Last summer I took a leave of absence from Pixar, to focus my efforts on two personal personal projects. Pixar has been more than supportive on this. I figured the only way to learn more about this difficult making movies thing was by making more, along the mistakes that come with it. I’m more than excited about both projects. One of them is more of my full-time, which is an animated shortfilm. A lot of unknowns, lessons and work ahead. When the time comes I’d love to start sharing some great work that the crew has been doing. We are not there yet, as we are still figuring many things out as we go (myself included). Story is always a tough one to crack, and that’s why I’ve been missing in action trying to learn more about it. Additionally, as I did with ToyStory3/PlaybyPlay, on my weekends/free time I’m working on a live-action project as well. It helps me to have something to fall on when I get stuck on either one of both projects. I had a great experience with PlaybyPlay, so I wanted to apply what I learned in there to something I wrote myself.
In 2007 I attended an LA screenwriting seminar done by Michael Ardnt, Andrew Stanton and many others. Out of the whole seminar one of the quotes that stuck with me a great deal came from Andrew. He was completing Wall-E I believe. In his speech he said “I make the movies I’d like myself to see in a theater some day”. That hit me like a rock. And it was a big influence in me wanting to take the time off to develop these two projects. Both are dark in tone, and along the lines of the things I’m into. They both have a ways to go, but I’m truly enjoying the journey.
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