Comfort Zone

A couple of years ago I taught an advanced rigging course at a local University. When I received a ...

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  The problem with problem solvers is that if they don't have a good enough problem to solve, ...

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Know Your Destination

When the shit hits the fan and everyone panics about completing a particular task before the deadl ...

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When I start work on a new shot or any other type of project I often find myself noodling around t ...

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Patience is a virtue, but so is getting shit done! Fred   ...

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Creativity is not an absence of rules. It does not mean that anything goes. That's called anarchy, ...

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  “Do not be a magician - be magic!” Leonard Cohen.   As 3D artists, it can so ofte ...

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  Today is Thanksgiving in Canada.   What better day to express the huge gratitude I fe ...

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Older and Wiser?

  The more I learn, the more aware I become of how little I know.   I think that means ...

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The Cycle of an Artist

  Thanks to animator/writer/director and all-round nice bloke Pat Sarell for this insight. &n ...

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Cabbage and Custard

  A supervisor once told me that work is 80% cabbage and 20% custard. Everybody hates eating c ...

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What’s More Important?

  What is more important to you? The success of the shot you're working on, or having a sense ...

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"Managers tell you where you are, leaders tell you where you're going." Michael Lopp Nuff said. ...

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Filling The Gaps

When I was first in a position to make hiring decisions I chose people who thought and worked simi ...

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  "To fill the creative, technical, communication, leadership and other skills gaps that can h ...

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  “You can’t have your cake and eat it”   What a fucking stupid saying.   ...

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  "The most creative people have this childlike facility to play." John Cleese.   ...

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Results vs Process

Results are what really matters, but there can be so many unknown factors on the road to achieving ...

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  • “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”

    - John Cage

  • “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.”

    - Scott Adams

  • “It’s pretty much my favorite animal. It’s like a lion and a tiger mixed… bred for its skills in magic.”

    - Napoleon Dynamite

  • “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”

    - David Bowie

  • “Because you’re good at what you do, but you want to be seriously fucking amazing at it.”

    - Dynamic Anatomy

  • “VFX artists are AMAZING! I’d be a nothing without you guys”

    - what Andy Serkis should have said

  • “The difference in winning & losing is most often, not quitting.”

    - Walt Disney

  • “Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.”

    - Neil Gaiman

  • “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.”

    - Albus Dumbledore

  • “Fred never ceases to amaze! His knowledge of creature anatomy and physical motion are a great advantage in creating realistic and believable characters.”

    - Stephen Misek, Senior Creature TD, Industrial Light & Magic

  • “If you’re hitting your marks, that means you didn’t set them high enough.”

    - Barack Obama

  • “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”

    - Bruce Lee

  • “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

    - Albert Einstein

  • “Almost everything important is at first opposed by stakeholders in the status quo. Be relentless, persistent and tenacious.”

    - Steve Blank

  • “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

    - Sir Isaac Newton

  • “The most creative people have this childlike facility to play.”

    - John Cleese