June 30, 2009

June 26, 2009

the odyssey

one of the projects i completed this year was a series paintings based on the odyssey for author Sarah Schmelling's upcoming book, Maidens Who Don't Float. a humorous retelling of literature through Facebook, the whole darn thing started with an article for McSweeney's: an account of hamlet's facebook status updates. the book will be released on august 25. pick one up when you can!

these are from the photo album of odysseus's recent trip through the greek isles. looks like fun! for more good times, please visit Sarah Schmelling's, "Maidens Who Don't Float"!

June 12, 2009

UP ^

i waited a few weeks to say anything, but I thought I should mention that our new film UP has opened! it's a really special movie, very strange, funny and affecting; it's a good picture. so far the reception has been incredible! it's actually a little hard to believe: we were the opening picture of the Cannes Film Festival, we're maintaining a 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and we're keeping in step with Nemo and the Incredibles at the box office. i saw the movie at the Castro Theatre the other weekend, and the line led down the block.

this is the film I was hired for and the impetus for my move to California. i feel so privileged to have worked on such an inspiring project, and with such nice and talented people. i really have to thank Ronnie Del Carmen, Pete Docter, Bob Peterson and Jonas Rivera for making everything happen. this was a risky picture for Pixar to make, and these guys did so much of the heavy lifting; i'm so glad that i work at a place where a movie like this can get made.

our thoughtful and action packed story crew, Tony Rosenast, Bill Presing, Enrico Casarosa, Josh Cooley, Justin Hunt and Bobby Rubio; Shannon Ryan, Veronica Watson and Brian Wright deserve many thanks, congratulations and pats on the back. somehow it all came together, and i'm so pleased i got to see it through with them! it was eye-opening to see the Pixar Story Process in action: a little scary, a little exhilarating, and completely rewarding. i'm excited to watch us all continue to learn and grow.

for those who haven't yet seen the film, go watch it now! catch it in theatres while you can, because it's really a great ride, and a lot more fun to see with a full house. i can honestly say that it's one of our best. adventure is out there!