Saturday, May 12, 2007

My student film

Before working for Pixar, I went to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where I made three animated shorts. The last was a CGI group project, completed in 2000. 'Freeware' won the 2001 Sundance film festival in the on-line category, and the SIGGRAPH group project student film competition.
I found 'Freeware' is still available on As I watched it I became nostalgic and full of admiration for my colleagues who stuck with this beast for almost two years, staying at the computer lab late at night and looking for excellence at every corner. These guys went on to become key players in the animation industry, and I am proud to have worked with them:
Michael Kaczmarek (EA), Gabriel Schlumberger(Pixar, Blue-Sky), Tadao Mihashi (ESC, DreamWorks) Andres Martinez (ESC, Sony ImageWorks), Jed Diffenderfer (DreamWorks), Eric Smitt (Pixar), Dan Cayer (Tippet Studio, Blue-Sky) and David Lipton (ESC, DreamWorks).
Oren Jacob, who instructed the TDs on the project, is now director of studio tools at Pixar, and Jimmy Hayward, the animation instructor, is directing Horton Hears a Who at Blue-Sky. They both mentored me through making Freeware.

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