Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Oddy's Oddsome Universe - Sizzle Teaser

Hi Everyone, sorry for not having the an update for such a looooooong time. I've been very very busy with work.

Here goes my long awaited post, I proudly present my latest work,
Oddy's Oddsome Universe

Oddy Oddsome Universe is an original content that I created and have been developed with The Base Studio. It was originally this blog, 'The Wanna-Be Oddie'!

We are planning to make this into tv show, games, comics, shirts, and many many toys!
If you like this, kindly follow Oddy in facebook,

Oddy's fb page will keep you updated and I will share the website link soon. (We are still working on it!)

Enjoy this short animation clip hope you like it!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Wanna-Be Oddie Gallery Show

Thanks to God, The Wanna-Be Oddie has its own gallery show!!

The show featuring the original artworks of Oddie and my new show, Oddy's Oddsome Universe first 15 seconds teaser.

The show located at 117 Post St. San Francisco CA94108

From April 13 to May 13.

If you are in SF, feel free to visit!

For more information:

See you there =)

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Wanna-Be Oddie

A short film by Ben Lam. 
This is my final thesis film that I did for my MFA program in Academy of Art University. 

As an inspiration from early black & white cartoons, I tend to resembling something similar with current 3d approach.

-design, story, modeling, rigging, animation, texture & lighting, rendering & compositing by Ben Lam
-extra rigging helps from abAuto Rig
-visual effects by Wayne Lai & Ho-Jung Hong
-background painted by Ting Chian Tey
-vending machine robot designed by Hoi Mun Tham
-music & sound effects by Shi-Kuang Lee
-special thanks to my class instructors, students, friends, labtechs, beloved family & God.

production diary:

copyrighted 2011 (c)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Chapter III: The Coincident

It was happened to be a little coincident on my 2nd idea, The Pianist who Failed to Play His Piano that back in 80 years ago, a similar idea had been created in black & white Mickey cartoons.

Here's my initial sketches/ thumbnails of my 2nd idea:

It's about a pianist who didn't know he's actually playing a piano monster.

However after my 2nd presentation which we've decided to pick the 1st idea, 
I found this cartoon during my research,

Mickey was playing a self-play piano! I have never seen this before I developed my 2nd idea but a similar idea was far well created in year 1929, it's 80 YEARS AGO.

I'm so glad I did not pick this as my thesis project idea.

Chapter II: The First Ideas

In preproduction class, we need to figure out what we want to do for our thesis project. We'll propose the ideas and class instructor will guide/ supervise us until we get a solid, complete idea or story.

Each of us was required to present 3 different ideas at the beginning of the class and we'll pick the most interesting/ potential idea among the 3.

So the very first 3 ideas of mine:

i. The PRE 'Wanna Be Oddie'
The main character was trying to buy a coke but his coin has rolled underneath the vending machine accidentally.
He thought the big guy was tried to help him but the big guy took the coin and bought himself a drink instead.
As the result, the main character was trying to get back his coin/ drink back. 

 ii. A Pianist who Failed to Play his Piano

 iii. A Mad Scientist and His Monkey Assistant

As you can see, this was the very first rough sketches that I did just to present my basic ideas.
I had more sketches and ideas before I have my PRE Wanna Be Oddie in the coke and vending machine story but I just couldn't find those sketches.

After the first presentation, I was required to continue in develop these 3 ideas but after the 2nd presentation in the following week, we decided to pick the 1st idea as my thesis project.


Chapter I: The Inspiration

The very beginning of the story...

We always have inspiration of our works, and what inspired me to create this project, The Wanna Be Oddie  was the old black and white cartoons.

So an idea came into my mind when I watch Steamboat Willie, I thought it would be fun if I make this into 3d. I also realized we've seen tons of animation short films but there're very rare of them had done in vintage B&W cartoon style.

As I moved on to seek for the possibilities, I noticed there's big copyright issue in remaking 3d Mickey. At the mean time, I was already a fan of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit when I studied Disney's history.

I find Oswald is actually more charm than Mickey, but he's the one who has been almost forgotten and nobody would ever mentioned about him.

So I decided to make a short film that dedicated to Oswald, rather than Mickey, but somehow I realized it difficult to separate Oswald and Mickey as they shared many similarities.

In the beginning of 2009, as it's time to present my thesis idea in preproduction class, (as Academy of Art MFA animation student, we need to finish a 2-3 mins animated short film as our thesis.) I knew this is what I going to do for my thesis: Remake the old cartoon style in 3D.

In the next post, I'll show the very early stage of my story ideas and sketches.

notes: The Wanna Be Oddie is a student short film that produced by me, Ben Lam that has no relationship with any properties of Disney Corporation. Any Disney related topics, videos, images that I post here is only for the purpose of references, researches and studies.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Updates

The updates on this blog has been stopped for almost 1 year as I got super busy with my works and studies.

However, I'll do my best to update this blog regarding the progress of making this short film, from scratch to the final film.