Artist. Designer. Awkward wad of nerd. Fights off existential terror and self-loathing with Godzilla films.

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We are on the brink, of awesomeness.

So in case you haven't noticed, I put up my 5-page Ezra Neuro comic this morning for your free consumption and enjoyment. Drawn in 4 days with the story formulating panel by panel, it is an exercise in near-stream-of-consciousness artistic madness. "What should happen next? OF COURSE, a giant slug monster bursts out of the tower's stomach!" It is also me testing the waters of an entirely new style, one with several influences merged into...well, that. Go read it right now if you haven't already done so.

This week has proven insanely productive.

So we shot the majority of the script for Black Hole Ghost on Wednesday, including reshooting just about everything from Monday because Sierra cut her bangs. Arg. But no, things went really great. I've spent hours and hours converting the over 1200 pictures to black and white and messing with the contrast and brightness to get it all looking just the way I want it to...which is very much like Pi. I guess I'll be giving that film a Special Thanks credit.

Anyways, here's a couple shots to whet your appetite. The first is of my roommate, CJ, who plays the Man in Black, the third primary character of the project:

And here's a shot of Sierra as Gemini, looking into the mirror just before things get crazy:

We finish shooting on Monday, then I have to get some friends together to play ghosts. I'll be playing one, too. Then we edit, add music, finalize, and it will be DONE.

I am excited.

Um, I think that's about it. I've more finangling around to do with the pictures, Photoshopping and whatnot.

Until next time, yo.

[Brett]

Black Hole Ghost

This is Sierra. I have known her since, like, senior year of high school. She has sort of become my go-to model from time to time, and who knows how many times I've drawn her. She also has several pieces of my art.

A few years ago, after doing a crappy stop-motion video of my Godzilla action figure and a couple Zoids models smashing up and setting fire to two model houses put together in highschool art class, I wanted to play more with stop-motion. Specifically, I wanted to do something with live actors and/or actresses. Specifically, Sierra. I knew it would be in black and white, and I wanted Sierra to be a hacker who starts getting haunted by ghosts.

It never happened.

A little while later, I got a completely DIFFERENT idea, more of a photography thing, about a girl searching for and confronting her own doppelganger. Again, I had Sierra, who happens to be a Gemini, in mind. But that never happened either.

Flash forward to this semester, and I'm in a film and animation class. We have to do a large solo project, and something involving animation, so I started thinking, and dug up the two aforementioned old ideas. And then I promptly fused them. Once more, I had one person in mind to play the lead girl and her doppelganger/ghost, and that had to be Sierra. Especially because I don't really know anyone else with the patience to do stop-motion animation and who is willing and trusting enough to follow me through my crazy ideas.

So the short live action stop-motion animated silent black and white cyberpunk thing is called Black Hole Ghost, and we started shooting today. YAY PROGRESS! The photo above is a shot I took and manipulated in Photoshop to get an idea of how I want it to look. Which is, like Pi. In stop-motion. Because Pi is my favorite movie.

Speaking of which! Yesterday was Pi Day. So we watched Pi last night, my girlfriend and I. Any excuse to watch my favorite movie is a good one.

[Brett]

And we are now ready to begin the test proper.

And Animated Trigger is now officially up and running. Paid my bills, made a (somewhat lousy) banner, and we are good to go. So let's consider this the first official blog post, eh?

Hi, my name is Brett Marcus Cook. If you're reading this, there's a decent possibility that you already know who I am. For those of you who don't, I am a graphic design student at East Tennessee State University. I am an artist and designer, and I wish to be professionally writing and drawing comics in the future. We'll see how well that pans out, huh?

I've needed a website for a while now. In my graphic design workshop class, we were given the opportunity to put one together as a project as part of our grade, so I jumped at the situation, then quickly stumbled and fell because Dreamweaver is bloody retarded and only disturbed masochists use straight HTML coding these days. Thank the gods for my friend Shannon, who recommended Squarespace to me. I wanted to have a website built and up and running before my spring break came to an end, and it seems I am successful!

This is the first step to unlocking greatness, right? Having my own website? Anyways, I'll try to make semi-regular updates here, but considering how busy I am most of the time, I can't make any promises.

So! Stuff and things:

Over this Spring Break in which I made this here website, I also penciled and inked a 5 page comic starring the girl in the previous blog entry (who is also in my gallery), named Ezra Neuro. It's a crazy thing, with a giant slug monster, a fire-breathing bag, and a hot tub. I'll be scanning it in this weekend and coloring it, in the hopes of getting it online next week! I'm excited for this, because as you can see, the last comic I really drew to completion is that 12-page mess, Dream Dive, which is also on this site. And I drew that back in what, 2007? Criminy, it's time to up the ante finally!

Anyways, this comic will be the start of some new stuff I'm gonna be doing. So, you know, don't go anywhere or you might miss out!

In other news, I recently finished reading Neuromancer, which is a most excellent novel, highly recommended. With that out of the way, I have dived into Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, which so far is basically nothing like the film adaptation, Blade Runner. It's better. Of course, the book always is, isn't it? And I'm slowly reading through From Hell, Alan Moore and Eddy Campbell's epic tome about Jack the Ripper. Dense stuff.

Also replaying No More Heroes 2, which so far is my personal videogame of the year.

...And um, that's about it. I have to finish a paper on the cinematography of the film Avalon. Um, the Polish/Japanese production, directed by Mamoru Oshii, not that other one that I know nothing about. Nevermind. AWAY.

[Brett]

In the beginning...

I, Brett Cook, artist extraordinaire and modern day renaissance man, am trying like heck to make a bloody webpage. This is all I have so far. BUT FEAR NOT! There will be content! Um, eventually.

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