Never one to sit still, I've decided it's time for me to make a change in my life.
Starting the 31st of May I'll begin animating at DNA on their second feature film The Ant Bully.
My time at ReelFX was a fruitful one and I had a lot of opportunities to stretch and do many things there. I'm thankful for those opportunities and for the friendships I've made and the contributions I have had to the chance to offer the studio at a great time in it's growth. But after a while it became clear to me that I'm at a point in my life where I need to take a step back from supervising and directing so that I can better focus on my wife and 3 kids. In other words, I'm a bit crispy.
So when the opportunity came along to animate- and just animate- on a feature while staying here in Dallas, the timing was right for me. ReelFX is a wonderful place to work with great people. They're gonna be a player on the scene, you just know it. You can bet that they'll have their own feature film in a bit. But for now I'll need to root for them from the sidelines.
Meanwhile I'll be re-united with some old colleagues and friends from my Big Idea days. Mark Behm, Michael Comet, Joe & Michelle Gorski, Tom Danen and others (many others!). And I look forward to working with some other cool cats whose work I've followed through the years. There's plenty of talent over at DNA working on this film and that talent is gonna show up on the screen. It's been a while since I had the chance to take the time to animate at the top of my game without trying to keep a dozen plates spinning or putting out fires or sitting in meetings half the day. I'm excited to get started and I'm looking forward to coming home with some gas left in my tank for my family.
Anyhow, thankfully we don't have to move again! Even my commute time will be the same. It's cool to see that one can stay involved in great projects without having to try and find a way to make a living for a family of 5 in LA or San Fran. Pretty cool indeed.