I'll be at the Annecy Animation Festival this year to give a talk on story and review portfolios but I'm really looking forward to being inspired by the amazing work being done and meeting the creators! Le Chat du Rabin by Joann SFAR is being screened! I've never been to Annecy before - If anyone reading this blog has been please send me any recommendations on things to see and do! and if you're going to be there please let me know so I can meet you!
This week at work we hung up a bunch of Joe Grant's work. Some of the guys that worked closely with him brought in original drawings, pages from his sketchbooks and shared stories for everyone to hear. Joe was just one of those amazing story minds. He had so many great ideas and was never afraid of change. I'm really glad I got to meet him and have a few conversations with him before he left this world. He's been gone 6 years now but he continues to inspire me.
We also celebrated Disney Legend Burny Matinson's birthday. He started at the studio in 1953! He's an amazing guy to have in the story department - Happy Birthday Legend!
Two great gallery shows are happening at work right now.
If you don't know about the story departments Micro Gallery go HERE for more info.
We had a show to help raise funds to help the earthquake victims in Japan. In total we raised over $3,400.00! and the studio is going to match it! It's an honor to work among people that care this much about others.
Here's my meager offering with a portrait of Osamu Tezuka included!
Photos of the auction.
There's also a great show of Glen Keane's original work right now in one of our hallways. It ranges from original sketchbook drawings and watercolors to animation drawings. I have to leave 30 minutes early if I have a meeting that involves me going through this hallway. You can't help but sit and stare.
I forgot to share this - after Tangled wrapped the studio gave us these custom made beer steins. Pretty cool! - I drink out of mine every night!
just some random photos around my house
and finally, I was on the Sunset Strip last weekend when I accidentally ran over a rat trying to run across Sunset Boulevard. Two minutes later I saw this: