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Hi all -

Yeah it's been a while, but I've been busy. I know I said that I would put up images of the toys...and I haven't been able to do that. I did decide not to e-bay them (at least not all at once) because there really is no market for them...they aren't moving very well, not even on e-bay. So because of this and several other reasons, it wasn't worth the effort. I still want to sell them, it's just not a priority right now.

I've updated the site.
- I re-encoded all the video with the H.264 quicktime 7 is required for all video clips. It's so much better than sorenson (qt 6). I was able to get the clips at much better quality and either larger resolution or 75% smaller file size.
- added Zombie Prom (3 clips) to the compositor page.
- added Disney Navigations (16 clips) to the compositor page.
- my reel is also updated and is at a huge 640 x 480 resolution.
- added a clip of an old embarrassing project that you can find it if you know where to look ;).
- added the full versions of several shorts (the one's that are only "clips" of) that you can find if you know what to type. I'm not advertising this one, so that's the only hint you're getting.

Another bit of news is I'm teaching an animation course. It's called Animation II at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. I'm going to try and teach the fundamentals of animation using Maya, as opposed to just teaching the function of every button in that program, which is what every other course does.

Bit of big news I just heard about today. Disney just bought Pixar. I've been hearing rumblings about this for a little while, but now it's official. For those that don't know, Pixar is the company that made Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles (and others). For years I've been telling people that it was Pixar, not Disney, that made those films...Disney just distributed them. While there is a concern that Disney will ruin a great thing like Pixar, the best thing about this is John Lasseter will run feature animation AND Imageneering. An animator in charge of the creative...what a wonderful thing. Since Eisner is now gone from Disney, I can only hope that this is all a good thing...since the general consensus is that he's the reason for the downfall of Disney over the last 10 years.


- Luciano

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