Saturday, September 13, 2008

What I Also Did On My Summer Vacation



The other movie experience this summer was, of course, the new, now old (boy, they get forgotten in a hurry these days,don't they?) Indiana Jones film. Covered in detail by many others already. I pretty much concur. Some things worked, but many didn't, and if we can see it, why can't they?( that would be G.&S.) The whole thing left me curiously unmoved. Now why is that? Too much anticipation? Spoiled by the reams of eyepopping visuals of the last twenty years? Just a little bit different weltschau from one's own life experience in that time? In my case, it was definitely influenced by the experience of having worked on the First One. Whenever that comes up, " You worked on Raiders?", it's great to get the gaze, but weird because ..that was so long ago, yet in some ways just yesterday. One feels all old and young at the same time.
So there I am in my first job out of School, in the layout dept. of Nelvana in Toronto in the fall of 1980, on the infamous first-canadian-produced-animated-feature Rock 'n' Rule, along with Ray Jafelice, Dave Ross, Mike Merrill, Franc Reyes, Paul Rivoche, Jim Craig, Bill Marshall, not to mention Charlie Bonafacio, Chuck Gammage,Tom Sito, Dave Brewster, Roger Allers.... and who many... i'll come back and edit you in later when i on the wall rings (just the one for the dept.); Scott, it's for you, hello, it's Jim Macauley here. from the College, ILM is looking to hire and would you be interested. Would I? Well, here's the number, I call later, turns out Dick Friesen, Technical Animation teacher has returned to Calif., is now super for animation effects at ILM. Would like to fly me down for interview. It's a Thursday, on Saturday I am winging down to the Bay Area. All is amazing. Now remember, I am still very wet behind the ears, certainly as far as effects go. There's always been an undercurrent of interest in effects - watched all the Harryhausen films on TV, loved Star Wars as much as the next guy, but I 'm not a fan, per se. Read alot Cinefantastique in the College library. But I don't really know how it's done. Long story short, i am offered the job and thus starts an adventure that still has repercussions today. Not the least of which is disturbing thoughts on seeing Crystal Skull. So great seeing the whole damn Thing again, but then...Why doesn't it hang together? How do the guys who made it feel about it as they did so? We all want to work on something great, but you can't call it. Life is odd. Movies are odder.


Randeep Katari said...

Paul Teolis just mentioned to me on Friday when we went for lunch that you worked on Raiders. You missed the gaze. I had NO IDEA. Also, that is of course, supremely awesome.
Glad to hear you're doing well, would love to discuss this topic with you more (your post), give me a shout when you're free - I'm free pretty much every evening this week and all week next.

Bobby Chiu said...

Great story. Very cool.

Andrew Murray said...

I just gave my monitor that gaze about Raiders. awesome story Scott. I had this empty feeling when I saw Crystal Skull. It wasn't a pleasent experience.

Adam Pockaj said...

I seem to be the only one that thought Crystal Skull was okay, story wise. For me it was the stunts that made it lose believability. Falling down 3 huge waterfalls and managing to keep his hat on the whole way, tarzan boy swinging through a jungle, not to mention the whole nuking the fridge thing (ugh). I dunno why, but the aliens thing didn't seem to be that much of a problem for me, but they made the characters so invincible, that there was no connection. At least Superman has Kryptonite, but these characters really had no weaknesses.

TomH said...

I known you how many years AND I NEVER KNEW YOU WORKED ON RAIDERS!? Anyway, that is a pretty cool story to have in your back pocket.


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