Sunday, April 13, 2014

Meeting with Carrie Brooks

            I met with Carrie Brooks to discuss my resume and possible internships available. She was very informative while going over my resume. She gave some useful feedback telling me not to say things like "I" and "Me" in a resume. She pointed out that I only had minor issues such as spacing and alignments. After we went over my resume I showed her the internships I found during my research. She wanted to know if I found any local opportunities, and I told her about one I found was in Nashville and seemed pretty interesting. She then went online and showed me an updated list of internships pertaining to my concentration here in Memphis. I saw a couple that I liked and told her that I am planning on doing some next semester. We went over how internships are credited and that it was a good thing to get started as soon as possible. She told me that it is good that I have been at my current job for so long because it shows my dedication. I plan on staying in contact with her for the remaining years. She is very intelligent and helpful. I will use what I learned from her and work at my resume skills and jump on internship opportunities when they become available.

Demo Reel Reviews

2011 Animation Demo Reel from Travis Ramsdale on Vimeo.

I really liked this reel because of the nice animations. I think the piece is overall good and works without the music. All the animations are smooth and show his skills.

Alessandro Camporota Character Animation Demo Reel 2011 from Alessandro Camporota on Vimeo.

There were a lot of nice animation pieces in it. There is a nice constant flow of action happening.
Animation Demo Reel from David Alvarez on Vimeo.

This one was one of my favorite Animation Reels because it kept you interested in the piece and there were plenty of cool animations that were well put together. It also made me laugh throughout the piece.
2014 game animation demo reel by Sung Wook Lee from Sung Wook Lee on Vimeo.

This reel is real good. It shows some nice game animations. The only thing is at the end, I don't think that last animation fits within this whole reel.
2012 character animation Demo Reel from Jordi Solanes on Vimeo.

This is a nice animation reel. The only thing I don't like is the way the cuts are made. I think it could be a little smoother.
Animation Reel from Daniele Zannone on Vimeo.

This reel has a lot of acting and movements incorporated. I like how it is all put together but seems to slow down in certain parts. In all it is well put together.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Info Interview

         I talked with a friend of mine. This is his last semester at MCA and he currently works with a graphic company. Last semester he applied for multiple interns and jobs. He said it took some time but was finally contacted by a few of them. Mainly he had to be persistent, patient and receive help whenever he could get it. I asked him about how he felt about having the choice to stay here for an internship or to go to another state for an internship. He felt like if I wanted it bad enough then I should pursue it no matter where it is. He also made it clear that I should start as early as possible and use all the resources from school I can possible. It was an interesting talk and I had a lot of views on it and he reassured my ideas and what I want to do in pursuing my career.

Internship Research

Magnetic Dreams Animation Studio is located in Nashville 

Electronic Arts has plenty of Animation internships in Florida
Game Design

Agency 51 in Philadelphia

Nickelodeon Animation Studio offers many opportunities in the animation and production fields
DreamWorks Creative Intern in Glendale, CA
Rockstar San Diego Character Artist
Nickelodeon Animation Studio Internship Program in Burbank, CA
Artistic and Production Internship, Disney TV Animation in Burbank, CA
Pixar Animation Studios Production Internship in Emeryville, CA

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Hangover Script Analysis

The beginning of the story starts with them telling what is coming and then goes back to what happened and started. They wake up in a room not knowing what had happened. Their friend that was supposed to get married is lost. The middle of the story is where everything happens to them as they try to figure out where their friend is and what happened to them. The last of the story is when they find their friend and end up making it to his wedding on time.

The direction of the story starts off with them just trying to have a good time and have a bachelor’s party. The story is for them to find the groom in time so that he can make his wedding. All his friends have a drive to find him and look for clues as to what had happened the night before. Their friendship is keeping them together and helping them get through all of the situations that try to prevent them from succeeding.

From the start the momentum of the story is fast past. In the beginning they start them off in the desert saying that they messed up, and then from there they go into when they partied. It then slows down for a moment to show them waking up and not knowing what happened. Then speeds up when they go around the city trying to figure things out. Then it slows back down when they find their friend and ends everything happily.

There is a bit of subtext in the story. They all feel bad for not knowing what happened. One of the characters named Alan is kind of mental and just wanted them to have a good time, but ended up messing them up worse than he thought was going to happen. The characters feel like it’s their fault and make it their priority to make things right. There is a sense from the family of the wife that they aren't liked much and want them to fail.

This story shows a good balance in the direction the film is trying to go. It has a good shape and has a certain depth to it. It shows good momentum as well because of how it starts off in the middle of the action and then goes back and shows how they ended up in that situation and then all these events happen and they come out on top at the end.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Goal Statement For Screenplay

        I am hoping to make the viewers laugh and feel bad for the characters as they go through each situation. I want them to feel like they are in the film themselves and wonder what they would do if something so crazy just happened to them. I want them leaving with a smile and a feeling of being glad that wasn't me type of feeling.

Plot Outline

Act I
What happens in Act I (Setup)?

Exposition-- Its early Friday mid-June in Memphis, TN. Jay and Rick wake up and both are called by their girlfriends. They inform them that it is time for them to take a vacation to Brazil and need them to take off the following week. They agree and tell them that they have nothing to worry about. Jay and Rick get to work later that day. They have been slaving all night moving heavy packages at the warehouse and very tired. They ask for the days off and are given the time off. They both are very excited and can't wait. They haven't been able to spend much time with their girlfriends because of work and summer classes.

Inciting Incident-- Jay and Rich were at the bar the night before they were suppose to leave and got wasted. The day of their departure from Memphis to Brazil with their girlfriends they woke up an hour late. When they arrive, they find a plane to take and get to the terminal only to find that the whole terminal is filled with Zombies dressed in terrorist clothes.

Act II
What happens in Act II (Confrontation)?
Obstacles-- Jay and Rick look at each other and are in disbelief. They trip on their luggage. They get stuck on the escalators. They meet two other people that can help them. They lose the people while running. They get caught in a Zombie crowd and try to blend. They end up in the restroom all the way across the airport from their designated terminal.  
First Culmination-- Jay and Rick wait for a while and look to see if there are any signs of the Zombies. Coast seems clear so they head to the terminal.
Midpoint-- They reach the terminal. They notice that the terminal numbers were covered up and they are at the wrong one. Zombies start to walk by but don't notice them. They see a cart but it is not working. They both try to get it to work, but fail miserably. Jay being that he feels he can make anything was starting to question his self, Rick being that he is real strong still was useless and didn't help the situation. One of which Rick got bitten on his leg but didn't tell Jay about it.

Act III 
What happens in Act III (Resolution)?

Climax (Second Culmination)-- Both sad and loss of hope. the two people from earlier find there way back to Jay and Rick. It turns out that one is a CEO of a construction company and the other is a female personal trainer. Jay and Rick now have to decide whether they will swallow their prides and admit they need help or not let them help and face the Zombie horde that is closing on them.
Denouement-- Jay, Rick, the CEO, the female personal trainer and both the girlfriends are all on the beach enjoying the nice tropical climate and sipping on all kinds of drinks. Everything turned out great, Rick lost a leg and Jay is now happily engaged.