About Me

Working in movies and TV was a dream job. Growing up I was prepared for a mundane existence as a clerk. How I ended up working in animation production is a long story. A bachelor degree in economics is all I needed to get started. Everything else I learned along the way. Today, I have more going on than just a job. It has always lot to do with what I fiddle with during my spare time.

Artistic Expression
Portraits. Cars. Doodles. Photography. If I want to take up painting once more, I would like to try abstract. I remember liking that about art class, in my teenage years.

The Animation
I am willing to try anything. Nothing fancy. It is easiest to start with stop motion. All I needed was a digital camera and any material I can lay my hands on. So far, I have made scenes using polymer clay.

The Writing
English was torturous in secondary school. I rather not take a course for this. For a while, I realized people were listening to me talk on about myself, so I started to write down these experiences. What I have will never fill a memoir, but it's become a starting point for some of the things I can write about. At this moment, I don't expect to be published anytime soon. Starting a weblog was a friend's idea. I hope it will help you follow along as I discover who I am and what I do.

Other Works
I was asked to help a friend out in a theatre production of The Wizard of Oz. So I got to learn something new while I was at it. I used Pixlr Instant Image Editor (web-app) and Photoshop to edit the images, and GIMP and Windows Movie Maker to make the animated elements. Everything comes together in Apple Keynote. The result was projected on a large screen. As I was working, I documented every step I took. I only wished I had the MacBook long enough to demo with Keynote. Well, there will be other opportunities.

Paper Models / Paper Crafts / Paper Toys
Ever since my trip to a dollhouse store in Tombstone, Arizona, I have been collecting free paper models off the internet. You are probably wondering what I got from the home of the OK Corral. I assembled countless models since and the paper model castle I bought is still in the original packaging.

Miniatures
Good things comes in SMALL sizes. My sister was a dollhouse enthusiast. I have a friend who collects miniatures. Naturally, it got me buying tiny stuff the world over. Now I am the proud owner of my very own room box.

Puppets
My interest is not so much to work puppets, although I became fascinated by a marionette show performed by Ronnie Burkett. I even bought one on my travels. Now, I make them. Lately, I have been trying to make them with paper much like a paper model. Here's my design progress.
  • Version 1 - Fingers could be stuck down the tubes to make it walk. Problem, the body was not rigid and the arms floppy. I was able to pose it though.
  • Version 2 - Female version of the above. I was inspired by the FT robot. It softened the lines of the model.
  • Version 3 - One that can bend at the hips. For sitting of course. The drawback was it could not stand. At this point, I decided to make them for posing in my room box.
  • Version 4 - I upgraded to card paper along the way. With so much scraps, I was designing a standing models inspired by Hako clones. These are simplified boxes. There's even one of the captain of the Enterprise.
  • Version 5 - To come, interchangeable parts. If I am photographing, why not make separate head, torso, legs, and arms. I just need to weigh it down with pennies. I have been trying out with silhouettes.

Shanghai Interlude

I write like
Margaret Atwood

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