Monday, November 02, 2009

just rambling

So, well into the 5th month at DreamWorks. I can say it has been on a whole new level in many ways at work but also outside of work. Were enjoying California as much as we can and now that we have a car we can get around allot better and cruise down to the coast and that sort of goodness. Family life is going great at the moment.

At DW I feel its taken some time to get settled in.. this has to do with the proprietary software they use and me having learned everything in Maya, which I had become extremely comfortable in to the point that I was just animating... no longer thinking or worrying about controls, work flow etc.

Nothing like learning new software while on the job (uhum) and now it seems I have to re invent the way I animate, the DW software is very unforgiving and time consuming which has resulted in me banging my head several times.

The other thing is the big studio environment and having come from Tippett and Rare where there were 200-250 people or so to a campus with 1200 people and tons of departments and other good stuff. One of the things I always enjoyed at smaller studios is the direct contact to the entire pipe line which results in quicker problem fixing etc. In a big studio there seem to be more channels to go through and the result being sometimes you will have to wait a few days for what would be a quick fix at a smaller studio. In that essence I think you have to be more aware and plan up front more at the big studio.

That said I am glad to have gone through all the different types of work and studios that I have as it gives me a better insight to the industry and what all the pro's and cons are to me on a personal level.

DW is an amazing studio full of talent and something is always happening arround campus seems... its is extremely inspire-ring to see all the production work evolve and all the stages the movies go through from up close, this is definitely something I had only seen in games but not for film as in VFX your main job is to animate to the plates given to the studio by another studio and as freelance remote you really just dig in and follow the plan thats laid out for you to get you your work done a.s.a.p.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

1 Year since last post!

Ok, so it's been 1 whole year since i last posted here. I figure better do it before blogger shuts me down.

Allot has happend in one year but i'l try sum it up as quick as I can. Last year (September 2008) I quit my job at Rare in the British midlands and we left for the U.S. where I went to look for animation work. After 4 months staying with my in-laws in Florida I got an offer to go and work at Tippett Studios in Berkeley, CA. On Cats and Dogs 2: The revenge of Kitty Galore due for release 2010. It was an amazing experience and I truly enjoyed my stay there. However as it turned out I was given an opportunity to go work for DreamWorks in L.A. 6 months into the Tippet job... on Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom due for release in 2011.

We moved to L.A. end of June and ive been at DreamWorks now for a bit over two months.