December 7 2004
The DVDs are on their way to my house and will be ready to ship
out Monday Dec 13th 2004.
November 27 2004
Due to the enormous amount of hits this site has been taking, I have
upgraded my server. Please be patient while I move everything over.
I hope to not have any downtime at all, but if this site seems sluggish,
it should be a momentary problem and clear up in a minute or two.
November 21 2004
Here it is, the new website. I'm still building many of the pages, so
all is not complete, yet, so please consider this site to be in a testing
LOR DVDs are now for sale... They will ship on or about Dec
10th 2004. Please read all about it on the store
Both Volume Two and a newly remastered reprint of Volume One are coming
to you in full surround sound and in color.
November 18 2004
I just ate my celebration burrito. LOR Volumes One and Two are off to
the printers. As soon as I get the OK from the replication house that
every thing is a go, the new website goes online and I will begin to
accept pre-orders. The estimated delivery date to my house is Dec 9
2004. Then I ship it to you and you and you. Joyness!
November 11 2004
Something wonderful happened today, I finished the LOR Volume Two DVD.
Now I only have to sit back and watch it to make sure all is well. If
everything goes according to plan, it should be in your hands by December
The LOR animation is 14 minutes long and the tutorials add up to just
over 96 minutes. I'm headed for NYC for a wedding and when I get back
I'll send it off to the printers for the first 1000 copies. Then I will
re-master LOR Volume One for reprinting.
Happy Happy Happy
October 23 2004
LOR Volume 2 is complete.
Now I am finishing the animation tutorials, finishing the new website
and and working on the movie compressions. Soon it will all be done.
October 14 2004
Here is an MP3 of one of many new LOR music queues. In the movie, this
will blend between two other little songs and be battling for attention
with a flock of other sound effects, but I liked it all by itself, so
I would thought I would share it with you. More to come.
September 1 2004
Picture is locked and animation is done for LOR Volume 2. 16 days and
1 minute 30 seconds of new animation in new environments, it's been
fun and now that is done. On to finish music and sound effects then
a couple of more tutorials and we are go.
Thanks to all those who wrote me with moral support. It really helps.
August 26 2004
I'm standing at the tip of the edge of the end of the ending of the
new animation work for Volume Two. I am very pleased with the results
of the new ending for this sequence. Here is a still from the new stuff.
I am very tired. Up till 5 am for a month now. Have seen the sun come
up more then a few times. Running out of money. Very excited. Please
send me an email if you are listening... I need moral support. Please
include the word "LOR" in your email to help get through my
August 15 2004
Ok, So I said I was done with the animation for LOR volume 2. That was
then and now I almost really mean it. I was not satisfied with the ending
so I had to go in and add an entirely new sequence of shots that take
us a little further into story. I think I just ran out of steam and
when I start finishing up the music I felt I had to leave it off in
a better place. Now I'm very happy with the ending of this installment.
I think you will be as well. The tutorials are almost done, just a few
more to do. Please be patient, a big giant update is coming soon and
a whole new website design to go with it.
The animation for LOR Volume 2 DVD is complete. Now I am finishing off
the last bit of sound effects and and music. I am also beginning work
on the tutorials. Very soon I'll have it all done and all will be well.
Please stay tuned for upcoming release dates.
Also, check out my new puppy
May 19 2004
It's been a long time since a news update as been posted. Much has happened
to me over the past 6 months. I got married, went on a honeymoon and
bought a house with my wife Holly, and then moved into the new house.
All this took a great deal of planning and backbreaking work. I have
finally got the new Lots of Robots studio all set up and running in
the new location, sitting on Liberty Hill overlooking the Castro in
San Francisco. My life has changed... for the better.
During this time I have worked many contract animation jobs to help
pay for all this busyness and still managed to almost complete the next
LOR sequences for volume 2. Also, I have been working on a complete
overhaul of the website. Now, I can finally put LOR on the top of my
list of things to do.
Please stay tuned for the new LOR animation, a reprint of the LOR Volume
One DVD and the release of the LOR Volume TWO DVD.
Swell News: September 9 2003
Years ago I was trying to make my way as a recording engineer. Making
a living this way is mighty PITA to put it nicely. It's a nasty business
and many will suffer or go insane. Imagine trying to get your paycheck
from someone who thinks themselves a rockstar, but ain't.
But, I was fortunate enough to work with a few artists that transcended
all that muddle. One of them was David Freel of Swell.
I first met David in 1987 when I was just starting up my position at
Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco. Working at the studio gave me
a great deal of access to a very nice recording studio, and during the
downtime and midnight hours David and I would work on his tunes as I
learned the trade. David would record most of the basic tracks at home
and then bring them in for vocals, guitars, mixing and whatnot. I also
had the opportunity to play bass on a few tracks which is why I was
so excited when David told me that he had resurrected a few of those
songs from the late 80s for the 7th Swell album "Whenever
As I make my own creations I listen to lots of music and Swell is always
on my playlist. I won't bore you with a critic's review, but I will
tell you that Swell puts me in the mood for making animation, and I
highly recommend buying the entire collection of Swell albums.
You can find it all at Beggars
or at your local record store.
July 27 2003
I have just completed a new demo
reel of my game cinematic work. Yes, I work for a living.
Here you can see what I have been doing with all my time.
July 7 2003
I'm in the process of upgrading the lotsofrobots.com server to a
new 60gb machine. Now I'll be ready to put up a lot of new images and
June 28 2003
If you are planning to attend Siggraph
this year, I'll be teaching a class for Discreet's 3dsMax. I hope to
see some of you there. Here is the class
Monday, July 28, 2003
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
3D Animation and Rigging with 3ds max
Instructor: Andy Murdock
Use IK controllers, reactor, wire parameters, custom attributes, and
maxscript to rig a complex character. This will be a case study of a
robot arm from LOR (Lots of Robots): the movie. Learn how to use each
of these methods to streamline the animation process and quickly create
complex animation effects.
Also, I'm hard at work on the next LOR DVD Volume 2. It will have new
a new LOR sequence and more tutorials, scene files and scripts. I think
I'll focus on character rigging and advanced facial animation techniques
for the tutorials.
June 13 2003
I have added a test animation of the pod baby Beauzin to the
LOR3 preview page.
April 26 2003
Will you be in Finland May 9-10? I will. Catch my lecture/workshop
at the Clone
Yes, I have been working on the installment of LOR. But, I also
work for a living. I'm currently working on an E3 animation for the
next version of Battlefield 1942. If you are going to E3, you can see
it on the big EA screen. Then I start work on the Lord of the Rings:
Return of the King playstation2 game. That should keep me busy trough
the summer and set me up with enough money to spend more time getting
the next LOR DVD out. Stay tuned.
January 27, 2003
Sundance is done. I had a wonderful time walking up and down Main
Street looking for movie stars and fine foods. LOR apparently came in
a close second as far as viewers votes goes. Thank you all who took
the time to vote. The Sundance Online Film Festival folks were really
nice and helped to bring a good deal of exposure.
There was an interview on Wired.com
about LOR... big thanks to Jason Silverman.
Now it's finally time to get back to working on the
next LOR sequence. More robot mischief and mayhem on the way.
January 16, 2003
Have a look at the new
and the giant version at 5megs
and the Humming Bird
and the little walking balls
January 4, 2003
Lord of the Rings: Two Towers EA video game trailer TV spot is online.
I worked on this with Marco, Goose and Eric.
January 2, 2003 Happy New Year!!!
"LOR" is now playing at the Sundance Online Film Festival.
It sure could sure use your help. If I could get you all to go online
and watch the "LOR" movie and give me a big fat 5 star rating,
great things may happen.
The "LOR" page at the film festival is...
Sundance Online Film Festival Front Page is...
Please take a look at all the animations at Sundance, and if you like
"LOR" the best, then I could really use your vote (5 stars).
To vote you will need to go the Sundance LOR page, click on one of the
movie formats and when the movie window pops up you will see 5 rating
stars. You must view the entire movie from the Sundance
page in order to have your vote count. This will really help "LOR"
some great exposure and make folks take a second look. I really appreciate
your help and please please tell your friends.
I will be at Sundance in Park City, Utah January 20 - 23 to help promote
"LOR" and give a screening, and do a Q&A session.
****LOR DVD News I have already sold over 340 copies of the DVD
in just a month and a half. I have sent the disc to animators and fans
all over the
world, including Istanbul, Mozambique, and the Dominican Republic. So
far everyone has been very satisfied with their purchase and speedy
You can read the DVD reviews clicking on the "Store" page
and then click on "Read the Reviews".
If you haven't purchased a DVD yet, I still have some left, but at this
rate they should be all gone in a few months, and I may just move on
to volume two which will have a different set of tutorials.
November 24, 2002
The LOR DVD seems to be a success. I had just over 100 orders the very
first day, and another 63 over the weekend. I've sent orders to Mozambique,
Istanbul and just down the street... this really is a global village.
A big thanks to all those who took the time buy one.
November 21, 2002
A very big day, the LOR Volume One DVD is now up for sale. It's only
been up for less then an hour and I already have 14 sales. Thank you
kind people of Earth.
November 19, 2002
LOR has been accepted to the Sundance Film Festival.
Nov 4 2002
This is my favorite time of year. I have finished my money jobs and
the DVD and now I get to work on the next installment of LOR. I have
already created about 1000 frames of new animation, although this was
easiest part of the new animation, it sure feels good to see it happening.
I have created a new preview
page for LOR3 here. Here you will see a few bits of things to come.
Not much to see just yet.
Oct 18 2002
After recompressing all the assets a forth time and testing the DVD
in every DVD player I could find, I have finally sent it out the door
for duplication. I should get 1000 copies back in 12 days. The LOR store
is almost ready as well.
I also just finished another round of The Lord of the Rings: The Two
Towers video game trailer work for EA. This spot will be seen on film
in theatres in Europe and on TV in the USA.
Sept 30 2002
I have finished the LOR Volume 1 DVD, and am now in the process of setting
up an online store. I'm sending the master off for duplication today,
so it should be just a few weeks until folks can purchase it online.
Lots of Robots is now an official business with documents and bank accounts.
It's my brother's birthday.
I am currently working very much like a dog to get the LOR DVD out the
door. I am very pleased with it so far. Not only will it have all the
animations I can legally use, but also an hour and a half worth of animation
tutorials. Many 3dsmax secrets laid open for your enjoyment and education.
I also worked on game cinematics for James Bond-EA
I created the opening cinematic for the game Summoner 2
I went to Maui.
May and June 2002
The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers
Andy Murdock and Marco Bertoldo created an animatedtrailer for the LOTR
Playstation 2 video game. It played on the giant EA screen at the E3
show in LA.
April 7, 2002.
The popular demand of LOR 2.0 causes my web-server to totally freak
out. My email was down for the better part of four days. If you sent
me something during the last few days, I may not have received.
I've uploaded 3 new versions of LOR 2.01. I fixed a scaling issue with
video that was causing the movies to look slightly pixilated. I also
added a few sound effects at the end of the movie. It's all much better
March 30 2002
LOR version 2.0 is up. Yeah!!! Work will begin on version 3.0 very soon.
Feb 6 2002
I have added a new
page of animations. Some really old and some very new animations
including the most recent Sun Microsystems job.
Hey, check this picture of my
um apartment with all my guitars and toys laid out
Dec 10 2001
I have just finished working on a really big animation and music job
for Sun Microsystems. This one minute all 3d animation and music gig
was designed and directed by Drew Takahashi and produced by Jana Canellos.
This was a dream job. It went so smooth, I guess because of the small
team. Now its all done and I can get back to working on LOR.
I finally have the 5.1 surround mixing studio all finished, and the
new LOR mixes are big and movie like. I may even go back and re-mix
Rocket Pants in 5.1. These 5.1 surround mixes will be avalible on DVD
sometime in early 2002.
August 13 2001
As the completion of LOR episode 2 approaches, I've redesigned the site
a little, added space to the server for more movies and different movies
sizes, and made a trailer for the new work.
Lots of Robots is starting to get some really good contracts
Join the Lots
of Robots Delphi forum, and discuss the art of making a 3d animated
short with other animators from around the world.
May 10, 2001
A music page has been added to the gallery section.
Here you can listen to mp3s versions of some of the songs and animation
soundtracks created right here in the Lots of Robots studio.
A link was added on the gallery page to a short 3d
animation that I worked on while at Mondo Media entitled "Gone
Bad". This a zombie-spaghetti horror classic that as been seen
at the Sundance Film Festival, ResFest as well as a few other Festivals.
"Gone Bad" was created and directed by my long time friend
and colleague Marco Bertoldo.
May 1, 2001
A link to Lots of Robots was found on the front page
of CGChannel. In the next ten days, this helped to bring over 20,000
viewers to see "LOR" and "Rocket Pants". Thanks
April 6, 2001 After seven years at Mondo Media, I get laid off, I decide
to go public with my art and animation. Lots of Robots is born.
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