January 2006 Archives
The 2006 Emmy extravaganza begins. Today I received the first batch of possible contenders for an Emmy. This sweet box contains some of Showtime's TV series.
Next weekend at the Skirball Center in LA, the Visual Effects Society will be presenting a show and tell. Last year I made it, but this year the notice is too soon! If you are available and in the LA area, I highly recommend it.
Join the VES for SHOW & TELL 2006!
Saturday, January 21, 2006, 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
The categories that will be highlighted are:
-Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture
-Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture
-Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
-Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
-Best Single Visual Effect of the Year
-Outstanding Real Time Visuals in a Video Game
-Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture
-Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture
-Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture
-Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture
This all day "behind the scenes" event will showcase the artistry and
technology found in this year's VES Awards nominees. The event is FREE for
VES members but you must RSVP to email@example.com. Also the
public may purchase tickets for $20 each by calling the VES office in
advance at (310) 822-9181.
If you've been browsing IMDB lately, you'll notice that we've been awarded Enchanted, a magical fairy tale being produced by Disney.
I know as much as you do at the moment, which is that we seem to be the only VFX house listed. That may change, so who knows! It seems to be a large show, but only time will tell. I am unsure as to whether I will be on this show or the other shows that we're bidding on. The plot of Enchanted is as follows:
Where a young girl met and fell in love with a handsome prince. News of this romance upsets his mother, the evil queen. Who then uses her black magic to send the girl hurtling out of the animated world into the one place in the universe where there is no true love: modern day Manhattan.The now-real girl now has to survive in the real New York City. But -- against all odds -- she does find true love in Manhattan. Only this time around, the girl winds up falling for a married man.And -- if this situation weren't already complicated enough -- that handsome prince that the girl originally fell for? He uses his mother's black magic to also travel to Manhattan. But he's soon followed by the evil queen!So now the young girl must decide. Should she opt for the fairy tale happy ending or stick with real love in the real world? Even though her relationship with a real-life married man would undoubtedly be much more complicated than the "happily ever after" that she's bound get if she sticks with her handsome prince.
That quote from IMDB doesn't seem to have been written coherently, so fill in the missing words.
Yesterday at work we had a small celebration. Well, it wasn't really small, the entire company was there! Last week was Craig Hayes' 20th year anniversary here at Tippett. It's quite surreal in itself. Phil Tippett talked a little about how Craig started at Tippett, primarily to design ED-209 for Robocop. For his 20 years of service, Phil presented Craig with the ED-209 puppet that was used in the miniature sequences in the film. Craig ended up fabricating the full on-set model in it's glorious detail, which is now sitting on high in the Tippett stage. It's so cool to continuously work with someone of that caliber!
We're back! After a nice nine days away from the office, the Charlotte's team is back at work. We're still on schedule to finish up when we're supposed to, regardless of when the film will premiere, which IMDB states as now December, 2006! I've got a couple shots to put to bed this week, and I've received two finals so far this year!
Over the holiday break I had a chance to catch up with some old, and new series. Battlestar Galactica took up two solid days to finish watching. I'm all caught up with Season 2, and the new episode starts this Friday. So far I'm impressed with the varied storylines, and the effects are top notch. It's a great sci-fi drama, almost along the complex storylines of Babylon 5. I mentioned before in this blog that several former coworkers now run and own one of the companies that create effects for the show, and they're doing a great job!
I also started watching a cancelled series called Dead Like Me, which was recommended to me earlier in the year. I just watched the pilot and am waiting for the other episode discs to reach me, and can't for the life of me figure out why it was cancelled. The pilot was quite engaging, the effects were nice, and there was an actual story with great characters. I worked directly with one of the co-producers, Bob Habros, while I was in Vancouver, on The Outer Limits. It's such a shame that a great show like this was cancelled.