I have been hired as an entry-level animator at Dreamworks Animation, makers of such films as the Shrek series, Madagascar, Flushed Away, and the upcoming Bee Movie, as well as others. It is a tremendous opportunity and I’m really lucky to have gotten it. I owe a ton to Jim Levasseur and Tom Jech, in many ways. Without them I certainly would not be where I am today. They have pushed my skills and been more than amazing friends, and I hope I have done the same for them. The three of us won the SIGGRAPH FJORG! competition, and undoubtedly my opportunity at Dreamworks is a direct result. So Jim and Tom, thank you oh so very much.
I am fully confident that when they graduate school in May they will have no problem finding jobs in animation if they so choose. They are both incredibly talented and driven. Check out Tom’s portfolio site and his blog. Jim will soon have a more substantial online presence, and I’ll make an update when that happens.
Dreamworks Animation is based in Glendale, CA. On Tuesday, Sept. 18th I am officially moving to LA. It will be a huge change from Chicago, I’m sure, and obviously an even bigger change from Bowling Green, OH. For starters, I will be close to the OCEAN! Supposedly, the weather is always great, and there are constantly cop shootouts (this is information I have gathered from movies).
Moving across the country – by myself – is incredibly frightening and incredibly exciting. Then added on top of that – I have a job… or more like the start of a career… at a major animation studio! Also scary and thrilling at the same time. I’m sure I’m going to have fun, but part of me is wanting to stay home. According to Google Maps, I will be 2,003 miles away from Tom (Morgan), 2,251 miles away from Christen, and Jim, and Tom (Jech), and 2,778 miles away from Steve. These are all of my best friends. What am I going to do? And one of them is my girlfriend (guess which!), and that only makes things harder.
But. It will be an adventure for sure. Wish me luck.