June 22, 2007

Catching Up

Last Sunday the Animation Mentor crew came to my house to shoot a new video lecture for their school. It was a lot of fun. Not only was it fun shooting the lecture but it was great catching up with my old pal Bobby. I've been working on an animation and an outline for the class, which is one of the reasons I haven't been keeping this blog up to date. Over all the shoot went really smooth. I'd like to thank Bobby Beck, Rachel Ito and Micahel Dauz for keeping the atmosphere of the shoot fun and light hearted as well as very professional. And thanks for cleaning up after yourselves, that was supper cool, especially considering how tired you all must have felt. Anyway you can read more and see pictures here: http://bobbyboom.blogspot.com/2007/06/in-la-day-7.html (BTW that's my new Tim Biskup painting "Mutation on the Bounty" in the BG, it was a fathers day present:)

Animation Mentor is doing great and it keeps improving. I've seen some of the new tools they are rolling out, I can't talk about them here, but they'll definitly make my job easer. I'm still teaching for Animation Mentor, in fact we just finished up our last Semester, all my students did great work on their short films. Now I've got a week off before I start the next semester.

Surf's Up has been out in the theater for a while, sorry I haven't been keeping you up to date about that. Didn't do too well in the box office, but the reviews of it are really great. 77% on Rotten Tomatoes. I think the film turned out really well. It's different, it really feels like a surfing film. We watched a lot of surfing films before getting stared on this one. They were really able to catch that laid back feel that surfing films tend to have. At times the documentary style was tricky to work with. (The camera was constantly moving, and the shots were a lot longer then usual for example) But you learned to work with or work around it. In the end I enjoyed the challenge, and it made your shot look that much better.

So that's what I've been up to.

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