Tuesday, April 3, 2007

I AM EXTREMELY EXCITED!!!!!!! First Day!!!

Hello Good People!

Well, today I had my first day of class "at" Animation Mentor. Even though its an online school and I am doing it from home in Canada. We got full access to the website which is overwhelming at first, but I think its going to be AMAZING! My mentor for the first class is a guy by the name of Paul Allen. His most recent work was in a movie called The Ant Bully.

I just finished up a Live Q & A session with one of the schools three co-founders Shawn Kelly (Worked on such movies as Star Wars, A.I., Hulk). A Live Q & A session is basically a web cam video conference with our mentor and the students in our class. We submit our question by typing them in a little dialogue box, then our mentor will click on it and our web cam will be "live" so our mentor and the class can see us. We can always see our mentor. Tonights session was only supposed to be an hour long, but there was just so much excitement amongst everyone, and especially Shawn...it lasted 2.5 hours. It was really relaxed and a good time.

I have 16 students in my class from countries around the world. United States, Australia, India, Cayman Islands, and one other person from Canada.

Well I hope some of you will bookmark this blog and follow my path as I journey through this intense 18 month program focusing on character animation. I will be posting videos of my assignments so you can see everything I am creating. Its going to start with a bunch of bouncing balls ...but I promise it will only better. I am very excited about going back to basics and doing ball bounces again. Graduating from the animation department at California State University Fullerton last fall (Aug '06) and learning from the many talented professors and students there is going to help me immensely.

Thank you to my very special best friend Claire for supporting and allowing me to chase my dream. I can't even put it into words how much it means to me. A huge THANK YOU to my family and the Shaffer family (including Ollie & Polly) for their endless 100% support. This is the right thing.

I promise I won't make you all read this much again. :)

I'm so excited I feel like a little kid at Christmas. Wahooooo!


Aaron Paetz said...

YEAH!... Rock on Sheldon! I cant wait to see the stuff!

cara and brennan said...

Hey Bro! Thanks for your blog address! We are so excited for you and even for the bouncing balls!! :) ~ Cara, Brennan & Mitchell

John said...

Sheldon, glad to see you on a blog. I'm looking forward to seeing what you produce. Animation Mentor, that's awesome. (In case you don't remember me...lets just say Linerider). I'm jealous...I bet you'll grow so much as an animator.

Tal Moscovici said...

Awesome...If anything you should make us read more!!! Looking forward to your tests.

Oh, and congrats on being one of the few people to have linked my blog; I'm so, so sorry.

Russ said...

Sounds exciting. I can hardly wait to see what develops. Thanks for the address.
P.S. Go Flames, they almost have it locked up.

Sheldon Kruger said...

Thank you everyone for your comments! I appreciate the support. :)

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