This is a screen shot of the editing timeline for the new Thinkpierce Fight movie “Annihilation Celebration” coming out in May 2012. This is a roughly 12 minute movie Doug Lee and I made years back that features non stop fight sequences shot all around Tulsa. All of the small green dots below the blue boxes are punch sounds that I just got done editing in. This has been a tedious process but makes a huge difference. Now I’m moving on to the “whoosh” sounds for the moments when we swing but don’t hit each other. In other words, these green dots are about to double in quantity… Thinkpierce, posting something new every day! Hope to see you again tomorrow. Also if you’ve noticed the sight running slow lately…your not alone. We’re working on some things to fix that and should have it corrected soon.
Archive for March, 2012
Today Thinkpierce introduces the character of a new book app series that I will be writing that will go by the name Jim Jamkins. This is actually a concept I developed more than 10 years ago after I had graduated High School. You can actually see the first paperback version of this book by searching “Jim Jamkins” on Amazon.com. I cancelled that version of the book a year ago in preparation for developing a revamped version. My original desire was for Amazon to take down the book down permanently so that there wouldn’t be any confusion with the new book app. But even after a letter from lawyer, Amazon wouldn’t do it, due to reasons involving keeping product history, etc… One of the annoying things about this is that one reseller still has a copy of that book listed for $77.12. They even had it listed once for over $2000.00. lol.
One thing I can mention about my experience self publishing a paperback book was that although it was awesome that I was empowered to release my own book, the “reseller” component that Amazon offers totally sucked for an independent author like me! I had worked through an independent publisher, (now you can go directly through Amazon, back then you couldn’t.) Long story short I was starting to see all of these “used” copies of my book pop up for sale on Amazon, all sold be resellers across the United States. It wasn’t’ a ton, but more than 10 resellers selling my book seemed too odd. Copies of my book were being printed through the network of publishers connected with the “channel distribution” and being sold by resellers, and I wasn’t receiving a dime for anything sold be a reseller!? The question was, why was that even being allowed to happen? Yeah it sucked and conversations ensued but to make a long story short, years went by, the app market was born and I ended up changing directions with the format of the book. I decided to cancel the previous paperback version in order to rework the story and character into a series of book apps.
Let me just say, I love this character. Jim Jamkins is based on a guy that isn’t the sharpest knife in the kitchen, has an interesting viewpoint on everything, and makes decisions in life based on what would be best described as: “unique Jim Jamkins logic.” Jim Jamkins has been through a lot of development changes since first creating him over 10 years ago, but the Jim Jamkins that exists today is the Jim Jamkins I felt he was born to become. The book app will have light animation and starts the series off with a story that, among other things, explains how Jim ended up with his signature hairstyle. I will be narrating the book and will be bringing in other people to play the roles of the different characters including Jim. Now that I am posting something new every day on Thinkpierce.com, I invite you to check back every day to see the progress of the Jim Jamkins Book app as well as other Thinkpierce projects currently in development. Thinkpierce, Something new every day, and a big release every Friday!
I’ve developed a character named Jim Jamkins and he is going to be the focus of a series of Book Apps that I will be doing. Jim will be “introduced” in this Friday’s post.
I just got done with the front view of his car today…
I’ve made it a point to make the Thinkpierce Home office look a little more “Thinkpierce-ish”. Just picked up “Prom” today from the frame shop. Luckily they had a crazy lime green matte that worked perfectly. Making progress. More on the way…
Working on a new movie. One that Doug and I did years back. It will feature about 10 minutes of non-stop fight sequences shot all around Tulsa. The end will promote what Doug and I are doing now, and the only way to watch will be to either download it from iTunes/Amazon, or if you “like” the Thinkpierce facebook page you can watch it for free! I would imagine I’ll be done with this a month from now. Stay Tuned. I’m now posting something every day, so check back tomorrow for something new! Click the picture to enlarge.
Dell has come out with a new computer that has some pretty awesome capabilities. Check it out.
In addition to the big post every Friday, Thinkpierce will now have a new update each and every day! - Jonathan
Today we introduce songs from the Thinkpierce archives for the first time with the release of a new album on iTunes. The songs in Mixtape + VHS + Cola are as much about the story they tell as they are about the time period in which they were created. With songs that had as much difference in the year they were recorded, as they did in what device they were recorded on, this album needed a title that put it all under one umbrella in a way that was unique as the songs themselves. Somehow when you take the words, Mixtape, VHS and Cola and add them all together, it seems to tell you everything you need to know about these songs and the era in which the majority of them were created.
The short story of how I got into music goes something like this: My Dad was a college music teacher and my mom was a private piano teacher…the end. It started with a drum set in middle school followed by guitars and keyboards. Much of my teenage and young adult years were spent playing and recording music with friends. Throughout the years I ended up recording more than three hundred songs in formats that ranged from floppy disc and cassette to Cakewalk and Garageband files. Some were less involved than others. I had spent so much time creating music, I felt an urge to share some of it rather then let it spend the rest of its life hidden away in hard drives and aging cassette tapes. I decided to create an album that symbolized that period of time in my life. The next step was to decide which songs would be the best representations of what I was doing musically during those years.
It would be an understatement to say that these songs weren’t “professionally recorded”. The majority of these songs have been in their final form now for years due to the fact that I no longer have the 4-track cassette recorder to mix them any further! Ha ha. They are what they are, and this album is about celebrating that. I played every instrument in every song with the exception of “Voyager” with Brian Spratt on second guitar and “Candlewood” with Daniel Sutliff playing bass. “Candlewood” was a song Daniel and I had created together over the course of our regular jam sessions many years back. Brian Spratt also joined me on vocals for “Loopa”. Putting this album together was a way for me to share a rich part of my life that holds fond memories and friendships that continue to this day; moments in time that were filled with…mixtapes, VHS movies and cola… Visit our music page to preview the songs. Thinkpierce, Something New Every Friday!
Imagine cleaning a clogged garbage disposal and in one wrong move, a huge wad of sludge drops in to your hair, matting it down horribly. Well that’s basically the kind of inspiration Jonathan Pierce pulls from when creating portrayals like “Mealtime” and “Karl vs. LaDonna”. Jonathan first draws each illustration in pen, passes it along for coloring and then dips a final version in a vat of insecticide for authentication. The best way to enjoy Thinkpierce Art is to order a custom sized print at the Thinkpierce Store. But if that’s not possible, you can actually make your own in three easy steps: 1. First, dislodge a huge clump of sludge from under your refrigerator 2. Next, mix it in a bowl of mayonnaise until “gloppy” 3. Finally, use a butter knife to spread the mixture on the hood of any running car and let it “bake” overnight. If you can manage to scrape it off in one piece the next morning and glue it to your wall, you’re all set.