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.