Sunday, March 14, 2010


About a year ago my good friend Alessandro mentioned the fact that he was going to get married. And gave me about a year notice. So no excuses, although I´m pretty good at missing these important occasions, I was not going to do it this time.

There are really no good flights between San Francisco and Salvador - Bahia. All require at least two connections. To be safe, I planned extra time for the each and did not put anything too important in the checked-in backpack - with the notable exception of the suit I am supposed to wear at the wedding.

And of course, things went wrong. After an excruciating eight hours wait in Atlanta, the delay was long enough that I missed my connection in Brazilia. Besides, they also lost my luggage, and I still do not know its location at this time. The replacement flight from Brazilia to Salvador was also late. But it´s ok because I waited for my ride (which I am grateful for) for another hour at the airport. So overall, the trip took about 35 hours. And without my stuff.

It wasn´t all bad though. I had plenty of time to peruse my portuguese lesson podcast and to catch up with the world news. And once I got there, starving like a velocyraptor, I had two dinners. One italian, and one Brazilian.
So here I am, in Bahia, stuffed with carne ao sol, enjoying the sound of the waves and the comfortable couch of one of my best friends.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Circkus Animation

Ever wondered what on the world it is exactly that I do? CirkusProductions recently posted this cute video on Youtube which makes computer animation a bit more understandable for those who do not live with it every day.

Easy, isn't it?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Congratulations to the Up crew!

The Oscar night was fun! I was glad to see UP win the Best Animated Feature Award. It is so rewarding to see the hard work and incredible talent of all my friends and colleagues be recognized yet again. Congratulations as well for the Best original score. I really love and am moved by the soundtrack, written by Michael Giacchino.

I would like to take a minute to congratulate Mauro Fiore, for his Best Cinematography Award with Avatar, and thank him for representing with pride us immigrated Italian artists in the world. All the talented artists and technical directors at Weta in New Zealand did an amazing job with the movie, and greatly deserved the Best Visual Effects Award too.

I was a bit sad to see neither shorts "French Roast" or "Lady and the Reaper"  - the first Oscar nominated animated work from Spain - or the new Wallace and Gromit be rewarded for their fantastic job.

Finally, I think "Il Divo", my favourite Italian picture in the last few years, should have been in the short list for Best Foreign Movie Award, rather than for the Best Makeup Award, where it found itself unrealistically competing with sci-fi flicks like Star Trek.

What did you think?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Waiting for Oscar night - Legend of the Guardians

Friday night at Pixar I had a chance to see Alice in Wonderland. Other than being a very visually appealing movie, I was looking forward to that because before of the movie, I knew they would show the first trailer of "Legend of the Guardians" in 3D.

Only 6 months away from the due release, this movie from Zack Snyder and Animal Logic changed its name from "The Guardians of Ga'Hoole", the original books title, to avoid conflicting with the current release name of the new Dreamworks movie "The Guardians of Childhood". I had a very minor part while working at Animal Logic on this new release, and I am looking forward to seeing it in theaters. It will probably be contending for the next year's Academy Awards.

So here is the new trailer! Look forward to it!

Enjoy the Oscar Night!