It’s been a super busy week. I got some more freelance work, which is good for a little extra $$$, but on top of my animation work, leaves no time for anything else really. I’m almost done the freelance work though, just a few hours more worth of work I think. And this Friday, on the 10th, will be great… going to see Lord of the Rings at WolfTrap! Can’t wait! MAN, did the last couple months FLY by… staying very busy does that I guess.
Last night I went back to the university library. (I had to, my books were due, and you can only renew so many times online, unlike a public library.) So I turned in my last set of books and got out some more. These aren’t books that I plan to read cover to cover (I’d love to, but I definitely don’t have the time); they’re just books to flip through, read a chapter here and there.
- The Journals of Ayn Rand – Because I’m interested in how she planned out her novels and in her unfinished works… it’s a huge book, there’s a lot in it. I’d love to buy it someday.
- Writing Treatments That Sell: How to Create and Market Your Story Ideas to the Motion Picture and TV Industry – For my daydreaming… I’d like to try it, but I doubt I’ll ever really act on it. The library had a ton of books similar to this, and on screenwriting and stuff.
- To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios – Because it’s about Pixar, duh! It seems to stop at Cars though, nothing about Ratatouille and beyond. Full of some great stuff though. Daydream food.
- Animation: The Whole Story – I still have a bit of a desire to create an animated short or a collection of comedy shorts with the same characters, as I mentioned in my last blog post, so this book and the next books have to do with my desire to do that.
- Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts – This one has more of a focus on planning and storyboarding, obviously.
- Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics – How to make your stuff look good with readable posing and such, ya know what I mean?
So, those are the books to kind of scan through for the next few weeks…
I’m not up to anything else lately, just my part time job, Animation Mentor, and some freelance work. They’re keeping me busy enough! My projects on the backburner include that novel and that cartoon show. I’ve got two weeks of Animation Mentor Semester 1 left, then I’ll have a week break (just from Animation Mentor, not from my part-time work!) and I’m not sure what I’ll do then. I’d like to get some TV watching and computer game playing in though… heh.
And whenever I graduate from Animation Mentor, I definitely want to take a little vacation to California, go to the graduation ceremony, and just see the California sights…