Our anticipated release date of December 21st (hey, that’s today) of Ruffus The Dog’s Christmas Carol has been delayed due to unexpected post-production efforts.

Below is a video put together by Ben Deutsch from photos and videos he and his wife, Tatiana Hernandez, shot while we produced the holiday special in our home.

We received a lot of very generous contributions from our supporters through our IndieGoGo crowdfunding pages and the dedication of our team who performed and handled tech and design work made those 4 days a lot of fun.

The unexpected post-production efforts I mentioned above are due to the high quality of the footage we got. What I had expected to be a 2 week edit has expanded in order to make sure our CG backgrounds and effects meet the same standards as the video we shot.

Cratchit asks for Christmas day off.

It’s disappointing to not meet our deadline – it was ambitious but seemed do-able. I have been advised by our team that it is indeed better to focus on making the project as good as it can be since holidays come around every year and it will be worthwhile to make something that lasts and lasts.

Scrooge climbs the stairs - unaware he is about to meet the ghost of Marley.

I was also reminded by my friend Fred of a quote by Douglas Adams: “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

So here’s me going Whoosh! as I return to the basement editing suite and continue the work on completing the show.


Wankin’ Bankers

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Always trust an Irishman to speak the truth:

With thanks to Bryan.

Off with their fuckin’ heads.

Patti Smith – People Have The Power

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Apropos of my previous post – here’s Patti Smith reciting the lyrics to her song People Have The Power.

Fuckin’ A.

Thank you for finding this, Michael.

This New Generation Will Fight Back

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Fuck yeah.

I found this over at BoingBoing where Cory Doctorow said: “This young man is one of the best speakers I’ve heard, and I salute his passion and his integrity.”

I have my faith in humanity restored whenever I hear young men and women speak words like this:

They can’t stop us demonstrating, they can’t stop us fighting back, and how ever much they try to imprison us in the streets of London, those are our streets. We will always be there to demonstrate, we will always be there to fight… We are no longer that generation that doesn’t care, we are no longer that generation to sit back and take whatever they give us. We are now the generation at the heart of the fight back.

They deserve our praise and, more importantly, our support. There is a very big fight coming. Large storm clouds of unrest are looming on the horizon of our lives. The stakes are going to be very dear and the end result – as much as these things ever have any true end – is in no wait a certainty. The next decade is going to be hell. No doubt about it. The young men and women who think and act as this student does will bear the brunt of the fight. Old farts like me must be prepared to do more than write angry blog posts or rage on Twitter.

I have a lot more to say about the recent events around the world with respect to freedom of speech and the right to dissent. There is a post-production deadline I must endeavour to meet and that will keep me busy for the next few weeks. Come the new year there be other projects that will occupy my time. But I do have more to say and I will find the time and the various ways and means of doing so. In the meantime, don’t be cynical, don’t be depressed, and don’t be savagely angry. Just be determined to add your own voice, in whatever way, regardless of how trivial it may seem. We are Spartacus, we are Anonymous, we are Assange, we are the Who’s of Whoville – and we will be heard.

So there.

Fuck You If You Don’t Like Christmas

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

I heartily agree with every sentiment expressed in this video.

The shopping part – maybe not so much – but the hats, yeah – and the candles – okay, it’s all good.


P. S. Thanks, Fred!

Busy On A Shoot – Ruffus The Dog Christmas Carol

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Hey there.

I’m not neglecting this blog – although I am – I’m just really busy producing and directing our Ruffus The Dog’s A Christmas Carol shoot.

We have four days – (one day left as I write these words) to shoot and then less than three weeks to complete all of our post production prior to the December 21st online release of the finished show. It’s intense and crazy-making and fun as hell.

My house has been transformed into a green-screen studio with almost every room being handed over for use in the making of props, set pieces, wardrobe and (of course) catering. There is fake snow everywhere. The chaos of the home is as fatiguing as the work itself.

The saving grace through it all is the company of friends and colleagues who are sharing this madness with me, providing me with their talent, experience and endlessly deep well of hilarity. I haven’t laughed so much in years.

Once the shoot itself is finished – and our house is put back in order – I will, despite the continuing work on post-production, post photos and video here in an attempt to convey just what the fuck it is we’ve been up to.

Just one more day.