Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's been a while... again... New Adventure!





So, it's been around a year since my last post, and there's been a lot going on. After Kung Fu Panda 3, I began work on Boss Baby, and wrapped on that in December of 2016. This past March (2017), I decided to move back to the bay area, and start working at Pixar. Although I miss all my friends in LA, from Disney and DreamWorks, this was the best move in my opinion. I always wanted to be here, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to be an animator here.



I'm currently working on "Coco", directed by Lee Unkrich. It releases in November this year. I'm more than proud to be on this film. It's something different for Pixar, but at the same time, after seeing screenings of it, it's right up their alley, in the amount of heart it has.

Here's a trailer, if you haven't seen it!




Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Humbled and honored!

It was a very humbling experience to find out that I would be featured in Variety Magazine's "10 Animators to Watch".

Much Appreciation!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

I Love Bryan Cranston man! Such a good actor! I know some think acting and animation is an easy/cushy job... But, there's a lot that goes into bringing performances to life! Both on the technical side, and the emotional side.

It's taxing to get what you're after, but when you pull from personal experiences/life, you will always end with something authentic! Honest! Something that people can connect with. There's a big difference in a performance that simply works, and one that's honest.

Animators = Actors with a pencil/computer! ;)

Enjoy the clip! If you haven't seen Breaking Bad! Watch it!! It's a great series, on many levels! The acting, is only one of them.

http://www.bravotv.com/inside-the-actors-studio/season-21/episode-2/videos/bryan-cranston-in-tears-discussing-acting-as?cid=soc_dg_fb_ActorsStudio

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Still Grinding!

Still grinding away at Kung Fu Panda 3. But, we're at the finish line.. a few more weeks of production for the animation team!

I have to say, although sometimes the show shuffling, redos, and many story changes can be frustrating... This has still been a really fun show to be a part of. As I mentioned in my last post, I feel there's always a push in each shot. Even if the shot is simple, I always look at a post-it I have near my monitor that says "Are you pushing yourself"... Many times, trying to push things for your contributions, may not be what the director wants, or what's best for the shot, so the audience never sees it.. But you'll know you at least explored a bit!! ;-)

Anyway...

We saw a screening of the film a few weeks ago, and I think that when you see it in January, you'll dig it! It has a little something for everyone.. Kids, Adults, even the new teens that won't admit they still like to watch cartoons. haha! The film has a charm to it that I hope shines through everything we do to bring it to life. This is my favorite franchise from DreamWorks Animation, so I feel extra special to be a part of it.

I have news on what's next for me after KFP3 wraps.. But I'll save that for another post! ;-)

Skadoosh!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Quick update

It's been a while since my last post, but I just wanted to post a quick update on what's been going on..

I'm still at DreamWorks Animation, and I've been Animating on Kung Fu Panda 3 since September of last year (shortly after my last blog post)! It's been a great ride so far, and I am so thankful to be a part of this film.. I LOOOOVED the first one, and the second as well. I feel like I can really relate to Po, and his character. So, I was super excited when I got the news that the Head of Animation wanted to have me on the film. I'm constantly being pushed, and I feel myself growing with every shot.. So, I couldn't be happier!

I'll post some more updates soon, but until then, continue to push yourselves, and stay inspired!

Skadoosh!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

It's been a while!

It's been a while since my last post (8 Months tomorrow)! A lot has happened since then. I finished up on Big Hero 6 at Disney Animation, then headed over to DreamWorks Animation a little over a month ago, and had the pleasure of working on a cool Christmas Project called "DreamPlace" (Directed by Gary Trousdale), which will be a fun experience for the kids. It will be in malls this Christmas (The Glendale galleria, if you live in the LA area). After that I started working on some marketing animation for "The Penguins of Madagascar", which has been a very cool experience so far! Be sure to check that film out in November! It... Is... HILARIOUS!!


DreamWorks has been great so far. I'm learning, growing, and just continuing to find ways to push myself. The free food is a nice perk as well, haha!

On the more personal side, I found out that I'm going to be a father at the end of November!! That's been the biggest news for me all year. I'm really excited about this new journey in my life. Growing up without a father- there's been a lot of things that I've missed out on. I want to be there for my son, to help teach him, guide him, and just be a solid role model for him. Show him that you can literally do ANYTHING you are willing to work towards! My mother always put that in our heads growing up. There are no boundaries, don't let people tell you where your abilities lie. If you want to do something in your life, find a way to make it happen!

So, this has been an interesting year so far, and there's still more of the year to go!

Keep it goin' everybody! ;^)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pantomime, Character, Simplicity!

Last night, I was talking to my students about pantomime, and simplicity in communicating who a character is.. Also reinforcing the idea of seeing, thinking, and acting, because at times when we know what we want to do going into planning and reference, the spontaneity in our shots can suffer (at least with me sometimes, lol).
So, I wanted to share one of the clips I analyzed with with my class, just as inspiration. I think Rowan Atkinson is so good at what he does, and his poses, intention, etc are always so clear!!
In this clip it's cool to see how the conflict is established, as well (as the character), then how his actions during the story/journey reveal nice character specific choices.
Enjoy!