Author Archives: Xtopher

About Xtopher

Director of The Price, and Owner/Creative Director of Silver Fish Creative, LLC.
 

A Gambit for 2021

One of the meanings of the word gambit is “a remark to open a conversation,” so I want to use this one to start the year off right (posted by Amy Charlotte Kean): I’m further inspired by the use of persevere: … Continue reading

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Inspirations Everywhere

I uploaded the original animatic for The Price at the start of 2013 with the intention of leaving it online for a few months in an effort to express my gratitude for the patience of so many who were waiting … Continue reading

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Resolution, Aspect Ratios & 4K

I’m excited to share a brief announcement and another image with you, but wanted to explain some nerdy-techno-thingies first: Back in the early 2000’s, the video editing, visual fx and compositing work I did pushed the capacity of my computer system to its knees just … Continue reading

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Gratitude & Hope

For all of us, 2020 has been upside down, backwards, and totally unexpected in far too many ways. While we may be reeling from upheaval, confused at so much contradiction and upset by the rampant contention, shining through everything dark … Continue reading

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A Furry Face & Two Birthdays

I thought you might enjoy seeing the full size, hand-painted texture map used on the close-up model of The Black Cat. (Click on the image to see it full-size.) There are different layers that can be added to manipulate the … Continue reading

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Just Keep Swimming…

I hope everyone had great fun this Halloween season! My fifteen-year-old demonstrated impeccable taste in selecting his costume this year… behold, Anthony J. Crowley: A rather dashing young man if I must say so; I myself cut somewhat less of … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Neil!

I thought this image would be appropriate to share on Neil’s birthday; working on the shot had me thinking once again about the generosity and  compassion (towards both animals and people) that were clearly evident during my visit to Castle … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Trolls…

Photo by: Avery Salmon From time to time I take on freelance projects to help keep the lights on, and several have proven to be both extremely challenging as well as genuinely exciting. Given the recent Halloween festivities, I was prompted to … Continue reading

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Opportunities & Automobiles

With the crisp autumn air and distinctive smell that heralds the change in seasons, my thoughts have turned to my visit with Neil at his splendid Castle Gaiman. Sifting through memories both spellbinding and surrealistic, there is a moment  I still feel … Continue reading

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Behind-The-Scenes…

For some time, I have wanted to get (a lot) better at sharing some of the ups and downs of production in a more spontaneous way. After exulting in a triumphal moment with my wife Glynis and detailing the various … Continue reading

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