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IT'S BEEN A WHILE - LIFE UPDATES

It’s been a long time since I posted. Sorry about that, I don’t really have an excuse but I have been very busy so there is some updates in my life.

I have been working at Mechanic Animation in Wellington since late November, my first industry job! And what a job it is, I have been able to work on so many amazing projects already and have gained a wealth of knowledge while doing so. I have done many different styles of animation, designed characters and backgrounds, and I am currently storyboarding on a new project. I have been able to work alongside some incredibly talented and inspiring people, not to mention the CEO Greg Harman, who I believe has more passion for animation than any of the artist there. It’s been awesome working for someone who is so involved in the process, and really wants to see what we can do.

Finally, I can show the final product of my university project from my final year at Massey university! Just yesterday, Kiwis’ Can Fly was released on to TVNZ’s kids streaming platform, HEIHEI. It feels surreal having our project on the same platform as so many amazing shows such as Peppa Pig, Barefoot Bandits, G-Fighters, and so many more! Thank you to everybody who supported me through this endeavor, but most of all thank you to my team members, who have been beside me through it all. Courtney Gilbert, Joshua Tong, Kyle Phan, Tom Zhang and Andrew Peek, I won’t give credits here because everybody took care of so many jobs but they are all credited in the show. Also a very special mention to Justin Rotolo, our consultant, staff supervisor and all round support. Justin has been with the project since day one, has taught all of us for three years, and has become a close friend. We couldn’t have done this without you.

Anyway, here’s a link to the show. Please share it around, send in some flight ideas, but most of all, enjoy.

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3D Printing

I recently finished working with Yuka Oyama for her project HELPERS - Changing Homes. Earlier in the year I was printing 3D scans of her cardboard sculptures and printing pendants of them. Now I have 36 prints as souvenirs for everybody in the team that helped bring this incredible work of art to life. A big thanks to everybody on the team, to FabLab Wellington for sponsoring Yuka, and to Yuka herself for giving me the opportunity to branch out and learn new skills in such a creative environment. Make sure you check her out at https://www.yukaoyama.com/ or on Instagram @yukaoyamastudio

Thanks for everything Yuka!

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Wrapping Up and Exposure

What a year! We are just finishing up with production for Kiwis Can Fly and I just want to say a massive thank you to the team. Everybody put so much into this project and we have ended up with something truly amazing, especially for 6 students! I’m looking forward to whatever the future has in store for all of us.

Also, come by the Exposure exhibition at Massey Wellington to see some incredible work, all of Creative Media production has some impressive work to showcase. The show runs from November 3rd to November 17th

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Things Are Heating Up

Things are really starting to pick up work wise. The team and I are trying to get through all of the animation as quickly as possible to give our rendering TD/all round superman, Kyle Phan, enough footage to send to the render farm over the holidays when all of the computers will be empty. Which means we have a week left to get too much work done. We're cutting it pretty close but I'm sure we can get through it.

Anyway, here's a picture of all of the drawn storyboards, I'll upload some of our shots when we have them finalized. But even through the render tests, it's looking pretty cool. I guess that's all for now, back to the 15 hour days!

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The End of the Semester

It's crazy to think that I'm already through the first semester. The amount of work that the Kiwi's Can Fly team has achieved in just 12 weeks is incredible, and in our pitch to the second year students yesterday, it was great seeing it all come together. We have two gorgeous characters modeled, rigged, and in the middle of being textured, which had an amazing response from tutors and students. 

We also have all of the storyboards drawn for the four episodes of our show that we will be making this year and two of them have been made into full animatics. Over the holidays I will be working on the last two animatics, as well as working out the lighting which we will be using in the final product. All in all, a pretty exciting year so far and there is so much more to come.

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