New Logo! A3F Film!

So as if the fact that it’s now almost 10 years after the original 1986 Transformers movie took place (2005 seemed so…distant, back then) weren’t enough, I’ve just had a heck of a weekend. Most visible to you, dear visitor, will be the shiny new logo you see atop this glistening (if you spray your monitor down, anyway) website. Drawn by arteest extraordinaire Kelley Frisby, the new logo retains what was awesome about the old one (baby in a bag!), dumps what was so obscure about it (the pacifier, which almost nobody ever noticed) and adds a new “character” to the mix: the freaked-out bottle. Cute as shit.

But here’s the big fun: this weekend just past, from February 14th to 16th, I worked on a short animated film for the Almost Famous Film Festival in Phoenix, AZ, with the aforementioned Kelley Frisby, Linnea Lieberman and Eva Sowinski. I wrote and directed the piece, recorded the audio, composited the video and, finally, edited the damn thing. I don’t think I’m allowed to post it publicly just yet (which is fine, I’m tweaking the edit for public consumption anyway), but once I’m sure I won’t violate any festival rules and I’ve gotten the edit to a place I’m happy with, I’ll be sure to upload and share it. Until then, just stare at the pretty new logo. Ooooh…aaahhh!

UBS Takes Home Awards at A3F Film Festival

About the middle of February, the UBS team participated in the 8th annual Almost Famous Film Festival in Phoenix, Arizona. This is a festival we’ve participated in with varying degrees of success since 2005, but this year marked our best performance yet. Our short film “Back to the Nine” took home awards for making the top 20, Best Use of Theme, and 5th Place Overall, outscoring 44 of the 49 other films successfully completed.

The A3F is a very cool festival that works in the following way. On a Friday, teams are given a set of guidelines which include a theme, which their film must be about, a line of dialog which must appear in the film, and a prop which must be used in some fashion. This year the guidelines were as follows:

Theme: Lost Love

Dialog: “This could get complicated”

Prop: A clock or other timepiece, which a character must set.

Back to the Nine is embedded above. We’d love to hear your comments!