Tuesday, 23 July 2013

SIGGRAPH 2013 Anaheim, CA : Diaries : Day 07

Day 07, Tuesday

Figure 01. Talking with Sean Hannon in the SV office.

Today I was chilling out in the SV office and Sean Hannon sat down and started watching something on his laptop. He then turned to me with a big grin on his face and said wow.... I love your animation. Then we sat and discussed aspects of it and opinions. 

Figure 02. Sean Hannon

A bit about Sean's experience - Currently animating several principal characters of 'Smurfs 2' and 'The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow'. Has worked on commercials, game cinematics and pre-viz. Sean is also a Student Volunteer Subcommittee member and he has some really cool contacts that have arranged to come and show us some really great geeky things - including the Pixar talks.

Figure 03. Some more SIGGRAPH Bling.

After chatting with Sean I had my appointment with the reel and resume review panel. I was asked to sit down with a guy called Toby Cochran,

Figure 04. Toby Cochran (Left)

I sat with Toby and we discussed Winnie for quite a while, followed by advice on my Resume to make it POP, so some great advice and another cool contact made. 

Toby is currently working at PLAYSTUDIOS as a Mobile Content Manager & Associate Producer, with experience as a Production Artist / Technical Artist / Studio Event Coordinator as well as being the Owner / Director of Big Grin Productions, to name a few.

Next up on the schedule was a special talk with Bobby Beck, CEO of Animation Mentor.

A piece about Bobby Beck :

AnimationMentor.com is The Online Animation School focused on teaching anyone in the world the skills to become a professional animator. We've brought together the entire professional animation industry allowing them to have the opportunity to pass their skills and experience to the next generation of talent. 

As CEO/President I focus my efforts on maintaining and growing the strategic vision and relationships of the company. 

If you are interested in learning more visit our site (www.AnimationMentor.com) to see and listen to the success stories and experiences this exiting online community is having.

Specialties:Leadership, goals and strategic planning, relationship building, education analysis, curriculum advisor, Animation production pipeline, storyboarding, animated and live action film production.

This was such an energy filled and inspiring discussion, he's constantly jumping around as if there's no drain on the batteries. We got to see his reference video footage of him running around a room like a little girl to animate 'BOO' from Pixar's Monster's Inc. As well as a TON on great advice about animation and processes.

After these brilliant discussions through out the day it was time to celebrate Patrick's birthday (this time not at a Disney party) but we did go to Downtown Disney.... Ironic? Can't escape Disney.

Figure 05. Downtown Disney

Figure 06. Downtown Disney

Figure 07. MORE PIZZA

Figure 08. Downtown Disney

Figure 09. Downtown Disney

Figure 10. Downtown Disney

Figure 11. SVs at dinner - with drinks!

Things got pretty funny

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