Friday, June 20, 2008

Eric Goldberg and Friends

So I'm DYING to post some of the stuff I've been working on at Six Point Harness...But sadly that'll have to wait, cause at the moment if i post it I'll be breaking my confidentiality contract and will be killed soon after. So I want to fill the void on my blog somehow. Why not with some more animation big shot encountrs. Once again. Brendan and Six Point Harness have pulled through to allow us Interns to rub elbows with the greats. Today we had the honour of meeting and talking with Eric Goldberg.


For those of you who aren't familiar with his work, He animated the genie in Aladdin, Phil in Hercules, the flamingo with the yo-yo and Rhapsody in Blue for Fantasia 2000, scenes in the new goofy short "How to Hook Up Your Home Theatre"...and co-directed Pocahontas...He's currently animating Louis the Alligator in Disney's new 2D film the Princess and the Frog.
So yeah...Quite an impressive resume...He was the nicest guy and offered incredible insight into character development and character animation. Given the characters he's dealt with in the past, he' got a knack for an animated comedic performance. It was inspiring to hear him speak and he had nothing but positive predictions for the future of 2D's return to feature. I would think he knows a thing or two about whats goin on with that. He's also got a new Character Animation book coming out in July that discusses how to create and handle a strong character in animation. It will also come with a DVD that contains animated examples of the theories presented in the book. I'll definitely be looking for that one.

I was also lucky enough to be invited by John K. to go to his house for some cooling beverages with him and a bunch of his animator buddies. It was such a surreal experience to be hanging out on a personal level with one of my biggest influences...at his house even...it was amazing to pick all their brains for a night...theyve all worked on incredible stuff...and for some canadian animation intern like me to be hangin out with a room full of big shots...it was the most humbling experience of my life...fortunately for me...they were all really welcoming...and Eddie Fitzgerald even made some of his world famous (in the blogging community) faces for me haha. (pictured below) Mike Fontanelli did not seem impressed with the antics of Uncle Eddie haha.




This internship in LA continues to be a once in a life time experience for me. I'll be taking so much home with me from this summer. Hopefully I'll be that much more equiped and inspired for my 4th year fim.
I'll try to get some art up soon.