New Mantis

I've been busy cutting out a ton of stuff I need for the feature film the past two months, but today I finally got to shoot something! It's just a test shot, but animation is going to begin quite soon. This test shot of a mantis was a trial for a new animation rig I have set up. It's a table with multiple glass layers (2 at the moment, but it can grow), enabling for depth of field shots. You'll notice the background is a bit blurry, which adds a sense of depth to the shot. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.


Production Diary # 1

Here is the first production diary from the making of Path of Blood!
I would also like to announce the short film version was accepted to the Knoxville Horror Film Festival! Great news!


The Bride


Fantastic Fest recap!

     This was my first year attending Fantastic Fest, and although I wasn't able to stay through the entirety, I had an amazing time.  The festival has a great informal vibe.  You always have the feeling that you can talk to anyone there be they industry folks, mega talented directors, or high profile actors.  I've been to film festival before where I felt more of a separation between the 'big wigs' and small guys.  It's great to find a place where everyone is coming together to celebrate cinema and offer up their own contributions.  I saw some amazing films at the festival and was fortunate to have my Path of Blood short film in the program.  Seeing my short film on the big screen was a real treat.  All the textures from the paper stood out, the sound was excellent, and it truly looked like a old samurai motion picture (albeit in paper of course).  I was very happy with the response and felt the film hit all the right notes with the audience. 
Here's a review from the festival from Japancinema.net!

     So now I am back in the studio and have begun production on the feature film!  Things are ALREADY starting to take shape and it is only the second day of production.  I will be making video diaries to chart my progress, so expect one of those to pop up in mid October.  Until then, take a look at the very first image from the feature film!!!


Check it out: Street Fighter on Paper!

That's right folks. I went crazy yesterday and made all these characters.  There's a chance I will make something from these, if I can find the time (I am in production on Path of Blood).


Path of Blood teaser poster reveal!

Check it out!  This is the Path of Blood teaser poster for the feature film. 

Interested in being a part of the film's production?  Consider donating to help make this film the best it can be, and get some cool stuff in return (dvds, artwork, ninja scream in the film!).  I'm also looking for investors who are interested in a return (email me).


Path of Blood is in Fantastic Fest 2011!

My short film Path of Blood has been officially selected to screen at this years Fantastic Fest.  This is one of my favorite film festivals, I've been so excited to go this year.  Happily I will be attending as a filmmaker.  I couldn't be prouder of my little short.  I am extra excited due to my plans to make the feature version of Path o' blood.  I'm gonna be talking it up while I'm there, hopefully gaining some interest/supporters/producers (fingers crossed).  I'll be debuting the teaser poster for the film next month and will be making a limited amount of printed posters.  Stay tuned and consider donating.  There's a lot of cool stuff in it for ya! :D


Path of Blood Donations

In an effort to raise the funds for my feature length samurai film 'Path of Blood' I am setting up a donation system. I had previously featured a campaign to raise funds via kickstarter, and since I missed my lofty goal of 25,000 I decided to set it up as a direct to paypal donation here.  I have some exciting news coming about about the future of the video, but rest assured the film will be getting made.  I will use the funds to go straight into production on the film and get as much of it done as I can.  This works well, since I can get started on the animation portion of production and slowly save up for voice actors, the score, sound design, and promotions.  I will be honoring the same rewards I used on my kickstarter which are as follows:

$1 - My eternal gratitude, and knowing you helped contribute in a very real way to the creation of an independently produced feature animated film.

$5 - A special thanks in the credits of the film!

$25 - A DVD of the completed film and special thanks!

$50 - DVD of the film upon release, a 4 x 6 piece of art from the film (a character, weapon, etc), not a print, the real hand cut prop used in the animation process, and special thanks in the credits.

$100 - A larger 12 x 12 scene from the film, DVD, special thanks too!

$250 - Contribute a ninja death scream to the film! Plus all the above!

$500 - One of the full panoramic scenes from the film (these are the big backdrop scenes) OR one of my pieces of art from a previous project, DVD, and special thanks!

$1000 - Not only will you receive a large panoramic scene, but YOU yourself will be turned into a paper character and animated in a short standalone clip... and potentially make a cameo appearance as a background character in the film!

$2500 - Everything above AND Executive Producer credit in the film!

$5000 and up - email me and we can talk about making it a lucrative investment oppurtunity

If you have not seen the short film check it out!  It will give you an idea of what I am going for with the film, although it must be said the film version will be far more detailed in its design and animation and feature a very awesome story!


Mario on Paper

Check out my latest creation in the "On Paper" series!  MARIO!


Wiretree - The Shore

An underwater adventure unfolds as our 4 aquatic heroes take to the high seas!
Animated music video for Wiretree's song The Shore!


New Ericpowerup Poster


Coming Soon!

Mario on Paper!
I got a lot of requests for this after releasing my Zelda on Paper series, so I decided to go ahead and run with it!  I have a lot of stuff cut out and ready to start shooting.  It's going to be really fun.  Some of the backgrounds alone look like they are ripe for framing! :D


Path of Blood - Demon at the Crossroads of Destiny

When a lone samurai sets his course towards the path of blood, unknown dangers and terror awaits. Will his great swordsmanship be enough to survive the treacherous demon lord and his minions? Path of Blood is a highly stylized paper animated short film that promises more paper cuts than you can handle.
The fantastic musical score was created by my good friends Many Birthdays! You can find more of their music here: www.manybirthdays.net


The Black and White Years - Cold

Finding the perfect parts for your new body is a challenge all robots must face. Animated music video for The Black and White Years song 'Cold' off their latest album Patterns.

The Black and White Years - Cold from Eric Power on Vimeo.


Tatooine to screen at SXSW 2011

I am pleased to announce my paper animated music video for Jeremy Messersmith's song 'Tatooine' has been selected to screen at the SXSW Film Festival 2011!!!  I am super excited and can't wait to see some great films and show off my video.  If you are in Austin during SXSW you should come and check out my film, I've got a feeling it's gonna look awesome on the big screen!!  The schedule will be up soon.  Spread the word!