Melvin the Sad...(ish) Robots', not so sad journey to life.


Who is Melvin?

Melvin  the Sad...(ish) Robot is a story about one robot's longing for love and  happiness. Melvin wakes up each morning with a familiar sense of  sadness and loneliness. He goes to school each day to learn how to be a  fixer bot, but as much as he loves what he is learning, he is failing  all his classes. He has friends that ask him to join in on fun  activities, but he has trouble accepting their offers for fear of new  experiences. What happens one day when he gathers the courage to  confront those obstacle? Will he succeed? Will he fail? Fall in love  with Melvin and find out.


How Melving came to be...

Since  2010 I have been showing my unique sculptures to the Oakland/San  Francisco Bay Area Community every First Friday at my studio, FM,  located in Uptown Oakland. And every month I would be flattered when  visitors asked me if I worked for a little local animation company  located in Emeryville (some of you might have heard of them). As honored  as this question made me feel, I have little in the ways of computer  skills that could be transferred to such a groundbreaking company.  Still, I felt that my characters had a story to tell, I just needed to  figure out a way to tell it. So I created Melvin!  After I drafted  Melvin's story, added supporting characters, re-wrote, cut supporting  characters...and on and on, I got it to the point where I thought I had a  decent story.


I get by with a little help from my friends

With  the help of my friend Han Lee, we took Melvin out into the incredibly  beautiful, yet overlooked Lake Merritt area in Oakland, and started  taking photos of Melvin interacting with his environment. After learning  the ropes from Han I took over principle photography for the remainder  of the project (although his photos are featured throughout the book).
The  finished product  took me about a year to complete from idea to print, and will  hopefully be read as an uplifting story about a sad little robot finding some  happiness in his life.