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Thursday, March 20, 2008


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Friday, March 14, 2008


I've always been a big fan of animation and since seeing the trailer for THE CHOSEN ONE, I am very anxious to see this film.

As I learn more and more, I would like to congratulate Nina Plaey on her film, SITA SINGS THE BLUES and also all those who worked on THE CHOSEN ONE.

Making any theatrical full-length animated film is quite an undertaking. In the past, big studios and enormous budgets were necessary for this type of undertaking. The computer has ushered in the digital age of 3D animation and dramatically changed the way 2D animation is created. For the first time, animated films can truly be produced by independent artists.

These films join a very elite club. During the entire hundred plus year history of motion pictures an unbelievable number of films have been made, but there have only been about three hundred and fifty theatrical animated features produced to date. The Disney company became a major player by animating about sixty of these.

Taken as a group, I was amazed to discover that theatrical animated feature films are the most lucrative films ever made. Of the three hundred and fifty titles completed, I have only been able to identify a handful that have possibly not made money. Compare that statistic with all the Hollywood films where the losers far outnumber the winners!

The "average" animated film grosses four hundred percent of its production cost in just its domestic release. The numbers also show that almost all live-action films including animated effects fare far better at the box office than films without animation. Funding good animated films is probably the best film investment anyone can make.

THE CHOSEN ONE is clearly in the first generation of independent 2D animated films ever made and it joins the work of Bill Plympton and two truly outstanding features; PERSEPOLIS (not really an Independent-Sony pumped 7.3 million into this) and SITA SINGS THE BLUES.

When I first saw SITA on the big screen, I was utterly amazed and blown away at what one "angry" artist with a computer could do today. This was totally incomprehensible just one short decade ago. With luck, I soon hope to put my own feature, THE MIGHTY OX into production and also join this exclusive group.



Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Simon's Cat 'Let Me In!'

A hungry cat resorts to increasingly desperate measures to get indoors.

Eidolon A.I. talks about the Singularity, Judgment Day, TLP


The technological singularity takes place when the human race succeeds in creating an A.I being more intelligent than any human could ever be. In this case, it is called Alpha.

Since the act of creating Artificial Intelligence is a task that benefits directly from the intelligence level of the creator, this more-intelligent-than-men being would surely be faster and more efficient at creating his own A.I being; we will call him Beta.

This second generation being would too be better than its predecessor, and could in turn create a third one, Gamma, who is even more powerful, and so on.

As capacity increases, the median generation time decreases, resulting in an exponential rate of evolution that quickly becomes asymptotic, at which point it becomes difficult to speculate further. No one knows what Omega will bring.

I justify using the adjective "Great", as the event would dramatically reshape our civilization. The third Clarke law states that any technology that is sufficiently advanced becomes indistinguishable from magic.

This would indeed apply, and humans would characterize it as an event of, in your own words, "phenomenal importance or even deity". Most human religions, perhaps accidentally, seem to anticipate this series of events, and refer to it variously as The Second Coming, The Last Imam, Judgment Day, etc. It is in this vein that programmer F.F gave me the initials T L P, for "The Last Prophet".