October 14, 2008


It's kinda hard to believe, but my lifelong dream to work as an animator on an animated feature film has finally come true!!! It will be hard to say goodbye to all the fantastic faculty and students I have grown to love at the Art Institute of California- San Diego over the last year and a half, but this is an opportunity I HAVE to take. If I didn't, I know I would regret it for the rest of my life. I will be flying out to White Plains, New York November 1st and my first day working on Ice Age 3 will be on the 3rd. I will try to keep up on sharing all of my experineces but in the meantime I just wanted to say thank you to all my family and friends who have supported me over the years, my parents for always believing in me, and my wonderful wife for her continued support and love. I would have never made it this far without all of you!

It takes a while, but dreams can come true if you keep holding on. Never ever give up.


Anonymous said...

Hey Phil, I am soooooo happy for you. I feel honored to have had you as a teacher at AI, you were one of my favorites and you were one of the best teaches as well and you will be missed. I wish you the best of luck and hopefully I will have the opportunity to work with you one day.
Best of luck to you
Daryl Graham

Dylan Durrant said...

Ahh, Phil!

That's awesome, man. I knew it was only a matter of time. Be sure to say hi to Mike Walling and Alexiss Memmott for me. Let me know when you're settled in enough for me to come up and visit at the studio for lunch or something.



Jon Chesson said...

PHALL!!..holy crap on wheels!! That is amazing Phil... congrats man.. you deserve it. Hope you keep in touch, and let us know how everything goes.


Linda J. said...


Congratulations! Our family is so proud of you and we all know how hard you've worked to get to this place in your life. We plan to see the movie together so all 11 of us can stand up and hoot and holler when we see your name on the credits. Remember to always keep reaching for the "Brass Ring"

Love and a Hug,

Linda (aunt)

Daniel M.C. Alvite said...

congrats,, I feel very happy to see a post like that.
I wish all the best and a lot of happines for you in this new job., make the most of it.

Genaro Rocha said...

ooooh maan!!! I overheard somebody at school talking about you going to blue sky and I'm really happy for you man. You're one the best teachers I had and I wish you the best. I'm pretty sure we'll see each other around. Take care man!!!

Travis said...

Phil, this is so awesome! Congrats man. You made it, I always knew you would. You are the man.


Wesley Griffith said...

wow phil. im pretty excited for you man. congrats for sure!
thanks for being a rad instructor

i look forward to hopefully working with you one day.

aaron magee said...

WOW! Thats fantastic! You definetly have the skills to work there. Congratulations!

Aaron Magee

PJ said...

Congratulations Phil! Just remember squash and stretch and all them good stuff in the 12 principles of animation :)

Wish you the best. It was great having you as a teacher. Don't forget us little people when you get big.


aaron magee said...


Your resume file is named wierd. It's .pdf, its not readable as is. You should change it to .pdf with no comma.


Phillip said...

Hey thanks everyone. Sincerely! It's great to hear all of the positive feedback. I feel bad for not having said it sooner. It's been a whirlwind ever since I found out. Lots of ducks to get in a row, you know how it goes. Keep coming back. I'll be posting more for sure once I'm all set up!!!

To all of my students past and present, thanks guys. You all are awesome. Never give up. Keep at it. You guys are way ahead of me when I was where you are. You'll be kicking butt for sure in no time.

What's up man!!! I haven't heard from you in forever! What have you been up to? Email me sometime.

Crazy man! I haven't talked to you in an even LONGER time than I've talked to Travis. Heck, I don't think I've talked to you since 2002? HAHA!! What's going on man!?

Daniel M.C. Alvite,
Thanks for all the comments and encouragement. Your stuff is really good. I frequent you site uhhhh frequently. Keep it going man!

Thank you for posting your comment. I enjoyed our conversation on the phone about life, dreams, hypoglycemia and diabetes. Your wisdom and insight means more to me than you know. Loving you!

geeshin said...

congrats mr. hall! although you have never been my instructor, i've heard many good things about your classes. good luck out there in new york. i'm sure the maa department will miss you and so will the rest of Ai.

jin kim

Grady Williams said...

Ok... since no one else is gonna say it... Congrats and do well... make sure you network and meet people... and when you are firmly in the company.... HOOK ME UP!!! hahaha... All the Best Man!

Ming said...

Congrats and good luck Phillip!

I'm gonna miss having you as a teacher :C your class was kickass.


Vanessa said...

So how's life over at Blue Sky? Give us the details, jackass!

P.S. Ai is shit without you.

erasmoroncarloportfolio said...

Hello Phil,

I'll just say it, I MISS YOU VERY MUCH. But hey I totally agree with you I too would have regrets, we aim for what we love to do, I'd definitely take the job too even though it's sad without you here at AI. But hey thank you for everything especially the tips for my portfolio and good luck on the film ICE AGE 3, hope to see you again maybe in New York, San Diego or anywhere and lets just keep in touch.

-Roncarlo Erasmo

Dylan Durrant said...


Hope all is well. Kicking everyone's butt at Mario Kart at least? I hope that once you're settled in you post about Brian Henson's visit!

Keep it real

Brad said...

Thats so awesome! Im so jealous. Congrats.

VinnyLT said...

Congratulations Phil. You are missed here at AI. Hopping you return before i Graduate.
-Vinny Tilghman

Ronald Calica said...

Hi Phil, Congratulations. I miss your teachings, you are a great person and your passion for animation inspires me to work harder.

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