Sunday, June 17, 2007

It's Blabberin' Time

My life has consisted mostly of frames, keyframes, and tweening for these last few weeks. The Girl and the Ghost has been eating up a ton of my time lately (I've even put in a couple 10 hour days) and honestly, I'm really happy about it. It's still pretty far from finished, but I get more and more excited as it continues to take shape. I really feel like I'm accomplishing something special, even if it's only on a personal level.

I normally tend to shy away from watching animated films while I'm animating, to avoid intimidation, but that seems to have changed this time around. I re-watched Princess Mononoke a couple weeks ago and actually energized rather than inferior. Sure, my designs aren't as intricate and I don't have the dynamic action scenes, but they had hundreds of people working on that film. I'm just one and I feel my project is already looking pretty impressive. I'm excited.

Okay, enough blowing smoke.

I visited my old high school again a couple weeks ago to say hello to the remaining people there. So many people have retired since I graduated seven years ago. It's strange going in there and not recognizing most of the faculty. It's also strange to think I've been out of school for seven years.

I'm old.

Everyone there seems to be doing well. It was great seeing familiar friendly faces. It felt amazing to tell them what I've been doing with myself these last couple years.

Before leaving, I had to head down and visit my old spot under the stairs.


Mom and I went and saw Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer on Friday. I had such high hopes for the first Fantastic Four movie and felt so let down when I finally saw it. So, naturally when I started seeing trailers and clips for Rise of the Silver Surfer and thought it looked cool, I couldn't help but be a bit wary. I was looking forward to it, but didn't want to feel that same disappointment again.

I didn't.

I know the movie isn't Oscar material (though the Silver Surfer effects may be), but I had such a blast watching it. Sitting in that theater, I felt relaxed, entertained, and totally de-stressed for the first time in I don't know how long. It was a fun ride of a movie.
The only real remaining annoyance from the first movie was the lame interpretation of Dr Doom, who didn't really need to be there at all. And that voice...if you're using a villain who wears a mask, at least use an actor with a somewhat intimidating voice.

Yesterday was Jeff's high school graduation party. It was a good time just chilling outside in the perfect weather while eating good food and visiting.
I can't believe Jeff is out of high school.

I'm old.

Back to animating for me. Happy Father's Day, y'all.

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