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.
ere’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?