Long Time No Post...

Wait... it's what year?  2016?!  Now freekin' way....  It's been a loooong time since I've posted on here but would love to get back into blogging about super awesome animation topics!  

In the meantime... new website and new Showreel www.silentanthem.com!  

Enjoy and thanks for watching.


Jason Smith - 2016.1 Silent Anthem Showreel from Jason Smith on Vimeo.


My uber-talented Cousin, Porter, has started a campaign to fund his 2nd album! He's put a lot of sweat and tears into it, and is looking for some help to complete it. His style and unique and fresh to say the least. He's been busting his ass as long as I've known him and this could really help his passion for music to move to the next level!! Stop by and have a listen!! Thanks all!



Back up, then back up, then back up again!

One thing that you can never over do when working on projects, whether it's personal pictures/movies, animation, professional jobs or school work, is back up your work!  

Personally I've heard too many horror stories and have become rather 'anal' when it comes to backing up my work/life.  Typically, at the end of each day I back up using software called Back2Zip to an external hard drive that stays connected to my computer.  Then after the project (depending on it's size) I burn it to DVDs, then back it up to another external drive.  Both the DVDs and hard drive are stored in a fire proof safe in my basement (just to be certain that if a fire were to happen they're safe), then back them up again to the external hard drive that's connected to my computer.  Yes, it may overkill, but I couldn't imagine losing all that hard work!  

Another major thing a lot of people don't realize now days with all the digital pictures they capture with their digital cameras and phones, if you have all your pictures saved to your computer and something happens you could potentially lose years of pictures, movies and memories for forever.  I try and back up my home pictures/movies every 2 months to DVDs then again at the end of the year (again, storing them in the fire-proof safe).  I think backing up your files are so important and something that needs pure diligence when working and living in a digital world.  

So remember kids, always back up your work on a daily basis, then back it up again, then store it in a safe place (if you want, back it up again).  Hopefully nothing ever happens with your hard drive, computer or your house catches on fire... but if it does, wouldn't you rather be prepared and not live with regret and lose all your hard work and memories from over the years? 

Here's a tale of how Pixar almost lost Toy Story 2 while they were well into production...