Saturday - November 12 - 2011
NIUBNIUB ENTERS THE MODERN AGE
Hey Everyone, I hope you are enjoying your weekend :) I'm going
down to continue sorting out my art supplies in my Diorama
Workshop area but first... as promised, here is the announcement
that I teased about earlier in the week... I am pleased to announce
the EVOLUTION of NiubNiub's Universe for the NEW DECADE ... I
unveil to you Frank D'Iorio's
You can go to the page and bookmark it for FUTURE VISITS, however,
the Site is NOT YET open. Just the Teaser Page for now explaining
a little of what's to come. Now let answer some of the questions
you may be thinking... If I forget some, email
me and I'll add the ones that would benefit the fans of NNU.
1) Who is Frank D'iorio ?
Well that's an easy one, yes that is me, NiubNiub. I decided
to drop the nick name and go with my actual name since the NEW
site will not be ONLY about Star Wars (more on that later) So
don't worry, if you enjoyed my work, decals and step by step
instructions you will continue to find the exact same quality
over at the DW.
2) Is this the end of NiubNiub's Universe ?
Yes and No... New fans who discovered the site after Celebration
V's Diorama Workshop may not realise that NNU has been around
since 2000 !!! Thats more then 10 years now. Back then, Cable
Modems were RARE, Hi-RES pictures... forget about that... Facebook,
Twitter, YouTube... What is that ? LOL
The site started with my Diorama Pictures, then as I grew, I
added Step by Step pictures, then Decals, then Blueprints, Figure
Reviews, Visitor Pictures, Toy Collections, Home Cinema reviews,
a LOT to do for ONE person. Unlike other Star Wars collectible
sites out there who have many staff updating daily news of whats
here and there, for my site, If I didn't make a diorama, then
there was no update.
Making Dioramas, Taking the picture, Cropping them for the web,
placing in the Web Pages, uploading for you to read and see the
latest creations, all took a LOT of time. Which was great when
you are younger. I have no complaints or regrets about the time
spent labouring over the computer, that is for sure. But As I
approach 50 in 2014, I forget (since my brain is still in my
20's ok maybe 14 LOL) I realise that I'm not the only one getting
older, My mom and family are as well which brings one back to
reality quickly. As many of you may know, and have read, the
site has been slowed down to almost a crawl because of the unfortunate
introduction of Alzheimers into my life. First Mom in 2007 and
now my Aunt since last year. Power of Attorney for 2 90+ women
at the same time and same disease really sucks the energy out
of you, not to mention your state of mind.
I had to cut back on hobby time and even refuse film work both
at home locally and at ILM. Thanfully I had the Celebration Convention
to help me take my mind off of Alzheimers even if for a little
while and bring me back the fun of making new dioramas.
Because of these current circumstances, I have decided to no
longer update NiubNiub's Universe. The site's 10 year history
and thousands of pages WILL REMAIN ONLINE , but only as a ARCHIVE
of teaching tools. No NEW dioramas or instructions will appear
here. I will be posting all FURTURE creations over at the DIORAMA
For those who have just discovered the site, there are MANY
MANY HOURS of Awesome Projects for you to benefit from here for
years to come.
3) Will you still make Star Wars Dioramas ?
Yes of course, I have sooo many that I have still yet to tackle.
LOTS of FANS out there have made awesome Jabba's Palace and Cantina's
that are just 2 that I NEVER built yet. Hard to believe I know
;p As I slowly start to get more time and now a REAL working
space at the loft, I am excited to start building again. The
hardest part will be what to build first ? I think I will bring
back visitors polls for that one :)
4) Then why the change ?
If you go back to answer #2, you will find part of the answer...
One of the main reasons in wanting to create a new site is that
because of today's influences with ALL the Social Networks that
did NOT exist back in 2000, I can have YOU the FANS help bring
and maintain LIFE in the Diorama Workshop. In between my own
posts, You guys will be able through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube,
to UPDATE your OWN works and chat with fellow Diorama Builders.
And NOT JUST STAR WARS...
For MANY MANY Years, I always got asked why don't you make a
Lord of the Rings Diorama, or Alien, or Matrix or Narnia, there
are so many cool genre Sci-Fi films out there that people want
and are building scenes for. At the Diorama Workshop, you will
be able to upload those scenes as well, and hopefully, in time,
create one of the biggest instructional resource sites for making
Action Figure Dioramas.
This way, if real life prevents me from updating for 1 month,
your participation will give information and cool pictures to
the fans on a daily basis.
5) When is the Diorama Workshop going LIVE ?
I'm working with a web designer who actually knows about programing
social media input into sites and spiffing up a NEW sleaker cleaner
look which we HOPE to be ready for January in the NEW YEAR.
There is a little event next year that I am slowly gearing up
for, and those behind the scenes pictures I will want to share
with you as I build and prep for the summer, I wll need the Diorama
Workshop to be active in order to share the information with
you and this will be a GREAT FIRST project to launch the new
So there you have it...
I will continue to post some update pictures here on the making
of my Loft's basement Diorama Workshop area as well as finish
Celebration V sections that have yet to be completed, this until
the transition is complete come the New Year.
I am excited about the changes to come and seeing your LIVE
involvement and participation in January. It's an energy I felt
back in 2000 when I created NNU. The best is yet to come, I look
forwards to hearing your thoughts about the news you just read.
Send me an EMAIL if
you want to chat about it, perhaps you will even make me think
of something I forgot to include for the Diorama Workshop.
That's it for now, I'll put a few new pics next week.