Anyway, hi flist, it's been a while! Sorry for all the twitter feeds and generally not keeping up on what's been going on with you lot. Anything I should catch up on? What's new with you guys since we last chatted? :)
For me, it's lots of new stuff, and lots of the same old stuff: still in school, working on getting my degree in animation, and so forth. Haven't applied for internships yet, but in fairness, really haven't had the time -_- In true ~me~ fashion, I'm still somewhere in between furiously busting my ass and chronic procrastination. The newer new stuff could probably get a post of its own. Older new stuff, I'm not sure how far back to go, but..
- Last summer, animated on two different student films (Moonchase and the excellent No Robots, congrats to the director on all the film festivals!)
- Same summer, most of my animation work went to my professor's indie film house produced Enrique Wrecks the World, a fun, cracky cartoony gore-fest where I got to make a cat ravage the bodies of baby birds and blow up a whale, among other things.
- The latter film got our team a nomination from the Academy for Best Short, so we got to attend the Annie Awards! Got our nom alongside Teddy Newton for his stunning (and well-deserved award-winning--seriously, you don't mope about losing to Pixar) Day & Night short. We also sat right between the Dreamworks team (who we joined in freaking out over all the How To Train Your Dragon wins) and Eric Goldberg. Matt Groening was there as a guest-of-honor as well, and we just kind of expired on the spot every time we saw him XD
- Traveled to Canada for the Ottawa Animation Film Festival with a handful of classmates, which was pretty sweet! On top of a lot of diverse selections of excellent animations from all over the world, there was also a really awesome selection of Osamu Tezuka shorts--even if you're familiar with all his manga work, you wouldn't believe what a versatile filmmaker he was! We also took an afternoon off to see as much of Parliament and bits of Québec as possible. (Finally got to try poutine, which I now despair of finding anywhere here in California.)
- Finally got to see old LJ buddy notrafficlights in person! For one semester she exchanged into my school's animation/illustration program and kinda took the department by storm ^_^ Miss you bb~
- Got what I guess could be considered a project-based job. Basically a Global Climate Change awareness campaign decided to funnel its message into a marketable and entertaining mascot, hoping it could be used for PSAs and as a teaching platform for educators. So the guy leading it brought the project to our department and asked for storyboarders to take some basic GCC prompts and turn them into fun 2-minute animatics, which would be used to generate interest with sponsors. I'm.. not going into storyboarding for my major, but they asked me anyway, and I like having money, so I've been doing animatics for them for a year now :)
So yeah! Busy but having a good, productive time with it. I think last year was instrumental in bringing me out somewhere on the positive end of the artist's perpetual "OMG I'M AWESOME"-to-"FUCK I'M JUST TERRIBLE WHAT AM I DOING HERE" warring spectrum. Or at least it was, and continues to be, a confidence booster. At any rate, hopefully at least some of the above will look good in my thin little portfolio. Meanwhile, summer's just begun, and instead of kicking back I'll be spending it animating for the No Robots director on another of his films over the summer.
When I'm not doing that, I'll be busy working with my own team of artists on pre-production for an animated short film I'll be directing between now and fall semester O_______________O More on that later, for sure.