Friday, January 1, 2010

Hey kid, I got something to show ya!

Now that UP is out there on DVD, I can start sharing with you what shots I did.

UP was my 1st film at Pixar. After 14 years of trying to get in the door - I was suddenly allowed in the gates, sat down at a desk, given a business card, and showing the Director my shots all within a few weeks. Needless to say, I was a bit in shock.

As I got the kickoff to these shots, I dont think I heard a word the director said to me. Instead all I kept thinking was 'dont blow this, dont blow this, thats Pete Docter talking to me, dont blow this, dont blow this......'

When I look at this sequence of shots now, they are a bit rough around the edges. Trying to learn the software and uphold Pixar's quality at the same time can be pretty nerve racking. Nevertheless, I feel really fortunate to be part of this sequence when Carl met the love of his life, Ellie.

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19 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful story and the animation is wonderful...as always. I'm glad you're in the gate! I'm certain instead of blowing it, you blew them away! Happy New Year! It's gonna be a good year! :)

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  2. excellent job...Ellie is one of my favorite Pixar characters ever...you really, really brought her to life (do you know who else animated her early years sequences?) congratulations!

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  3. Wonderful! The opening/married life sequence was my fave part of the whole film. Glad you got to be apart of it!

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  4. You're awesome Aaron. So bloody talented! Hope you had a great new years!

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  5. That is a wonderful shot.. When Ellie pops her head in from the window is funny. Thank you for you incite on your incite to your 1st film at Pixar.. And learning and growing with the people there is what I'm striving for..

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  7. Wonderful stuff Aaron! Always a pleasure to look at your work. Good luck in 2010 and Congratulations on achieving your dreams, I always enjoy checking your site out (The Daily Post-It as well) because it helps me keep on chugging towards my dream career in animation.

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  8. This is seriously one of my favorite parts of the movie - when he gets freaked out and punches himself in the face... oh man, I die laughing! GREAT work!

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  9. Beautiful animation, great timing, fantastic expressions.

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  10. It is a dream come true. And to start off with such a sure to be classic, its an honor. Best of luck!

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  11. I loved that part! You're so good.

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  12. Fantastic work, what a wonderful sequence!!

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  13. congratulations aaron! This moment is soo funny for me. i´m glad that this work is yours

    good luck in the new year!

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  14. One of my favorite scenes!! Love it!

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  15. *****Hey Aaron Quick Question? You say it took you 15 years to get to Pixar.. Is that from when you started to learn to animate. Or you were already animating professionally and then you decided to try out and it took you that long?

    Was thinking about this driving home today.

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  16. WOW, thanks for all the nice comments everyone.

    To answer your question Herman - 14 years since I saw Toy Story in the theatres. Walking out of that theatre, I had one goal in mind - I have to work for that company called PIXAR.

    I already had took a half year of college and half year of animating fulltime before I saw TS. So, 15 years of animation total. Yikes, thats startin to sound like a long time ago!

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  17. Hey Aaron
    congratulation for you work, it is awesome. :D
    I'm Matteo from your 1st class AM

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  18. Awesome work! Both times I saw it in theaters, everyone cracked up at "I got somethin' to show ya!"

    Congratulations on making it to Pixar!

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