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December 16, 2006

Screwed Up Animation, Too Much "Star Wars," and the NFL Network Should Get a Clue. Merry Christmas!

By: The Dude on the Right
As I'm at home this Saturday night, becoming pissed at myself for my, hmm, improper animation techniques (which actually means I screwed up a good chunk of our animated review for "Apocalypto" that I wanted to get posted this weekend), I also have the Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons game on my NFL Network Channel in between my watching, again, thanks to the Cinemax folks, my various "Star Wars" fixes.

For the animation, as I got through most of the subtitling that would be necessary, I realized most of none of it was going to work because I forgot about the camera angles I would use (I should have fully outlined the animation schedule on paper, instead of doing it in my head).  In trying to rush the animated review, I pretty much set it back a week due to heading home for Christmas and my lack of computing power in Ohio.  My fault, but it was a stupid mistake, which wouldn't have happened if I had just done some proper planning.

I'm also wishing, hoping, praying, that Cinemax is almost done with their various showing of the "Star Wars" films.  For "Episode I" I'm a sucker for the hope that Anakin is the one to save the galaxy, "Episode II" gives me Senator Amidala to be happy she is of age, and she looks great as monsters rip off her clothes.  "Episode III" has great fight scenes and sadly, the end of Mace Windu.  "Episode IV" is always great but sort of creepy.  Great because it was the first "Star Wars" movie, that I saw at the Avon Lake Theater in Ohio before they remodeled from one screen to four, and creepy, because now we now Princess Leia is Luke's sister.  "Episode V" was the dark episode, but I was now at the age when "A New Hope" started to make sense.  And then came "Episode VI," "The Return of the Jedi," where everything worked, except the Ewoks still suck, even watching it today.

But enough about "Star Wars," what is really pissing me off tonight is the NFL Network and their bizarre insistence of showing games on their cable channel.  All I can ask is "Umm, Dudes at the NFL Network, have you, or your producers, even watched the games that CBS, FOX, and NBC, have perfected.?"  Your announcers don't work together, your camera shifts blow, and no dude wants to see a "long shot" of the cheerleaders - Give us the close-up, with the cutest of them juggling their jugs and pom-poms for the camera.  And don't get me started on your trying to expand the season to a Thursday night and Saturday night.  I totally forgot the Cleveland Browns/Pittsburgh Steelers' game was on a couple of Thursdays ago.  Sorry, NFL Network dudes, you're just not on my weekday radar.  And the only reason I tuned in to this Saturday's game with Dallas and Atlanta was because I heard someone else talk about how bad the production (including the announcer talk) was.  And they were right.  Dear NFL, leave the football to when we want it:  Sunday - All day, and Monday night.  And never, ever, take away our Thanksgiving Day games.  These extra Thursday night and Saturday games are crap, especially with your presentation, so just cut it out and get back to what we want to see, and not your convoluted way to make more money.  The only reason reason I was able to watch your game tonight, which sucked, was because A: I was home on a Saturday night.  And B: I pay for everything on my cable channel.

Well, I've got to get back to my animating that I screwed up, but that's okay.  It's that weird time of year when sometimes when things go wrong, you get a little bummed, but then remember that it's the Christmas Season, so sometimes work can be put on a burner a little further back.  Our animated review of "Apocalypto" will be posted, eventually, just not as soon as I planned.  Merry Christmas.

That's it for this one!  I'm The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

Posted by Rightdude at 10:17 PM | Comments (0)


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