Haven't posted an update in a while. Wanted to give an update on where I am right now and my future. I will be heading to Vancouver later by the end of this month to work at an awesome company called Gener8. They are a stereoscopic studio and one of the best in the world. Not too long ago, they started expanding and getting some awesome names under their belt. I am extremely excited to work at Gener8, with so many talented artists there.
Of course, I am also dreading the move, again. This would be the 3rd time I would have had to move out of NY. First to Florida for Full Sail University, then back to NY. Then off to San Diego, then back to NY. And now, off to Vancouver! Hopefully, within the next year or so, I can find something solid and stable (maybe I stay at Gener8 for years to come?). Who knows? Life is anything but certain.
I am extremely excited to learn their workflow and continue developing my skills as a compositor. Not sure what projects I would be working on, however, they are sure to be awesome! I will update once I move and get settled in Vancouver! Thanks everyone!
Hey folks! So June 28th, 2013 was my last day in San Diego, CA at Legend 3D. I was offered to return in the near future, but I decided to explore my options in NY and ultimately, get back into being an animator.
My time at Legend 3D has been amazing. It was fun working with so many amazing artists each and every day. I personally want to thank Matt Kemper, Anthony Garcia, Adam McKee, Lisa McClurg, Jared Sandrew, and others for being such awesome mentors to me and helping me every step of the way. They taught me everything I know about stereo compositing and I can't thank them enough for this efforts and supervision.
I was truly blessed and privileged to have gotten this opportunity as my first job in this industry. Now, I hope I can build on this awesome experience and continue to grow as an artist. I have updated my demo reel page with trailers of the features I worked on at Legend 3D, as well as a commercial for Target. Some projects are yet to be released in theaters in 2013.
I am still waiting on my actual production demo reel from Legend 3D, they are not allowed to send me any of that until after the DVD/Blu-Ray release. Once I get the materials for that, I will be able to put them up on here.
I will keep you guys updated on what my next step is, but for now, I plan on spending some much needed time off with my family and friends in New York. I plan on looking for jobs in New York, however, I also have some leads back in the West Coast that cater more to my skills as a animator. I am exciting for the next couple of months and seeing how things go. For now, I am going to spend as much time as possible with my family.
Check out my updated resume and demo reel page. Hope you guys like the progress I have been making since I started in the industry. Hopefully I continue to grow as an artist and get to my dream job!
Lastly, I want to thank Legend 3D for giving me this great opportunity to showcase my skills and prove to them that I can be a valuable asset to them. I hope from this moment on, I get more of these opportunities and make the best of them.
Hey guys! I can finally release this information to public! I worked on the Man of Steel (2013)! It was released today (June 14th, 2013). I went to a midnight showing with my coworkers and the movie was amazing. It probably is one of the best movies I have ever seen. So check it out! I did a ton of work on it and spend many hours on this film! And it was all worth it. Each and every second of it.
So check it out in 3D at a theater near you!
I have updated my resume and LinkedIn page to showcase my projects. I am also in the process of getting demo reels for my projects; however, I have to wait until they are released on DVD and Blu Ray. But everything will come together in the upcoming months. I am excited for where all this is going!
Hey guys, so just wanted to post an update. I am still working here in San Diego, CA with Legend 3D, Inc. It has been a great experience. I am coming towards the end of my 2nd contract and there are talks of a renewal of contracts (would be my 3rd). This is obviously a good thing because that shows that the company likes my work and likes me. I hope it stays that way. I am working as hard as I can and doing as much work as possible. I have learned a lot in the past 8 months. I am so thankful for this opportunity!
I can't wait to announce the projects I have worked on in the past few months. For now, from what I am allowed to announce, I have updated my resume and added another project under my work with Legend 3D! I had the privledge to work with some awesome people on the Target's 'Height of Summer' commercial. It was a great experience and the commercial looks awesome in 3D! Check it out at a theater near you!
I can't wait to announce the projects I have worked on in the past few months. For now, from what I am allowed to announce, I have updated my resume and added another project under my work with Legend 3D! I had the privilege to work with some awesome people on the Target's 'Height of Summer' commercial. It was a great experience and the commercial looks awesome in 3D! Check it out at a theater near you!
To see the commercial, click here to view it on YouTube.
As for other projects, just wait! I'll post about them as soon as I am allowed to! Stay tuned!
Hey guys! Haven't been posting on here for a while. I have been really busy at work for the past few months. However, I did update my resume and hopefully, I can update my demo reel soon enough to showcase more of the compositing side of me. For the past 7 months, all I have been doing is compositing using Nuke and Mocha with Legend 3D. My contract was extended and they are very happy with me. I am doing my best to earn their confidence in me. I have been working hard and getting a lot of work done.
Rewards are starting to show. I got my first credit on a feature film. I worked on Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)while my time at Legend 3D. There are a few other projects I have worked on and currently working on. I will be able to let you guys know as soon as they are released in the theaters. So stay tuned!
My contract will end in June of this year. The company may decide to extend it further, depending on the work they have at the time. So far, it has been a blast working for Legend 3D. I have learned so much during my time here. I have also met some awesome people and the company itself is extraordinary. The people here work extremely hard and the quality of product they produce is at top of its class. I have learned so much while my time here and I will definitely take this with me for the rest of my life. People always remember those who gave them an opportunity to be someone or to prove themselves worthy of their time. And Legend 3D is someone that constantly gives young artists a chance to prove themselves in this industry and gives them a great chance to build on the experience here and excel in this industry. Whether or not I stay here at Legend 3D, I will always appreciate the opportunity they gave me and carry it on into the future. They got some awesome projects currently in production! Look for their work on the big screen later this year!
That is about it! Check out Oz the Great and Powerful! It looks awesome.
Hey! I haven't updated in a long time, so I decided to post something! My employment at Legend 3D is going great! I have been working with some awesome artists and making a ton of friends. I've only been here for a few months and I already feel like an important part of the team! So far, I have done work for 3 feature films. I am unable to name them, as of right now, but as soon as they are released, I will let you guys know all about it. I will be changing my website soon and updating my resume. Instead of being just an animator, I am now a compositor, as well. I always had experience in compositing, but my primary focus has always been animation. But since I have been doing a ton of compositing (mainly stereoscopic), I am actually starting to get very comfortable with this.
Sadly, I haven't been animating at all. I am planning on getting back on track with animation. I will be finishing up a little animation that I was working on a few months back and then creating a few new animations. In addition to that, I will be looking at all my previous demo reel assets and improving on them. Once I do all of that, I will update my demo reel and post it up for you guys to see.
I really can't wait to tell you guys all about my current work. But I HAVE TO WAIT! Trust me, it will be worth it. I will change up the website soon and make a new layout for it. A lot of things are in works! So stay tuned and check back later!
Hey, so I am finally back in San Diego, California! I have been here for about a week and a half now. It has been tough due to the whole moving to a different state all the way acroess the country process, but the most important part is that the work at Legend3D, Inc. is going great!
I have been working there since Monday, October 8th, 2012, as a Stereo Compositor. In the short amount of time, I have learned so much! I have met some amazing people, as well. I am so honored to work along side of such amazing talents from around the industry. I am working along side of people who have worked at Digital Domain, Stereo D, Method Studios, and other awesome film studios. It has been a great experience for me, as far as work goes. As far the moving process goes, it has been tough, but I am getting it done. That is the important part.
I will let you know how my 2 week evaluation period goes. I am doing my best and trying to work exteremly hard. Things look pretty good so far, so I am very confident. There are some awesome projects the company is working on. I am unable to annonce any as of right now, but I will as soon as I am allowed to! Stay tuned and keep in touch. Thanks for readng.
Hey! I know I haven't been posting much at all. A lot has been going on in the past few months. So a couple of weeks ago, I went to San Diego to try out for a position at a company called Legend3D. I got the call today and they have accepted me for the position. I will be working as a Stereo Compositor at the company. It isn't animation, but this is a great opportunity and a great start. I hope to meet a ton of people at the company and learn a lot from them. I am sure I will enjoy working with them. The folks at Stereo3D seem really nice and , of course, they are extremely talented. They have worked on movies such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Hugo, The Smurfs, Green Lantern, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Green Hornet, Shrek Trilogy, Alice in Wonderland, Conan the Barbarian, and others. I am extremely excited about this opportunity and I am so eager to get my career started! I will keep you guys posted on how it goes there. I want to thank Legend3D for this amazing opportunity and my university, Full Sail University, for the information leading to this opportunity.
Hey, sorry for the lack of updates. I haven't been on the website too much. I have been busy working and also been very much into the NBA Playoffs! I am so glad that all those years of sticking with Miami Heat are finally paying off. So as for whats been going on and what may happen in the future, I may be moving back to Florida for a job. One of my great friends, Elizabeth, is currently working at a company in Florida and recommended me. Because of her, the company actually looked at my portfolio, resume, and demo reel. I am very thankful to her and the company. She is already a great animator and she is constantly improving! Check out her personal page: http://www.elisipi.com. I am really looking forward to this opportunity. Nothing is certain yet, I am waiting on the company to send me an art test. I had a brief phone interview with them and they seemed pretty impressed, so that is always a good thing. After the art test, I will know whether or not I am moving there for work. Either way, I plan on moving out of New York to continue my career path. I have stayed here too long and there isn't a huge demand of animators in NY. Most of the film studios are in California, so if the Florida thing does not work out, I will be moving to California, shortly.
In another exciting news, one of my great friends, Antonio, is in California, working for Hydraulx Visual Effects! He is an amazing shading & lighting artist and also a great modeller. Hydraulx is responsible for work in movies like Avatar, Avengers, Captain America, Green Lantern, and many more. Check out his work at his personal page: http://www.tocarbajo.com.
I will try to post often and keep you guys updated. Thank you for your time. Stay tuned!
I do encourage you to check out the 'Entries' page at CG Student Awards website. There are a ton of amazing work out there and this is a great way to check out other artists in the industry. I've seen some amazing demo reels and it is a really good motivation because those are the people I need to get better than or as good as. I can learn so much for each one of them and their unique styles. So spend a few minutes and check it out!
Here are some of my other friends/classmates who also entered this contest, check out their work and if you like it, give them a +1. They are all awesome at what they do: Servando Lupini and Ashley Ricart.
Thanks for visiting! Now as for me, back to animation!
Hey, its been a long time! Hope everyone is great. I just wanted to post something and update everyone about whats been going on. At the end of January, I got an offer for an internship at Back Roads Entertainment in New York City. I accepted the internship and have been working with them on a few things. Mainly, I started off as a 'Motion Graphics / Animation Intern' but my last project, I was pretty much a '3D Generalist.' It is a great company and they have some really awesome things planned for the future. So far, it has been a great experience for me and I thank them for giving me this opportunity.
As for animation, I got back into animating extensively throughout January, but unfortunately, I didn't get to finish the piece I was doing for the 11 Second Club contest. I didn't spend as much time as I wanted to on it, and also, I didn't think it was polished enough to be in the contest. But regardless, the main purpose of trying to animate a piece for the contest was to get back into animating and the whole workflow of working for hours and hours on animation, and I think it really helped me get back into work mode. I will definiatly finish that piece and also get new peices going. As always, I have been applying for jobs at various studios around the U.S. It is just a matter of time before something comes up, but until then, I will keep working on improving my skill set and also helping out Back Roads Entertainment with anything they need from me.
I will update the website soon. I want to finish up that animation piece and upload it as soon as possible!
Hey, so a little update on whats been going on.. Throughout January, I was working on an animation, which isn't done yet. But its almost there. I will post it up as soon as its done and rendered. I would like to add it to my demo reel. I feel like I am finally back into work mode and animation. It was hard to get back into it after 3-4 months of resting and not working on animation, but I am glad I am back into it. I did make a few rookie mistakes that I remembered making back in school, but the good thing is, I learned from them and I won't make them for my next animation project.
I have also been searching for jobs and internships all over the place. A lot of companies want people who have prior experience in the industry, which I currently don't. So it is very hard to find an entry level animation job. However, its a process everyone goes through, so I just have to hang in there and wait for my opportunity, until then, keep working on my stuff and updating my demo reel every now and then with more animation projects.
I did get an offer for an internship from Back Roads Entertainment. I gladly accepted the offer from them and will be interning with them until June, and hopefully find a position within the company after as well. I plan on working really hard over there and absorbing as much as possible from the people already working at BRE. The hardest part is getting use to Adobe After Effects. I have used it before, but I am not an advanced user at it. They do motion graphics for TV shows and the software they use is After Effects. For the next week or so, I will be working in After Effects and learning things in there. Hopefully, I can pick it up quickly and produce some high quality work for them. I'll keep you guys posted on that. If anyone has any tips, tricks, or website that are useful for After Effects, I would really appreciate any comments. Contact me directly through my contact page, or simply post a comment under this post.
Hey, so last week, I got a call from The Boss Group (http://www.thebossgroup.com/). They are a wonderful company that have a lot of clients. It would be an honor to be able to get a job with them. Nothing is for sure, I do have to follow up with them tomorrow to see what the status is. They liked my demo reel, initially, and they showed it at a conference the following day. Obviously, that means a great deal for me. For a company of their calibur, to show interest in my work. I thank them and appreciate the time. I hope there is something to build on to after that, but lets see. I also applied to a company called 'Back Road Entertainment (http://www.backroadsentertainment.com/). One of the representatives emailed me back and informed me that they do not have any openings, at the moment, but offered me a chance to come into the studio for more information. Again, I really appreciate that and will definiatly take advantage of this offer. I will be going into their studio located in Midtown Manhatten and hopefully get some important information from them. Thank you to both studios for their time, it obviously means a lot to me.
Aside from these things, I have been applying where ever I see an oppotunity for me. Its very tough to find an 'entry level' animator positions. A lot of companies want people with a lot of 'industry' experience. But I'll keep looking and hopefully find a good one soon. Until then, I will be working on my own things. The 11 Second Club's animation contest for January is due in 5 days, I am still working on that and I have to work extra hard in the last 5 days to meet that deadline. So back to work! LETS ANIMATE!
Hey, just wanted to make a quick update on whats been going on. This month, I have been working on the 11 Second Club's January animation contest. Mainly to get back into work mode and to continue to get better at animation. I have also been helping my mother out with her business. Some locations are closing, while others are opening. So I am helping her with design and technical stuff. But soon enough, I will be able to show you exactly what I've been working on. Currently, the animation contest is my top priority, but I do get caught up doing other things, either way, I am being productive this month and hope I continue doing that from now on. Also, I have been applying to some great companies. Hopefully, things work out on that end and I get an oppotunity somewhere. That is all I need to show them my potential and I am always planning on exceeding other people's expectations. Anyway, thank you for your time. Stay tuned!
Hey, hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I am planning on applying for jobs this month (finally). Every time I get back into animation, things come up but I don't mind it at all. I was supposed to get back into animation last month, and I did, for a week or so. But then my brother came back from the Caribbean. He is going to school there. So he came back for about 25 days and because of that, I had a lot of family events. So I couldn't ditch the family events and that is why I had to put aside animation for the month of December. Although, even if things came up, I should have made time and did animation, but I am pacing myself to slowly get back into it. This month, I am finally getting back into work mode. Aside from doing little animation here and there, I have been working on improving my mother's business. I have to remodel the business website, which means, I have to make a new layout for it, code it, and finish it up so she can update it on regular basis herself. She isn't too good with computers, so I need to make sure it is very friendly and easy to understand. Besides that, I have been working on things like flyers, posters, etc.. I also have to change the look and feel of the business, so I will be going at the locations and changing things around. I hope this really helps my mother out and attracts more customers. And of course, I will be animating as much as I can as well. So even though I haven't made many updates regarding animation, I have been keeping myself busy with things. So stay tuned. I will post up new materials under my portfolio as I get them completed. Thanks for visiting! Look around and check out my portfolio and demo reel if you already haven't. Critiques, comments, and suggestions are more than welcomed. Chao!
Hey, just a quick little update. I added some more of my old projects under my portfolio. The new videos are not animation related. They consist of compositing, tracking, rotoscoping, visual effects, and other focuses. Check them out by clicking here. Hope you guys like them.
Aside from that, I have also added a playblast under W.I.P. (Work in Progress). It is a very early playblast, mainly a block out. I will update the video as the month goes by. I need to pick up the pace because I haven't been working on that animation much because I've been busy, but thats no excuse! I need to be able to multitask and get things done like I use to back in school days! So, I will update it as soon as possible and hopefully you guys will have a better understanding of what I'm going for as far as that particular soundclip goes. Any comments, suggestions, or critiques are always appreciated. Leave them here by clicking 'Comments' under this news post. Visit my W.I.P. page!
Hey there, so its been almost a month since I left Florida and moved back to New York. I am finally ready to get back into it! I had a great month of relaxing and spending time with my family, but now, I can't wait to get back into Autodesk Maya and start animating again! Upon graduation, I was able to send my demo reel to Drew Winey. He is an amazing animator, who also graduated from Full Sail University, and currently works at Blue Sky Studios. He actually thoroughly critiqued my demo reel and told me things that I should consider fixing. I will be going over his critique, following his advice, and improving the assets in my demo reel soon. As I said, he is an amazing animator, check out his website!
As for updates to the website, I did update the portfolio page! I uploaded some of my animations that I did during my time at Full Sail University. Check them out. I hope you like them. They aren't perfect, but it was all part of the learning process. I think I improved a lot since my first piece of animation to my last. And I hope to continue improving from here on out.
Also, I updated the resume page, as well. Not much of an update, but I have an HTML version of my resume displayed instead of having to download it or having to wait for the huge image to load. This makes things a little easier for viewing. Click here to view. That is all I got for now, stay tuned!
Hey, I got back to New York, about 2 weeks ago. I have been really relaxing and spending much needed time with my family. After 2 years of working every day and night, I think this period of relaxation is definiatly needed. I have been trying to get settled back into my place. I have been also trying to set everything back up and reorganizing my room. I have to buy more furniture because I did not bring anything back with me, so its time consuming. This week, I plan on finally getting my business cards and DVD Covers printed out, so I can send them in with my demo reel to companies with openings for animators. I have few good leads that some of my relatives informed me about, such as a friend who works at Sony and another who knows a job recruiting company that he can refer me to. So lets see where that goes. I actually can't wait to get back into it and fix up some stuff on my demo reel, as well as start working on new projects. Lots to come so stay tuned!