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Los Angeles

I'm telling you that most of that smog is dust or other environmental factors, it was clear here yesterday.



Sure it was.

A view of Griffith Park Observitory, downtown L.A.
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Stefan and Marianne decided that they would give me a shot to work on from the movie. It was the Ghost Boy's first appearance. Stefan had a pre-visualization shot for me to look at and he said what ever you want to do, go for it. I was very excited because this was my first "real" film and if I did good then Stefan said he would put it in the movie.

I went to a Tool Concert that week and the striking, grotesque animations influenced me I'm sure. When I approached the Ghost Boy, I wanted to make him look old and rotten. Like he had pruney skin and vericose veins. I thought the contrast of this on a young face would be scarey, and I was right. I set up a composite in photoshop based on a still frame. I hand drew wrinkles and veins and scanned them into the computer. I used the drawings to effect the lights and darks of the kids face.

Click image for "The Ghosts of Edendale" webpage.
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Click on the Behind the Scenes section to learn the method behind the madness.

When I took it to Stefan and Marianne they loved it. I think they were surprised at the artistic hand drawn look rather than a cg look. Because they dug that look, I translated that look to other shots in the film and went on to become visual effects supervisor.







I learned so much about film making and everything else with Marianne and Stefan. I really owe them alot for taking me under their wing. I had dinner with them practically every night during the post process.







My year in L.A. was full of good times and good people.