John Lasseter: My Hero

To my future self: If you’re ever feeling unmotivated in your journey to become a computer animator, look back on your hero’s perseverance and everything he went through to get to where he is today. John Lasseter has paved the way for the entertainment industry with his idea of computer animated graphics, being used to tell a story. This was not easily accomplished for your hero, he so heavily believed in computer animation he actually got fired from Disney because he pushed the idea of it so hard(Charles S, 2006). He so to speak rolled the dice with his career because he went against the conventional ways of animation and stood up for what he thought was the future of the industry. Remember who you want to be and how to achieve it. Stop at nothing to achieve your dream and ask yourself why John Lasseter is your inspiration. Never forget to stay true to yourself, just like your idol did to create computer animation.

This is a reminder to you of everything he went through to become who he is today. John studied at California Institute of the Arts for four years and was the second person to be chosen for for the nascent character animation program(Charles S, 2006). He studied with many legendary Disney artists(Charles S, 2006). While he was studying there he won two student academy award for his animated films ”Lady and the Lamp” and ”Nitemare.” After graduating in 1979 John went on to work at Disney where he worked on ”The Fox and the Hound” and ”Mickey’s Christmas Carol”(Charles S, 2006). During this time he also did a test suggesting that 2-D animation could be combined with a computerized environment(Charles S, 2006). In 1984 John left Disney to work for Lucasfilm where he worked in the computerized graphics department, shortly after he made his first computer generated short called ”The Adventures of Andre and Wally B”(Charles S, 2006). In 1988 his computer animated short “Tin Toy” won an oscar and next he would go on to make Toy Story in 1995(Charles S, 2006). Now that John has made computer animation big through Pixar, he is now looking to bring back 2-D animation again. After getting fired from Disney Steve Jobs offered him a job at Lucasfilm that would later get turned into Pixar. This was John’s break through, he got the opportunity to prove everyone wrong and also prove to himself that computer animated graphics is the future.  Especially since the world barely even knew what computer animation was, but he took a leap of faith and made Toy Story in 1995 and man did he deliver! John is now the overseer of three studios since Pixar and Disney are together as one company now(Tom J, 2011).Remind yourself why you got the passion for computer animation, if it wasn’t for John and his creation of Toy Story; would you even be here right now?

What can you tell yourself about the heart of John Lasseter to remind yourself of who you are? His reasoning for his storytelling is to find the boy in every man and to help the boy become a man in the process of watching his films(Tom J, 2011). John takes pride with the boy in himself, he doesn’t want to be corrupted by money and power. He wants to stay young at heart and innocent, from the looks of his films I would say he doing a great job! Through John’s perseverance he has gone on to create the biggest hit movies the entertainment industry has ever seen. John truely is a great person and family man at heart. Even at his job he likes to celebrate often. Everytime he calls a final to a scene he pours a shot for him and his animators. But also don’t forget what it takes to get there. John Lasseter tells us the foundations every animation student needs in order to be successful in the field. He talks about knowing the basics for instance basic drawing, storytelling, design, fundamentals of animation, and grammar; he says you need to study these things because he relies on the basics everyday of his career(Disney-Pixar, 2009).

So what can you take from this to persevere throughout your journey to become an animator? You need to remember who you are and to not be afraid to think outside the box; never lose that boy in you and to stay true to who you are. Everyday you wake up remind yourself what your dream is and to persevere through tough times. Tell yourself it won’t be easy, tell yourself you can do it, and don’t let people limit you. Study the basics so you can have a solid foundation for your craft and never stop exploring your creative mind in the process. Think about John and how his outside the box idea has revolutionized the entertainment business and changed the world forever. He has sparked fires in our hearts for years now and he has created a burning passion for yours. So everytime you see a new Disney-Pixar film remember what it took for John Lasseter to accomplish it, be bold!

References

Charles S (2006,January 25).Pixar Creative Chief to Seek to Restore the Disney Magic.

      Retrieved from https://assethub.fso.fullsail.edu/assethub/Pixar_Creative_Chief_to_Seek_to_Restore_the__0ed5b55b-a0dc-4540-afd8-9b7d56a7a3a2.PDF

Tom J(2011, May 30).  How John Lasseter Raised the Children of

       America Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/2014/10/big-hero-6/

Disney-Pixar(2009,Sep 14) John Lasseter Q&A Any advice for aspiring animation student?

      Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUZmE3uxe8c

Pin the tail on the Donkey

I believe that our protagonist Dave becomes the “Donkey” at the end of the video and Stanley gets his revenge. In the beginning of this short film we instantly realize that it’s in black and white, this helps capture our protagonists mood. Dave is very lost and sad, you can hear it in his voice as he narrates the film. The still camera angles, wide shots, and close ups of our protagonists face really capture the emotion of our main character. “A literature review conducted by Edwards and Torcellini analyzed the effect of daylight in various settings and conditions, and the findings reveal that adequate lighting is associated with feeling of elation among the test subjects, while dark lighting induces feelings of depression”(Tri, 2014).

As we watch the film we learn that he use to go to elementary school with a kid named Stanley, Stanley would always run around the classroom walling his arms and yelling “ee or” like a donkey. Everyone thought this was hilarious and would make fun of him for it. Our protagonist was one of the kids that didn’t treat Stanley the way he should have been treated. Then our leading character recalls being in high school with Stanley, he remembers Stanley being very different and no longer that kid that made everyone laugh.  “David didn’t go up to his old friend and talk to him but instead told all of his new friends about how Stanley used to run around and act like a donkey” (independentpiecesofwork, 2015). In high school he learns that Stanley is autistic “After a while the teacher told the other kids that they need to stop making fun of Stanley because he was slower than the other kids. However the teachers telling them to stop didn’t make the students stop”(independentpiecesofwork, 2015). In no time Dave is graduating college and getting married. His wife ends up having a great job opportunity that is not in the same city as his well paying job is. So they divorce and go their separate ways splitting everything they owned between them. Our protagonist is doing more than well financially and he ends up getting multiple promotions.

One night while our protagonist is out drinking he sees a familiar face, he see’s Stanley workling and builds up the courage to go talk to him. When they talk Stanley invites our lead character over for dinner with him and his wife. Dave is a little off put by this invitation because of the past these two have had, but he ends up handing Stanley his card to give him a call. A couple days later he gets a call from Stanley’s wife inviting him to dinner at their place. Before you know it our protagonist is at Stanley house and he realizes how beautiful his wife is, he also realizes just how normal and different Stanley is. So they eat dinner and catch up on things, but just before our protagonist leaves out the front door Stanley walks up to him with a smile on his face and says “hey dave ee or”.

That very moment is when our protagonist realizes that he is now the donkey that Stanley was back in school. Stanley has everything he could ever ask for he has a beautiful wife, a decent paying job, and most importantly happiness. While Dave has more money than he knows what to do with, money isn’t enough for him at this point. He is depressed, he is lonely and he is the opposite of happy. So in the end Stanley is the one who has everything he could ever ask for, while our main character has nothing. Also according to Patrick(2012), “Everyone knows someone who talks about how much money they make, the women they’ve been with, but when at the end of the day, they’ve got squat”. We can relate this to Stanleys time in school, stanley was lonely, sad, and bitter. I remember when I went through my first real breakup, I was very depressed despite the fact I am very fortunate to have all the material things around me. But during that time in school our protagonist was happy, he had friends, a girlfriend, and was popular. So at the end of this short film our protagonist says “whos the donkey now”, indicating that he in now the donkey. He is a man that has everything but at the same time nothing he is empty inside just like Stanley was when he got bullied back in high school. So metaphorically our protagonist is now the one everyone is laughing at and calling donkey as he runs around flailing his arms and yelling “ee or”. I think we can all relate to what Dave is going through, we are all imperfect creatures living in an imperfect world. I know I havn’t treated people the way I should have in the past and thats why my heart burns for our main character.So in the end Stanley and our protagonist switch places on the happiness scale. How did you perceive this short film? Do you think Dave ends up becoming the “donkey”?

References

Donkey a Short Film. (2015, March 5). Retrieved March 22, 2015, from https://independentpiecesofwork.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/donkey-a-short-film/

Hickey Jr, P. (2012, April 27). Review Fix 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Coverage: Donkey Review: Revenge Done Right. Retrieved March 22, 2015, from http://reviewfix.com/2012/04/review-fix-2012-tribeca-film-festival-coverage-donkey-review-revenge-done-right/

LexisNexis. (2015, March 14). Retrieved March 22, 2015, from http://www.lexisnexis.com.oclc.fullsail.edu:81/hottopics/lnacademic/

Lighting and its Affect on Your Mood. (2014, January 1). Retrieved March 25, 2015, from http://examinedexistence.com/lighting-and-its-affect-on-your-mood/

Here is the link to the short film, I would encourage anyone reading this to watch it atleast once in your lifetime!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctRP3b4NntM 

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This blog is about movies and TV shows and the depth behind them. Im not just talking about how awesome that explosion was, I’m talking about how we perceive them and the idealism of the things we perceive. Things like the writing, camera angles, narration, and overall beauty to the film or tv show. The  Movies are a great way to kill time and be entertained at the same time. I like to think more in-depth about what happens in movies and lessons you can learn from them, also to appreciate how well written and well made the movie is. TV shows on the other hand can give you weeks of entertainment. I think the power of picture is very moving and we can all be inspired by movies we have seen. They give you perspective on all things good and bad, they make you feel for the people on screen even though you know its just a movie or show.

My name is Kendrick, I’m 19 and grew up in a small town in Iowa. I still currently live here and have a part time job at a store called Theisens and working part time for Amway. I guess what brought me here to Full Sail was movies, since I was a kid I love going to see a movie on the weekends. It was as if all my problems went away when I’m watching movies. That’s when I found my love for computer animation and have been passionate about it ever since. I am currently studying for a bachelors degree in computer animation and I’m loving every second of Full Sail so far. I have deep appreciation for movies and TV and it seems that’s what brought me here, so I thought that’s what I would make this blog about!