I'm sitting in an office, wearing a comedy Christmas tie and drinking a comically oversized skinny latte, and despite appearing like Edward Norton at the start of Fight Club, I'm greatly enjoying it.
Let's clip show, shall we? Except without the pictures. OK maybe with pictures. I'll see if I can find pictures.
You know, Cyprien did a much better year in recap, probably because he had more interesting things to talk about, but who cares, this one's all about my year. Yeah I know I say every year I don't like doing these but nevertheless I still do them and you know what? This has actually been an interesting year, filled with odd little moments and meeting fun people.
So let's begin. (Chances are, I'll only end up doing this until about June-July, and carry on another day, but it depends how much downtime I have at the office today. It's Christmas eve, so there isn't a great deal of work I haven't done yet).
The year began, technically, awesomely. See, I'd quit my shitty job working in a newsagent back in December, awaiting an animation gig over at a studio, who were going to do a youtube series where people talk in front of a green screen and needed me to do some background animation. Seemed decent enough. Went to their studios and got set up.
And then they told me they didn't feel ready to actually begin production, despite having begun production. What was funny - in retrospect, that is - was when we were interviewing, I asked them if they had enough video content for me to work on, if they wanted this to be an ongoing series, and they had assured me they had. Oh well, I also had an interview for a Maya Generalist position at another company the following day, at a much nicer salary. I got the job, and then some higher-ups decided they no longer needed a Maya generalist and the two jobs I, only a couple of days before, had, were now no longer.
Well at least I was still working Jake Bexx's Bilderberg Project, which while being simple in style, was a lot of fun.
Cut to a montage of me trying out different jobs over the following months and (usually) failing miserably.
Fundraiser! Article writer! [I was going to link the site but it's down. Good sign] Freelancer! Hell, I even had a day where I was pushing tea. Not like in a West Side Story way, but actually literally, tea. In Camden Market. That was a weird day.
But then I had to rush off because I had to go and see Dichen Lachman at the premiere of the film whose name and plot I've completely forgotten (but she was delightful), which Wilson somehow managed to swipe tickets for.
It's on the backburner because we're currently writing a comic, which won't be going on the backburner. We're looking at starting production first thing next year and releasing pages once a week, once we have enough backlogged.
In May I wrote a short film.
And then we made it. Production was great fun, if a bit all over the place - most of the people working on it were graduates and we did it on a shoestring budget but none of that was really up to me. I wrote it and made sure it looked good (also I had to act in it because an actor dropped out at the last minute)
And during those months I got to hang out with some French nobs, drunk with the Visual Effects Society - of which I am not even remotely close to being a member of - and saw Interstellar on an IMAX projector and Big Hero 6 (all of this thanks to frequent collaborator Wilson), and saw Jackie freakin' Chan (he is the nicest guy in the world and sung everybody Happy Birthday).
So this was all happening while I was looking for a job. And then i got a job: after a brief and predictably disastrous stint as a fundraiser, I applied for an admin job at the same charity - the National Deaf Children's Society - and got the job. It's been a good job, it's comfortable, I'm at a desk and it's not tiring enough that it dampens my creativity, although once in a blue moon I have to dress in a giant bear suit
Recently I worked on another short film, The Blue Balloon, where I had to remove colours and keep other colours, a la Schindler's List (with less Holocaust)