I find it odd that my very first post for the year 2008 is being written here in Quezon City, the Philippines, on an iMac that is not mine but my Mom’s.
But here I go. Welcome 2008! My wife Liza and I, as well as almost all of my wife’s clan in Calgary, flew back to Manila last December of 2007 to attend my brother-in-law’s wedding. It’s been a joyful, happy and hectic homecoming! It would have been more exciting had I not contacted some kind of cold virus that took me out of commission during the last four days of December leading to the New Year. It even downed Liza too! Both of us spent New Year’s Eve holed up inside my Mom’s room coughing and sneezing up a storm while the rest of the Santa Ana family enjoyed the fireworks and festivities outside. What an ordeal that was!
The good news is I am feeling much better this New Year’s morning. As of this writing, Liza is just sleeping off last night’s ordeal and I suspect that she is on her way to a swift recovery.
Before I go on, there is one thing I would like to confess about the fabulous wedding that we attended: I fully regret not bringing my camera along with me! There were so many great photo opportunities inside the Manila Cathedral that up to this hour I am still kicking myself in the butt for deciding not to bring my camera with me inside the church and missing out on so many great shots! Aarrgh, Randy, you can be a bit of a dumb ass sometimes! What’s the use of buying yourself a brand new DSLR when all you did was leave it in the car and miss out on the highlight of the whole trip?
Okay, I can stop kicking myself now. There’s still this matter of my sister-in-law’s wedding coming just a few more days this January. I can still redeem myself, so there!
Now that I’ve gotten that blunder out of my chest, I can now freely look back at 2007.
I started this blog on July of 2007. My initial intent was to tell about how I ended up working in the animation industry and come up with some tutorials on how I do my work. The tutorial section started out well, but it eventually bogged down when work started to demand more of my time. Hopefully, I can find more time this year to add more content to the tutorial section. That section seem to be the one that generates more interest and traffic.
2007 was also my first full year of operating under my company name, 1254754 Alberta Ltd. During my initial rush to get a business name established, I decided to go with a numbered name instead of a real company name, say like “Randy Santa Ana Animation Studio” or something. I hope to have my company name re-named this year, if time permits.
I was able to complete a number of wonderful and exciting projects for Studio B Productions during 2007, some of which I started to work on during the latter part of 2006. To start off, I was able to do animation for The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers, a 2D Flash Animation series about three brothers, showmen from a fictional Eastern Country. They travel around the world staging these ridiculously hazardous stunts. These guys do not care about making a living out of what they elaborately stage; they just wanted the adrenalin rush!
Next up was posing work for Ricky Sprocket – Showbiz Boy, another 2D Flash series about a celebrity boy struggling to grow up in show business. Juggling and managing the schedule of doing animation work for Adrenalini and posing for Ricky Sprocket may be hectic for some, but it was a blast for me! I was having so much fun working on them that I may have made a permanent impression of my behind on the seat cushion of my chair!
Finally, I got the chance to work once again with my favorite series of all, Being Ian, a series about a boy and his highly wild imagination. I got to do posing and animation, which was really a great treat for me because I just loved doing this show!
It was a great feeling to cap off 2007 by completing Being Ian. That show has great significance for me: I started out in Flash and learned my chops working for Being Ian, way back when I was still working as a Flash consultant and instructor for Top Draw Animation in 2003.
And there we have it. So far, my more than two weeks of stay here in Manila is the longest I’ve gone being idle and not doing any work. I am enjoying the luxury of free time and relaxation, but honestly I just can’t wait to get back to work!
Until then, there is the matter of my sister-in-law’s upcoming wedding. I’ll make sure NOT to leave my camera behind this time!
A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!