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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Machima.Com presents iClone Movie: "THE OPERA-TIVES"

Just wanted to give a shameless plug here. is now featuring some of my iClone & Spore Videos on their site, and their YOUTUBE Channel. The first film of mine they have posted is "The Opera-Tives", which was made in iClone 1.5. I'm getting a kick out of all the comments that have been posted so far. They range from young kids who don't get this genre of comedy, to the ones (perhaps older generation) who completely get it and LOVE it! Either way, I don't mind at all. It's good for me, as well as iClone, because it creates dialogue, viewers and hopefully, more new iClone users. I'm very proud and excited about the partnership, and for those of you who have never seen this, I hope you enjoy the fictitious 1930's comedy team of Biffle & Shooster, starring in "The Opera-Tives".
Till Next Time, ..... "Keep Cloning" .... Pauly

Saturday, September 20, 2008

FREE Character 4U : " HANS THE BOUNCER "

When I was a kid, I was picked on quite a bit. I felt like the skinny loser in the Charles Atlas ads in the comic books (You guys in your 40's will remember). I used to talk my way out of getting beaten up by bullies, by making them laugh. For the most part, it worked. There was one kid in class who was a real tough guy, and the leader of our grade school. I wished I could be like him, big, strong, who everyone wanted to be. But instead, I was a shy, scrawny kid who liked to draw. Recently on a trip to my home town of New York City, I ran into this guy. He's now a retired NYC Police Officer (Put in his 20 years and retired at 40, amazing, huh?), and he was now working part time as a bouncer. When he saw me in the pub, he picked me up off the ground and hugged me as if I were a long lost brother. He bought me dinner, and drinks all night. We laughed and talked about old school students and what had become of them. And what blew me away the most, was when he told me, "I always wished I could be like you, Pauly. I could never draw as good as you no matter how hard I tried". Just makes you realize how the grass always looks greener in someone elses yard, eh? Bottom line is, our weeds are just fine.

Here's a bad ass G3 character for you named, "Hans, the Bouncer".

Till Next Time, ... "Keep Cloning" ....

Monday, September 15, 2008

FREE Classic Character 4U : " ALBERT "

Here's an oldie that I shared a while back, and he's one of my favorites. I became fascinated with Albert Einstein, when I got to play a younger version of him in the Steve Martin play "Picasso at the Lapin Agile". I recently found out that as an adult who has ADHD, I am in good company, because Albert also had ADHD. This is probably why his hair was always so disorganized. This particular iClone character is a more cartoon version of this great man. You can find a more realistic version of him here at the Reallusion Content Store. Albert Einstein believed that it's all in the way you look at things. Now that I'm forty four and more in control of my ADHD, I tend to look at things beyond the obvious. I have found that this has helped me personally, artistically and professionally. Yet why is it that I can remember all the lyrics to a TV show theme I heard only once when I was five, but I can't remember that my wife told me to clean the dishes five minutes ago? God bless you, Albert.
Till Next Time, .... "Keep Cloning" ...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

FREE Character 4U : " IRON MAN "

I always loved Marvel Comics. When I was a kid growing up in New York City, I would get an allowance of $1.00 a week. At the end of the week, I would head on down to the Candy Store (or "Convenience" Store as we call them now) and buy 4 Marvel comic books (yes, only 25 cents each. Amazing, huh?). My favorites were Spiderman, & Hulk. It got to the point where I had over 3,000 comics, including X-Men, issue # 1. When I was 14 years old, we moved to California, but it didn't work out, so we came back to NYC within 3 months. When we got back and unloaded the moving van, I saw that my box of comics were missing. I asked my mom where they were. She said she left them behind in California, and didn't think they were necessary, as I was now 14 and too old for comics. I freaked! So thanks, mom, for throwing away my retirement money. Anyway, all grudges aside, I LOVED the new Iron Man movie. Robert Downey Jr., actually made Tony Stark more interesting than Iron Man himself. Nonetheless, I have made an Iron Man in iClone 1.0. Yes 1.0! I made him out of the default football player that came with 1.0. When I first got iClone, I shared him and a TON of other characters, on a forum which I am no longer part of. So I decided to go into my archives and begin sharing these oldies but goodies once again, because many of you are new and have not had access to them. So enjoy, ... and be nice to your mom, even when she throws out your comic books.
Till Next Time, ... "Keep Cloning" ... Pauly

Thursday, September 11, 2008

FREE Cartoon Character 4U : " PROFESSOR "

Everybody loves cartoons, right? Well, I sure do. Can't seem to outgrow them. I am a proud Nerd in that regard. But the good news is that I am not alone. Cartoons have been welcomed into the adult world for quite some time now, just the same way puppets have (the latter of which I am a HUGE fan of as well). So with shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy, Adult Swim and more, cartoons for us "big kids" are here to stay. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I learned that iClone 3 now gives you the ability to morph different parts of your character's body, enabling you to come up with neat cartoon type of characters. I have by no means, mastered iClone 3 yet. But I DID manage to create this professor cartoon dude. Yes, I probably could have done a better job, but I DO like the cartoon body on him at the very least. So Download the Professor Here, and play with him. Can't wait to see your cartoon creations on YOUTUBE.

Till Next Time .... "Keep Cloning" (or "Th-th-th-th-that's All Folks!") .....

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Need FREE iClone Training? Meet James Martin

When it comes to learning a new program, like iClone 3, many of you are probably like me. You simply tinker around the program and through trial and error, you begin to learn. But what if you want a detailed, fast comprehension of the program, answering all of your questions, and enabling you to get the program's full potential? Imagine the endless possibilities of creativity if you mastered iClone. Well, look no further, because Reallusion's James Martin (of the famous Martin Brothers), is here to make you the iClone master you were meant to be. I've known James since the early days of iClone, and since we live close by one another, I've had the pleasure of sitting down for wings and brewskies with him and his brother, John. James is an awesome young guy who has more patience and forgiveness then I could ever have. He's a better man than I in that regard. He has posted a ton of FREE instructional videos on YOUTUBE, which show you how all the new features of iClone 3 work. And he's now made himself available to train you ONE ON ONE, if you want it. Here's what James recently told me .....

JAMES: "After watching iClone grow in leaps and bounds over the last couple of years, I truly believe that with the inception of iClone version 3.0, that the time has come for there to be a professional level training outlet for users to access. That's why I started I'm a Reallusion Certified iClone and CrazyTalk Specialist here in the United States. I want everyone out there interested in really seeking to master these real-time animation tools, to have access to the education to do so. I love iClone and CrazyTalk, and see only the boundless potential and not limitations, offered by these products. This is the type of spirit and drive which I approach the way I produce 3D features, and I wish to help share that enthusiasm with everyone in the Machinima community. I am open to suggestions on what users would like to see more of in the iClone Tips of the Day, and certainly hope to develop a learning environment where everyone can feel like they are gaining a real command of the software."

So take advantage of James' offer and LEARN, LEARN, LEARN! James is a testament to the way the iClone community has always reached out to one another, for the better part of the artist in all of us.

Till Next Time, .... "Keep Cloning" .... Pauly

Saturday, September 6, 2008

FREE Character 4U .... "GROK THE OGRE"

Hi, all. Been quite some time since I shared an original character, and I apologize for the long wait. I finally got iClone 3, and have been tinkering around with it. I love the fact that you can now morph the body parts. I plan on making some cool cartoon characters for you guys. But today, I simply made this cool green dude. He's an Ogre named Grok, and he'll kick Shrek's ass any day of the week. He is a G3 character, who can only be used in iClone 3. Check out i3 and go nuts with creativity. I can't wait to get started.
Till Next Time, ... "Keep Cloning" ...