Sunday, May 25, 2008

No Bones About It

12/13/2005 - A folded eagle appeared on the TV series Bones in "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" (Christmas episode # 108). In the show, the forensic team is quarantined just before Christmas and prepare handmade gifts for each other from items in the lab. FBI agent Booth (David Boreanaz) makes an origami eagle for Dr. Goodman, the director of the Jeffersonian. The model was the eagle from "Origami Zoo" by Robert J. Lang, and was folded by Michael Ujin Sanders.
That would be yours truly!

I only just viewed the episode in question. I have no idea what the premise of the show is about.
If I remember correctly, I folded 2 Robert Lang Eagles from Origami Zoo, and about 2 more that were partially folded, in case they decided to film David Boreanaz "folding" the model (they settled on showing Boreanaz ripping a sheet of paper, fading out to the next scene)

The model only makes a brief appearance toward the end of the episode. I like where Dr. Goodman, who opens the present with the origami eagle, asks, "You made this?" And Boreanaz gives a modest "yeah."

You can view the episode in its entirety here.

Jackie Chan Adventures- "Origami"

Never saw this before, until recently; although I've seen it discussed on the O-List in the past:

A Jackie Chan Adventures episode #221 was called "Origami" an[d] aired 12/2001 on the WB Kid's Network.. A paper man steals an ancient Chinese painting from the Louvre, then changes into an eagle reminiscent of Lang's Eagle and takes flight. Jackie next appears at a famous art collectors house to offer to guard his collection. Viper is already there offering her service to Mr. Kasahara. The paper man appears and steals something of Mr. Kasahara's and Jackie again pursues the origami man. At one point, Jackie realizes that Kuniko Kasahara is the Origami thief. The climax starts with the origami man trying to steal a vase from the Louvre, but it is too heavy for the eagle to carry. There is a dramatic scene where Origami man has changed into a pterodactyl (Montroll-ish) and is chasing Jackie up the Eiffel Tower and his wing tips cut the steel cables supporting the stairs. The final scene shows Kasahara in jail folding little Jackie's and crushing them.

The character background states that Origami got his super powers because he found an enchanted square of paper with the power to transform. The paper REMADE him. Now us has some kind of "folding power" to transform into all kinds of shapes. Some pictures here

Episode Number: 27 Season Number: 2 First Aired: Monday November 5, 2001 Production Code: 221

Has anyone seen Origami Warriors before? I kinda looks like crap.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

John Szinger's Snapping Turtle

This blog has mostly been used to host my videos; but I think I might start expanding the original purpose and begin blogging on other origami-related things.

For the past few years, I sort of lost my passion for folding complex models; I think I mostly lack the patience for making the tissue foil/getting the right paper (I'm very picky!) and spending long hours on one model. Actually, I still love complex models; but ever since I started working with Yami and Joe, I've been influenced in the direction of exploring what I can do with the simple and with models that have entertainment/performance value to them.

Well, this past week, I decided to give John Szinger's snapping turtle a try. Shaping the shell and underbelly/legs was a bit challenging and I'm not sure how much has to do with technical precision-folding and how much is dependent upon each folder's unique, artistic instincts and sculpting sensibilities. I ended up moistening the paper for some shaping of the shell and legs.

Overall, I think it's a great-looking model, and a good compromise between an intermediate model and a super complex one.

Thanks John!