CatShitOne: Animation Gone Warzone

This modernized version of the 1980s manga classic has been updated for fighting in the sandbox with current weapons and modern fire-and-maneuver methods of close quarters combat. The 190s version was released under the title of Apocalypse Meow, a parody of Francis Ford Copolla’s Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now.

There’s some stuff that jumped out as “wait a minute” such as never having to change a magazine, that the rifles aren’t standard for what the guys over there are using (M4 variants, M-14 designated marksman updates, some of the newer rifles like the SDM-R [Squad Designated Marksman Rifle]), and the chopper looks like one of the old Soviet ones instead of the US Apache helicopters used by the air assault divisions in the US Army today.

It’s surprising considering how much other detail is spot on (e.g. the press check) that they would miss things like this. But it’s a great way to waste 20 minutes and it’s quite impressive in regards to the CG animation, lighting and particle effects.

UPDATE: They removed the full episode and now have the trailer only. Still a good watch :)

Presenting at DC Pecha Kucha Night on Wednesday

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I’ll be presenting at the DC Pecha Kucha night next Wednesday at the Corcoran in downtown DC near the White House. I’ll be presenting on the short film Meticulous made called “The Sandbox” in a 20 minute, 20 seconds per slide showdown. Hope to see you there!

Virginia Public Safety Memorial

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For those of you who didn’t know, I have a Masters in Architecture. I strayed from the path when I worked at RTKL as a 3d animator and designer right after college. I’ve done things here and there, but mainly still focused on the 3d rendering side of things [ Meticulous Portfolio ].

My high school civics teacher contacted me to ask if I would be willing to work with her son, Robert Eccleston, as an “architect” on a design for the Virginia Public Safety Memorial. I was ecstatic to be able to work on something like this again and, over the Christmas holiday, met with Robert in Williamsburg and dove in on the project. He had the maquettes started and we finished the plaza plan that day. From there we got the maquettes scanned into 3d models and I built the rest of the plaza in Maya. Render forth and this is what we had.

We submitted this yesterday and will find out in 3 months if we make the next round. Fingers crossed!

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