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TD at PalmaVFX

Well it’s October. Since SIGGRAPH I’ve been working as a TD (particles, MEL, mental ray, and other oddities) at PalmaVFX in San Francisco’s Dogpatch district.  I’ve done some work on several commercials for Microsoft, Nike, and Illumina. All of the work has been technically challenging and allowed me to try out my ideas. When I get the time I’ll post some of the tech-talk for my geek friends. And I can’t wait to do some breakdowns for my reel!

October 9th, 2006

It Came From Bob’s Basement

National Product in San Francisco is closing its doors and one of the books it was selling cheap was It Came From Bob’s Basement.

While reading the great foreward by Dennis Muren, I remembered why I love doing this stuff. Dennis tells a story about how he and Bob Burns (the author of this book) used to put on Halloween shows back in the 70s.   Bob would break out his collection of horror and sci-fi props and costumes for the show. People would line up around the block because they would recognize the movie items and be transported back in time. 

This Halloween, the Primitive Screwheads (of which I’m a member) are putting on a Haunted House from October Friday the 13th -31st. And I think I might invite Dennis and-or Bob. I saw Dennis at Siggraph last year…maybe he’ll be there this year. Then when he shows up… I’ll shove my demo reel into his hand!

How’s that for sneaky-yet-effective 3D job-hunting ideas?

July 23rd, 2006

New “Art of Rigging Vol 3″ book!

I got my book+DVD and have already read chapter 1. So far CGToolkit is batting 1000. All of the previous books were amazing. But I really loved the “Making of Leon.” These guys are writing THE book(s) when it comes to rigging.

I recommend the whole set to anyone who wants to be a character TD.


July 8th, 2006

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