Monday, August 22, 2005
This is just an update post, some general stuff, and more general stuff....
Last weekend my mother and fater in-law visited for a few days. We went to Wilmington for a few days since they had never been to the Atlantic ocean. They live in California so thier only beach experience has been cold ones up to this point. They were happily suprised at the water temp out here in NC. We also went to the battleship NC and did the walk through tour. I highly reccommend this tour and the battleship is quite inpressive. Just thinking what those men went though on a day to day basis is incredible! Go do the tour when you can!
I'm fielding some new storyboarding assignmets. Good projects, and new clients so I'm very excited if they come through. Its still early in the game, just quoting presently, and working out details.
I finished the first draft of my personal project. A comic book story called "Time and time again". I'm going to do all the writing and illustration work on this one, so I'm excited! Spoke with publisher Desperado Publishing, and they are interested in publishing it when it is done. Hopefully that will be in a decent timeframe. Looks like it will cover about 5-6 of illustrated pages to tell the short story, so that isn't too intensive and as long as I have time I should have it done soon.
That's it! More later!
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
GOV. EASLEY ANNOUNCES NEW FILM INDUSTRY INCENTIVES Move is Designed to Increase State’s Competitiveness in an Industry Vital to N.C.’s Economy
RALEIGH – Gov. Mike Easley has authorized a provision to provide tax credits to companies that produce movies or television series in North Carolina. The film incentive package, included in the budget he signed on Saturday, is designed to help North Carolina remain a top competitor in the movie and television industry.
“North Carolina has been very successful in bringing filmmakers to our state,” Easley said. “Last year alone, the film industry contributed $235 million in direct spending. This new economic development tool will make North Carolina even more attractive as a location for film production as global competition increases.”
That $235 million economic contribution was enough for North Carolina to retain its No. 3 ranking in U.S. film production behind California and New York. The 17 feature films, 71 television projects, and countless TV commercials shot here in 2004 generated 20,000 production jobs for North Carolinians.
The incentives, which are expected to cost about $5.4 million a year, allow a production company that spends at least $250,000 in the state to receive a tax credit equal to 15 percent for all the goods, services and labor it purchases in North Carolina. The maximum a company can receive is $7.5 million for a feature film, which would require an investment of $50 million.
The new incentives, which were proposed by Sen. Julia Boseman (D-New Hanover) and approved by the General Assembly, have already helped NBC decide to make a new television series, Surface, in the Wilmington area, and contributed to the announcement that Will Farrell will star in a NASCAR comedy to be filmed in Charlotte.
For more information about film production in North Carolina, contact the N.C. Film Office at (919) 733-9900 or visit its website at ncfilm.com.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Tuesday August 9th - In an nut shell.....The House approves the budget by 1 thin vote. But due to the amount of State Employee Raises causes Governor Easly to threaten a Veto, which sends the Budget back to the House.
For those of you interested in the wording of the Film Incentive package as it exists in the budget... Look on Page 339 (Section 39.1.(a)) Click here for a PDF of the Budget as it stands now.
Monday, August 08, 2005
I've been super busy lately! I just completed 6 painted concepts for the upcoming NBC television show "SURFACE"! What a blast that was and I'm looking forward to working with them again soon! Just finished storyboards for a new industry text/reference book "Storyboards: Motion in art" published by Focal Press, and written by Mark Simon. It will be out in the fall, so go to your local book store and check it out! Im also doing storyboards, set and prop designs for the new video game that I'm working on which unfortunately I cant reveal as of yet. Also, my last game "Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike" is out on the shelves as of this week. I was the lead storyboard artist and lead cinematic character animator on that one. I'm in the process of updating my personal website, which will be much more all inclusive with examples of my work. Ill be sure to let you know when its complete. Thats it! Back to the drawin' board!