Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Premise Entertainment


I started working freelance at Premise Entertainment studio in Orlando. The studio is located in a nondescript office complex. I signed a non-disclosure agreement and picked up my first scene for a feature animated film. Since the walls in almost every room were covered with backgrounds and character studies, I decided not to draw inside on my first day picking up work. I was lucky that they were screening some dailies and I got to see the work they had done the previous week. It was exciting to rejoin the 15 or so artists from the old Florida Disney Feature Animation studio days who are working in the facility full time.
I was told that to find the building, I should look for the Utility truck parked out front. I could not pass up the opportunity to sketch the utility crew after I picked up the scene. I spoke with the crew since they became curious about what I was up to. They were doing routine maintenance on the electric lines underground. They discovered that one connector had blown out and was lying on the ground. They showed me the part that had blown. It was a heavy metal cylinder that had a chunk missing like it had exploded. Apparently they usually check the connectors by just touching them by hand to see how warm they are. Today for an unknown reason the worker decided not to do that. He is glad he did since that blown connector could have given him a 7200 volt jolt had he touched it.

6 comments:

dewey chaffee said...

You make the most common of scenes so beautiful. I am a fan.

Thor said...

Thanks Dewey. Your e-mail went a ling way toward keeping my artistic engine fueled.

Jenna said...

Hi. I found your blog from Dewey's video blog. Your sketches are amazing and make me want to dig out my sketchbook and start drawing again. I used to do the same thing and I enjoy your work immensely!
Do you use watercolors or wc pencils?

Thor said...

Jenna,
Welcome. I use watercolors. If you really want to get out and sketch again, I will be hosting the Orlando Sketch Crawl on April 11th 2009. Sketch crawl is where artists around the world all go out and sketch on the same day then post all the sketches on the sketch crawl site... http://www.sketchcrawl.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2224
The last crawl just had 3 artists show up to represent Orlando, I know there are more out there.

Jenna said...

Thor,
The Sketch Crawl sound like so much fun! I will see what I am doing that day. Thank you for the info! :) Your watercolors look quality, where can I find a good palette so small?

Thor said...

I bought the water color set with a winning bid of $5 on ebay. Here is a link to an ebay page with photo.....http://cgi.ebay.com/Cotman-Water-Colors-The-Compact-Set-Winsor-Newton_W0QQitemZ220368758806QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item220368758806&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50