Make A List & Check It Twice


No I’m not talking about your Christmas list. What I am talking about is 10 things you should try To-Do everyday. Okay, let be a little more clear. This to-do list I’m talking about is a list that you’ll make everyday when you get to work or, if you’re like me, when you’re working on your skills or updating your demo reel. Before my start at my new career I was never a list person. I kept everything in my head and tried to keep up. Doing that didn’t work for me. I had start making list to help me finish assignments and I’ve made a few to keep track of what I’m working on. I’ll admit now that making a list and then crossing things off feels good. It makes me feel productive. The consistent productivity has this wonderful byproduct of accomplishing more. I heard this saying somewhere when I started AAU:

You don’t wait to do the work until you get the dream job – you do the work in order to get the dream job.

Everyday when I get to work (my job is different from my VFX work) I make a list of ten things I’ll try to do every workday. There are days when I won’t get them all done, but I always do my best to deliver. It has proven effective for me on numerous times. The ten things are:

1. Read something related to my industry.
2. Read something related to eLearning/software development.
3. Send at least two emails to touch base with professional network contacts and/or old colleagues.
4. Empty my Inboxes from my email accounts and social network accounts.
5. I check in with my colleagues to offer help on what they are working on.
6. Watch a video on the latest techniques that apply to my work
7. Review my top three goals for my skills that are focused on growth.
8. Identify and execute one task to support each of my top three goals.
9. Post at least five valuable pieces of content on all my major social networks and media accounts.
10. Take a full minute to appreciate what you have and how far you’ve come.

This list definitely could be longer but you have to take into account that if you make a long list many of your task are less likely to get done. While at work I get way more done then just the 10 items I write on my list, but these are the ten that I know I can do with consistency. Time and time again tells me so. Of course you don’t have to make a list of ten you can make a list with any amount on it, just remember the goal at hand is to accomplish as many as you can without rushing. Take your time. If you only start out crossing off one or two that’s fine. One or two still counts for productivity. Keep at your list and you’ll build your performance and soon will be crossing off your entire list.

When it comes to working on animation and VFX task I create a very similar list. I designed this list to work both ways. I love what I do at URS. Creating eLearning content for numerous clients is rewarding. Plus I know that by increasing my skills I can take what I’ve learned at URS and apply it else where in this field. With the growth of Higher Education and the demand for it online having this skill set is a must. This is the list I use while at home working on my Animation and VFX jobs and skill building:

1. Read something related to the Animation & VFX industry.
2. Read something related to software development.
3. Send at least two emails to touch base with professional network contacts and/or old colleagues.
4. Empty my Inboxes from my email accounts and social network accounts.
5. I check in with my network contacts to offer help on what they are working on.
6. Watch a video or tutorial on the latest techniques that apply to my work.
7. Review my top three goals for my skills that are focused on growth.
8. Identify and execute one task to support each of my top three goals.
9. Post at least five valuable pieces of field related information on all my major social networks and media accounts.
10. Take a full minute to appreciate what you have and how far you’ve come.

Local Food Ministry


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So at the church I attend, which is run by most of my family members on my aunt’s side, they have a Food Ministry. By partnering with the local food bank and Operation Blessing, we are able to offer a once monthly distribution giving people with our local community an opportunity to save, serve and connect. Savings is simple, everyone wants to save money and everyone has to eat. Serving and connecting with your community can be difficult at times. We truly believe that food ministry is an awesome and effective way for you to serve and connect with your community. Our heart is ministry, feeding people is the bonus.

What I recently did as my final project for my Editing Concepts class at AAU was film the volunteers of our food ministry has they setup for this past Christmas’ food distribution. I wanted to show the people how much work goes into preparing for a distribution along with what it means to the Church. If you would like to take a look at my documentary you can find it here:

Lets take a trip to… “The Serengeti” (WIP)


This is another environment scene that I am working on for Regent University’s animated film “The Best Gift” . I can’t tell you too much about what happens here because I don’t want to give away the story. But I can say that something very exciting takes place here! (It is the Serengeti! What kind of things do you find there?)

So this is the beginning set-up for the scene:

 

The scene is almost complete. The background will be mostly be a matte painting along with a few more elements left to model. Not all the high grass is in the scene yet. That is due to me needing to speak with the Animation director and also the film’s director to find out exactly where most of the animation will take place. Once that is done I will add the remaining grass and also the grass that will be impacted by the characters in the scene.

Stay tuned, more details and WIPs to come!

Make Something Cool #40


Finally I hit the number #40 mark!!!! Still behind but I will eventually catch up.

Still working on some medical pre-viz this week. Here is a sample of my Respiratory_System_Flow mock up that I’m doing. Modeling and particle Flow was done in Maya 2011.

Respiratory_System_Flow

Respiratory System

Make Something Cool #37


You might remember from the other day that I posted an idea that I was pursuing with about getting some of my t-shirt designs made so if you liked them you could purchase the from threadless.com. Well yesterday I actually did it. I transferred two of my designs into their template kit that I downloaded and submitted them for approval.

It takes about 48hrs to get a submission approved then once it’s approved the voting begins. It’s then up to you! I will need your votes to even get a chance of them being made, so my make something cool is the following link to my submission.

Painted Lady Tee:  http://www.threadless.com/submission/335770/Painted_Lady

Thanks again and Happy Voting!

Make Something Cool #36


This Make Something Cool ties in with one that I did a little while back. So if you remember some of my first MSC post were some t-shirts that I had designed. Well it’s always been one of my dreams to make clothing maybe even have a small line some day. So today I decided that I would give Threadless.com a chance. If you don’t know what/who threadless.com is I suggest you check out their website. This is who the are:

Threadless is a community-based company that prints awesome designs created and chosen by you!

So I downloaded their threadless tshirt pack and briefly started messing around with my designs and fitting them into the files that they provided. This image is a sample model image of what my shirt would look like printed:

So what I’m going to do is finish up transfering my designs to their kit they provided me then I’ll begin uploading them to the site. What I’ll need from you is a vote. I will need a lot of votes to be able to get my designs created so please please vote for me! I’ll post the link and pictures of the designs I create once my account is complete.

Stay tuned.

Make Something Cool #34


My buddy TopherCavan asked me if I could help out on his culminating project for Regent University. I jumped on the offer to help out! So he asked me what would I like to do and I told him that I would love to be his Environment Artist in which he had no problem with. So right away I started modeling the scene he tasked me with and now I would like to share my progress.

I will not release the title of his film nor the premise but I can say that it is a pretty funny and ‘cute’ story!

 

Kitchen: