Rating System

Everything starts with a rating of:

The good fills in from the left:

The bad fills in from the right:

Until a final rating is reached:
Rigging Show Reel

Character Rigger/Tool Maker Demo Reel
Beetle Blasphemy

Jack and the Beanstalk

The Keeper

"Missed Me"

Upcoming Events

Turbo Release Date

Working on Home

Music I'm listening to:

Phosphorescent - Muchacho
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

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My first nephew is here!

He's finally here and I can't wait to get back to the East Coast at the end of August to see him. Way to be Angel Mae and Daniel. You've created something absolutely wonderful.
I'm rocking the Spotify

I just created my free Spotify account. Thanks to everyone who fought to finally get Spotify to the US. I'm psyched about trying it out this week to see what all the hubbub was about. Maybe I'll post my thoughts about it later. It'll be crazy easier to try out new artists and albums now. Yay.
I want you to know what I think about things

I decided to start adding reviews to my site. It'll help me vent and give me some sort of record I can refer to in the future. My rating scheme is a little different than usual. There are five slots for the score and each of those slots can be either green, yellow, or red. So if a film isn't necessarily bad but is just blah, it might get five yellows. This give me a better range when I'm deciding on how good certain aspects from the film are. I start with Transformers, which I gave three greens, one yellow, and one red. This means there is a lot that is done well in this film, a little blah in some places, and a small amount of bad. Overall though I was very entertained. I'm not sure if I'll even have write ups of the reviews. I still haven't decided. Next film I'll be seeing is probably going to be Horrible Bosses. I'm looking forward to this one so here's hoping it's entertaining.
First full trailer for Puss in Boots released

I know it's been more than a year since my last post so whoever is still coming here every so often, the new trailer for Puss in Boots was just released online. This is the film I've been working on at Dreamworks for the past year and a half and is my first feature film credit. Unlike the teaser from a few months ago, this one has a bunch of shots from the film itself. It'll be a pretty picture, I can guarantee that. Puss in Boots will be in theaters on November 4th.

A view for the lungs

Glendale View

So I guess this is my first post in forever and I apologize. I've been busy at work but definitely not overworked. Dreamworks is a great place and they treat their employees there wonderfully with all the awesome perks. Anywho, maybe I'll post about all that later. Stephanie and I hiked a little yesterday. We took the Brand Park trail up the Verdugo Mountains which tower over the San Fernando valley. I snapped a pic with my phone so in this image you can see Glendale in the valley and another set of mountains in the distance. If you look past the smog you can barely see LA's skyline to the left of the distant mountains. It's a view for the lungs. Smoggy yet eerily serene. Maybe I'll get some better pics the next time we hike up there.

Tomorrow Stephanie and I are going to the employee screening of How To Train Your Dragon. I hear very good things about the film so tell whoever you know to drop whatever they're doing this coming weekend and go see it.
We have cats!

simon and fred

We rescued these two from the Burbank Animal Shelter. Their names are Simon (named after Simon Tam) and Fred (named after Winifred Burkle). Fans of Joss Whedon will know of Simon Tam from the much-too-shortlived Firefly series and Winifred Burkle from Whedon's Angel series. We were going to name Fred River since they are brother and sister and River Tam is Simon's brother in Firefly but this cat loves to live in enclosures just like Winifred when she was lost in the Pylea dimension. Ah yes my uber-geekdom surfaces every now and then but I figure if I ever have to defend my honor with a 12-sided die, I'll be sitting pretty...
Little Pets And Tiny Actors

So I will be leaving my temporary housing soon to fully move into our new apartment and I just want to bring up an aspect of the place that really stuck out during my time there: little pets and tiny actors. The entire complex is filled with these two demographics. Wherever you look, if you don't see a little pet you most definitely will at least see a tiny actor. Now little pets are basically a stereotype of LA (and a true one at that), but I was amazed to see the Oakwood as a haven for child actors. These kids are getting to know their business too. They congregate and talk about the shows they are doing and what they are doing next. It's interesting to think about their lifestyle. I would assume only a few of them will ever make a career out of acting so I sort of feel sorry for them as they live in a glorified hotel room for who knows how long. Let's just hope there is a boom in the child actor casting calls and all of these poor souls find success and a future that I hope they want. I could just be getting old and cynical though. They did hog the pool last weekend leaving me beached in the sun.

I also wanted to talk about my first couple weeks at Dreamworks but I'll leave that for my next post. I'm tired and an old man needs his sleep.
The Good, the Bad, and the just plain Weird


For some reason I'm way more into football this season than any other year before. This could be because of my affection for my fantasy teams and my hatred for those who make them fail. In any case, I'm watching the Cowboys/Giants game now(and currently hating Romo) so I might be a little distracted as I type this.

Tomorrow I start at Dreamworks. I'm definitely a little nervous but I actually thought I'd be a little sick to my stomach at this point. I'm perplexed by this since I have no clue what to expect. The trip to the studio two months ago could be the reason though. Everyone I met then seemed very cool so I'm really looking forward to my time there.

My lord Romo. Can you play any worse?!! Ahem...The picture above is from the Air and Space Museum in LA. Stephanie and I went to all the museums around there this week plus visited the rose garden in the center of them all. The jet was going Mach 5 at the time of this picture.

So I've spent two weeks here in LA and I've had a bit of time to make some observations on the good, bad, and weird qualities of the LA culture. So let's get down to it.

The Traffic:

The Good: The Burbank streets are actually quite nice to drive. There are no surprises in lane change or traffic patterns. I am very happy about this since it's where we're driving the most.

The Bad: The freeways on the other hand are quite a bit more stressful. Depending on the time you travel them, they seem like a traffic-jammed construction zone where all the drivers have the driving IQ of a potato chip. I have a theory about this. The richer you get, the more you are in need of a chauffer because your driving skills decline proportionally to your wealth.

The Weird: It's very odd to see minimum speed limits posted on the freeways when you can only go a fraction of them without plowing into the next car.

The Weather:

The Good: The nights are wonderful. The temperature then is perfect and there's usually a cool breeze blowing. I hope these nights keep up.

The Bad: The days are very hot. Thank god we have central air in our apartment. It's a dry heat so it's not as bad as it could be. You can really feel the sun beating down on you though and I think I've darkened through about 3 of those paint shade sample strip thingies. I went from a cream tan to and autumn umber if that makes any sense.

The Weird: You can't see the mountains at times and they aren't very far away. I feel for our poor earth.

The Hospitality:

The Good: I don't think I've seen this much friendliness in a while. The people here are really cordial even when they know you are as good as tourists when they see you. The service at restaurants has so far been amazing. I don't know why this is. Maybe they are used to serving famous people or something but when you feel like a Hollywood notable at a Baskin Robbins you know something is going on.

The Bad: There is no bad. People are great here. When they get behind the wheel on a freeway things change a little but face to face, you can't have a better populous to be part of.

The Weird: It's quite a weird feeling to see your waiter rush to your service at every bite. I'll have to tell them to chill out a little.

Stranger in a stranger world

I have decided to start a little blog. It'll just be a weekly type thing at first but it'll mostly be about an east coast boy coping with his new job and life on the west coast. So today will be my first post. Stephanie and I arrived in Burbank on Sunday to the delight of an intense dry heat and pile of suitcases to lug around. Luckily all the ash from the wildfires had blown out to sea or something so the air was as clean as it could be considering we were in LA. After settling into our temp housing, which turned out to be a pretty nice place, we decided to drive around town to get to know the area a little. To our surprise the traffic around Burbank and Glendale really wasn't that bad. Maybe we got lucky. I think I'm gonna like driving around this town. I really like driving up by the mountains in northern Burbank. Very quiet streets lined with houses ranging from little shacks to big golden shacks.

Stephanie and I had a busy first couple of days. We met up with a group of friends for lunch on Tuesday. Two of those friends were visiting from San Fran so it was great to see them. Later that day we drove to Santa Monica/Venice to meet up with two other friends who were visiting from Boston. I have to admit, my skepticism of the west coast waned as I took in the very bohemian Venice boardwalk. Arts and crafts from all over surrounded us. There were some really nifty items for sale and when I visit again I'll definitely make a point to slip into my tourist pants and buy some stuff.

We took Wednesday to meet up with our relocation agent to find us a real place to live. We saw some pretty nice places but were happy to choose a place on Cypress Ave in Burbank. It's a great location being a walk away from Burbank Town Center (a mallish place) and to sweeten the deal, it has an attached garage. We need tons of storage space so an attached garage was very attractive. We're getting the keys to the apartment on Monday.

Today was mostly spent at the pool. The temp housing has two pools and four jacuzzis so I want to take advantage of these very sweet amenities while we're here. The pic above is from the pool area. A praying mantis decided to nest in my hair. It then proceeded to walk around my beach chair. I'm not used to seeing these alien creatures around and it was intent on staring me down so we decided to take a snapshot.

Wow maybe I should make this a daily thing so the posts aren't so long. I guess my LA likes and dislikes will have to wait till next week. Until then, I'll try not to be eaten by mantids.
I'm heading to Dreamworks...

Dreamworks Logo
So I haven't been posting much lately and I'm sorry for that. I have been busy finishing up my teaching contract at RIT. I'm all done with my RIT responsibilities and I'm happy to announce I'll be starting to work at Dreamworks in Sept. I'll be working as an Associate Character Technical Director on an upcoming feature film. It's a big move that takes me away from my family and friends but it's a great opportunity for me and I'm really excited about working there. The Glendale campus is supposed to be beautiful and as an employee there you get quite a few perks. I'll post more when I get more info.