Thursday, August 26, 2010

AM Assignment 9: Exaggeration & Weight

After my eCritique online by Victor Navone, he said that my vanilla walk looked as if Ballie was walking on hot sand, and he's lifting up his leg a bit much, and in real life, we don't exert that much energy in our walks because we, by nature, tend to want to conserve our energy, so I just needed to back away from the Y-translate on both legs. I also needed to fix my knee pops that more than often occurs on characters with legs similar to Ballie, and in general, knee pops are the most common things that happens, that all animators try their best to avoid, or do really well in eliminating/fixing.

Here's my revision from my initial blocking from last week, and pulling it all into smooth splines:

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After that, Victor stated that it seemed that I needed more up and down motion in my vanilla walk, just to add a little extra "umph" to the walk, and so I went in and adjusted my up and downs on my character:

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Our pose for STU this week was "concerned". Someone, a group of people or anybody you can think of who shows signs of concern typically recoil themselves, and looking towards the ground, and often have their hands or feet close to each other. I took a look at several references, and did some sketches of concerned poses:


Once I've decided on which pose I liked best, I decided to go into Maya and pose STU in that position. What you see is a little story of STU concerned whether little Tailor made it okay, but from the look of things, Tailor might not...


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Nanny McPhee Returns and Charms the Hearts of Little Kids


I should say shame on me for not watching the first Nanny McPhee... I never actually watched Mary Poppins either, and I think that'll be my next thing to do on my Netflix Queue. Anyways, I thought it was a cute movie to see since Addam usually spends his time with me over the weekends, so we decided to hit the theaters, and purchases ourselves some tickets!

I swear, every time I hear someone speak in a British accent, I just get begin to mimic some of the accent myself. It's like contagious! 

So the story goes like this, Nanny McPhee appears at the doorsteps of a struggling mother, who needed some much-needed assistance in tending to the family farm and raising a group of spirited children while her military husband is fighting overseas. Mrs. Isabel Green, the mother (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal) lives in a scenic valley with her daughter and two sons. They each understand the importance of working together as a family, and things are going remarkably smoothly for the rural quartet, until a pair of spoiled cousins arrive for an extended stay, effectively turning the quaint little farm into a virtual zoo. This is when Nannie McPhee (played by Emma Thompson) appears, claiming she can bring a much-needed sense of order to the out-of-control household. In time the mysterious helper does just that, using powerful magic to teach her young charges the importance of getting along, and gradually winning their trust in the process. But when the piglets escape from their pen, the contentious kids must work together to recover the family farm's most valued assets, or risk losing everything their father worked so hard to build before he went off to fight in the war.


The movie felt rushed, but it's just so charming for little kids (and there were a few in the theaters while we were watching), that I found it to be fun, and cute to watch. Here's a trailer for some of you who haven't seen it yet:



Thursday, August 19, 2010

AM Assignment 8: Introduction to Walks

So this week, we're learning about the basic walk, and how to put that knowledge to good use and animate a walk cycle by blocking it out first in stepped mode. Victor told us not to get creative, and just get the walking mechanics down. Knowing the basic is important to grasp first, in order to vary it and be creative. He also recommended that we take a look at some of Richard William's walk cycle examples to get a good idea, and a good initial start on the blocking. Victor also gave us a tutorial online on how to start out the blocking of the walk, and what he will be looking for.

I apologize for the bad scan, but you get a clear idea what's going on:

Richard Williams: "The Animator's Survival Kit" (pg. 103 & 108)


Before starting out my blocking in Maya, I decided to do my planning phase in Photoshop, and I did a basic first walk through with a completion of one contact to the next. We are required to animate two full cycles that include four steps. I don't think I got the rotation on the X-axis correctly, so I'm going back to do some adjustments:


My planning phase before starting the walk cycle.


Here's my first pass of blocking Ballie (a character from Animation Mentor):

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I made adjustments to the down mid-way pass being the lowest, instead of the passing.
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After blocking out a basic walk cycle, we also need to pose STU to represent strength, and I'll post that later.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cool Findings Number: 003

My cousin's 3 kids: John, Diana and David never thought to give me any gifts before, so it came as a shock to me when the first thing they said before coming into the house, for a visit was: "Hey, this is for you." and handed me a plastic cup filled with grasshoppers.

It's pretty neat, but creepy at the same time, because the cup had 5+ grasshoppers, all jumping and creating drum-like sounds, as well as vibrating the cup in my hands.

What's cool about being able to see them up close, was seeing the way their body prepares to take off, and how they try to blend into their surroundings to look less noticeable. I am guilty for shaking the cups multiple times to see how they all jumped.

After 3 hours of holding them hostage, I asked Addam to release them, and I am now thinking of a story to tell the kids on what happened to the grasshoppers next time they visit.

I'd have to give them props for capturing all 5+ of the grasshoppers!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World = Awesome

(Side Note: I really like this poster.)

For those who need to see the advertised poster version of the movie.

So it has been about 30 minutes now since Addam and I left Century 21 Theaters, after being completely satisfied with watching Scott Pilgrim Vs. The Wold, directed by Edgar Wright. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the movie turned out. It was just simply entertaining, well played out, and all the characters were simply fantastic. I, in particular will list the characters I like most to simply like (and the ones I don't list, doesn't mean I don't like):

        1. Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera)
        2. Knives Chau (Ellen Wong)
        3. Matthew Patel (Satya Bhabha)

The reason for why I like these characters so much is: the overall story about their life/history/culture, their facial expressions and how many times the character(s) makes you go "awww". Overall, all the characters were wonderful in their own ways.

For those who loved the old school Nintendo games, and how we all love the 'classic' old songs, this movie is probably the best thing that has been released this Summer (minus the comparison of it to any animated movie). I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, but I will say this, I recommend this to anyone who thoroughly enjoys constant action of martial arts, tons of hilarious situations that happen 'for unexplainable reasons' and enjoys a good story, that is an epic of an epic of epicness!

Enjoy the trailer:

Ever Wish You Could Have a Tropical Jungle in Your Own Home?

This morning was a pretty awesome one. Mom had purchased a Vietnamese stainless steel coffee filter yesterday, after I made a comment on how ice coffee doesn't really taste all that good in America. The last time I tasted the best coffee ever made, was like over 5 years ago, and the reason for that is, what I think, is the ingredients, and how it is executed. I'm not all that happy with simply having a coffee maker spit out coffee in a few minutes, and then you have the luxury of adding other stuff to make it tasty.

I liked the more traditional take on drinking coffee, and enjoying the time it takes to make it. I'm just a weird girl. Well, anyways, so this morning, mom had a small glass cup already filled with condensed milk (which was 1/5 filled), and it was placed in a nice ceramic bowl, filled with freshly boiled water to keep the cup hot and the condensed milk nice and warm. She then took the stainless steel coffee filter, and filled it with 2 1/2 spoon of nicely ground coffee, brought from Indonesia by my good friend, Gabby Suseno's parents. (Oh, and Gabby, it tasked sooo good! My dad loves it too! Much thanks to your parents!) 

After that, she pushed the filter part down hard on it to make sure that when she poured hot water in it, it wouldn't cause the coffee grounds to spill out of place. We waited for a good 10 - 15 minutes as it slowly dripped drop by drop into the cup. Mom prepared some hand crushed (with a spoon - where you put the ice and then use a spoon and tapped the ice hard and firm to break it) and filled a tall glass cup with it. Once the coffee filter was done squeezing out all the good stuff, she then used a spoon and stirred the coffee and condensed milk together, and it created a nice dark caramel color. It smelled so good! The last step before we shared the drinks together was pouring the hot, freshly made coffee into the tall glass with ice and stir. Now that my friends, is how coffee should be made (when you have the time, and love a little traditional take on taste).

All ready, now just waiting for the coffee to drip down into that cute cup.

Wha-la! Ice coffee!

On a side note- it tasted AMAZING! It wasn't too sweet, or too bitter. Juuuust right! It was the best start of the morning to energize our minds and memories as we began to share stories of our childhood, and experiences. I was listening and documenting every single events and experiences my mom has gone through as a child, growing up and even now. She's the best mom I'm blessed to have, and one amazing inspiration in all the wonderful stories she tells me. I love having mother-daughter time with her.

What caught my attention was how much her expression changed each time she mentioned having to work as a young child, and how often she was doing it in the jungles in Vietnam. She would be so energetic when she describe how a particular plant looks like, smelled like and even how the fruits tasted. I was so envious of her, and how carefree it was for her, being so exposed to this fairytale world she was surrounded, and how I wished I could experience it myself. 

So after our several hours of long talk, storytelling and brunching, I wanted to do something nice for her. I wanted to remind her of her childhood, and that it'll never disappear. In order to do this, I decided to create a nice little terrarium, filled with tropical plants that she remembers. Small and manageable of course, otherwise we'll be in big trouble (just joking).

We went to the Portland Nursery to do a little browsing and shopping, and found a couple of nice small tropical plants and supplies. After that, we went home, and I started my project. I used a 2 1/2 gallon tank that I've been storing, and thinks it needs to be useful, and decided to spray some water to keep it moist. Then I added the first layer of sand, so that when you water it, it'll help the roots reach down and collect the water better. After that, I filled a nice layer of gravel/rocks to help keep the sand in place and to create a hard structure for the roots to grab, and lastly soil before planting. I had my mom tell me where she wanted to the plants to go, and after half an hour, we called it good, and I began water it and spraying it to keep it moist.

You should have seen mom's face when I took the lid to the tank and closed the plants, trapping them within the tank. She was like, "wouldn't it die?" and I told her, "no, it's suppose to be like that, after I've read a couple of articles on how to start a terrarium, besides, they'll be fine, as long as they have water, and sun..." I wasn't completely satisfied with the finished product, so I went outside and found several tree branches that were already dried and placed them within the tank. So now we're both happy, and I can't wait until a week from now to see how it plays out. Mom said best gift ever - plus others. 


I'll try to take better pictures, and post more up - best creative, inspirational project completed today!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Cool Findings Number: 002

When I was in my Senior Portfolio class, getting ready to graduate from the Art Institute of Portland, I decided to brand myself with a theme, a ladybug theme. I didn't know why, but I just liked the colors of red and green, along with black and white, all together. It just created such an amazing color combination, as well as creating an appetite for me every single time I look at a ladybug photograph (not saying I love eating ladybugs - but there's just something beautiful about them).

Anyways, this morning, my mom called me out to the living room because she spotted something red on our white walls. She was suspicious that we had a little ladybug visiting us, but I usually tell her that we don't get ladybugs around Oregon all that often (at least in our part of town). I came out anyways to investigate. I was pretty shocked when I saw that indeed! We did have a ladybug in the room! I was filled with giddy excitement, that I immediately went to the cupboards to grab any clear jars, cups or whatever to contain the visitor. With careful persuasion, I finally got it to climb into the cup. It was so beautiful!

I noticed that it wasn't too red, or brown but a cross of a brownish-red-orange in color, maybe it's a female? Well, I didn't really care, because I was amazed at how spotty the little visitor was, and I took a picture, and got sad that the camera couldn't give you quite a fine detail on such a small insect, so I searched online for the closest resemblance, and wha-la! It looks just like the one I'm magnifying for you to see (minus the of the shell).


I was so tempted to keep it as a pet (they can live up to 2-3 years!) But I was afraid of not being able to care for it properly, so I decided to keep it overnight, and then release it later. I did provide water for it to drink so it doesn't become dehydrated as I held it captive in the cup. It got more active when the evening came. It was an awesome find!

Friday, August 13, 2010

AM Assignment 7: Spline Editing Pt. 1

This week, Victor Navone (my mentor along with 8 other awesome classmates of mine) was involved in the lectured on how to get comfortable with splines, how to control it, and get it to do what you need it to do, and understanding it. I can tell you, understanding splines really gets you far later on in your career as an animator, because not everyone can be a good animator - only with practice, understanding and putting all those to good use, really helps.

So this week, we're suppose to use Tailor (one of Animation Mentor's character), that's basically a ball with a tail on it, and animate it doing at least 3 bounces, and it's tail has to react to it's bounces with overlapping action. It's the most difficult assignment for me so far, and I'm getting stressed out with it, but what Victor lectured, I'll get through it, if I dissect it slowly to understand spline basics, and just getting the splines to do what I want it to.

I've looked up some nice reference images and information on how to go about animating Tailor's tail:

(Foreword by John Lasseter, Pixar)


Pretty good stuff, don't you think? Well, after I've done some research, I have gone ahead, and did a simple planning of what my animation will be like. I'm going to be having Tailor hop from where it's at, and trying to get to the cliff on the upper left-hand corner. This is to help me figure out the timing, and the arcs, because I'll be breaking it down in sections to animate, so that blocking the correct timing of the main ball body would help, and then later the tail:


My planning of Tailor.

Here's my animation of Tailor, there are quite a few problems to it, as I've stated in the difficulties I've seem to hit with animating Tailor's tail. Victor gave me some really awesome feedback, and I am going forth to revise the animation.

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More Updates coming soon of a revised version.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Best 3 Year Annie Ever

It's been quite a stressful week for me, but when my 3 year anniversary came around the corner, I was actually looking forward to it. I'm very blessed to have such a wonderful man in my life (not including my father), who has been there for me, to support me and believe in me, in my goals and wishes as well as dreams. Though it may feel like I'll never succeed, he just makes me want to try. His name is Addam Pool, of course. I love him with all my heart.

We didn't really plan ahead on what to do on our 3 year anniversary, but thanks to Facebook, I stumbled on a picture of my classmate from high school, where she got a custom painted mug from a paint your own pottery place. I decided to search a place like that up, that was local, and I found 3 places, 2 of which seemed to be closing their doors due to the lack of business, and one seemed to be doing just perfectly fine. So I told Addam, and we decided to drive down to the place called, Ready-Paint-Fire in the Pearl district, just a couple of blocks away from our college that we graduated from. They were definitely open, friendly, and I really enjoyed my time there (especially when it's with Addam).


It took us quite some time to decide what we wanted to get to prepare ourselves to paint it, and "I" happened to keep coming back to this multipurpose teapot and cut (all in one!). I think it took us a little over 2 hours to completely paint the whole teapot and cup, and the guy decided to still keep his doors open even after the closing hour hit because more people were coming in, and were interested in painting some pottery on the shelves.



Addam and I decided to keep it simple (or he'll say I was the one who demanded it), and we added in various sized ladybugs (because I have a thing for them ever since I graduated from AiPD). Painting helped ease my stress level, as well as bring back my enjoyment to being creative again. Best date EVER! After we were done, we handed over the pottery to be fired and ready for pick-up in 3 days, and headed to Apple Bees for dinner! Best 3 Years ever, and guess what? There's more years to come!

P.S. If you're in Portland, Oregon - and you want to paint your own pottery here's a map:

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Other Guys - and Me


Addam and I went to go see The Other Guys, and it was a hilarious, and strange movie. Anything that Will Ferrell is in, just puts a smile on my face, whether good, or bad or just plain strange. You could say I'm a fan of Will, and ever since I saw Blades of Glory, I just wanted to watch every movie that has Will Ferrell in it.

Anyways, I thought the beginning of movie took a little too long to jump start the excitement on the second half of the movie. A majority of the time, I felt like Mark Wahlberg's character he was playing, seemed a bit too forced, and any moment he was going to burst out in laughter. Maybe it's just me - but I swear, when he's trying to be serious, I just can't help but laugh on the inside, thinking that the seriousness was a bit too corny, but it just complimented very well with Will Ferrell's strange character.

Here's a brief Summary I got from IMDB.com, so you can get a clear idea what the movie is about:
Terry Hoitz's past mistakes in the line of duty and Allen Gamble's reluctance to take risks have landed them the roles of the "Other Guys", disgraced New York City police detectives relegated to filling out paperwork for cocky hero cops Danson and Highsmith. The mismatched duo must look past their differences when they take on a high-profile investigation of shady capitalist David Ershon and attempt to fill the shoes of the notoriously reckless officers they idolize. Written by The Massie Twins                                            
NYPD Detectives Christopher Danson and P.K. Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson) are the baddest and most beloved cops in New York City. They don't get tattoos - other men get tattoos of them. Two desks over and one back, sit Detectives Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg). You've seen them in the background of photos of Danson and Highsmith, out of focus and eyes closed. They're not heroes - they're "the Other Guys." But every cop has his or her day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could turn into New York City's biggest crime. It's the opportunity of their lives, but do these guys have the right stuff?                    

You can read this exact Plot Summary at this link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386588/plotsummary


Here's a movie trailer to give you a little idea what the movie is all about:



About 2 years ago, Addam sent me a link to Funny OR Die to watch some really hilarious-er funny stuff. This was when I began to pay attention to Will Ferrell, and he's such an awesome guy. He can just simply make you laugh without trying too hard!


Friday, August 6, 2010

AM Assignment 6: Overlapping Action

This week, we're learning about overlapping action, and its different functions, and how to break them down and apply them to simple characters when animating. It's the concept of  successive breaking of joints in order to create believable motion.

It's a fun animation assignment for me, but can get out of control, so I try to keep it all basic, and practice on getting my timing correct, as well as my spacing. We'll be using the pendulum to animate, where it has 4 joints connecting it to the base of its body to the end tip.

I've done some research to read and get a little more information on overlapping action, and I found this really nice image example from Timing for Animation, (it nicely shows how overlapping action works for a simple action).

(Foreword by John Lasseter, Pixar)


Here's my planning for what I'm planning to have my pendulum do: I'm going to be setting up an obstacle course, where the pendulum is trying to get from point A (on the left), to point B (on the right).



Here's my attempt at point my planning to good use:

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Meeting Jeremy Collins

A couple of weeks ago, Ben Nicholas asked if anyone wanted to volunteer to help out with 3dpdx next meeting, where they were going to have Jeremy Collins, a Disney character animator, as their guest speaker. Guess what? I volunteered! Yep. I really wanted to partake in just helping, getting involved, and just having fun - meeting new people, and just learning (and observing). Ben was happy, as well as Joe Myers (both of whom were founders of 3dpdx) , and there were several other people who also helped out (Jacob Grandstaff, Zak Bollens, Michelle Hyde & a few others that I apologize that I didn't get their names because we started having more people towards the end helping out with cleaning up).

Michelle and I were in charge of making sure every guest who attended the event put down their information for the raffle drawing that was going to take place at the end of the event, and also providing name tags to ensure everyone at least gets a chance to identify each other. It was fun, and I got a chance to give a few a hard time (as a tease). The event had lots of yummy foods, and drinks as well as some booze, in which I couldn't even consume because I knew my body couldn't handle it, but just smelling the fumes of it in the room definitely could get anyone drunk.

To my knowledge, I knew that space was limited, because 3dpdx stated that those who were interested should RSVP a spot, and the last time I checked, there were about 70 or 75 spaces available, and I didn't see too many RSVP, until the day hit. We had well over 75 people. Joe said we had like 90+ people at the event! Whoa! The room was so packed, we didn't really have enough chairs to seat everyone, and even though we brought in more chairs from another room, we were still short!

Thus Jeremy began to tell us of his journey in how he became a character animator. It wasn't like he graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design, and immediately got a job as a character animator- no, it took some time and  patience, and different types of jobs before he got his first big break in character animation in Barnyard, and then it led to being able to animated on Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. After that, he got the opportunity to work on Tangled, which will be releasing later this year! It was amazing at all the work he showed. He also got a chance to work on: I Am Legend, Open Season 2, Alice in Wonderland (directed by Tim Burton). I really enjoyed a majority of commercial stuff he worked on for companies such as: Naughty Dog, Omation and Three Legged Legs.

Here are some of his works:




So there you have it. Just a few of his works that he showed everyone at the 3dpdx event. Below are a few pictures I took of him speaking to everyone, and it was just so hot in the room, that he was so red at the end. Not from embarrassment, more like from enthusiastic in speaking to such a large crowd, and just having a great time sharing his experience, and his work. By the end, I was happy that I got a chance to chat with him for a few moments, shake his hand and told him that he is one of many animators out there that truly brings me more inspiration as well as leaving me hungry to aim for my own goal, to become a character animator.


Can you see how packed it is? I had a hard time taking a full picture because we were crowding each other!

After the event ended, a few volunteers and myself began cleaning up, so that everything was spotless for the owners of the building that lent the conference room for 3dpdx to use to host such an awesome event! It was really great meeting few few fellow Ai graduates and current students, as well as some industry friends. An awesome day indeed!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Dinner for Schmucks - Definitely a Delicious Comedy


There's something about Steve Carell when he plays a role of an idiot... (I know he's not an idiot in real life), but he just does it so well! I didn't take notice of him due to the false recommendation from some friends to watch, 40 Year Old Virgin, and goodness me, it was awful... not acting awful, but just awkward awful. I just can't find anything humorous about it. Anyways, Addam kept bugging me about watching The Office TV show, and I delayed for several months, until I finally gave in, and after watching the TV show, I began to like his acting, and how well he embodied himself as the character.

The one amazing thing that definitely caught my attention in Dinner for Schmucks was the character Barry (played by Steve Carell) is talented IRS employee who collects dead mice, and creates masterpiece out of them by creating a animal doll out of them, and puts them in his made up happy world. (No real mice were used or harmed in the making of the film - states the end credits of the movie, if some of you were wondering).


So Tim (played by Paul Rudd) aims to be the next rising executive, but in order to do so, he must find the perfect guest to impress his boss at the dinner party, and the guest is not just any ordinary guest, instead one of great value to the entertainment of the host and the rest of the other guests who brings in their own dinner guest... Tim however, begins to rethink his mistake when he happens to bump into Barry, and finds out that he's the perfect dinner guest.

I found the movie to be decently humorous, and interesting. I'd have to say that at some point, I just got bored with the constant "bad karma" that keeps happening, and caught myself crying at some point in the movie because I can relate to it. Overall, the mice that were used as props displaying Barry's talents really added some nice bonus to me, because they were just so cute!

The trailer here will pretty much summon up what a lot of the film will be about.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Delicious Foods Away From Home

I've been away from home for the last 3 days, and I'm beginning to miss mom's home cooking. I did get the opportunity to eat some nice delicious foods in California, and my tummy sure is satisfied. Here are some that I got the chance to take a picture:

Pacific Salmon



Salmon Baguette 


Gourmet Hot Dog

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Animation Mentor BBQ!

Courtesy to AM for the design of this banner.

Today was such an amazing day! Addam, Matt Estes, Julia Dickey, and I attended the Animation Mentor BBQ 2010 at the Crissy Field in San Francisco, CA, (which was the second time for Matt and Julia - and the very first for Addam and me). It felt weird at first for me, because I had just started my first term with AM for the Summer 2010 just a few months back, so I haven't been able to know a lot of people, and there were just so many wonderful people online on AM, as well as the few who were able to make it to the BBQ.

It felt awkward at first, but it slowly got more relaxing. I knew probably 3-5 people, half of which use to be my classmates from the Art Institute of Portland (James O'Neil, and Matt Estes - Julia of course, but she wasn't an AM student). A majority of time I stood there looking at the crowd of people: standing, sitting and chatting away as they returned my gaze, and we just for a brief moment, try to remember if we could have possibly known each other, and when the gaze didn't go anywhere from plain staring to the raise of an eyebrow and a smile, we just continued our gaze elsewhere. Pretty funny stuff if you were observing other people doing that 'ritual' in trying to find classmates and friends.

It wasn't an exceptionally sunny day with clear skies, and it wasn't showing any signs of possibly raining either.  I was amazed at how hot it got, just standing around. Thanks to my dark hair, it didn't help reflect the light, more like absorbing it, and I began to feel exhausted by the heat, but the frequent trip to the refreshment stand helped replenish my thirst. 

Oh, I forgot to mention, as we were making our trip to the AM BBQ location, it totally sucked trying to find parking, so Addam and Julia decided to go search for parking and let Matt and me off to go mingle with the rest of our classmates at the BBQ. I tagged along, feeling like a lost puppy with Matt, as he was telling me stories, and introducing me to some of his fellow classmates. I had the honor of meeting Cesar Cueva (from Seattle, WA), Matt Dibb (from Holladay, UT), Rachel Anchors (currently residing in Van Nuys, CA), Sidney Kintombo (from Grenoble, Isere, France), and many more.

It felt like an hour has passed until Addam and Julia joined Matt and me at the BBQ, and we went forth and mingled and ate the good food they provided us (though the buns felt and tasted a bit stale, or just been exposed to the air for too long.) Here are a few pictures I took documenting part of the event:


Since I failed to RSVP before the deadline earlier for the BBQ, Addam and I went as one of Matt Estes' guests, so I didn't get a raffle ticket to enter into the raffle drawing that occurred near the end of the BBQ. We had the opportunity to talk to Carlos Baena and Shawn Kelly, who were both totally awesome guys, and the cofounders of Animation Mentor. Bobby Beck, who was the CEO of Animation Mentor, wasn't able to make it because he was having a wedding, but wished us all the best and awesome time. During the raffle drawing Carlos and Shawn were such goofs, and showing everyone their personalities as well as hilarious jokes. Thus the raffle drawing began, and there were awesome prizes that were being given out (and I really wish that next year, if they still have it, I could enter, and possibly win!) here are a few pictures of Carlos and Shawn:


The overall BBQ was a nice end to my visit to San Fransisco, CA (my second trip to California), and I could say this, "California truly makes me miss Oregon." I appreciate visiting every possible place that I have the opportunity to visit, and there are always fun, cool and even weird experiences along the way, but hey, better than not having any experiences at all.

Before I left, I decided to take a picture of myself with part of San Francisco city behind me, as the winds from the ocean hitting me to a freezing state of mind! Well, on to next year!