Thursday, March 04, 2010

Eastward and Onward!

Salutations, comrades of the web!

I have some really big news! At the end of this month, I will be starting a new job as a storyboard artist at Blue Sky Studios in Greenwich, CT (about a stones throw from NYC!). This is an absolute dream come true, needless to say I am elated (aka bouncing off of the walls more than usual). I am also very nervous, and hoping to do well so that they will keep me on for a good while. There’s a massive Amazonian butterfly doing Tae-Bo in my stomach but don’t worry, I’ll throw a hamburger on it later tonight.

It all went down when I posted on my blog that I would be in New York, and while I was visiting my aunt on Long Island, I got a call from the recruiter at Blue Sky telling me that they had seen on my blog that I was in the area and asked me if I had time on my short trip to come in for an interview. I was thrilled at the opportunity and got over there a few days later! The interview was really enjoyable, what a great group of people! I was really happy to find that there were a lot of fun drawings on the walls and great people eager to make amazing movies! I pitched some thumbnail drawings that I happened to have on me to the directors and the storyboard teams while I was there. They were kind enough to sit through my chicken scratch and I got some insight into my own pitch from their feedback. Everyone there was really nice and at the end I left the studio feeling like I had a really great time. I have a lot of high hopes for my time there, and I know that I am going to learn a ton about storytelling. The standard is high and I know that I am going to get my ass handed to me so I plan on giving it my all! The standard at Blue Sky is astronomic and their movies are so incredible, I’m anxious to jump in!

Friends and Family

First and foremost I have to give recognition to all of the wonderful people who have made up my support system over the years. It’s really true that you cannot do it all on your own. I am so lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful folks and I feel that my entire personality is made up of bits and pieces of all of them. This is especially true of my patient fiancĂ©e Meghan encouraging me every step of the way. She’s the most amazing person that I’ve ever known. I’ll post more on friends and family in the up coming weeks!

Mentors and teammates
One thing that I am really looking forward to in the new gig is having a good mentor, director and team to help me grow in my artistic endeavors. I have been quite on my own for the past few years, when all of the creative directors left the animation department at LF, and then again when I went freelance slowly building up a boutique animation company around my skills in games. But getting a company of of the ground requires things like hiring contractors and taking on larger projects, requiring quite a bit of playing boss/planning/scheduling/tweaking/delivering (this is also known as ‘not making art time’). I do not mean to discredit the amazing companions that I work with at the studio, far from it. They are a great inspiration to me, but we are all so strong and independent in our work that it’s been a bit like herding cats to get us to work together on anything. Being independent has been a great learning experience, but it has proven to be very lonely.

Leaving beautiful SF will be hard with its blue atmosphere, timeless magic and hilly landscapes; the life that I have built here with my good friends and coworkers has given me so much support and that will be difficult to give up. Then again… I am at a point in my life where I am still flexible enough to make a big move and I would very much like to live in/near New York City. Somehow, I’ve also hypnotized Meg into the idea to move with me so… here goes!

For the next two weeks I will be in San Francisco running around trying to pack up my life into a carry-on. I plan on trying to see as many people as possible, so drop me a line if you are around so that I can see you before I, like, lose my west coast status, broheme! Tata for now!


21 comments:

kwjue said...

Congratulations, Mike on the job!!!! So exciting!

Cory said...

Dude! Congratulations! That's so great.

Mukpuddy said...

Wow, that's amazing dude!! Congrats! We'll come visit you when we're in that part of the world some day!

Mike Nassar said...

way to go MIKE! don't forget all us assholes back in california. best of luck to you buddy!

Matt Spangler said...

Congratulations Mike! You deserve it for sure! Your skills and attitude will make Blue Sky an even more awesomer place.

Sinu said...

Congrats dude!!! It is indeed a dream come true! Happy journey :)

Emily said...

Congrats! I know I don't know you, but I've been following your work for some time on the flight forums and your blog. You're one talented guy and what an exciting gig!

Vin Teng said...

Dude.
Congrats brother!
As long as you keep doing Comic Con every year, it'll be like ya never left :D
Will you be down in LA before you fly out?

Nearchos said...

Awww!!! A dream come true indeed! Congratulations, Michael on the job and good luck!

tek! said...

congratulations mike!!
i thought the big news was you were going to become a father, but this is equally awesome news!!!

Alina Chau said...

Very exciting for the GREAT NEWS for you!! Big congratulation!! You have to get a giant scoop of ice-cream for yourself ... or whatever you love to eat!! ^_______^

Dik Pose said...

You rock, Mike! I already told you this, but couldn't happen to a better person! Your talent and attitude continue to inspire me!

Bobby Pontillas said...

Nice! Congratulations and welcome to the studio! Best of luck with the move.

Vin Teng said...

Dude!
Congrats brother.
As long as you keep doing Comic Con, it'll be like you never left :D
We are all gonna miss you.

Jeremy Elder said...

Congrats - what an awesome place to work!

KokoWorks said...

Amazing news Mike, you're going to love it there, what an incredible experience. All the best wishes to you both on the move. (Elaine @ LF)

Mike Moloney said...

Dude that is awesome, your drawings and ideas are fantastic, your going to do great!

Octavio E. Rodriguez said...

Dude, congrats! Well deserved.

JP said...

I'll add my congrats too - and you'll be fine, no sweat ;)

Hethe Srodawa said...

Congrats!!! I'm stoked for you man. Hopefully I see you at comic-con still?

Justin Ridge said...

Congratulations Dood!! You've made it!! :) I'm so happy for you Mike-- I know you'll have the time of your life drawing and learning in a great studio with super talented artists. Woohoo!!!

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