Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Creatures of Australia


Last weekend I had the luck of seeing some of the most beautiful creatures on Earth.
Me and some friends went down to Jervis bay. We found accommodation in a nice house in Warrowing, in the middle of the forest, and after a night by the wood fireplace, we woke up in the freezing southern winter. As we popped our heads out of the hut, a lot of curious marsupials were staring at us, as well as their little cubs in their comfortable pouches.
We were hoping to be lucky, and spot some whales during our planned trip on a small boat. Despite being whaling season, often people get disappointed, as did the group just before us. But luck did come to us. A former year's calf of humpback whale came to feed right next to us, on its way to the warmer northern waters. Despite being very small - only seven meters long - it left a huge impression on us. It was absolutely beautiful.
We were extra lucky indeed, because on our way back to the harbor, a pack of common dolphins came to hitchhike our boat, showing off their acrobatic skills. Here are the pictures!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Sunday in Kirribilli

I have been living in Sydney before, but last Sunday I decided with some friends to actually make time and visit some of it again. Armed with our cameras, we went to Kirribilli to enjoy some good food and a few beautiful cityscapes.

Kirribilli is a suburb just north of the bridge, with stunning views on the city and the Opera House, besides the stunning bridge itself. It is dotted with amazing properties, among which you may find the house of the prime minister, and several movie stars. To complete the view, there is the Luna Park of Sydney, a park of attractions that catches the eye of all tourists, despite being underused.

Food in Kirribilli is good too. We went to an Italian Restaurant and enjoyed some bruschettas, squid ink spaghetti, and a massive apple and blueberry crumble. Enjoy the pictures!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Back to Sydney

After a quite amazing three-months-long trip in Central and Southeastern Asia, I'm back to Sydney. I decided to lend a hand to Animal Logic for finishing up the movie Australia. It's a love story, about an English Lady and an Australian drover, set in Darwin during the second world war. From the director of Moulin Rouge, and starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, it is going to be quite graphical and visually appealing.

Because of the versatility of my tasks and the short time remaining, the title of my position is not clear yet. Senior something, probably shader writer as usual. I am writing shaders, pipeline tools and I will probably light some shots too.

Stay tuned, it is an exciting project, and it's promising to be a rough ride with only 9 weeks left to deliver.