Thursday, November 13, 2014

Meet the Composer

Scrap Metal's musical composer Paul Emil Levasseur was featured today in an article on McNallyRobinson.com. Read the full article here.


Paul: “For me, art is about creativity, creation, and communication. Like watching the sun set, beauty is something that can be appreciated. Yet, not all art should be about beauty since oftentimes, other emotional, human, and otherworldly states need to explored. In a recent commission, I was charged with the task of creating a sacred work for solo cello for the international cello festival, something that was to be an expression of faith by both the composer and the performer. This begs the question: in lieu of text, what can make music sacred? Can art hold meaning, even if it is not absolute meaning? If the goal is to communicate, what can be communicated through music?

"As a composer, after studying an undergrad at U of Manitoba and a masters at UBC, I became very interested in this idea of communication. Rather than letting my creative process be dictated by boundaries of what should and should not be done, I decided to focus on writing without boundaries. We were taught to ‘think outside the box’ but I think it best to respond to this maxim by saying ‘what box?’ I believe musical expression can occur freely when any sort of artificial boundaries are crushed and the creative process can occur when, as creators, we draw upon the sum total of our musical experiences.”


Paul Levasseur is the mastermind behind the Scrap Metal soundtrack. I requested something very reminiscent of the old 50s monster flicks and he delivered a sound scape that payed homage yet also remains fresh an unique. There is no arguing that Paul's music truly ignites the images on screen.

Paul isn't limited to just monster music either, he has a wide range of music potential. Check out Ragen, where he crafts a score reminiscent of French cinema.

If you are interested in contacting Paul Levasseur, you can email him at <paulieparrot@hotmail.com>



Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Geekie Awards - Animated Short Winner

Scrap Metal has won Best Animated Short Film at the 1st Annual Geekie Awards of 2013!



Scrap Metal is also in the running for Best Short Film. The awards are in Hollywood, but I may just have to make the trip out there because the event will also award Stan Lee a lifetime achievement award!

Sunday, August 18th, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM (PST)
The Avalon / Hollywood, CA

The Geekie Awards will celebrate the most talented indie creations in these categories: Short Films; Web Series; Podcasts; One Shots (Trailers, Music Videos); Comics & Graphic Novels; Toys & Tabletop Games; Art, Craft & Food; Websites & Retail Stores; and Crowdfunding.

The Awards show begins at 7:30 PM. Red carpet arrivals begin at 5:30 PM.
All guests who purchase tickets are invited to the after party on the main floor of The Avalon. The after party will begin around 9:00 PM.
Beverages and a limited food menu are available at nine cash bars throughout the venue. Credit cards accepted.
Dress is fancy attire… but you’re welcome to wear something crazy. Cosplayers welcome!

The Awards are planned to be streamed online, and all of the entrees can be viewed and even streamed from the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/TheGeekieAwards

 View the live streaming of the awards here: http://www.ustream.tv/user/TheGeekieAwards  

update:

Videos of the event are free to view here: http://YouTube.com/thegeekieawards  

Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2013!

Scrap Metal has been accepted into the annual Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF) 2013, which is attached to the 2013 San Diego Comic Con!


I will personally be in attendance to speak about the film and answer any questions! I encourage anyone who can make it to come. My panel is scheduled for:

Thursday, July 18. 7:45-8:10pm
Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival

Scrap Metal has been accepted into the 3rd annual 2013 Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival in Toronto, ON, Canada.
 
 
 
Scrap Metal was one of the 15 shorts selected out of over 160 submissions! I want very much to attend this fest as it is taking place in the Toronto homeland. But alas, my contract in the USA once again denies my the pleasure. Please check out the festival if you can:
 
The Assembly Hall
1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr
Toronto, ON M8V 3W8, Canada
 
Friday, May 3rd, 2013


2013 Rising Star Award Winner!

Scrap Metal has won the Rising Star Award from the 6th annual 2013 Canadian International Film Festival!
 
 

 
The award is in the Animation section of the competition. The Festival takes place on April 5th-6th in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
 
It is a great honour to be recognised by this prestigious community.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

DragonFrame


Scrap Metal is featured on DragonFrame's blog, which is reserved for films that were shot using this awesome  frame-grabber software. Although, back in the day, the program was called Dragon Pro. The year Scrap Metal was shot was also the first year that Sheridan College adopted the use Dragon software for student films. Four other student films were shot that same year using Dragon and all of them were successfully completed and look terrific! I've also noticed that every stop-motion studio I've worked at uses DragonFrame as well; it is easily the best frame-grabbing software I've every used and I can't recommend it more to my fellow stop-motion animators.
Its got some behind the scenes info I haven't shared before!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

IN 3D

IT'S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!!
 
 
Scrap Metal is now available to view in 3D exclusively only on Youtube! And its not that fancy-pants, polarized 3D crap you see now. No, this is Sheridan Scope - hard core, blue-and-red, 50's monster-flick 3D where the colours are all screwed up, but you don't mind in this case cause its all nostalgic and junk! So dig out those old 3D glasses you cut out of your cereal box 15 years ago and put them to good use!
 


 
*NOTE: After launching the video, click the 'change quality' icon, which is the little gear in the lower, right-hand corner and change the video to 720p for best resolution, then click the little 3D icon which will then appear just left of this icon. You get some 3D options, I'd suggest 'full colour'. For best results watch in full-screen and, if this embed gives you any trouble, just click the little YouTube icon in the lower-right corner to go straight to the YouTube page.