So I haven't updated in a long time... life got busy. I left IDT a month ago and accepted a job at Spin Productions to work on an Effects film called Outlander. It's a new experience working on a film integrating the animation into live action. Long ago I worked on a TV series called Ace Lightning where we did the same kind of thing, but this is a whole new level of detail.
I'm also entering a design into the Online Peugeot Car design contest. Those who know me know I've got a bit of an interest in cars and Formula 1... so the design was an attempt to integrate the two interests. Peugeot does have a bit of a background in Formula 1 supplying engines. My design is the first even remotely complicated object I've tried to model on the computer, but it's turning out fairly well. I'll post some pics if I get a chance after the contest closes.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
So..... we had our Toronto staff preview on April 11th. It was the first chance I had to watch the film with all the final bells and whistles, and the first time I had seen anything for over six months! Pretty crazy. I animated on the film for two years. I'm not one to get all sentimental about it.... working on The Wild was a lot of fun, and we had some crazy talented people working with us. It was my first feature, and the friends I made are now all over the place. So what did I think of the movie? It went by fast. It looked better than I expected, and there was all kinds of new dialogue I don't remember. We're getting our work next week after the film comes out and if I figure out how, I'll put some clips up of stuff I did. Some of the shots I animated include the squirrel slapping his butt (that's in the trailer), the shots of Benny the Squirrel getting stuck in Samson's nostril and trying to get out, Nigel the Koala going crazy on the boat ride to Africa, some of the gazelle stampede stuff, and lots more that I forget. Anyway, I hope people give it a chance and don't just write it off as a Madagascar ripoff, and just sit back and enjoy themselves for an hour and a half.
Friday, March 31, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Having a family changes a lot of things. One of those things is that you are only one person in a group. I had another offer from a big animation studio in California and this time I thought 'This is it! I'm going for it!". The previous offers were always 'we need you here yesterday!' or the timing was bad. There's more to life than work. We live right beside a great school, our house is feeling more like home, and we've saved up a bit to do something fun, and we're near family. Plus the stuff I'm working is fun anyway! Why give that up? It looks like we're settling in Toronto for the foreseeable future. I won't rule it out down the road, but right now I just need a place to settle with the family.