The Bin

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The Bin

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We don’t always know where a project is going when we put it into development. A rock solid idea might dead-end before it even begins, and the most marginal, underdeveloped toss-off could harden into a brilliant gem. The gems get scheduled into production, and the rest end up here, in The Bin.

The Bin is a special place for us. Failure can be a brutal and unforgiving teacher, but it is also the most effective and efficient way to get better at your craft. If you aren’t failing at least some of the time, then you probably aren’t pushing far enough. The Bin reminds us that for every really great idea we’ve ever had, we had to wade through several hundred bad ones to get there.

All the work in The Bin is fractured, flawed, or incomplete in some way. Some of it may not even make sense. But all of these pieces have shaped us creatively, and if showing off our failures helps you to accept and push through your own, then The Bin has done its job. Failure is a much larger part of creating than anyone likes to admit. Keep going, keep failing, keep creating. That thing you see in your mind is closer to becoming than you think.


Exactly

Or Things that don’t make sense for $500, please

This is a weird bunch of stuff I can’t even begin to explain. Paul needed something to screw around with in Animate Pro before we moved on to some more complex visual sequences. Basically, he ran wild with an idea that came to him while he was interval training on his bike. This is what giddy exhaustion will produce. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Series Credits

Written, Directed, and Animated by: Paul Thomas
Voicework and Foley: Paul and Amy Thomas
Studio Recording and Post-Production Editing & Effects: Paul and Amy Thomas
Copyright: Exactly Series © 2013 Tinted Lantern, Inc. All rights reserved.

Production Software and Equipment

Animation Production Software: Animate Pro 2
Post-Production Transitions, Effects, and Conversion: Final Cut Pro X
Recording Equipment: Zoom H4n Handy Recorder; Sony PCM-M10 Recorder
Sound Editing: Audacity; Final Cut Pro X


The PT

Starring Paul Thomas

We see a lot of test reels around here. Most of them feature Paul doing something random. He’s actually the ideal test actor for himself: He requires very little direction, is willing to work nights and weekends, and he doesn’t mind being paid in lattes and donuts. Sometimes, Paul will throw me into one of these reels just for show. But don’t expect to hear me speak. Voicework costs extra – usually a footsoak and some kind of shortbread cookie. Unfortunately, we almost never have that kind of cash.

The PT Series Credits

Written, Directed, and Animated by: Paul Thomas
Voicework and Foley: Paul Thomas
Studio Recording and Post-Production Editing & Effects: Paul Thomas
Copyright: The PT © 2011-2013 Tinted Lantern, Inc. All rights reserved.

Paul Walking Production Equipment and Software

Animation Production Software: Animate Pro 2
Post-Production Transitions, Effects, and Conversion: Final Cut Pro X
Recording Equipment: Sony PCM-M10 Recorder
Sound Editing: Audacity; Final Cut Pro X

Driving Sequence Production Equipment and Software

Animation, Post-Production Transitions, Effects, and Conversion: Adobe Flash 4


Salbucho Meps

Samoht Luap strikes again

Paul had a theory that flash animation could be much more facially expressive. He was right, although in some cases he may have overshot the mark. The announcer in particular looks like he might be having some kind of seizure during portions of his monologue, and all the characters pop their eyes a lot. Also, don’t expect to understand what’s actually happening in these episodes. Frankly, I still don’t.

One final warning: Salbucho Meps is black and white on purpose. I don’t know. Paul must have thought it was old-timey or something.

Series Credits

Written, Directed, and Animated by: Paul Thomas
Voicework and Foley: Paul Thomas
Studio Recording and Post-Production Editing & Effects: Paul Thomas
Copyright: Salbucho Meps © 2011 Tinted Lantern, Inc. All rights reserved.

Production Equipment and Software

Animation Production Software: Adobe Flash 5.5
Post-Production Transitions, Effects, and Conversion: Adobe Flash 5.5
Recording Equipment: M-AUDIO Mobile Pre; DR-CX1 Microphone
Sound Editing: Audacity