May 11, 2020 – Day 56 of my quarantine.
Processing through major life changes can be very challenging. The reason I took these past 6 days off from this blog was due to the fact that I was going through one. I appreciate my reader’s patience during this time. I have ended my committed relationship with the person I’ve referred to here as ‘my life partner’ and I hope that she and I will remain close friends going forward.
The Art Book project is back!
Although I do suffer from “Project ADD” hopping from one to the next – I have decided to buckle down and make publishing my art book the focus of studio work for the remainder of this year. As they say, “time will tell”.
I’m not sure how much I will be sharing of the book project here due to pre-publishing copyright issues. Having been ripped-off repeatedly as a creator has made me quite wary of sharing my work in progress.
20 Years Ago
The studio is turning 20 this year! Happy Birthday to us! It started out as just a desk I moved into the little cramped living room of my Silicon Valley apartment and has now grown to 2 dedicated rooms of my 3 bedroom house.
I spent some time walking down memory lane over the weekend – I have so many great memories from my friendships with other indie creators from those early years. Back then it was truly the Golden Age of One Person Digital Studios. People were making new discoveries every day about the emerging technologies and so much groundbreaking work and inspiration came from that part of my past-
2002 – The Cathedral (Polish: Katedra) 2002 animated short film directed by Tomasz Bagiński who created it during nights after work on his employer’s computer system. A six-and-a-half-minute computer animation, which took him three years of backbreaking, solo work. The film was nominated in 2002 for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for the 75th Academy Awards. The film also won the title of Best Animated Short at SIGGRAPH 2002 in San Antonio. I met Tomek on an animation forum and shared a wonderful exchange with him.
2002 – Voices of a Distant Star – written, directed and produced by Makoto Shinkai on his Power Mac G4 using off the shelf consumer software at his kitchen table. He shared a great little gem of wisdom about this project that has always stuck with me – Until you actually finish something, you really cannot learn the lessons it has to offer.
2004 – Kaze, Ghost Warrior, along with the companion book, ‘CGI Filmmaking’ had been released by Amadhia Albee. Having fled Hollywood – Amadhia (at that time, Timothy Albee) worked in a little secluded cabin in the far-flung regions of Alaska, sharing their life with a team of sled dogs. We had a very special email correspondence during the production phase of this masterwork.
2007 -MdotStrange released his first feature-length multimedia animation, “We Are The Strange” Having created it in his bedroom studio. He shared his day to day process on YouTube, which was so inspiring for me as well as many others.
Mdot continues his creative work now as a game developer and occasionally posts YouTube videos that are reminiscent of the old days and his tried and true advice for all those who truly want to create something – namely, JUST DO THE WORK.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little stroll down memory lane with me. Many of the things I learned when I was first starting out are still with me today and I am so grateful for the people I came to know back then.
As of this writing, over 80,000 Americans and 283,000 people worldwide have succumbed to the COVID19 virus. My thoughts are with all of you.
Sending you all my Love and Light. Stay Safe. Stay Smart. Stay Sane. Stay Strong out there.
Until next time …