We’re on shipping week for Napoleon Dynamite episode 2!
The episode has been a lot of work, so while I enjoyed working on it (yay! Characters with proper noses!), I’m looking forward to putting a wrap on it and having a couple days break before starting on the first episode of Futurama (Which we have the script for and it’s super adorable.) I think a lot of the time people think that animation must be all fun and games or that it’s somehow glamorous… and it is fun, I love my job… but when we’re trying to hit a deadline, it’s definitely tiring.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a preview that FOX has put up. (This is not from my episode, but just a preview of the series in general. The clips are from the pilot.)

Mitch took me to see Les Misérables this weekend, which neither of us had ever seen. It was really fabulous! Chasten Harmon as Eponine and J. Mark McVey as Jean Valjean were amazing!

I wore the custom shirt I had made in China (on my vacation to Beijing). You can’t see it, but I’m wearing a yellow chidori (small water bird) kanzashi I got in Narita airport. 🙂

I’m hoping to get this 1780’s gown done for the Evening at the Petit Trianon event up in NorCal July 9th!

I started this gown in May 2010 at Burnley and Trowbridge’s class, so I’d really like to get it done for this event and for Costume College! I just need to finish the petticoat, trim it, and make accessories.  My previous two 18th century gowns have been from the earlier period, so I know even less about the 1780’s. What I’ve learned so far is that there was much less trim and frou-frou-ness on the gowns of this later period,… and there were much bigger hats. Some gowns weren’t trimmed at all which is a far cry from the trim-on-trim-on-trim of the earlier period.

I’d like to make a new set of half-bone stays… but I don’t think I have time. So I’ll leave off buttons for now and possibly refit this gown a bit later after I finish my new set of stays.

My fabric is a teal-magenta shot silk taffeta. This is how big a 20″ hat would be on my head.

After bugging my LJ friends, Kendra, Judy and Burnley and Trowbridge and obsessing over photos on the internet and my books for a while, I think this is what I’m going to do. (The only trouble is, I’m still torn between trimming with LACE and SELF-trimming. I think I’m going to go with self-trimming though (like in my drawing…) Hopefully I’m going in the right direction!

  • Big 20″ natural straw hat trimmed with light teal and magenta fabric bows and white fluffy feathers
  • Big fluffy teased-out wig with curled large ringlets down the back.
  • dress self-trimmed with a gathered-on-both-sides trim. Trimmed at collar, zone and sleeve ends. Trim similar to the blue-striped dress below.
  • self-ruffle somewhere on the petticoat
  • transparent white lace fichu/handkerchief.
  • pale blue sash/belt + large brooch.
  • white ribbon rose brooch at collar (ala The Duchess rust-colored drunken dress?)

Here’s some of my inspiration board below. (Thanks again to Kendra for sending me some of these!)

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Sort-of related, here’s a sketch I did of Marie-Laure from Kendra’s Vaux-le-Vicomte photo.

I’m just a bit beside myself with Futurama excitement this week!

The One-Hour Season Premiere is coming up Thursday, June 23 10/9c!

The two episodes being shown for the premiere are my friend Crystals and Edmund’s, and they are REALLY cool and funny episodes. You guys are going to love them.

The first episode of next season (not this coming season, but the one after that) will be mine and Stephen’s! CRAZY! We just went to the tableread at FOX yesterday. Everyone was very jubilant about getting another season of Futurama so soon (unlike last time…!) Part of the celebrating was Zoidberg and Nibbler cupcakes.

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Here are some storyboards from the upcoming (this season) episode Law & Oracle (Directed by Stephen Sandoval and Assistant Directed by me 😀 ), which finds Fry getting fed up with his job and leaving to join the police force.

I’m pretty jazzed to see these posted on Futurama’s website, actually, because normally we aren’t allowed to show you our storyboards, even after the episode airs.  But on top of that, this sequence of boards are actually ones that I thumbnailed and boarded myself. Kismet! So here’s the first and possibly the last time you’ll see this from me. Ha. (maybe  I’ll get lucky and they’ll let us post more, but probably not!)

(Click the images to enlarge.)

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Also, I must call your attention to this background design, also from one of my and Stephen’s episodes. This background is from a particular favorite scene of mine… which I can’t say ANYTHING ABOUT, but I can’t wait for you to see it! How’s that for cryptic!

What CC says about this image: “An image of a UK version of the Planet Express building. It comes from the upcoming episode All the Presidents’ Heads, which finds the crew traveling through time back to the Revolutionary War and meddling with history. Let this be a lesson to us all: if your must time-travel, make sure you do it in a multiverse. ” (Click the image to enlarge.)

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You can see more promo sneak-peaks like this on Futurama’s website!

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