Last week I went to the Ottawa International Animation Festival for the first time. It was really great, I saw a ton of films and met some amazing animators! I was most inspired by Peter Sohn, who directed Partly Cloudy (a short film that was played before Up). He was the funniest speaker, it was almost like watching a stand up comedian with animated visuals and storyboards. He happened to be a first generation Asian-American that had to deal with language barriers with his mother, which was exactly what I had to deal with my entire life. It really reached out to me, especially seeing that he was able to become a director for a Pixar film! (Although it did take him 9 years to get up there.) I am definitely going back next year, and am pumped to work on my own film!!
Some photos from the trip:
Walking by the bridge at dawn. Photo taken by Katie Kirschner!
Went to a patisserie with DELICIOUS baked goods and coffee!
A plethora of breads!
Erica and I carving pumpkins.