Monday, September 04, 2006

Le Chat de Frankenstein


Off to Paris this week to team up with the nice folk at Kayenta studios, the co-producers of Frankenstein's Cat. Since we started actual preproduction at last a fortnight ago things feel like they have a real momentum, which is terrific. I'm particularly enjoying the feeling of freedom at getting stuck into designing the world of Nine & Co. In fact, it sends me back to those early designs I did on Bob The Builder (or Bob le Bricoleur as he is en Francais!) That's the point in animation where as a designer you really feel as close to God as you can get, outside of going to church, anyway...

If I had the time I'd be spending it producing large scale mood piece paintings depicting the "world" of the show, but I shall hopefully fit those in as time allows. I do intend to get some paintings done during production. Should provide a colourful production diary if nothing else, but should hopefully be a springboard to inspire the background artists.

Fly out on Wednesday morning but shall be checking in on blog while away.

15 comments:

jobeykowski said...

Bon Voyage! wow, finally my GCSE french comes in handy. Have a fantastic time out there. although by the sounds of it, it will be pretty hard not to.

Jo Bling said...

Jobey, I'll be working. Honestly. No, really....

:-D

I. N. J. Culbard said...

"That's the point in animation where as a designer you really feel as close to God as you can get"

Are you saying you don't believe in yourself?

Waka waka waka! Thank you very much. I'm here all night.

:-)

craig said...

Hey Curtis,

I just heard about our poor friend the crocodile fighter...ahh Steve, may he restle crocs in heaven....

The Sheriff said...

Gay Parieeeeee eh? Very nice. May I recommend the book, 'A Year in the Merde,' for background reading. It will at least instruct you how to perfect the arrogant Parisian shrug of contempt.

Frogs leg ahoy! Have fun.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

If and when they take you to that restaurant round the corner from the studio, don't let them recommend anything off the menu. Go with 'your' gut, rather than something elses' gut. I'm all for 'spare no part of the buffalo' but a line has to be drawn.

Jo Bling said...

Thankyou to Fozzie Bear stylings of INJun there :-D

Craig, yep, the great man is no more. Just amazed that it wasn't a croc or a shark that got him in the end. Stingray was a most unusual beast to take him down...

Sheriff, I shall endeavour to try out some of my French while there, but chances are I'll flummox around like any good Brit with little if any grasp of the language.

INJun, sounds like an "offally" good restaurant to me...

I'll get me coat...

ape-74 said...

Mr Jobling, you really are an international man of cartooning!
Where will you pop up next I wonder?

Summerisle? East Procter?

Lynn said...

Sorry, ‘off topic’ for today, I’ve gone back to 21st August’s discussion about Wales. Just returned from Aberaeron - IT DIDN’T RAIN - the children loved it - a resounding success. Happy children = very happy Mum!

Goobeetsablog said...

great!

good luck to you.
always inspiring around here.
-brian

justinpatrickparpan said...

You’re in Paris this week! Mr. Bling, you’re like the James Bond of children’s book authors.

Jo Bling said...

Aaaaah, Summerisle and East Proctor, you should add Royston Vasey to that pantheon of friendly villages, Nik

Glad Wales was clemeny Lynn - you picked the right week then

Brian, cheers matey ;-)

Parpy, dont know about James Bond, more like Austin Powers to be fair if you see my wardrobe!

Cat work goes splendidly, wonderful stuff being produced- also we are looking to start an official production blog for FC so watch this space!!!!!!

roque said...

So great that you're painting a lot of your concept work. I can barely pick up a pencil these days, let alone paint...

lynn said...

Sorry Curtis - off topic again. To celebrate what would’ve been my Grandpa Jobling’s 100th b’day today (7th Sept), my sister had a wee bairn yesterday evening! Like last year, Mrs Bling is following my sister a month later, so tell her that second baby boy only took 1.45 hours to emerge. They just made it to Edinburgh Hospital in time.

Jo Bling said...

Roque- tis like riding a bicycle mate, you never forget. Hop back onto that saddle, man.....

Lynn- congrats to your sis! Spooky on the grand grampa Jobling thing- I had Cassie visit me at a book signing y'know :-D Tres groovy! Shall let Mrs Bling know, she just wants this one out now....