Archive for March 2009

Work gets exciting (not)

March 30, 2009

So I’ve hit the point at work where I’ve pretty much run out of anything meaningful to do, or anything that really involves me being at my computer that long. Basically I have to scan a whole bunch of papers and compile them into digital versions of themselves. It’s not oging to be a fun process. At least I have my podcasts and my music to keep me entertained.

Meanwhile, I just planned out a shot on my first X-Sheet (exposure sheet). It’s just a scene of a ball bouncing across the screen and off the side of the wall, but hey I’m just gettin started! No idea if I have the timing right of anything but I’ll see how it turns out.

Actually I never wrote about it, but last Friday I got the two animation books I ordered from Amazon in the mail. The Animator’s Survival Kit and The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation. I”ve only read the Survival Kit so far, well about 1/3 of it. The author is talking about walks and such, but I’m going to stick with my ball before I even touch that stuff. Illusion of Life lookspretty beefy. I think I’m going to end up reading both of these books before I’m even required to read them heh. It’s ok, I need to read them again anyways.

Well, off to get some sleep for my week (or few) of scanning. At least I’m taking Friday off to go home. Yay 4 day weeks.

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Progress and Failure

March 26, 2009

So I guess my life plan has taken a sharp turn for the better. While I was previously planning on staying down here in ol’ Southern California, the rejection (I guess you can call it that) from CSUF put a bit of a halt on my progress. After some thinking and planning (and hopefully some more thinking and planning next weekend with my parents), I am hopefully going to be moving back up to the SF Bay Area with my family and saving up money to attend school up there.

This provides me with the opportunity to save A LOT more money for school than I would have just staying down here. I’ll save on rent, utilities, and most of my food every month. That’s at least a good $1000 a month or so back in my pocket. This makes the tuition for school very easy to pay, as well as giving me some more money to play with if I need it.

It also puts me in close proximity to the top two studios I probably want to seek employment at. Pixar is close by in Emeryville, and ILM is across the bay in SF. I know I’m going to have to work really really hard to get there, but I’m already looking forward to the journey.

It feels pretty good right now actually, knowing that I am going to have the opportunity to pursue my dream and hopefully one day get to work at Pixar.

It also feels pretty good knowing that most likely I won’t be stuck in this hell (job) for more than another 4 or 5 weeks. Which brings me to the “failure” part of the post. Another little short anecdote about my technologically retarded superiors…

So in my department we need to send these things we call “EU Dossiers” to the EU (who couldn’t see that coming?). Originally we had everything in paper form, and it took 8 months of convincing and a move to a smaller office to make my bosses make the conversion to keeping the files digitally. Actually I lied, we haven’t converted to digital, we just now have digital in addition to the paper files. Although to my credit, the papers aren’t in gigantic 3″ binders anymore, and are in nice and small presentation folders.

Back to the story though, so I’m almost complete compiling a completely digital version of the EU Dossiers and we are going to burn them onto CDs. First off, neither of my bosses realized you could fit a shitload more than 14 pdf files (less than 1mb each) onto a CD. Second, my department director didn’t buy a cd spindle at costco because she thought that those particular CD-Rs were only for burning music. Third, same person asked me what side of the CD-R you put the label on (WTF?!), and if that was enough to identify because she was somehow in awe at how small CDs are in size. The dam things have been around for more than 20 years and you still don’t know how big it is!? And the kicker, is that she requested that I make the pdf files on the CD “read-only” so people can’t change the files on the CD. Yea. Good times….

Well until next time, peace.

Face/Palm

March 19, 2009

So now I’m more fairly convinced I work with a bunch of idiots. I lied, I was convinced of that a LONG time ago. 

Today, my department director was looking through her SENT e-mail box looking for an e-mail that I sent her……yea….

And then there’s that time our department SVP asked me how to access his flash drive through Windows Vista. He said it used to pop up automatically in XP. I guess he never really clicked on the “My Computer” button in his life.

I’ll save some stories for later. Right now I have to go watch The Office after the UCLA Basketball game is over.

Speed Bump…

March 17, 2009

Well, bit of a problem. Not that bad though I guess….

I called up the prospective school today and they aren’t accepting people for second bachelors degrees. Not that the CSU website, as well as the department’s own website said there was such a thing.

But I shall not give up so easily! I am off to try some rudimentry animation on my own. The simple bouncing ball. Yup, starting there. Let’s see how this works out heh.

To Add or Not to Add…

March 16, 2009

Well I couldn’t think of a real good topic for a second post quite yet, so this is going to be pretty boring. I know no one has read my blog yet at this point, which is fine considering it’s been up for like a day. I haven’t really even told anyone about it. Stealthily put the link up on my various profiles. I’m sure someone will stubmble upon it at some point.

Anyways, I was pondering whether or not I wanted to add another page. It would be somewhat of a portolio, but not formal or anything. Just some drawings or pictures that I might want to share. But at the same time, I’ve got my DeviantART page linked over on the side, so having a gallery on here would be kind of redundant. Eh, I might as well anyways. It never hurts to give myself a little more exposure.

It’s settled then! A new page will be added….at some point. I need to gather a few pictures that I think might be cool to put up here, and find a decent free host to put them up on. I guess for the time being I can use the wordpress space, but I want to have a separate place still. Oh well, I’m off to watch the latest episode of Jon and Kate plus 8. Too bad Jon and Kate aren’t really together anymore. Or so I’ve heard.

Update: The Gallery is now active

The View From Down Here

March 16, 2009

Well, I guess that’s an appropriate title for the introduction post. Not only is it the title, and the overall theme (if this had to have one) of this blog, but I’m also kind of short, and local to Southern California.

I’m a total nerd and actually thought of all of those meanings before I decided on a name. I’m just a total nerd anyways. I spent my middle-school and high school days watching Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and playing Magic Cards. I won’t go into too much detail about myself, I’ll leave that for me to fill out in the ‘who am i?’ section.

So I’ve basically started this as a way to write, and vent, and just as a way to get my voice out there I guess. Since I’ve gotten out of college I have been working as a low-level, boring, cubicle-imprisoned employee at a moderately failing skin care / cosmetics company. I am totally out of my element, and want out as soon as I can. I want to go back to school to get a B.F.A. in Media Art/Animation, so hopefully I can tell you how that journey goes, starting from the ground up (see, there’s another one of those word plays on the title). But overall, this blog is just a place for me to write about anything I want.

That’s all I have for now. Peace.

-Dan