3/10/2014

Jury Member for NW Animation Festival

I was contacted to judge animation short films for this year NW Animation Festival.
Had lots of fun looking through tons of animation shorts through February.

2/23/2014

Chair & Light

Lighting study, my friend is playing Banjo in the distance.

2/13/2014

Ink Black

Practice art for the sake of art

Friend Next Door

I choose pink only for the expression prepose...

Shared


Just imagine: How wonderful is it when a boy willing to share his only scarf while wearing short pans during the cold Winter.

2/03/2014

The Jewish Comix Anthology: Volume 1

I'm doing a short comic book project with Alternate History Comics Inc.
Check out their Kickstarter campaign:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1350078939/the-jewish-comix-anthology-volume-1

I did this poster so far:



1/04/2014

Wolf soldier



Did this sketch on Samsung note 10.1 2014 edition while waiting in a Tai restaurant while visiting Seattle

11/07/2013

Remember Me


Just another day, my instinct tells me not to wait like this anymore. Thoughts always wondering all the possible branches which would have taken me to different adventures. Should I say "I SUCK" because I didn't got the dream opportunity, or I didn't get the opportunity because I was meant to be something more than that? Is there a path written already? 
In the end of the day, you enjoy working on something that matters to you. That true happiness lives in your work and goes on it's own journey.
If that makes you happy, go ahead. 
No one can stop you.


10/24/2013

Film to Watch: Rhythm

1. RHYTHMIC CONTROL
Raging Bull (1980)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Rumblefish (1983)
Visions of Eight (1972)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Rashomon (1951)
The Last Picture Show (1971)

2. THE CONTINUOUS AND FRAGMENTED EVENT
Touch of Evil (1958)
Goodfellas (1990)
The Untouchables (1987)
Rope (1948)
Run, Lola, Run (1999)
JFK (1991)
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Election (1999)

Note from The Visual Story

Film to Watch: Movement

1. CONTINUUM OF MOVEMENT
Ninotchka (1939)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Die Hard (1988)
Goodfellas (1990)
Touch of Evil (1958)

2. CAMERA MOVEMENT
Das Boot (1981)
The Verdict (1982)
The Insider (1999)

3.OBJECT MOVEMENT
8 1/2 (1963)
Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
Gold Diggers of 1937 (1937)

Note from The Visual Story

Film to Watch: Control Color

1. SATURATED HUE
Cries and Whispers (1972)
Ran (1985)

2. COMPLEMENTARY COLORS (BLUE AND YELLOW)
Man in the Moon (1991)
The English Patient (1996)

3. WARM/COOL COLORS
The Shining (1980)
Wings of the Dove (1997)
The Last Emperor (1987)

4. WARM COLORS
The Godfather (1972)

5. CONTRAST OF SATURATED/DESATURATED COLORS
Pennies from Heaven (1981)

6. LIMITED COLOR PALETTE
Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Chinatown (1974)
A Little Princess (1995)
Days of Heaven (1978)
Three Kings (1999)

Notes from the book The Visual Story by Bruce Block

Film to Watch

1. CONTRAST OF TONE
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
T-Men (1947) and Raw Deal (1948)
In Cold Blood (1967)
Cat People (1942)

2. CONTRAST AND AFFINITY OF TONE
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

3. TONAL CONTROL DUE TO REFLECTANCE OR INCIDENCE
A Night at the Opera (1935)
The Conformist (1969)
Repulsion (1965)
Manhattan (1979)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolff? (1966)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Yojimbo (1961)

Notes from The Visual Story by Bruce Block

10/17/2013

Film for Study: Line and Shape Motif

1. VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL MOTIF
Notorious (1946)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

2. DIAGONAL LINEAR MOTIF
Die Hard (1988)
The Third Man (1949)

3. SHAPES OF SPACES
The Conformist (1969)
Star Wars (1977)
The Shining (1980)
Contempt (1963)

Notes from "The Visual Story" by Bruce Block



Basic Art Direction Lessons

If a art director get lost, you can simplify the shot into one line (usually the horizon line). Then you can use contrast and affinity of line to orchestrate the intensity changes of the scene.

Controlling shape involves careful examination of the basic shoes of all the objects you place in front of the camera. Look at an object's silhouette, not the object itself.

Create visual unity and visual structure in your production:
1. The actor.
If the actors are reduced to silhouettes, what basic shape do they become?
2. The location or set.
What shape is the space you're going to shoot in?
3. The set dressing and props.
On the set, what is the basic shape of a chair, a couch, or a table lamp? Do the shapes communicate the correct emotional mood?
4. Lighting.
How can lighting change the basic shapes or add additional ones?

Notes from "The Visual Story" by Bruce Block

Films must study: excellent examples of well-controlled space

1. DEEP SPACE
Citizen Kane (1941)
Touch of Evil (1958)

2. FLAT SPACE AND SURFACE DIVISIONS
Klute (1971)
Manhattan (1979)
Witness (1985)
American Beauty (1999)
Ordinary People (1980)

3. LIMITED SPACE
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Suspicion (1941)

4. AMBIGUOUS SPACE AND SURFACE DIVISIONS
Don't Look Now (1973)
Brazil (1985)

From book The Visual Story by Bruce Block

Extra:
Films about artificial reality in 1999
Existenz
The Thirteenth Floor
Synecdoche New York
Matrix
Dark City



10/16/2013

Deep Space VS Flat Space


Notes from
"The Visual Story" by Bruce Block

8/13/2013

7/23/2013

Short Visiting to Nickelodeon

I'm back!

The gang

Cool studio space

Aminder's high tech Google Glass

Turtle RK

Did some quick sketches while waiting

Korra

Mako

Bolin

Book session in Urban Out Fitter, downtown Burbank
Such a long leg...

SDCC 2013!

I had such an amazing time in SDCC! Thanks to all my amazing friends from Satellitesoda!
Satellitesoda booth

You know who statue

Another cool statue

"People Mountain People Sea"

View from our hotel room

LEGO turtles

5/03/2013

Chromatic Watch



My artworks are featured on Chromatic Watch.
Thanks to Ariel Torres and Sean Collins!

Link:
http://chromaticwatch.tumblr.com/post/46735730138/haiwei-hou-equally-able-to-ace-the-mod-and-the


Reel Earth Film Festival



Vernal Equinox got into Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival New Zealand
June 14-22 2013
Palmerston North

Check it out:
http://www.reelearth.org.nz/films/short-films


4/01/2013

Northwest Animation Fest 2013


Hey, I want to share this news. Vernal Equinox has been selected for NW Animation Fest 2013!
The festival will run May 17-19 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The entire 3-day fest will repeat May 31-June 2 at the Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene, Oregon.

Hollywood Theater

Hollywood Theater Interior

Bijou Art Cinema


Here is a link
http://www.nwanimationfest.com/2013-official-selections/

3/25/2013

Canada International Film Festival


Vernal Equinox won 2013 Royal Reel Winners in Animation Competition XD

It was chosen among the very best of over 1000 films submitted from over 30 countries around the world. Only a maximum of 10 films per competition category are selected to be honored with this prestigious award!

Canada International Film Festival will take place April 5th - 6th, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Link:
http://www.canadafilmfestival.com/Festival/2013OfficialSelections/tabid/486/Default.aspx

3/14/2013

Atlanta Film Festival


Hi,

My friend and I are going to Atlanta Film Festival this weekend.
My film Vernal Equinox is scheduled to screen on Monday, March 18, at 6:45 pm in the 7 Stages Theatre (1105 Euclid Ave. NE) in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta.

If you are in the area, come and celebrate with us XD

To check out the trailer:
http://vernalequinox2012.blogspot.ca/

Cheers!

2/28/2013

Boss NO. 28 - Captain IGO

I decide to do a portrait of my boss Dave for the last day of Feb 2013
Hope you like it :)