I just read about the California law about limiting (or banning) the sale of video games due to its content. So, does this means kids will have a better childhood without video games? Are they gonna behave in a better way? Do California regulators really think parents will have better kids without video games?
I guess the real question is: Are kids gonna be happy with this? Simple answer: No. So, maybe the parents should be asked the same question: Are you California parents, happier that video games are banned from your state? Just remember that the game won't be available for you or your children... So I guess the answer is no. Then, my final question: Who's gonna be happy about this law? Oh yeah, parents that do not have time for their children nor to play video games.
My take: Instead of banning video games, the State of California should invest their time and money ensuring parents are more aware about Parental Controls in consoles and PCs, as well as what the ESRB means. Teach parents the tools they have at their disposal to control what their children play.
I've been quite busy since I started working at Longtail so I did not have time to write anything here. After animation 8 hours straight (or more), I arrive home with the sole purpose of relaxing, maybe play a video game or just watching some TV. Either way, I felt that I left this blog unattended, which is not good.
I just installed the ScribeFire plug-in in my Firefox browser, so I guess it will be easier to write more often. And what a better way to start posting again than to share an awesome short film of the also awesome animation school Gobelins.
This film was so amazing is so many different ways: colors, animation, camera shots... It's just too awesome to not share it!
Big news since my last post... I GOT A JOB! Yes, it seems my demo reel worked. :D
I landed a job as an Intermediate 3D Animator at Longtail Studios in Quebec City. Everything happened so fast... I started working on Dec 21st 2009, and we (my wife and I) have spent the last month and a half just looking for an appartment, moving, and getting all the services back (phone, internet,etc). Oh, and the dog got sick, which kept us busy for a whole week.
So, after all the hassle of moving, I'm finally working again... And I have to say I love my job. I mean, getting paid to animate a character is one of the best things in the world. And the project I'm working on is really incredible! As the people I'm working with. Everybody is so kind and open minded... In addition to all that, they just hired a new Lead Animator which is a great guy and a terrific animator, so I'm looking forward to learn as much as I can from him.
I only have a 6 month contract, but still I believe I'll get a LOT of experience from this job. I only hope the company decides to keep me in their ranks, which would round up a nice start in the industry... But they still have to know me better and see what I can do.
Anyways, I've updated my Resume on my website, since I've got a new phone number (and with the new experience, obviously). Hopefully, I'll have more time to drop some lines here... ;)