No Starch Press has a new book out. It’s called The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! I received the book for review on my dad blog and I can tell you it’s as cool as it sounds like. The 216-page book is full of great information on how to make animated LEGO movies. My oldest son has been playing around with making animated movies and he thinks this book is awesome. It features useful advice and wonderful graphics for the budding stop-motion animator. The book was written by expert brickfilmers David Pagano and David Pickett. In the book, they share their insight from over twenty years behind the camera and introduce readers to the basics of animation before walking them through the creative process step-by-step. The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! is available now. It has a list price of $19.95, but you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $14.76.
I have a 2-for-1 today. First thing, Memorex is running a contest where the winner will win a walk-on role in a 2016 production by The Asylum (the creators of Sharknado and Z Nation), a 55” 4K UHDTV, an invitation to audition for a speaking role and a screenwriter pitch meeting with The Asylum producers. Sounds sweet, right? Especially if you want to break into Hollywood. Second thing, I’m giving away a Memorex tablet on my dad blog. It’s powered by Android…the tablet, not my blog. I already own a couple of tablets, but as far as I’m concerned, you can’t have too may tablets. Continue reading to find out more information about Memorex Lives! contest and my tablet giveaway.
Netflix has a new series out. It’s called the Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show. We’ve only seen one episode so far. In the show, Mr. Peabody and Sherman interview people from our past. It’s essentially an educational show mixed in with a lot of gags. Speaking of interviews, DreamWorks Animation sent us a kit (mugs, fake microphone, interview cards) to conduct our own interview. Check out the funny video below. It’s Harley Quinn interviewing Zombie Batman. I’m biased, but I think it’s cute.
I have an awesome giveaway for people who like to play with video. I’m giving everyone a copy of MacX Video Converter Pro (there’s also a Windows version). That’s right, everyone gets a free license for the full version of Digiarty’s video converter. The catch is the giveaway is limited to three days only (ends Monday, September 28th). Head over to my exclusive giveaway page. In addition to the free software, you can also get discounts on Digiarty’s other popular software tools.
Some of you have already seen this video, but this is something most dads and moms could watch over and over again. When you watch the video, you can’t help but smile. [Question: what’s with the roller skates? Don’t most cool babies use roller blades and Heelys skate shoes now?]
(YouTube: Evian Roller Babies Video)
The people over at Motionbox recently emailed me about their video sharing service. According to Motionbox, one of their big things is letting dads and moms share videos privately in HD quality with friends and family. Their service is for parents who do not want the whole world to see videos of their kids. Am I missing something here? Can’t dads already set their videos to private in YouTube? So, what’s the big deal? I was curious so I took a look at their site and I didn’t even charge them my usual $10 million consulting fee.
Here is the I am Woman video I uploaded to Motionbox. I originally uploaded this video to YouTube a couple years ago. The source file is in 320×240 format so the quality isn’t great on YouTube or Motionbox, but that’s not their fault. [Note: the embedded video below is limited to 100 views a month. If you can’t see it, click on this video link to view the I am Woman video on the Motionbox site.]
Sometimes when I watch my son goof around, I can’t help but laugh. When you’re a dad, you don’t need to go the movies to be transported to another world. You can just hang out at home and watch the kids. You moms and dads out there know what I mean. Children are entertaining and they can be so much fun to watch. When kids are young, they act the way they want and they don’t care what people think. It’s too bad kids eventually lose their care free innocence.
If you can’t see the YouTube video, it’s located here: Kung Fu Styles. I also included artist and download info in the hopes YouTube doesn’t disable another one my of videos for the use of third party content. Shouldn’t this video fall under fair use as a parody? Song: Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas
It’s Chinese New Year. Thanks to the lunar calendar, Chinese New Year falls in January this year. I wish I could explain why Chinese New Year starts in January this year when it landed in February last year, but I can’t. I’m not a werewolf, so I have a hard time understanding a calendar that is based on cycles of the moon phase. Next year, Chinese New Year will land back in February — the day after Valentine’s Day. At least both days involve the color red.
This is the year of the Ox. The Ox is suppose to be the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. The New Year celebration lasts from the first day of the first lunar month to the fifteenth day. It’s 15 days because it takes almost 15 days to go from new moon to full moon. If we follow tradition, we’re suppose to clean the house thoroughly before the start of the new year. That’s suppose to wash away the dirt (bad luck) from the previous year and ensure our home is ready for good luck. That’s not going to happen. We’re not big on traditions involving house cleaning. But we do follow the tradition of giving good luck money in red envelopes. Sorry, you’re not getting a red envelope from us. The good luck money is for the kids.
I have had not had time to make another video, so I’m going to recycle a video from two years ago. It’s still one of my favorites: