September 4, 2016
This news is a few months old, but thought I should update the ol’ blog. Here’s the text from my most-liked Facebook post from May 20th, 2016:
“I can hardly believe it, but Friday was my last day at Pixar. Lemme tell you – it feels really weird to leave your dream job. But I’ve got a [stupidly ambitious] short film that needs finishing, and it seems like the only way to make that happen.
I’ve made so many lifelong friends at Pixar – and learned from some of the most talented people you could ever hope to meet. I was lucky enough to have worked on Monsters University, Toy Story of Terror, Inside Out, Lava, The Good Dinosaur, Piper, & Finding Dory. (Go see it next month!) Truly thankful for every day of the experience.
Back in 2011, I snapped a photo before I entered the gates for the first time. Thought I’d recreate the shot, driving the other way… outward and onward!”
It’s been an emotional transition, honestly – but it’s also felt like the right step, at the right time.
So… what now?
First off, my hands/arms are killing me so I’m trying to cool off a sec and reduce my time in front of the keyboard. Be careful, kids! Animation ain’t coal minin’ but it can still be dangerous. Don’t ignore pain, read up on RSI! Finally seeing a physical therapist and hopefully I’m turning a corner.
A lil excruciating pain hasn’t kept me from chipping away on the VFX for my sci-fi short, which is coming along slowly but surely. I thought I’d have more time to focus on that but… turns out:
I’m headed back to Amsterdam for a bit, to co-direct the Blender Institute’s current short, Agent 327! Like my sci-fi project, it’s a proof-of-concept for a potential feature. This one animated – in Blender! Scary thought. Hope we can make it happen!
And now, time to pack.