Wednesday, December 5, 2007

CCSI Graphic Design/Photographers I

An Autobiography - ASTA


My Caweew in Photogwaphy, stawted, when that noted movie cinematogwapher Vilmos Zsigmond, who is Hungawian like my Mommi came to ouw house and noticed my EYE.. I asked him which eye??? He said that's not what he meant... I had a gift, and needed to fuwthew my edoocation..he sent me to be an appwentice with a few of his noted fwiends, and also a stint at the film school in Winston Salem, NC where I had mastew classes with the awt diwectow Balint Birkas...I was at the top of my class, even though I'm onlyone yeaw and two momfs old, and became mowe and mowe intewested in purrsooing this as a caweew..of couwse I also had my piano and suwgewy caweews to think of , so I've been tewwibly busy, but I think colow and shape and fowm will always be vewy impowtant to me..once you'we an awtist..you look at the wowld in a diffewent way. I'm so vewy glad to have the oppowtoonity to be involved with such a wondewful cast and cwew..evewyone is at the top of theiw field, and so vewy pwofessional.


Asta sniffing out a gweat pictoowe


An Autobiography - OPUS & ROSCOE


Roscoe and I expressed an interest in our work since the time we were kittens. While I preferred putting my thoughts to paper, Roscoe chose to express his ideas through the visual arts. First he started with paintings and then his interests turned towards photography. In our high school, we were both members of the photography club and journalism club; with Roscoe snapping away with his camera while I wrote articles for the school paper. We both chose to go the same collage, though Roscoe majored in photography and I was journalism student. We both graduated at the top of our class, but I won't tell you who had the highest GPA as I don't want to appear that we were in competition with each other (lets just say that Roscoe joined a fraternity while I spent my weekends with the books).After graduating, we worked as apprentices for a while at the Washington Post. We learned a great deal during our time there and had the wisdom and advice of the best journalists and photographers in the country. When we ended our apprenticeship, we were both given letters of recommendation from editor in chief of The Washington Post. This recommendation opened many doors for the both of us as jobs offers came in left and right. The best part about it was that we were offered, and accepted, jobs with the same news paper. Roscoe and I spent many years working for the Daily Planet while sharing an apartment in the center of Metropolis. We collaborated on many stories together; I armed with my pen, Roscoe armed with his camera. Oh how many weekends were lost with me sitting in front of the computer, madly typing away, while Roscoe was locked away in the dark room making his special brand of photos. What a team we were. We cherished the time we spent at The Daily Planet, but knew that it order to grow as professionals that we would have to move on. Team Opus and Roscoe, as they called us, became so well known that it afforded us the opportunity to go into work for ourselves. We quit our jobs at the Daily Planet and started working as a freelance writer and a freelance photographer. Do you know who The Daily Planet hired to fill our spots? A couple of green guys, fresh out of school, named Clark Kent and Jimmy Olsen. We hear that they did pretty well for themselves. We now spend our days working as freelancers, though we consider ourselves to be semi-retired. We have joined the Little Productions staff where we work on the series CCSI: Cat/Canine Crime Scene Investigators. There you will find us hard at work behind the scenes as well as in front of the cameras. Roscoe and I wrote the pilot episode and we will have been cast in episode two, with Roscoe having a staring role. We are also producers of the series as well as graphic designers. Roscoe has been dabbling in painting again and I have written a children's book about our adventures in Italy. My hope is to get it published and to turn it into a series. These days Roscoe is busy putting together a photo exhibition about cats in Italy. We will let you know when it opens at the gallery. So much for being semiretired.

Written by Opus


An Autobiography - KARL



I realized the urgent need for picture editing and graphic design skills when I saw the quality of the photos that my staff submitted to me for posting on my Blog. Amateurs! Anastasia and I checked out some "How to Photo shop" books from the local library and self-taught what we needed by trial and error, the maid – who prepares a lot of her artwork on the computer – gave us some tips, and soon we felt almost like professionals! I still leave the photography to the staff, now that I am able to smooth out their less than perfect work. We self published two booklets, and more were in the making when Anastasia went to the bridge.

I do plan on finishing what she left off...No awards...Yet. Currently I am working on a kittens book and will be doing the illustrations for that myself. And of course I hope to be able to continue working for CCSI in the future.

18 comments:

Momo & Pinot said...

Sassy!!
This is so interesting!!! I am glad to learn a lot more about Asta, Opus & Roscoe and Karl!!! They are so talented!! Of course you're one of the talented kittes!!

Momo xoxo

Sassy Cat said...

Momo & Pinot-I am so glad ya stopped by but I just missed ya. There is a lot of talent among us. We are so fortunate.

To My Wonderful Graphic Design/Photographers I want to give them a million thanks, they have worked such long hours making sure the sets are perfect. We have so many talented cats in this department that I will be introducing them in two seperate occasions. I wanted to give each designer a chance to have ya get to know them better so I decided to have them visit in two seperate days. The next group of talented designers will be featured tomorrow.

MoMo said...

Oh, my, this is totally pawsome. This is the most experienced, talented lineup the blogosphere has ever seen. All kitties and doggies are assured of a treat in the upcoming episode of CCSI production.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Wow! What a great group of photography people that will be working on this. I am honored to be with working with such esteemed professionals.

G.

michico*Adan said...

This is wonderful~!
The best specialists all gathering for CCSI!!!!!!!

Asta said...

Sassy
I am honowed to be featuwed on youw list of pwofessionals wowking on this fabulous pwoduction..to be wowking with such talented expewienced cats is twuly a wondewfulexpewience fow me.
Thank you fow giving me this oppowtunity!
smoochie kisses
Asta

Cat Naps in Italy said...

Well it looks like I might have been a "little" long winded. Oops! It was fun to read about everyone working on the show, but you left out one important person, Sassy. YOU! You need to tell us about yourself.

Can't wait to see the show. We think it is more or less done (paws crossed).

Love,
Opus and Roscoe

Sassy Cat said...

Momo-Yep, A lot ot talent in this post today and they have come up with many creative sets for this holiday feature. The hardest thing about working on CCSI II is not giving away any secrets about what is happenin on the set.

Gemini-We are all honored to yave ya on the set working along with us.

Adan-Ya got that right.

Asta-With a talent like yours how could we not have ya work for us?

Opus & Roscoe-We all know that ya are writers as ya wrote the first CCSI so don't give it a second thought. When ya do a lot of things in your career we need to know all about this. I thank ya for saying I'm an important person, but that must have been a type-O as I most certainly am a cat. And don't forget I am a shy cat. Wonderful workin with ya.

Jan said...

What a talented group! We are proud and honored to know all of you. No wonder Percy is so excited about working with all of you.

Jan's Funny Farm

Momo & Pinot said...

Sassy, I agree with Opus and Roscoe! We need to know about one more talented kitty- it's YOU!!

Momo xoxo

Daisy said...

Wow, what exciting and interesting bios! I am afraid mine is a little bit boring.

MoMo said...

Yes, Sassy, you should also write a bio. Can't leave out the all important producer. As for Daisy, I can't imagine hers could be in any way boring.

PB & J said...

Sassy - what wonderful autobiographies! So good to learn more about the creative minds behind the show!

Sassy Cat said...

Jan-We here on the set are so proud of Percy.

Momo & Piot-I thought ya know enough about me workin so close together on this CCSI II show.

Daisy-Hey sweet Daisy ya are no where boring. I stopped by your place and if ya want to revise your bio e-mail it to me asap.

Momo-Ya know almost everything about me, being my close pal and all. But as others and ya want an autobio. on me it will soon follow.

PB&J-Glad to see ya three stoppin by and gettin to know everyone on the set in front and behind the cameras.

Orable & Charlie said...

so much talent...We shall certainly have to have an Emmy night - or should I say, a CAFFA (canine and feline film awards) night!

licks & slobber
-Charlie

Momo & Pinot said...

Hi Sassy... I actually come here to pick up the pretty golden rose! I think you're away but may I take it home?? :)

Are you coming to Asta's pawty tonight???

Momo xoxo

Momo & Pinot said...

Hello Sassy... it's me again!!
I just noticed CCSI is featured in Animal Internet! How cool is that! Our friend Charlie's story is featured as well!!
:)

Momo xoxo

Sassy Cat said...

Charlie-Good idea, think ya could organize a committee. Sounds like a lot of work. Think about it.

Momo & Pinot-Yep, it is OK to take the rose. I left messages last night that if I wasn't around just to come over and pick it up. That is so cool about CCSI and Charlie, tomorrow I plan on checking it out.

 

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