You know, I don’t like that I only get to update this blog once a week. I wish I had more to discuss, but I instead just build it all up and burp it all out in one evening. Tonight, will likely be no different.
Let us begin with with My Animation Mentor Assignment. So I turned in my blocking assignment, and got some feedback from Morgan. He had some suggestions about fixing some of the composition of the shot as well as pointing out some of my poor silhouettes. Week 3′s assignment was to go beyond blocking. Out of stepped mode, more breakdowns, and to bring in other principles(like Overlap, secondary motion, Squash and stretch[but if you ask me your blocking should have this stuff but i digress]). Below is what I turned in.
I have gotten some feedback on it via my eCritique. Morgan is interesting, because he reminds me of myself a bit. He very much seems like an ideas man. He had some ideas for my shot but showed restraint due to the fact that we’re too far in for any drastic changes to the shot. But I just found it interesting that I can be very much the same way, and hearing him suggest some ideas makes me think of some of my own.
The one downer for this term, is that I turn in the assignment Sunday, get my eCritique Tuesday Evening(which doesn’t leave for much work). Then I have my Q&A on Wednesday Evening. So it basically gives me a couple hours before Q&A on Wednesday, and then I have to finish all of my work on Thurs-Sat. It just makes me feel a little bit rushed, but I am going pull through.
Seriously, I have been listening to so much Andrew W.K., and aside from making kick ass songs about just going wild and partying(which to him doesn’t necessarily mean getting hammered), he is easily one of the most positive people I have ever heard of. The guy is just pure energy and between that, and getting back a bit to Church(so obviously I would attribute most of this to reconnecting to God spiritually), I have just in a seriously good mood(except when I wake up in the morning).
I haven’t really been doing anything exciting either. I literally just work, go to the gym(Mondays), or Rugby Practice(Tues and Thurs), before coming home and working on my AM homework. Literally nothing exciting, but I am finding myself quite content in this solitude as I gotta find the time an energy to put all of my effort into Animation. Art is sadly on the backburner, but I know it’s good because Art is therapy too. And I know I can always go back to it and once I am done with AM, I will find a renewed Vigor for it as well!
This past weekend there was a Rugby 7′s Tournament in Santa Barbara. It was an ordeal. See, in 7′s you play 7 men on the field and 7 minute halfs. You would probably want…10-12 people on a team. I got to Elings Park in Santa Barbara for the Grunions Rugby Tournament just after 9AM. Apparently, CALibU(that’s what I call our combination Cal Lu and Malibu players) Rugby was up first! We didn’t have enough people so they pushed it back for us. by 10AM, we had probably 19 players! Enough for 2 full teams each with 2-3 subs! So we took full advantage of the rolling subs. We played the Grunion Rugby Club first and they beat us by 2 points(damn missed conversions!). That coupled with a clusterfuck for a substition system on our part was the reason why we lost. We sat down and got our stuff together for our second match which, due to a no show by the OC Ravens, meant we got to play the Grunions again. Revengeance!
We managed to beat them by about a try or 2 if memory serves, putting us at 1-1. We had time to kill before they seeded the tournament. I guess you play a few games, which gives you a ranking, then there’s the actual tournament time. There was an Open Side(for some of the better ranked teams like Santa Monic, and Belmont Shores) and then a Social Side. We were in the social side.
I think we were seeded as 4th place, maybe 5th. Anywho, our first match was against Pasadena Rugby Club. Details are hazy, but we won. We made it to the Semi-Finals where we would face the OC Whittier combo(I guess it might’ve been a combination of the OC Ravens with Whittier people as both teams didn’t have enough separately I think). We killed them. It was like 5 tries to 0. I believe I scored a try this game(I believe it was here and not against Pasadena). We had a free kick about 5 meters off the try line. Andrew took it dished it to me and I ran between the posts, gave 2 dudes a stiff forearm as I drove in and touched the ball down to score a try.
As I said, we won, which put us into the finals which I think was new territory for both clubs as I think we normally had a best of reaching the Semi-Finals. We played a team called, I believe Olympic Club. They had a team in the Open side as well as this social side which seemed to just be the subs from the Open side. We had our work cut out for us.
We started the match and did not do particularly well. We had a crappy ref(who would eventually be the reason why we won later on) and we just got our ass kicked in the first half. By halftime it was 14-0 in favor of Olympic. With some halftime adjustments, we went in and scored a try, but missed the kick. Another breakaway from a penalty call(I believe hitting the kicker after he kicked the ball) we scored a try, but again a missed conversion. So with about 2 minutes left it was 10-14 Olympic.
Nick Dettorre was the one who scored I think, he was out of gas, he looked at me, and I could see he needed a sub, so we swapped out. It was a real good teamwork moment there and good substitions when it mattered. We kicked off, I believe they knocked the kickoff so it was our ball. They drove us back a bit, then someone passed the ball to Shawn who dished it to…me. What followed was my favorite part of the tournament which also began our final drive…
I grabbed the ball and began running. I think I shoved away someone, then I see this guy comin up to me. Normally I’d stiffarm or forearm them out of my way and keep trucking till Im about to go down. But for some reason, the angle I was running and this guy was pursuing, I decided I was going to pieface this guy. For those of you who do not know, a Pieface is when you take you open hand, as if you were holding a pie, and just put it in their face and push them away(as if you were trying to smash a pie on their face). For some reason, I knowingly decided to pieface this guy. I did and put him down to the ground I think hahahahaha. It was my favorite part of the tournament.
Anyway, somehow from that, I got tackled and we got some kind of penalty. We drove forward and got some unholy advantage time that took us all the way down to about 5 meters from the try. With a free kick, Pete took the tap and go and ran it in for the try on the last play of the game. Final score 15-14 CALibU. Simply Epic.
Not to be outdone, I had softball the next day. We have lost every game by probably an average of 12 runs(although one time we lost by 3 I think). We played the team that handed us probably our largest loss, and guess what…WE WON! Whaaaaaat?! I’m proud to say I went 3 for 3, with 1 Single, 1 Double, and a 2 run In the Park Home Run.
It was awesome. A Historic weekend for Sports for me.
Anyway, I think I’ve talked enough now. More updates to come hopefully a bit more frequently.