I just wanted to quickly post that my girlfriend and I finished Tough Mudder yesterday!! Coming in around 3 hours. I was trying to keep track of my time, but my watched got bummed and reset everything! OH WELL! :D

Yesterday was just about finishing strong and pushing ourselves, and that's exactly what we did! I'll update again, as I'll be cutting a video toghether with some footage and photos!!

ALSO! I want to thank everyone who helped donate! We reached our goal of $1000 plus some, so awesome! More to come, and now I need to get my butt back in gear on my project since I've slacked from the excitement of Tough Mudder!


6 more days!

6 more days until Tough Mudder!! Brittany and I are trying to raise extra money for the Wounded Warrior Project that Tough Mudder proudly supports. I decided to create my own team and make some logos. 

Without realizing it, I found the logo to be pretty similar to Rescue Rangers. The team name is Renegade Rangers - It's suppose to be a spoof off the old Power Rangers. Once I realized the logo looked the same as Rescue Rangers, I just decided not to fight trying to make our logo different and play off the one that's already done and working. 

Britt and I are trying to raise a $1000 for the event! If anyone is interested in donating please email me or check out the links below!

**update! 6/22/11 - we are only $150 away from our goal!! If you would like to help - even a $1, let me know! muchlove


Pitching Feedback

We came back from LA with our heads held high as we learned the project just wasn't the right for the studio. However they did like aspects of it, or else we wouldn't have been working with them. We are grateful for receiving such great critiques and feedback. All worth every penny spent on prepping for this presentation and trip. 

Doing this sort of thing is definitely something you can't go to school for and learn. All about trail and error. And we are trying to fail as quickly as possible. The faster we fail the faster we can learn and advance, making things better. And I enjoy that. I also enjoy the level of professionalism, compared to what I have been working with over the last few years on my own projects through 3rd parties of "wanna-bes."

Of course I shouldn't expect anything less, but after being fed nothing but b/s over the years it's refreshing. A part of me feels like I wasted 5 years, but the optimistic side says I've learned and done more than I would have just going after an animator job. This whole process has also allowed me to realize what I'm great at, what I suck at and what I really want to do. 

The goal now is to meet back up with team, regroup, refocus, re-energize and come back stronger. We learned our idea doesn't suck and it would be better suited for other networks, which is great! And that's what we aim to do!!

I plan on working on a new idea in the same vein of "Dream Train" - Hoping to have a rough cut done by the end of June for feedback then take another week for polish. This time, it should have some nice action moments, complemented with comedic moments and I'll be adding in some V.O. work. 

I also have the crazy Tough Mudder event coming up real fast! I've been training hard for that and I'm really looking forward to that event.


LA Ventures

What a blast the past few weeks have been! I flew out to the premiere of Kung Fu Panda 2! Had lunch with some friends at couple studios, went to the Zoo for some good'ol life drawing, played on the beach and ate great food!

The premiere was so much fun, the amount of energy in that room with everyone was incredible. All those years of hard work lead up to that moment to just fly by in a couple hours. I hope KFP2 does well at the box office! I hope to be apart of that experience in the future.

I then had to come back home on May 24th, recover and reconvene with my team to finish up the pitch we have been developing. And I flew back out to LA just 4 days later with a collegue from Big Grin.
Sometimes I enjoy drawing the animals not enclosed behind bars more than the ones that are. ;)