Monday, April 13, 2015

Life Update!

Hey anyone out there! I feel like it's been long enough for me to have not written a blog about where I'm at now. So let me do just that. An update for everyone!

Since the beginning of this year, I have been given the fortunate opportunity to have gotten an internship! That's right, I'm more official now! I am now a CG Generalist Intern at a fun studio called Falcon's Treehouse! This is a company that works on theme park rides and attractions, from initial design to media production. I'm part of the latter. =P They've been around for 15 years now, making rides like Turtle Trek at Sea World and Men in Black at Universal Studios Orlando. It's a really fun studio to work at with a lot of great people. I'm exceptionally lucky to have gotten this opportunity. But I do enjoy getting to animate every day and work with some friends!

FTH logo, represent!
Speaking of working with friends, I need to give credit where it's due to me even having this gig. Children, this is a story about relationships and knowing people. The only reason I have this job is because a friend of mine, Matt Mann, is working there. He's the one that got me the email that I sent in that lead to an interview that led to an offer letter. And it's also important to note that he also got his position there from someone else we went to school with, a fellow by the name of Andy Pace. I have this internship because of two guys I went to school with! I'm grateful that they thought enough of me to pass the email along my way. And then even more so that Falcon seemed to like me after the interview too. =P

Animation Mentor, I also wouldn't be here without you! Thank you to all my mentors and friends who taught me and critiqued my work to kingdom come on a weekly basis. Even though this is an internship and not an official hired position, it's still my first real animation job. Yay!

So that is where I'm at in my life now! Internship life. I feel as though I've been heavily slacking in my personal animation life though, so I'm starting to get back into that. I actually have shot a couple of different references for shots that I want to make, and I'm constantly finding new dialogue clips for later on. I'm also trying to get some personal projects pushed along for later on this year. But my new shot is more pressing! I should have some blocking or initial posing by next weekend. I'll have new reference cuts in the next couple days. Check out my Vimeo and such to see it before it hits here!

I'd also like to invite you all to listen to a new podcast that's just beginning! My good friend Ellie, creator of The Animator Life Blog, and I have started our own animation podcast! We both have thought about creating an animation podcast previously, and when we found out we both did, we said let's do it. So we have begun the Animator Life Podcast, an animation podcast for students and anyone who loves animation. Or hearing quirky people talk. Some will have more meat on their bones than others, but we also want to cover topics that you might find interesting. I want to do one on using the graph editor, and another on constraint animation. Two things that scare animators just beginning, but can make a world of difference if utilized. We might not make you amazing, but anything we can do to help, we want to! Also, know that if you're an aspiring animator, we are 100% behind you and supportive. Feel free to hit us up with anything. Suggestion, comments, topics you want us to hit. Please check it out!

The Animator Life Podcast Ep. 01- Introductions

Well I think that's all for my update! I should be more active in the coming weeks! More podcasts and animations comin' atcha!