My Experiences in the USA

We will talk about:

  • Why working on a production is extremely valuable
  • How Denny exceeded my already low expectations
  • How Apple Maps sent me one-hour in the wrong direction

I recently spent 3 weeks in America, working with Colin Levy, exploring San Francisco, LA and Comic Con. During that time I had a lot of good and bad experiences, of which I talk about in great lengths :)

Summary

  • What I've already learned whilst working on this production
  • Visiting Pixar three times
  • San Francisco's weird weather
  • How SF is both advanced (startups) and behind (slow internet, toll booths)
  • Why tipping sucks and has to go
  • Things to see/avoid in San Francisco
  • How Denny's exceeded my already low expectations
  • Renting a car that's beloved by black guys
  • How I turned a 4 minute trip to Colin's house into a one hour hell ride
  • Visiting Comic Con for the first time ever and why you probably shouldn't go

Photos from the Trip

Hard at work in Colin’s bedroom

Hard at work in Colin’s bedroom

“Yep that’s blender”

“Yep that’s blender”

The ‘Casita’, where I stayed at Colin’s house. Gotta make sure my next house in Australia has one. Awesome.

The ‘Casita’, where I stayed at Colin’s house. Gotta make sure my next house in Australia has one. Awesome.

Working on the script with the Director of Photography (DP)

Working on the script with the Director of Photography (DP)

More work on the script

More work on the script

Skype calls with the Set Designer in LA

Skype calls with the Set Designer in LA

Constructing a physical asset

Constructing a physical asset

Looks good!

Looks good!

Now to put that into Blender

Now to put that into Blender

Time for some fresh air

Time for some fresh air

And a daily reminder that the car needs cleaning

And a daily reminder that the car needs cleaning

On the road to check out the Marina (and do something non-blender)

On the road to check out the Marina (and do something non-blender)

Talking Colin out of throwing himself into the waves

Talking Colin out of throwing himself into the waves

Nice view of the city

Nice view of the city

At the Pixar theater about to watch Guardians of the Galaxy

At the Pixar theater about to watch Guardians of the Galaxy

Colin playing a giant Jenga game at a restaurant

Colin playing a giant Jenga game at a restaurant

The 2015 Chevy Impala that all the black dudes loved for some reason

The 2015 Chevy Impala that all the black dudes loved for some reason

Driving to LA

Driving to LA

Colin enjoying the trip (and subway sandwich apparently)

Colin enjoying the trip (and subway sandwich apparently)

Out in the middle of nowhere

Out in the middle of nowhere

Approaching LA

Approaching LA

Finally meeting the whole production crew in LA that’s working on Colin’s film

Finally meeting the whole production crew in LA that’s working on Colin’s film

Comic Con! Yay. This photo pretty accurately sums it up

Comic Con! Yay. This photo pretty accurately sums it up

Comic Con exhibit hall

Comic Con exhibit hall

Awesome Cosplay kid

Awesome Cosplay kid

And another

And another

Kevin Smith giving his annual rant. Definitely the highlight of Comic Con

Kevin Smith giving his annual rant. Definitely the highlight of Comic Con

Back to San Francisco

Back to San Francisco

UC Berkley Library

UC Berkley Library

The scary MRI scanner

The scary MRI scanner

A giant truck my friend drives (to an Aussie this is kinda scary)

A giant truck my friend drives (to an Aussie this is kinda scary)

The disappointing Golden Gate bridge

The disappointing Golden Gate bridge

The Beautiful Muir Woods

The Beautiful Muir Woods

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