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Tomorrow I start work on creating an animation in 48 hours. Yes, two days. Me and and a bunch of other CGI artists will be working hard from dusk till dawn, twice over, to create the most stunning, whacky, incredibly-insane short animated movie you’ve ever seen. And it’s the fourth year in a row that we will succeed.
Tomorrow I hit the road to go down to Richmond, VA, which is nearly 5 hours away, to work with the Hand Turkey Studios team to create a film in 48 hours for the Richmond 48-Hour Film Festival. I’ll be at homebase, which will be graciously hosted by Hal Dowdy at Broadscope Media Inc., where we will be kicking off at 7:30pm on Friday, July 22, and start planning, voicing, modeling, animating, texturing, compositing, and rendering constantly until the deadline exactly two days later.
We will be given a few items to include in the short film (a line, a prop, a genre, etc.) to prove we made the animation on within the time constraints.
We’re bringing incredible talent onto the team this year, including Bassam Kurdali (Director of Elephant’s Dream,) who’ll be joining us from Team International; Sebastian König, Dolf Veenvliet, Beorn Leonard (animator for Sintel,) Jarred de Beer (winner of Suzanne Award for Best Animation at the Blender Conference,) Jonathan Williamson (author at CGCookie,) Lee Salvemini, Kernon Dillon (BlenderNewbies,) and Reynante Martinez, to name some. And in Richmond, none other than Roland Hess (author of The Essential Blender and a score of other books,) Sam Brubaker, and our producer and mastermind, Jason van Gumster and his wife, Heather van Gumster. It truly will be a magnificent team – and there is simply too many awesome exploits be each of these names and others on the team to write here, but let it suffice to say: we rock.
I’ll be down in Richmond, VA, this year to capture all the action first-hand and meet other real Blenderheads for the first time. Last year I was on the team for my first time, heralding from the International Team, when we created the sensational Grey Justice: Puncher of Men animation. This year, we can only top the awesomeness by getting closer to the source.
Let it begin.
A couple days ago I was privileged to see the JAARS headquarters!
JAARS (Jungle Aviation and Radio Services) is a Christian organization established in 1948 which specializes in providing essential transportation and communication resources to missionaries traveling to the far reaches of the Earth.
So this past Friday my family and I went up to visit some missionary friends, the Wussows, and stayed the night. We checked out their trails the next morning, and headed off for the JAARS headquarters, where Bryan and Joan work.
We toured the facilities, visited museums, saw a demo presentation of a Helio airplane taking off and landing in a stunning 5-plane-lengths, and enjoyed a lovely evening eating a taco dinner before heading back to West Viriginia.
I got to try out dubbing the Jesus film into English, meet a lead team member of the WordSign project (which I hope to contribute some assets to,) ride in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle over a rough-terrain training road, and take a ride in the Helio plane.
All-in-all it was a wonderful experience, and I am seriously considering my future options, and if JAARS will play a part in that future.
After all, I really want to travel – and what better way to do that then to spread the good news to the far reaches of Terra Firma?
Adios! May your journey be eventful and bright.
P.S. I got to be the co-pilot! It was pure serenity to fly over rural North Carolina in a bush plane… simply inspirational.
Actually, I’m enjoying the snow quite a bit. Yesterday I helped my brother and father snowblow and shovel the snow.
Today, I helped a friend shovel the parking lot at church. It’s good to let my lame muscles do some work for once.
Big decisions have been made – a proper post would be in order, so I’ll save the gory details for later, but I’ve decided to stick around in the hills for another year, pushing an on-campus college education off for at least 2011.
And finally, I’m very glad to say that what I thought to be a dead pixel in my camcorder really turned out to be a grain of sand on the Fujinon lens. A damaged CCD would have cost me hundreds of dollars to repair.
And oh, one last thing: I sent in my audition videos to Crystal Creek Media for their upcoming film this summer. Here’s for hoping I make it in!
And I guess that’s about all for now,
Until later, good friends, and may the road be kind to you.