Monday, May 09, 2005

Heading to DNA

Never one to sit still, I've decided it's time for me to make a change in my life.

Again. :)


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.

13 comments:

Robert Diaz said...

Congrats! How great is that? New job and you don't even have to move. Good luck and can't wait to see what comes of it.

gcastro3d said...

Great news Keith! Hopefully you'll also have time to work on your short films.

Adam Levin said...

I agree with you, family first always. Although I still want my current animator mentor Mark Behm to convince you to join the AnimationMentor.com force:-) and for you to continue the VTS, and do a short and a feature film in the time you have left over. That's the trouble with being talented and wise, eh? :-)

Best of luck!

Goosh said...

Congrats and good luck on the future gig!!!

Anonymous said...

Cool cool... glad to see you chillin a bit more. Peace out K money!

Mr. Tay-Low

David Alvarez said...

Hi Keith! Congrats for the new job and the new project.

Anonymous said...

congrats keith! management is for suckas!

-jeff cooperman

Brian "My Fault" Nicolucci said...

Congratulations Keith, your an animator! =)

tygriffin said...

I have a couple of friends at DNA working on Ant Bully - sounds like it's a challenging but pretty awesome project. Best of luck!

t

Thom said...

Congrats, Keith! Say "hiya" to old gang for me!

--Thom

Ben Webster said...

Cool have fun,

Good luck!

Ray Chase said...

Congratulations Keith and welcome to DNA!! I've been visiting your site for years now, it will be great to finally meet ya.

JP Roberts said...

Congrats on the new gig Keith! That's aweseome news!

JP