Monday, January 29, 2007

Bonfires and Animation Tests!

Sorry folks, no pictures/vids this time around. I finished training at Pixar University this past Friday, and finally got to meet my manager and team leads. So tomorrow I finally begin working on a film (starting with some character modeling until I learn their proprietary rigging software) and I am sooo excited to actually get to do something for REAL! Last night we celebrated the end of training with a bonfire on Ocean Beach out in San Francisco, and today I spent my afternoon starting an animation test using a character from Ratatouille, which I definitely can't show anyone outside the studio so you'll have to wait until I do something from the Incredibles... probably within the next week or so? Anywho keep comin' back and I'll be sure to keep posting.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Pay Day

I got my first paycheck from Pixar this afternoon... the mere fact that they're paying me to learn from them is just nuts, but I'm not complaining!

Today was full of techy stuff, but at the end of the day we got to see the last two weeks worth of Ratatouille weeklies- fully rendered/animated sequences that absolutely blew all our minds. Prepare yourself for this one, folks. I got so stoked from watching it that I immediately went back to my computer and decided to TRY animating something. Unfortunately YouTube cut it short, but nevertheless- what a way to end the week.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Catching up!

My apologies to everyone who has stopped reading- I've been without internet in our new apartment here in Emeryville for about two weeks. Since then I've started at Pixar Animation Studios, I'm on the character team for the upcoming film after Ratatouille... and that's all I'm allowed to say. Needless to say this has been a ridiculously amazing experience thus far, and I'll upload some pictures shortly. In the meantime, here's a little test I did with Luxo Jr. on my 3rd day at work to get a feel for some of their proprietary software. It isn't very good, but man... Pixar's tools for animation are far far superior than anything I've ever used before, so it was a pure joy to do. I'm going to continue doing tests on characters from their previous films on my free time during lunch and after work, so keep coming back for updates on that as well.