February 7, 2009


Wow! It's been way too long since my last post. I never intended to go this long without saying....something! So much has happened since I arrived to White Plains, NY a little more than 3 months ago. This certainly has been a humbling experience. I have learned a tremendous amount about the industry and how a movie gets made, and everything I thought I knew about animation got ripped apart the first couple of weeks I was here. This being my first film and all, there was a time at the beginning when I began to doubt my ability to contribute to this film. My first shot kicked my butt! I mean it got ripped apart!!! I never thought I'd get it approved, but when it finally did, I could hardly believe it. It's a pretty sweet feeling getting a shot approved. For about 8 seconds you feel like a total rock star. Since getting past that first shot, it's definitely gotten much better.

The people here are AMAZING! I just wanted to say that quickly now, but I'll elaborate on it more later.

We have about 6 weeks left in production in animation. We're overtime freaks! It's a crazy race to the finish. In an effort to help boost morale, director Carlos Saldanha called the animation department to a meeting in the Blue Sky Theater. He surprised us with about 8 minutes of the film that was complete, or close to final lighting and rendering. I don't even know how to write it without sounding like I'm tooting my own horn, or being completely biased, but I can't help it. This movie looks FREAKING AWESOME!!! I had some questions of how it would look when it all came together, but not anymore. IT'S UNBELIEVABLE! I can''t wait to see it in stereo 3D, and I hope audiences feel the same way when it comes out this summer.

Stay tuned. More to come later...I promise!


Manny G. said...

Sounds awesome Phil! Can't wait to see more of your work, and the film!

Roberta said...

That sounds so cool! Thanks for blogging - keep us updated please!

- Anther AI Student ;P

Brad said...

Very Cool! Cant wait to see it on the Big screen.

Dylan Durrant said...

I get nervous showing my shots to my mentors, I can't imagine a whole room full of them! Can't wait to see it, post a reel as soon as you're allowed!


Arnaud said...

Carnegie would be proud!

Jason said...

Hey Phil- Congrats on joining Blue Sky, it's great to know someone with your talent got a cozy place out in Blue Sky. Too bad you had to leave though, but I'm sure you'll have a much enjoyable time then dealing with the likes of sleeping students (at times, me) and then the annoying ones (we all know what particular one I'm talking about: short, glasses, thought he was cool).

I hope to see more work from you later- You going to let us know what shot it was?