Kung Fu Panda

More TV sketches

Posted on:  January 30, 2009

Here are some samples of stuff I sketched with my DVR on pause.  It’s kind of a fun little activity while watching TV.   All done on my Modbook which just turned one this week…..

On a different note….  I’m off to the ASIFA Annie Awards Ceremony tonight at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  Dreamworks’ KUNG FU PANDA has garnered an impressive slew of nominations so I’ll definitely be pulling for my esteemed colleagues.  It’s the first of the current DW films I worked on so I am extremely proud of it.  It’s also a fantastic film all around.

I‘ll see about an Annie Awards report here on a later post.  

6 days

Posted on:  November 10, 2008

Okay, I admit it.  I’m a bit of a gadget freak.  Especially with Apple products.   I’m especially enamored with my iPhone 3G and all it’s bells and whistles, especially the real handy camera phone.   It’s pretty reliable and easy to use but unfortunately it doesn’t take the best pictures in the world.   But when you have to capture a moment, it’s pretty darn good.   After all, there’s nothing a little Photoshop can’t fix.  There’s also a cool little iPhone app called Camera Bag that’ll turn those ugly, pixelated snapshots into little works of art.  

Here’s a sampling of what i’ve taken over a six day period:

Wednesday, November 5th – Dreamworks Campus – The legendary animator Richard Williams gives a talk and previews segments from the recently released ANIMATOR’S SURVIVAL KIT: ANIMATED, a 16 DVD box set filmed at Blue Sky studios during one of Mr. Williams’ brilliant master animation classes.  The DVD’s features animated examples which took more than 2 years to complete.  Having taken Mr. Williams’ class myself, seeing these examples animated is probably the best concentrated instruction on animation technique around.  The box set is not cheap at around $1,000 but certainly worth owning
Sunday, October 26th –  At the wedding of a good friend in Santa Barbara, California.  A cinematic sunset with great people and a fabulous setting
Tuesday, October 14th –  101 freeway – Dry and windy conditions have caused several wildfires around the L.A. County area.  This makes for unusually eerie but picturesque sunsets.  Such was the case on my drive home that evening

Saturday, November 8th – Pasadena, California – At another wedding at the historic Castle Green

The legendary Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard

Grauman’s Chinese Theater

Angelina Jolie (above) and Jack Black (below)

Sunday, November 9th – Hollywood, California –  My family and I attended the premiere screening of KUNG FU PANDA: SECRETS OF THE FURIOUS FIVE.  It’s the first project I worked on at Dreamworks and features five, 2d animated segments chronicling the individual , kung fu journeys of Masters Tigress, Monkey, Viper, Crane and Mantis.  It was great seeing in on the big screen and the 2d style is similar to the opening sequence of KUNG FU PANDA.

Tuesday, September 16th – Dreamworks Campus – The company held it’s first ever Dream-Con where DW employees who exhibited at Comic-Con had another chance to showcase their work.   Of course, it wouldn’t be a real convention without people in costume.  There’s a Storm Trooper in this picture.  Can you spot him?