Thursday, May 29, 2014

New rainbow hair style

After not being able to dye my hair for 3 months I went a little banannas:



Saturday, January 04, 2014

Happy New Year!

Here are some of my last adventures of 2013:

Ice skating at Embarcadero on December 25:

What I wore to my company holiday party:
 First Christmas tree:

Monday, November 04, 2013

My "Top 50 Employee" Trophy

So today I was given a trophy at work. Apparently I am a top 50 employee at Kabam.
I thought the bomb portion might be filled with candy but realised it's an 8 ball!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I've been busy prepping for CTN Expo

I've been working very hard to prepare for CTN Expo! Staying up to as late as 3am has been happening regularly for me. My eyes are looking bloodshot each evening. I did make some time this past weekend to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and go to a friend's birthday BBQ but I haven't been able to fit in much socialising recently. Actually I stopped by APE and caught up with my friend Katie Shanahan on Oct. 12, visiting from Toronto. I've been working on designing a business card for myself and got really carried away with that. I was designing some elaborate cards on the weekend. I ended up doubting their practicality and went through a few iterations before I ended up going with the final idea. I still need to finish my demo reel 3D showpiece.

A young man has been contacting me via my Pickled Production blog with some animation questions and I told him that if he wanted, I would give him a couple free animation lessons when I'm done with CTN. So he will be my first animation student for the school I want to open! I actually purchased a domain name for my school and for Pickled too. I had a fun experience trying to purchase pickled.com. I offered $60 for one week and $75 for the next two weeks. I then gave up on pursuing it when the owner of the domain wouldn't return my messages. So on week four I received a counter offer for $65 535. As an independent film maker planning on making no money from my film, so there is no way I'd can pay much more than $75 for a domain for such a project. I went to purchase pickledfilm.com which I actually like better. Got it for $77.14 for the next 5 years. The owner of pickled.ca was actually very nice and professional and the asking price was more reasonable; offering that domain for $900. Still out of my price range though.

I'm enjoying my pink hair these days. Here's a selfie I took of my victory rolls I wore to work one day last week:

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Random News: Maya workshop finished and movies I've watched recently

The Maya workshop I took was with Animation Mentor and it was fantastic! Much of the material was very simple and the class was not quite as advanced as I would have hoped for. But that wasn't a bad thing really since it let me reinforce a lot of my Maya basics. Most of the students were completely new to animation and some of them dropped out, some of them realised animation wasn't for them, some of them thrived and gave every assignment their all. I asked all the questions I had during the online Question and Answer sessions and when I was able to answer other people questions in class or via email or facebook I jumped in there and tried to help out. I understand the huge value of collaboration and community within the animation industry. Some of the questions asked in class were "what is onion skinning" and "what is straight ahead" so I definitely answered those ones. Other times when students were getting stuck on assignments I was able to figure out what they were having trouble with and give help. By the end of the class more and more people were participating and answering questions, it was great!

Sabrina's last animation peer review at Kabam!

While I've been a terrible workaholic for the past couple months I did find the time to go to Smuggler's Cove (an awesome Tiki bar!) with some friends, I saw John Brassell on his birthday, I finished up a huge work assignment, I discovered gold kiwis can be bought at Berkely Bowl, I've continued to feast on fresh figs while they're in season, I beat Fez (with a lil internet help), I went to the newly renovated Lafayette Park, I said goodbye to a friend/coworker who is moving on to animate at another company, (Bye Sabrina!), I've started watching more movies and I had an epiphany about self projection and self awareness when I watched footage of myself that I filmed for some animation shots for my short film.

As for watching more movies, so far I've watched Kagemusha by Akira Kurasawa and I'm part way through Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb by Stanley Kubrick. I've got a list of movies I want to watch and directors and actors I want to see more of and I'm hoping to tackle this list finally on Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights.

Right now I've got a horrible cold. I can tell that it's going to get worse before it gets better so I'm taking it easy at home and continuing my workaholism thing. Trying to eat healthy and not stress out.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

New Felix the Cat Dress

Voila!
Also I dyed the back of my hair brown again so the blonde bit is only a fat streak now.

I was at the dentist this morning at 8am to get a filling and possible root canal but it was determined that a root canal was unnecessary! Woo!

Sunday, July 21, 2013