A New (Virtual) Reality

It has been a long time since my last update. In the last year, I have become a father so I’ve been a bit busy. But with the closure of Visceral Games I had some time to think about what I wanted to do next. I felt like I already received all the satisfaction I would get out of the VFX industry. Not to mention just about the entire VFX industry has moved out of the country to chase tax incentives. I enjoyed being in the game industry at Visceral Games. After being in VFX/Feature Animation for several years, it was nice to be able to learn new technology and techniques. I decided I wanted to pursue opportunities that would put me in a role that I was not familiar with, a role where I could really learn a lot of new skills, and a role that contributed to exciting new technology. My search led me to a Character Technical Artist role within Oculus VR. It is not the traditional Technical Artist role I am used to from film and games. I work with all researchers and engineers pushing the envelope of the future of virtual reality. It is really a breath of fresh air and I am excited for what this technology can do and will be able to do in the future!

New Job at Electronic Arts

I have officially joined the game industry! After 8 years in the film and feature animation industry, I decided to switch over and try the game industry. I accepted a Craft Director position at Visceral Games of Electronic Arts where I will be helping with character and cinematics technology. Lots of exciting challenges await!


The site creators of CGCircuit.com are ready to let more people in and buy my videos! The videos are finally ready to be sold. However, you still need an invite to register on the site and buy the videos. I have a new set of invites to give away so use my contact form to send me your email if you want in and I’ll send you an invite. The Maya API class is still discounted at $80 until a month after the full public release.

Also those that I invite will have invites of their own to give away.

New Job at Digital Domain

I’m happy to announce that last month, I accepted an offer to work at Digital Domain‘s new San Francisco office as a Rigging Pipeline TD. This was my first week of work and it looks like it is going to be an amazing opportunity. The small talented team is lead by Academy Award winning VFX Supe, Stephen Rosenbaum.  With solid leadership and a talented team, we should be churning out some great work in the future.  Stay tuned!

This Chapter is Ending

Well, it was fun while it lasted…

LOS ANGELES — To further cut costs at its movie studio, The Walt Disney Co. said Friday that it will shut a San Francisco-area facility used to capture the performance of Jim Carrey for his digitally animated character, Scrooge, in “A Christmas Carol.”

The closure of the facility in Marin County, north of San Francisco, will be completed by January and result in the loss of 450 jobs.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/economy/87509482.html#ixzz0iBgimVQP

Christmas Carol at Cannes

A Christmas Carol was unveiled to the public at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday.  There was lots of coverage and Disney also released images and a clip from the movie.  My initial observation is that all the reporters and critics that saw the actual Cannes footage have a very positive reaction.  People that see the small streaming clip at Latino Review, tend to have mixed reactions.  I’d say trust the people that actually saw the Cannes footage as they have had a better look at the movie.

Higher quality clip

Rotten Tomatoes




Exciting Times

The past 30 days have been pretty exciting for me.  I finished my fund raising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by raising a total of $5260.  I flew to Rome and ran/limped in the Rome Marathon.  At times I felt like passing out but I finished.  It was a great trip that I was sad to see end but I had to come home sometime.  The pasta and gelato were both delicious.

Last week, I had some LASIK surgery done.  I’ve worn contacts for the past 14 years so I figured it was about time to be free of them.  It was a painless procedure and my eyes are still healing.  My vision is clear but text on computer screens is a bit hard to focus on.  But all is good, it takes a while for vision to stabilize after LASIK.  I can still drive and see well for the most part.  The best is waking up in the morning and being able to see the room around me.  I haven’t been able to do that in 14 years.

Work is still exciting and the work being produced always keeps me motivated.  I can’t wait until we release scenes to the public so I can show people what I’ve been working on for the passed year and a half.  Exciting times are coming!