Yes, I took a bit of a hiatus from the blog upkeep, but I'm back yet again! Quite a lot has changed in the past few months and it's been pretty crazy. First of all, I successfully earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation from SCAD! I graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned an Outstanding Achievement Award in Animation! I'm really glad I was able to finish off strong and was able to stave off the dreaded "Senioritis" altogether.
Obviously (because I was able to graduate) that means I also managed to finish my senior film, Focus, on-time! Many an all-nighter was pulled to finish it up (including my last four days at SCAD) , but the people helping me out did not let me down in any way. I'm very satisfied with the results and am proud to say we did it. Focus is currently making the film festival circuit with the help of our fantastic "Festivals Office" at SCAD. As of this post, I have received great news that it will be screened at the Savannah Film Festival 2010! More updates about Focus will be posted as they are received and the film will be posted here as soon as possible.
Now with college over and done with, I was tossed into the whole "getting an industry job" portion of my life.... After getting back home and stressing out for about the first month, I'm fortunate enough to say that I was able to land an internship opportunity with Pendulum Studios in sunny San Diego as a Technical Animator! I've been here about a month, thus far, and have a couple more to go. It's definitely hard work, but I'm able to get my hands on many different roles, which I absolutely love. It's been a great first foray into the business and I've been able to work on some really great projects, thus far. San Diego is also an unbelievable city and an extremely beautiful place to live. I'm eager to see what the next two months will bring and where it will take me after that.
Of course, I wouldn't have been able to do any of this if it hadn't been for my friends and family who kept me going. A big hats off and a gracious "Thank You" to all of them for the encouragement. Many of my friends have gotten off to great starts in their careers and I'm very proud of all of them, and for those great talents that haven't gotten their big break yet, I'm sure it will soon come. Hang in there! For now, here's a production still from my senior film after final lighting, rendering and compositing. Until next time.......