Monday, March 17, 2014

A Shot from "Peabody"

In honor of Peabody hitting #1 at the box office in its second week, I thought I'd post a shot I worked on from the film.  I animated the front seven kids in this shot. Still haven't seen the finished film myself yet - it's been a busy spring!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

"Almost Home" Short Attached to Peabody

Released in front of Peabody this weekend is a fun little short film called "Almost Home".  This is a bit of a prequel to our feature film "Home" that I've been working on for almost a year.  It stars Steve Martin as the Captain Smek - leader of the poor Boov aliens as they search for a new planet to call home.

I'm really excited how DreamWorks decided to handle this rollout - and produce a really fun and exciting short than trying to cobble together a regular trailer.  It's a much better introduction to the world.  Quite a bit of crowds work for a short, so I was able to contribute a lot of animation...and it was done in record time!

Here's also a link to some behind the scenes stories.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Peabody & Sherman Opens Today!

It feels like a looong time ago that I worked on this movie.  Heck, I remember trying to finish my big animation shot in time before Wesleys due date!

We had a fun day on campus to celebrate - seems like spirits are definitely up more this year.  The movie's been getting some great reviews too.  I can't wait to see the finished version - last time I saw it was a year and a half ago when 2/3rds of it was still in storyboards!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Working on Kung Fu Panda 3

For at least a little while.  Really excited to finally get the chance to work in the Panda's world for a little bit.  It's the only DreamWorks franchise that I haven't had the chance to work on yet!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

VFX Protest at Academy Awards

These are pictures of the VFX protest this year from my friend Paul Rivera.  Even in the rain, almost 500 people came out to protest the sad state of the VFX industry in a town were those effects have been indispensable to 49 out of the top 50 films ever made.

Pictured with Paul is Craig Barron - who was my wife's first employer at Matte World Digital almost a decade ago.  Matte World shut its door shortly after working on (the award winning) Hugo.