Friday, September 30, 2011

Costume Update: Wolf Day 4 & Ape Day 4

Ninja MegaFalconZord: Major update today!

Mid-day wolf progress!
To remind you of what the toy looks like.

Wolf with glove, side 
Wolf with glove, top
Ninja Megazord, ape side  (no falcon zord yet)
Ninja Megazord, wolf side

Ape glove.

Wearing the bear/frog, wolf side.

Wearing the bear/frog, ape side.

Ape side with glove. I couldn't manipulate the camera to take the wolf side with glove.
I also can't get the crane on while wearing the bear.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Costume Update: Wolf Day 3

Ninja MegaFalconZord:

Toy Side
Wolf costume, hind legs

Wolf toy

Monday, September 26, 2011

Costume Update: Ape Day 3 & Wolf Day 2

Ninja MegaFalconZord:
I'm waiting to have the gloves finished before cutting arm holes in this thing.
Two parts stacked, front.
Toy front

Costume side/back
Toy side

Close up feet (shoulder on costume)
Close up chest (forearm on costume)

Chest back

Gloves for ape and wolf. Details for wolf.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Costume Update: Ape Day 2 & Wolf Day 1

Ninja MegaFalconZord:
Doesn't look like much, but was a couple hours of detail work. 

Ape side

Wolf side (that oval is the detail I'm working on)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Costume Update: Ape Day 1

Ninja MegaFalconZord:
Ape toy front 
Ape feet

Monday, September 19, 2011

Costume Update: Crane Day 5

Ninja MegaFalconZord:
Wearing the crane, bear and frog (head).

Mask. I made the eyes out of plastic cups. 

Finished front

Toy Back
Finished side 
Finished back. There were surprisingly a LOT of details in this small zord.

Pixar Animation: Part 5: Finding Nemo

Series Intro: In my purposeful retrospective of WDAS I couldn’t ignore it’s younger sister: PIXAR. This is Part 5 in the retrospective of PIXAR

Official Title: Finding Nemo
Release: May 30, 2003
Running Time: 100 minutes
Estimated Cost: $94 million
Estimated Revenue: $867.89 million
Overall Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Plot Summary
Nemo, an Australian clown fish, doesn’t like being controlled and reprimanded by his farther on the first day of school. Marlin, Nemo’s dad, is over protective of his only child because Nemo’s mom and all of the eggs were killed before Nemo’s birth.

Nemo, showing off to his new friends, goes to touch a boat, but is captured by “P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. Scared for the fate of his son, Marlin sets out to find Nemo.

Along the way, he meets a regal tang named Dori, who has an incredibly short memory. Dori and Marlin have several misadventures while Nemo discovers a new group of adult fish friends in a dentist office. Nemo and his friends try to escape so Nemo doesn’t do home with the dentist’s fish-killing niece. After several failed attempts, they are able to free Nemo back to the ocean.

Dori and Marlin, after successfully avoiding sharks, jelly fish and being eaten by a whale, meet up with Nemo, only to be caught by a commercial fishing ship. Nemo takes what he learned with his friends “just swim down together” to save Dori.

Dori, Marlin and Nemo successfully make it back to the reef, and begin a new, less protective life.

A cut scene shows the fish from the dentist’s tank escaping, but soon they realize they are trapped in plastic bags.

Plot Rating: 5 stars out of 5

This movie has everything that one can ask for: comedy, drama, action, suspense and Ellen DeGeneres! From the moment the movie begins until it ends, I was actively engaged in the plot.

Animation Rating: 5 out of 5

The way the fish moved, the colors, the different ways the water moved/reflected. Once again, PIXAR uses 3D animation nearly flawlessly to tell a story.

The Test of Time:
Multiple theme park attractions – including the rethemed EPCOT pavilion, millions of dollars in merchandize, and my favorite reason to go to Animal Kingdom (Find Nemo the Musical) shows that Nemo is with us for the long hall!

Final Thoughts
Nemo was awesome!

Next Up:
The Incredibles

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Costume Update: Crane Day 4

Ninja MegaFalconZord:
Toy Front

Costume Front

Detailed symbols

Detailed symbols

Friday, September 16, 2011

Costume Update: Crane Day 3

Ninja MegaFalconZord: So after a few days, here's the next update:

Crane Toy Front
Mask so far.
Crane toy side, in front of crane costume side.

Costume side.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Costume Update: Bear Day 3

Ninja MegaFalconZord:

HUGE Progress today! A lot of new things happening. Today I painted with a paint brush, used thinner card board and began to figure out how this thing is going to stay up.
Bear toy front

Bear toy side.

Me wearing the bear and full frog.
I was waiting for things to dry.
From side.
Notice how the costume is staying up by itself.
Bear uses tension, the frog now has suspenders.

Completed bear front! 
Closer view of the front.
The face was all thin cardboard (think cereal boxes), as to not make the costume so front heavy.
Bear costume from back.
Not quite sure how the falcon zord will fit... eek. 

Me in completed bear.
The top is on and holding the bear in place.
The top is removable, using velcro, to make it easier to get on and off.