Man, all these new posts from me! What not working does for my blog is GREAT! Just have some ramblings i feeli like i wanna pour out on paper.
Saw Lady in the Water. I'm not gonna review it or anything, but in short i liked it quite a bit. There's always something i might have done a little differently but that's always true for any movie! I feel like it was one of the more straight forward films that M. Night has done. He sets it up, explains it, and then resolves it. no huge twist, which was nice for a change. I think we all kinda expect that now with his films. The thing that always amazes me is how misunderstood he is as a filmmaker... he's one of my favorite young guy directors so when people jus ignorantly say, "ahhh, he's that weirdo horror filmmaker right?" Naw man! His films have such emotion, and by the way they are thrillers not horror films. He always delves deep into a characters plight... anyway, i saw the film and was just thinking about how i'd love to see some different types of stories being told in animation. It also really made me miss working on features!
Well, as i walked out of the theater who did i see sitting with his daughter on a resturaunt patio? Yeah,ummmm, Glen Keane. Myfriend who was with me has heard me talk about all these guys so when i mentioned it even he was star struck. It was the weirdest thing-- i've sat next to Steve Martin in a screening room, talked to Mark Hamill, and even PeeWee Herman but no one makes me more nervous then someone like Glen. My knee's got weak, and i stopped being able to think of coherant things to say. I hate geeking out on the blog, but man, i haven't felt that way in a long time. My friend urged me to go interupt his dinner to say hi but i can't imagine how many strangers do that to him so i just kept walking. but it really made me think--
I am thankful that i am still able to do hand-drawn animation and make a living at it. All of my classmates, at least the ones who are animators, are not doing hand drawn but CG. even a lot of my co-workers have turned to it just out of necessity. and i have gotten to continue doing it, how lucky am i! but i have to admit, sometimes the projects i have to do can be a bit taxing to say the least. So walking out of that theater and then seeing a childhood hero just really made me long to really be apart of something i care deeply about. I don't care about fame as i'm sure Glen doesn't, but i do care about being apart of something that matters to me. Naturally my thoughts lead me to think about Disney doing hand drawn animation again. The cat's out of the bag, i mean we all know it's gonna be the Frog Princess, we all know they are building a new building where circle 7 is but who's gonna be apart of it? That's a road i can't go down, i can't worry about it. I have hope that my dream job will exist eventually-- So what DO Lady in the Water and Glen Keane have in common. I think they were reminders to me that so much is possible in animated filmmaking that we haven't even scratched yet, and that i so deeply want to be apart of scratching that new surface.