I just experienced a nerdy animator's dream last night - I went out and had drinks with Shawn Kelly. If anyone doesn't know who that is... he is a senior animator at ILM California, and a co-founder of Animation Mentor.
Left to right; Shawn, Carlos and Bobby, Animation Mentor founders.
So Shawn was doing a talk in Malaysia, and decided to pop over to Singapore and visit ILM while he's here. I noticed hoards of animators follow him downstairs after work, where we usually have a few beers on Friday. They surrounded him and took turns taking pictures. I played it cool and sat to the side. He's friends with some of my work buddies (Ullas - the lead animator I took over for and Cedric - ILM animation lead). After the hype died down, Ullas, Cedric, Shawn and I (along with Neil and Paul and a couple others) decided to head downtown to Blue Jaz for some dinner and a few drinks. I normally never go out, but hey... ya don't get to meet Shawn Kelly every day. He introduced himself and we chatted about Clone Wars (he trained the original crew (Ullas) 5 years ago here), Animation Mentor and random other stuff. He was super friendly and cool. I don't have a photo of us, see above mentioned 'playing it cool', but overall it was a super fun night. I got home after 1 and then was woken up at 8:30 for some men to fix a leak in the ceiling. I'm pretty sure these fumes are making me high as I sit here typing. Hopefully they finish up soon.
In other news, 5 more days until Christmas Holiday YAAAAAAAAAY! I can't say how excited I am for a break right now. Work = super stressful. I love it... but yes, stress. Teen took off to Malaysia for the week, so she'll be back Thursday and then we fly out again Saturday.
Also, I just got linked by Shane to this iPhone app which looks pretty sweet. Once they work out a few kinks and add more languages, and I get an iPhone again... I reckon I'll get it!
Well, I've got the weekend to myself. Time to fill it with updating my demo reel and starting my solid workout routine... for a week until holiday. I bought some weights, finally, the other night. Wow are they overpriced here. I'm used to the Canadian Tire $1/pound. Here, no such luck. A pair of 10lbs. was $60! Wtf? I managed, with the help of Janette and Teen, to find some at $30 for the pair, still overpriced but I guess the best I'll find. Late nights, overtime dinners, and no exercise are starting to get to me. Also the fumes, don't forget the fumes.