Saturday, July 26, 2008

Survived my first week in New York!

Hey Everyone!

Thank you for all the Good Luck wishes!

Last Saturday I flew into Newark, New Jersey, rented a car, put my trust in the GPS and drove about an hour north to White Plains, New York. Last Monday was the first day on the job and seriously everyone at the studio was so incredibly welcoming. People in the animation department were constantly stopping by and introducing themselves to all the new hires. A very cool thing is that five other students from Animation Mentor that I have been going to school with also got hired. It was cool to have friends already, even though we had never met in person.

For our first week we were just trying to get a handle on the way things are run at Blue Sky. The character rigs are about 100 times more complex then anything I have ever animated with before. Its definitely a little bit intimidating, but I have no doubt that I will get a handle on it all. The studio is filled with so many incredibly talented animators, and the best thing is that they are all willing to help. The learning curve is going to be a steep one over the next five months at Blue Sky. I am so excited about it. :)

As for my Animation Mentor education, I decided to withdraw and give all my attention to Blue Sky. Since my time at Blue Sky is only scheduled to be for five months, I may continue Animation Mentor after. Unless another job comes along.

Next weekend a few of us hope to take a 35 minute train ride into Manhattan and see all there is to see. Something I really want to do is go to Yankee Stadium for a baseball game because its the last season that the Yankee's will play in the legendary stadium.

This week we might get our first shot for the movie, so thats pretty exciting. I will try to update my blog whenever I can with how things are going. :)

Best thing of all, is that I gained a new little niece the day before I moved. It was just in time. I was so happy to meet the new little lady before I left. :) I'll be back at home again for Christmas. :)

Thank you!



Mark said...

Hey man! Great to hear you made it and are fittin in!

Yeah those rigs look very intimidating when you see them on the extras on the DVD's. I'm sure you'll manage!

Say Hi to NYC for me =) And for sure go up in the empire state building! It is such an amazing view from there.

Good luck this week. Hope you get your first shot!

Natascha Evans said...

Hey Sheldon!
I'm so glad to hear you got through the border ok!!! Sounds like you had a very good first week. Please take some pictures of Manhattan and the game! Looks like you are gonna fit in pretty well over there.

Have fun and best wishes!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shel,
We are truly proud and happy for You! We enjoyed learning and seeing your work in Animationmentor! We wish you well at Blue Sky! Be sure to see the lights of N.Y.!

Love & Hugs
Mom, Dad & Jade

Cynthia said...

Great work.

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