Tuesday, May 23, 2017

thoughts on 'Guts and Effort' and moving onward

As anyone following this blog for whatever reason, you probably noticed there are less and less drawings and more on life and politics videos deleted after a few days etc.

All good things will probably end one way or another. so here are my final thoughts on this blog.

1. 'Guts and Effort' started around 2008 when i struggled to find a foot hold in animation. as well as inspired by the orginal 'Gunbuster' anime by Hideaki Anno.
2. what 'Guts and Effort' means to ME is... to work toward a goal through sacrifice and enduring obstacles and ultimately ACHIEVING it.
3. however, not everything will go as planned, and sometimes... when you try your best and you fail... you have to understand.. its OK...
4. BUT!! If you DIDN'T try your best... and results in failure. that is Regret - because you could've done better but you gave up.
5. Validation - you know where you truly are and where you need to be. external gratification is often an illusion that clouds your judgment.
6. finally... work is serious... its dedication and sweat and tears. you reap what you sow, but never blame others for what you do not have. its REALLY EASY to play the blame game to escape responsibility.

battling reality, cynicism, and hope. You are never truly the master of your destiny but through experiences in both failure AND success, one can face certain uncertainty as time goes on...

                                                                                                 you are gonna carry that weight.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

No audio required.

you dont need sound to fully appreciate this sequence. EPIC

notice how simple yet extremely efficient the camera set up is?  decisive and motivated cuts on character intentions. Saving extreme closeups up til the last moment.

during action sequences, there are no shaky cam, no fast cuts, but a slow pan across letting the audience fully absorb the intensity of the fight, all this while snow is steadily falling down.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


i watched the 'color trilogy' back in collage, and it has been one of the most memorable films to date.

the more time i spent doing storyboards, the less I'm inclined to watch anime and more absorbed in film language, subtext and photography.

 (on a side note, I thought i recognized Juliette Binoche in Ghost in the Shell)

Monday, April 10, 2017

ownage lvl over 9000

sucessful people act on their problems.

losers tend to blame others and never get anywhere.

***mainwhile... San Bernardino School shooting, Asian doctor dragged off the plane and gsw, cavs spurs, rockets lost their games... all in the same frikin day... April 10 is the worst day ever.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Manhood Retrieved

'The decisions you make and the actions that follow are a reflection of who you are. You cannot hide from yourself.'

when LOGIC doesnt work... TRIAL BY COMBAT!
thank you Genndy. thank you.

Monday, March 27, 2017

WB 0.22

prepare for triple, make it double... ... okc blasting off agaaiinnn..gainn... gain... gain?

Thursday, March 23, 2017


emotions in a fight > choreography.

wide shots of action scene that shows whats happening is better than fast edit shaky cam that i cant tell who is doing what.

Monday, March 20, 2017


"I dont always kill a man...  but when I do... I stab them through the !@#$ face."

- the most interesting last dying mutant in the world.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

ball dont lie

improved timing by 40 mins, finished strong without any injuries.

*results came in. 5:14:10. hope by next year i can get under 5hr.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

met a real olympian today

to paraphrase Aysia Montano, "dont take failure as a negativity, the fact that you put yourself out there and finished the race is a victory in itself."

best effort!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

'less crying and more trying'

ran 149 miles last month on top of weekly strength training... 2 more weeks til marathon. between that and freelance and unusual weather conditions... i did manage to do some figure drawings.

I been running with the LA Leggers every sat morning... getting up a 5;30am was... exciting and also really annoying.

anyways, im confident that i can run to the 20th mile mark without walking, but im not sure when exactly 'foxdie' will happen. we shall see..

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017


the purpose of a goal is to see who you must become to achieve that goal.

you are how you see yourself.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

legs day EVERYDAY!

RAN 50 MILES THIS WEEK! 0 crams. 0 injuries.

LA Marathon in 6 weeks.

... time to tear down this wall. YOU WITH ME?!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Hydra Teaser!

ermahgerd! the final color looks great!!
extra loving for this boss animation. hehehe