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.