Day 1: Where We Want To Be At This Point, Next Year On This Date

So a lot is going into this project, from research materials for the team, to planning out guest lecturers for the class I'll be leading, to ensuring we put together a film that will represent the talent that CCA has to offer. Most of all is dealing with the hard date set for the completion of the film April 01, 2017 and the campaign needed to attract attention to what we are doing to bring something new and exciting to the field of storytelling; through the medium of animation.

Personally, I'm looking at this project as a means of entering the story department at Pixar Animation Studio; located just a few miles away from the Oakland campus. If my vision is applied and adapted correctly over the next ten months, I feel that the odds of this happening are very high. Yet, this project isn't all about me. I'm looking forward to working closely with my fellow peers in developing each other into the roles they seek in the industry. I realize that it is going to take a larger pool of talent, than that of which I have, to see what's in my head, moved onto the screen; hence my pitching for a group project during my Junior Review, this past semester.

Over the past year that I've been here at CCA, I've been given the opportunity to grow as a storyteller, as well as given the freedom to experiment as an artist. I've discovered my strengths and weakness, fears and hopes, and where I need just to call it quits and move on. Throughout the up and downs of balancing academia and society, I've never felt that my voice wasn't important. A way of thinking I hope to pass along to my co-workers on this project/ journey. For I remember hearing a wise man say to me when I was ready to abandon rewarding my inner self and continue on the path of contentment for others:

There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there's only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.
-Wayne Dyer

Selected!

Last night at the year end Animation Show, it was announced that I had been selected to participate in the inaugural three-week Pixar@CCA Summer Intensive: New Voices in Animation. I'm so pleased that my talents as a storyteller have been validated and now I'll be able to contribute new story adventures to the animation industry. I also recently visited the Pixar again, thanks to Kathy Cosby and Shana Levin. Thank you two again for allowing me to visit  for the day, take photos and greeting me with open arms again!

Green light: Review of My Junior Project Pitch

Moments before entering my Junior Review and my life taking a huge leap forward. Founder's Hall CCA. 2016©.

Here's the link to my JUNIOR PROJECT PART A DEVELOPMENT FILES which was selected during my Junior Review last night, as the FA16 Animation Group Short Film Project here at the California College of the Arts (CCA). I have been assigned the duties of writing and directing the 2D animated project. Words can't describe what I'm feeling right now. More exciting news I want to share with everyone... but it has to wait till next month! Okay here's a hint to where it will be announced.

Selected...

So glad to have been selected to participate in this historical addition to the animation community, here in the Bay Area.

The 1st annual GLAS Animation Festival takes place March 3-6, 2016 in the historic city off Berkeley, California, just a quick ride away from San Francisco. GLAS Animation Festival puts its emphasis on what is new, innovative, and exciting in the contemporary world of independent animation. We focus on the artistry of the international independent animation community while uniting all aspects of animation including professionals, and students alike. Our venues include the Shattuck Cinemas,  the David Brower Centerand the Berkeley Art Center. 

At GLAS Animation Festival we have a complete competition program for best NarrativeNon-Narrative, UndergraduateGraduate, and Commissioned short films as well as a Best Featurecompetition category. We feature retrospectivesspecial curated programsguest curatorsQ&Asbehind the scene screenings and panelsanimation installations and more. GLAS Animation Festival unites the animation community with the Berkeley and Bay Area community, sharing great and unique animated works from around the world.

Our goal is to become the leading animation festival in the United States where the international animation community can gather together to view and share work from around the globe.

http://www.glasanimation.com

A Chance Encounter With Pete at the Walt Disney Family Museum!

Life has a way of putting you in the right place at the right time. Today I got the rare opportunity to sit and talk with Pete Docter, as we both visited the Walt Disney Family Museum at the Presido, to hear Andreas Deja speak on his new book about Disney's Nine Old Men. We talked about Inside Out, candy, and my first-year student film Doctored. I had reached out to Pixar's Andrew Gordon about using a piece of audio from a Spline Cast interview he conducted with Pete. I was nice to here that Pete remembered my inquiry and a real treat to spend two hours talking to him. Reassurance that I am on the right path towards achieving my goals in animation.

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I also had an interesting conversation with historian Don Peri about my research into documenting animation, and a student who had heard about me from a friend of hers, that I help over the summer session at CCA during the Pixar@CCA lectures. What a great day! 

Back to the Future With A Twist of the Dial...

Well for the past two months I've been settling into my role as an RA here at the California College of the Arts, as well as starting with Patagonia SF. The plan is working out as planned, with bonuses, more on this after next weeks activities end. I just want everyone to know that things are progressing forward and this coming semester should be one for the record books...

I'm Going Back to Cali...

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After a well needed five weeks of reconnecting with my daughters and wife, I'm heading back to Oakland to continue to dream. It was nice traveling thought Texas eating, sleeping, and laughing as a family once again; despite the crazy continuous rain shower everyday for three weeks. At times it felt like my own version of National Lampoons Vacation...

As I've stated in previous posts over the semester, this journey still seems a bit surreal for me. Six months ago I took the 43 hour train ride here (inspired by Walt's preferred traveling method), leaving behind a somewhat decent life, in exchange for adventure. I had grown tired of just working for the sake of providing for my family and needed something more to call my life. Many of my friends and family belied I was going through a form of "mid-life crisis", I likened it to a life re-examined. I guess the fact I began to prefer spending my days off trekking through the woods and listening to to world that lives between wind and silence; was what made me realize that there's more I could be doing with my life.

I always wanted to live in San Francisco since the days of watching Full House as a young boy growing up in Stamford Connecticut. I still find myself standing and looking upon the skyline of San Francisco from various points throughout the Bay. It's just so great to be here and take advantage of the opportunities of creating a better life for my family. Proof that life long dreams can become reality...

Tzedakah

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I owe everything to these two wonderful, giving, and loving friends. They appeared in my life when I was ready to abandon all of my goals, in exchange for a steady low waged future. I was told to step out on faith and believe in what had laid inside of me for thirteen years dormant, eager to be awaken. It is with 100% gratitude to Chuck and Emily that I am here at CCA, balanced with the emotional support of my wife Twinkie and children Giordan, Madso, and Groceries.