Thursday, December 10, 2009


This is a promotion image for a tv movie called SHARK SWARM. 

Its about sharks eating people because there is ocean pollution everywhere. Daryl Hannah and John Schneider play scientists who use lazer tag guns from my childhood to humanely stop the sharks from eating people. 

I watched the trailer, and it really doesn't live up to the awesomeness of the poster. That image inspires me to finally sit down and write my ocean opera about a team of shark assassins. Im pretty sure if I found my trapper keeper from middle school, I would have a bunch of concept sketches for this project.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

In Be Tween

Alameda is a hot spot for tween couples. If you are in between the ages of twelve and fourteen and are in a serious relationship, Alameda is your hub. Every weekend I see at least thirty to forty prepubescent boys and girls, hanging onto one another for dear life.

Tween P.D.A. examples:
Sometimes it looks really uncomfortable, but I guess thats what being a teen is all about.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I saw an advertisement on TLC for this new show called I DIDN'T KNOW I WAS PREGNANT, no this is not a new Charlie Sheen sitcom, this is a serious show about real life problems. A problem that has taken over America!

The advertisement said, "Coming up on I DIDN'T KNOW I WAS PREGNANT" and they cut to a women screaming on the toilet. I didn't see the episode, but I put two and #2 together and I think I know how it played out. The image of that women has stayed with me, now every time I go to the bathroom, I think, could I be pregnant? Turns out Im not, but here are some questions to ask yourself, so you can figure out whether or not you are preggers.

1. Is there a child in your belly? 
This might seem like a no brainer, but go ahead and feel around. Babies are small, so it might just be hiding under a kidney.

2. Are you a woman? 
Women are 72% more likely to have babies then men.

3. Do storks like to hang around you?

If the science is correct, storks have been known to give people babies.

4. Do you wear mom jeans?
Only mom's wear mom jeans.

5. Does your boyfriend/husband/one night stand look like this...

No need to check with a doctor,  you're pregnant.

I hope this helps. I was once a baby in a belly myself, so I think I know a little bit about being pregnant.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


In the spirit of the holiday I thought I would post some of the awesome costumes my Mom made over the years.

Im Batman in this one. I was much scarier than the Christian Bale version. I struck fear in the hearts of all criminals.
Im Spiderman and my bro is the hobo clown. We are showing off the disguises we won at a halloween party. That isn't padding in my costume, I was a ripped 8 year old.
We went for the horror genre that year. And yes, that is real blood on my face. I bit my sister just before the picture.

And of course this awesome Michelangelo costume. It was ten times better than the Kmart plastic mask version. I am trying to slim down so I can wear this again. Those nunchucks were no joke, my dad made them out of pvc pipe connected by a metal chain. I put eight kids in the hospital that night...three of them are still in critical condition.
My Mom went to town that year. She transformed my brother into Frankenstein, my older sister into the card from Alice In Wonderland, and my little sister into a vicious bat.

I remember every year my brother and I used to take down the box of all the halloween costumes my Mom made, and we would mix and match the costumes. We would have Frankenstein pants, Marvin Martian shoes, and a Batman mask and run out to the street to scare the passing cars. It was great fun!

Thanks Mom for all the awesome costumes.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Spider MAN!

Lindsay and I went to the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles because we wanted to see the Dino Lab! When we purchased the tickets they said for three dollars more we could see the Spider Pavilion! Feeling the halloween spirit we both enthusiastically said yes. 

The Spider Pavilion is just outside the museum in a greenhouse type tent. We walked through a plastic curtain and inside we did not find a spider pavilion but a SPIDER KILL ZONE! 
Huge spiders on webs and in the bushes. My first thought was this is how they feed the spiders. They get two healthy unsuspecting people, trick them into thinking they are going to see cool spiders behind three inches of plexi glass, and then watch as the spiders feast on them. 

Even though our lives were clearly in danger, I wanted to get my three dollars worth, so we walked through the maze of arachnids, keeping our limbs very close to our bodies.

Every time we'd turn around there would be another eight legged beast setting up to jump on our face.

After a bit, Lindsay turned to me and asked:

"Can we go now?"

And I said:
"Are you not enjoying this?"

We got out of the Spider Pavilion with our lives intact, but even as I type this I still feel their poisonous legs tickling my skin...that may never go away.

The Dino Lab was super cool!

Monday, October 05, 2009

These BITE!

It started at work. My ankle was itching like crazy.


I woke up the next morning and to my surprise I had mosquito bites all over. My ankle in particular was itchy, red, and a wee bit swollen. 

I remembered when I stayed down in southern California over the weekend, the window was open and it was so warm I didn't need a blanket. Mosquitoes must have come in and feasted on an old mountain biking wound from the week before. I would think fresh soars are like a Vegas buffet to mosquitoes.
Saturday it had doubled in size. Most my wounds I like to look at closely and in different lighting. I like to poke at them to gauge the amount of pain I am in or might be in later on.


It got pretty bad.

Okay maybe not that bad. But still pretty bad.

But with all my wounds, I figure its best to just...
walk it off.
The next morning I was greeted with a much less swollen leg.

This may not work for everyone, but it works for me, and one day I will pass this technique on to my children. 


Thursday, September 24, 2009


In your life there are little things you can do to create long lasting memories in the lives of strangers. It could be a story they can remember and tell their children and grandchildren if you would just remember to take a moment and do some of these simple things...

Small talk with the person in the stall next to yours.

"How bout that 49ers game? I think Gore is shaping up to be an excellent running back."

"Think fast soda jerk!"

This next one will require a realistic looking animal limb. 
"Prep the O.R.! I have to cut this arm off before the transformation is complete!"

I guarantee these little drops of your time will expand into oceans of stories  that strangers can tell for years to come.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Blood Tryst:Emotions

I think the animation industry should cash in on the teenage vampire genre that is all the rage. I am working on a screenplay called Blood Tryst: Emotions. It is the first in a series about a vampire bat in high school. 

Here are the beat boards:

A cg motion capture epic with a visionary director. Think Beowulf meets She's All That meets 300 meets The Notebook meets the scene in Spiderman 3 where Tobey Macguire does a sexy jazz dance.

Monday, September 14, 2009


Saturday around four a.m. I woke up to an awesome lightning storm. This digital painting is an exact representation of the event. 

Okay maybe the lightning wasn't that close. Everything else... EXACT!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


One of my favorite things is the awkward run in. It is when the walking trajectory of two people match up, they notice it, try to advert the collision, and wind up doing a spastic dance to go around.

I've done it many times and have seen it happen to other people many times. In school me and a friend enjoyed this so much we tried to manufacture them with varying results.

Last week I saw one of the best run ins you could find. An F-5 run in. The rating system is like tornadoes, F-1 being weak and F-5 being incredible. Shion, I submit this run in into the run in hall of fame.

Here's is how it went down:

I was stopped in traffic on the bridge. There was bicycle guy.
And walking guy.
Bicycle guy was coming up to walking guy.
Walking guy noticed bicycle guy and tried to get out of the way.

It turned into a spastic dance.

I saw this next part in slow motion.

The contact was long and awkward. Bicycle guy's face was almost swallowed by walking guys back. Walking guy was so stunned by the run in he couldn't move.
I couldn't hear walking guy but I read his lips and his lips said "sorry".

Thursday, September 03, 2009


The other day I caught a movie review show on public access. I think they shoot it in Berkeley, I think the name is This Month at the Movies, and Im certain its the best movie critique you'll find on television.
The critics are two mothers who look like they shop in the yarn ball section at Michael's. One in her mid thirties who brought her notes on a folded piece of notebook paper, and the other is a grandmother who held a more professional blue index card.

I wrote down some of my favorite quotes from the show.

After watching a clip of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist:

Gladis- "I haven't seen the movie, but that looks cute, so maybe I'll see the rest."

On Transformers 2:
Beverly-" Its a big movie with loud explosions and I think Spielberg is the director, or at least he is involved somehow. You can take out all the sexual scenes and it would be much better"

After watching a clip of John Adams:

Gladis-"That looks good. I'm gonna have to get that at the library."

That was the point in the show where I realized Gladis hadn't seen any of the films they were reviewing. The blue index card made her look prepared, but it was all a ruse.

The point where the show's quilt really started to unravel was when they played a clip from a teenage dancing movie, and they cut back to Gladis who is saying how scared she is to eat hamburgers, and wonders if the cows in her neighborhood are being mistreated. At first I thought... well thats just Gladis, but then I realized she was reviewing a documentary about hamburger meat. She had actually watched a movie and was critiquing it on the show, but they didnt have the right movie clip, so I didn't know what the hell movie she was talking about. It was awesome.

My favorite quote in the show happened just when I thought I had figured Gladis out...

Gladis-"The Hangover was hilarious. I never laughed so hard."

I know I am making fun of the show, but in all actuality I really enjoyed how simple and positive their critiques were. " I like this movie." "It was funny." Im gonna get it on VHS." is much more fun to watch. You hear a lot of critics using flowery ten dollar words to show how perspicacious they really are, but I prefer this show and I will definitely watch again.

By the way Gladis and Beverly are not their actual names. I don't know their real names. Hopefully I will find out this month on a brand new This Month At The Movies!!!