Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It's still crunch time!!

Yesterday some of us dropped by Disney Studios for the Inspire Days held there. We got to attend various panels covering everything from 2d and 3D animation to Layout and Story. The highlight however was the visit to the Feature Animation Studio, and my freaking God. It was awesome. I haven't felt so happy and giddy leaving a place since my first trip to Calarts. We saw Mario Furmanczyk's cube and his Princess and the Frog footage chart, and man, it was amazing to see how far he's come. Once a student at Calarts and now animating on the feature bringing 2d animation back to the big screen. It was amazing! We also saw Jen Hager's chart, another graduate from 06.

It was really super inspiring and I'm set to work as hard as I can to improve! Although I'm unsure I'll always feel this way... I think I want to become a feature animator! But I need to learn how to draw better first- my draftsmanship is sorely lacking... But eitherway, I'm inspired as hell and all of you should be looking very forward to Princess and the Frog, coming this November!

Anyway, I need to get back to film production. It's still crunch time which means more sleep deprivation than usual. With that, I'll leave this post with my animation assignments from last semester in Mike Nguyen's class.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's Crunch time! Five Weeks Left...

Well, it's still my first year at Calarts, but I'm pretty sure we've entered what seems to be the beginnings of crunch time. Everyone is stressing over their films, myself included. I'm just barely at a third complete of my film, and yet so much remains to be done with only a fraction of the time. I'm either going to have to work harder than I ever have in my life to complete one of the largest projects I have ever undertaken, or leave the year with an incomplete film. Personally, I am promising myself to avoid the latter at all costs. How exactly I'm planning to do that, I have no clue. But what I do have is this: a short, short snippet of animation from my film. Needs some more editing, sound and music, but visually it's near-final. It's using the background from a couple of posts ago. Sorry no story details or any more previews for now, but stay tuned till April to see Leonardo's adventure in Venice in a (hopefully) finished state.