I have not been a very good blogger lately, and try and post every Friday. I missed last Friday, and this post won’t really count as an actual post. Things have been crazy busy, and this weekend I will be at the CTN Animation Expo.
“CTN Animation Expo is an annual three day animation convention that focuses on putting “the talent” center stage. It is held at the Marriott Convention Center in Burbank, California during what is officially proclaimed by the City of Burbank to be “Animation Week” for this event.”
This week we are still moving at full speed on our current projects. Toys”R”Us posted the first commercial of their Holiday Campaign on their YouTube channel that we have been working on. We work on all the individual shots, so it is nice to see them all edited together with final SFX. I included it on this post so you can watch it here.
The week of shooting is now over, and I think it went really well besides my feet being a little sore from standing all day. We shot Monday thru Friday, and the hours were roughly 7am to 7pm each day. So that is a lot more standing then I’m used to, since lately I have spent a lot of time on my butt in my office chair. My office now looks like a toy store from the toys we brought back to use for the VFX work, and I have a lot of paperwork to sort through.
My parents were in town this week, so I did not have time to write a full blog post, so this will be quick update.
The Toys”R”Us project we have been working on has finally come to an end(for the most part). Not all 15 commercials are posted yet, but if you missed any of them you can watch them all here.
This project started the week after I left DreamWorks Animation in July, and went on for about 2 1/2 months. It could not have come at a more perfect time for me, and gave me a great head start for the company. It was a great experience, and had a lot of fun working on them.
The exciting news for this week is that the first 3 Toys”R”Us: C’mon Let’s Play commercials that I’ve been post supervising are now airing on TV, and online. You may have already seen them on TV, or if you are following me on Facebook or Twitter you might have seen them there. If you have not seen them in either of those two ways I included the videos here(click play all to see all 3 spots).
It was exciting to see the first one on TV, since I was not expecting to see it so soon. They posted them on their Toys”R”Us YouTube channel on Saturday, so I wonder if they will be posting 3 more this weekend. We have been delivering 3 commercials a week to them, so that seems to make sense in my head. It is also really cool that these all came from the fun videos my friend Daniel Hashimoto did of his son, and posted on his YouTube Channel Action Movie Kid. Toys”R”Us loved these videos(like many), so they asked Hashi to direct these 15 commercials for them. I owe Hashi a big thank you for bringing me on to help out. It has been a fun experience, and I look forward to seeing how the rest of them turn out.
When I thought about how my first week after leaving my job at DreamWorks would go I envisioned a much less active week. I figured it would mostly be me trying to get some of the basics in place so that I could eventually start finding clients. In reality it has been a pretty active week, and that gives me a lot of hope for the future. I was hired on as the Post Supervisor for a series of Toys R Us commercials my good friend Hashi is co-producing/Directing and doing his After Effects magic on. They are in the fashion of his Action Movie Kid videos that he has been doing with his son. If you have not seen them yet you should check them out. It will be exciting to get to work with Hashi, and see him take his craft to the next level. There are 3 shooting days at the end of next week, and then I will mostly be working from home making sure we get all After Effects work done on time and delivered to the client.