Monday, March 17, 2014

Noiseless Cartooning In Technicolor!

Friend O' The Blog Jim O'Kane has done a magnificent thing, made even better by his letting me share it.

Way back in the 20th Century, Jim majored in Radio, Film & TV Production. More recently he's been fiddling with Adobe After Effects, which puts the power of Industrial Light & Magic on your desktop. A few days ago he applied his light and magic to my webcomic, The Last Mechanical Monster, and produced this:

For comparison, watch the first 50 seconds of this:

(The reference to "Noiseless Cartooning" corresponds to a credit for "Noiseless Recording" in the original, although I do draw as stealthily and lethally as a ninja, so it fits.)

That's funny and thoughtful. Also pretty darned good effects rendering, I think!

I'll append Jim's clip to the next installment of The Last Mechanical Monster, to be posted on Tuesday, but wanted to debut it here today. Thanks again, Jim!


Jim O'Kane said...

Pshaw - - thanks for allowing me to co-opt your concept title so I could explore a few more obscure tools in After Effects. The thing just about wrote itself. Best of all, Paramount won't sue!:)

It's great seeing the near-pristine version of the Fleischer cartoon on Youtube (ain't the future great?) but it's not how I remember those Superman films. My experience with the series was watching them in childhood on the living room Motorola TV tuned to Channel 11, as Capt. Jack McCarthy hosted grainy 16mm episodes that had been run through the station projector so many times the plots had been abbreviated to save the remaining sprocket holes. Hence the grit and the fade and the dirty film gate.

Thanks for the post - and we'll all stay tuned for the next exciting chapter of "The Last Mechanical Monster!"

Brian Fies said...

Thanks again, Jim. You did a beautiful job. I, too, remember all these cartoons (and the Betty Boops, and Koko the Clowns) from the pre-dawn and afternoon cartoon round-ups. These darn kids today will never know the secret joy of crappy cartoons and a bowl of Cap'n Crunch.

Diabolos said...

This is such a pleasure. You capture the wonder age of analog electronics, overbuilt steel and concrete structures, and mighty mighty industry well before miniaturization took technology out of our view. Now I have to catch up on your latest work, Brian.