Friday, May 8, 2009

2009 Producer's Show!

Last night was the annual Producer's Show and it was quite the event! Arrived at the theater around 7:20, and got very nice seats with a group of my friends. The freshmen class this year had the task of of putting the show together and packing up all the equipment after the show and getting it back to CalArts---my class did this last year and it was kind of nice not having to do this(though the freshmen class did a great job this year!) By the time the lights dimmed, the place was packed! Lots of big names attended from all over---every studio I can think of was there...Mark Andrews from Pixar came wearing his kilt, and I sat just 2 rows away from James Baxter! The show kicked off at 8pm with the award ceremony---Eliza Ivanova won the "Woody Award" for her film, "Piece of Cake" and David Ochs won the Peer's Pick Award for his film, "Who's Hungry?" Then the rest of the films played. It was a really great show, lots of entertaining films--a particular favorite of mine was, "Los Estrandados" by Derek Evanick. Hopefully all the films will be posted online soon.
Around 10, the show concluded and everyone headed for the courtyard to eat, drink, and be merry. Time to socialize and really wrap up the year in style. Everyone mingled, got to catch up with classmates I hadn't seen for the past couple of weeks, say hello to the teachers who attended, and I also had a chance to talk with some people from both Disney and Pixar. Everyone seemed to have a great time---unfortunately, Pixar's Castaways party was canceled this year so around midnight, groups of us headed off to various locations to continue the partying. My group decided to make our way over to Timmy Nolan's Tavern right down the street. After some mis-adventures with directions and the correct spelling of the place, we arrived around 1 and met up with our crew. More mingling to be had, Pixar was also at the Tavern and between everyone we had overtaken the small place. At 2 the bar closed, but since the night was still young(haha, not really I was starting to get a little worn-out, but I couldn't miss hanging out with my buddies), the CalArts' group headed over the Bob's Big Boy restaurant. By 3:30 we were all tuckered out and ready to head on back to Valencia. Overall, it was an extremely fun night and a great way to wrap up my second year. Everyone agreed that it's so weird we're halfway done---it really feels like just 3 months ago I was starting my 2nd year. Certainly have learned a lot and can't imagine what the next couple of years are going to hold!

This weekend should be a real treat! Tonight we're having a lecture by wildlife artist Deborah Ross and then tomorrow(Saturday), she's hosting a animal drawing workshop at the LA zoo! Can't wait to get drawing--I've been pretty bad this past week, but hopefully tomorrow should get the gears spinning again!

What the theatre looked like around 7:30. By 8, every seat was filled.

This year's program. Sorry for the blurriness.

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