Monday, November 8, 2010

Reel Update

Hey everybody. I've updated my reel again. You can find it at Also, I've added a few links to the side bar, connecting to some of my favorite animators and EFX reference.

Friday, July 2, 2010

There and Back Again

I just got back form my trip to visit Michel Gagné. This trip has been in the works since I first met Michel last fall through my 2D EFX animation mentor, Ryan Woodward, who did his EFX apprenticeship under Michel at Warner Bros back in the day.

I've got to say, the trip was "insanely inspirational," as Michel would put it. As an up-and-coming 2D effects animator, it was a dream come true. I got to see the show titled "Fixed Fragmented Fluid." I don't think I've ever seen anything like it before. It was an hour of improvised Gagné visual effects (yeah, kinda hard to explain) mixed with Barry Guy-style improv jazz. Very fun. A few days later, I got to visit with Michel at his home studio for a few hours, and see how he works. The next day, I was at the Fuel Cell game studio in Seattle. I got a nice preview of Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet. The guys over there have really got a great game coming together so far. It looks amazing.

All-in-all, it was a fantastic experience for me. I'm more inspired now than ever. Being around a guy like that is automatically energizing and inspiring. Thanks for having me over, Michel. You rock.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dog Fighting

Today is the release date of Smart Bomb Interactive's "Snoopy Flying Ace." Even though i didn't personally work on it, I'm proud to be a part of the company that produced it. It's a very fun, very intense dog fighter for Xbox Live. Y'all should check it out.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sweet Gig

Earlier this week, I started my new job, working at great game studio called Smart Bomb Interactive. So far, I absolutely love my job, doing some sweet stylized 2D EFX animation for their fist ever 2D game. The game looks great, with a very distinct and appealing style. I love the work environment. Everyone seems to be self-motivated, and management is mostly hands off, letting the creative juices flow out all over the place. It's a metaphoric lake of creativity!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Trip to Disney Studio

Last week, I went on the most amazing trip of my life. Me and a few handfuls of BYU animation students carpooled down to Burbank and attended Disney's "Inspire Days." All day Friday, we attended panels with various animators and artists, got a tour of the studio, and even got one-on-one reviews of our work. Coolest experience ever.

Here's a picture of Walt patting me on the head while Mickey chuckles to himself. Taken in the Lifetime Achievement Plaza on the Disney lot.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Website Update

I've just uploaded a new demo reel. I'm looking to make tweaks here and there, but I'm pretty happy with the progress.

Check it out here.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My Photography

I took intro to photography this semester. Good times.