Sunday, March 30, 2008

Get your Comic-Con on

The Empires best representing at the Con

Comic-Con 2008...
It's right around the corner, if you've never been and you love pop-culture you really need to make the trek.

As for those of you who attend yearly and haven't gotten around to it...Pro-Registration has been posted. You should have gotten a letter around the beginning of March with your username and password, if you work in the animation industry or a semi-related professional field you really should sign up for the Pro-Registration. Once you go Pro you'll never need to go back, it's basically a free 4 day Comic-Con pass for you and one lucky guest.

Although I've been attending Comic-Con for the last 8 years I'm on the fence about it this year, it's a tough sell being so far north, maybe that makes it more of an adventure. I had the opportunity to check out Wonder-Con last February and although it was cool to see San Fransisco's geeks unite it certainly wasn't the
San Diego Comic-Con.

Hope to see you there!


Saturday, March 29, 2008

Dreaming the dream

Luke Skywalker, he didn't really need those power-converters after all.

Pretty busy week...

But I actually thought of something to talk about other than just posting a bunch of
cool random stuff, although I plan to do that from time to time as well.

I was thinking about how damn lucky I am to work at Lucasfilm Animation and at Big Rock Ranch it's really more than a dream come true and honestly I never even really considered Lucasfilm as a remote possibility for employment.

A friend of mine just recently came up to the Ranch for a visit and said something to me that really stood out, she said working for George Lucas seems "unattainable". That really got me to thinking about how I felt while I was going to school for animation, while in school it dawned on me that there's not too many people in this world who actually get to do what they dream of doing. I know plenty of people way more talented and driven than I am who wanted to work in the animation industry but never made it.

The best advice I can give to anyone who has a desire to work in really just keep at it. Although there may be times where you end up working a long line of crap jobs there's always something to be learned along the way, even if it's just perseverance. Bottom line is if you give up you'll never come across that opportunity that you've been waiting for.

I'm inspired by stories that I can relate to, stories about personal trials and hardships seem to be easy to find in just about any story. The story of Luke Skywalker leaving behind everything he knew to become a Jedi is just my all-time-favorite hands down, I thought the image of Luke looking out into the horizon was a nice reminder of that.


Monday, March 24, 2008

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away...

First Days & First Post...

As a kid I can remember my first day of school, the excitement
and the wonder of experiencing something new and adventurous.

So when I started my first job working in the Animation Industry it reminded me of what it was to be a kid again and to have the opportunity to experience something adventurous and new in a new light, it was pretty much like being a kid again.

I had kicked the idea around a while (a few years now) about setting up a blog where I could share my personal experiences as I work in animation and try to figure out what I'm doing as an artist in this crazy industry. It's my hope to share some of the challenges I've faced getting my "foot in the door" and what it's taken to keep it firmly wedged in.

Currently I am lucky enough to say I am working for one of the best animation studios around Lucasfilm Animation Ltd. , although not the most well known I'm sure you've heard of the guy who started it. Yep, I work for George Lucas and for the past two months I've been working as a 3D Story Artist on the television series
The Clone Wars. It's been better than any dream I could come up with and it's been better than anything I could possibly imagine!

So here's to our first days and to many more adventures in life and animation!