Sunday, May 31, 2009

pic of the week

A friend of mine is a avid photographer - he takes some really interesting pictures. When I asked him how he comes up with some amazing shots - he told me he doesnt look when he shoots. He just holds up the camera and clicks away. Whatever he gets is a happy accident.

Heres a pic I took of my beautiful wife Karen. Its my 'happy accident'

Saturday, May 30, 2009

UP - The Shot List

Below is a list of some of the shots I worked on:

1) Young Carl in bed reading a book with a flashlight. A balloon floats in the window, startling him. Ellie pops her head up from outside 'Hey Kid!!' Carl screams 'AHHHHHHH' smacking his face with his arm cast. Ellie crawls through the window saying - 'I've got something to show ya!'

2) Russell at the dinner table says 'Hey, that looks like Kevin!' Muntz half turns away from the map on a wall 'Kevin?' Russell goes 'yeah, that my new giant bird pet - he followed us' Muntz now engaged into what the child is saying 'Follow you! Thats impossible - How!' Russell says 'he likes chocolate - he goes gaga over it!' Muntz now angered 'Chocolate?!' I did the Muntz shots of this sequence.

3) Russell just waking up notices the Kevin is missing. Tells Dug to find the bird. My shots are when Dug is sniffing around for Kevin saying 'find the bird, find the bird - POINT!' Russell runs in saying 'Oh, there he is!' as he points to the sky. Dug goes 'POINT!' now in the correct direction. Carl yells 'get off my roof!' then Dug follows and says 'Yeah, get off of his...Roof!' in his bark voice.
4) Russell goes off to save Kevin. Carl runs back to his house and trys pushing it, pulling it - anything to make it move. Giving up, he throws a chair in anger. Then he gets the idea to throw out all of his posessions.

5) Carl nearly falls out the window of the blimp - says 'Come on Kevin!' They both go climbing up the ladder as Muntz stumbles to his feet. Noticing them escaping, he reaches for Carl's leg - just missing it. Carl continues to climb when all of a sudden he slips - barely holding on. Looks down and sees Muntz coming up fast. Carl gathers his footing and continues to climb out of frame.

6) Carl just put out the flames on his house. He is breathing heavily with his back turned to us - Russell says 'you gave away Kevin'. Cut to Russell - 'You just gave her away'. Carl quietly says to himself 'This is none of my concern' Then turns yelling in anger 'I didnt ask for any of this!!'

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

a long road

'UP' is almost here! Just one more day.

Its been a long journey - back in Chicago I went to go see a film called 'Toy Story' on my lunch break. Walking out of that theater right into night school,  3 animated shorts, 5 siggraphs, 3 companies, 3 cities, countless demo reels, countless rejection letters, and 14 years later....

'UP' my 1st Pixar film.  

I love you Grandma and Grandpa Hartline. I hope there is theatres up there - because I thought of you a awful alot when I was animating on this film.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

UP - the ride

I love my job! Where else do you go into work in the morning and look up to see a blimp next to a guy in a sofa chair being lifted by balloons. 

Today the press got their first glimpse of 'UP' at Pixar. Sure hope they liked it!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bald is Beautiful

Toy Story 3 Animation has officially begun. After the wrap party for UP Saturday night, Animation decided to get a fresh start on Monday. We shaved our heads and beards - then letting it grow until animation wraps. Im not looking forward to this itchy beard!

From time to time - i'll post a pic to show my hair growing skills.

Supervising Animators Bobby and Mike do the honors

TS3 Animation - with our fearless director, Lee Unkrich