Journals

  • May 20 - IT'S A WRAP!

    Posted March 19 by Mario Furmanczyk

    The time has finally come to wrap up my four year Calarts journal! We just had our graduation ceremony a couple of nights ago and I'm sitting in my cube right now writing this last entry. I think it's an appropriate place to write the last entry considering I've spent two of my four years in this cu...

  • May 10 - Producer's Show!

    Posted March 19 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I'll post some of the pictures I managed to take during the Producer's Show in a little bit. I just have to get some of the people together who took photos. I've been a slacker as far as photo taking goes ever since my digital camera mysteriously disappeared. Anyway, I took two photos for sure. One ...

  • April 24 - Open Show Submission is done!

    Posted March 19 by Mario Furmanczyk

    So I finished a bit early and submitted a couple days before the deadline which was quite nice because I dodged the frantic last minute rush which I've taken part of three years in a row. I took this open show version to my mentors, Bert and Jennifer Klein and just as I thought they would, they moti...

  • April 20 update - One the verge of completion!!

    Posted March 19 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Tuesday. We set up a plan and came up with the crucial priority scenes which needed plussing. In essence, the most important fixes were the ones that dealt with story/clarity issues. There were some scenes that weren't reading and I had to reanimate or in some cases just put some patches on them her...

  • April 11 update - 12 days till deadline!

    Posted March 19 by Mario Furmanczyk

    DerI haven't been doing as much updating as I'd like only because I've been focusing on the film and nothing else for that past while now. James Baxtor came in for a lecture which I'll definitely write something up for when I get the energy to. He came in and animated a little scene of a character t...

  • March 21 - Animation Update

    Posted March 19 by Mario Furmanczyk

    March 21 Rough Animation ReelSo I managed to rough out around fifty percent of my film and took it over to Bert and Jennifer's for their critique. There were a couple of scenes that worked but pretty much every other scene had issues with them mostly dealing with clarity. This made me feel really go...

  • March 8 - Update on my film!

    Posted March 19 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I ran into some hard times. All of the sudden I got really confused and forgot what the heck I was doing so I ran over to Bert and Jennifer's for some advice.  I think I've come to the conclusion that the thought of the deadline stressed me out a lot and also the thought of trying to impress ot...

  • March 2 - Glen Keane Animation Lecture!

    Posted March 19 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Well it's my fourth year at Calarts and my class has finally had the privledge of seeing one of Glen Keane's great animation lectures. I've never seen Glen Keane speak in front of people before but I've always heard that his lectures are a huge deal. Obviously it's because he's one of the best anima...

  • March 2nd - First stab at animation! (2 scenes)

    Posted March 19 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Ok, well I've dived into the deep end and after all of that story and design stuff, I'm trying to get familiar with animating again.  Hopefully from here on out (since I'm graduating) I'll never have to go through story or design hell again!! But you never know. All I am certain of at this...

  • Feb 21 - Animatic! yay

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    It's been a long and painful journey thorughout the story, design, layout and animatic phases of this fourth year film. Not to mention the work that I needed to do to make sure everything is organized for production. I have colored scene folders (which I made out of construction paper) to help with ...

  • Jan 16 - Mark Henn Animation Lecture

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Mr. Mark Henn has been one of the most highly regarded animators at Disney for around 23 years. He is well known for his great abilities as an actor as well as his mind blowing speed. His work can be seen on pretty much all of the Disney features dating back to the "Great Moust Detective" with ...

  • Jan 16 - Angus Maclane Animation Lecture

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Since Pixar is the coolest, they've been arranging lecture series for Calarts over the past couple of years. This time around Angus MacLane stopped by and entertained us for three hours. I'd have to say that his lecture was definitely full of laughs. Probably the funniest lecture I've ever had at Ca...

  • Jan 22 - Pete Doctor Animation Lecture

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Pete Doctor (left) came in for a noon lecture and somehow I misplaced some golden notes that I put together from his visit. As you can imagine, I'm furious! I'm hoping I'll run into the notes one day and if I do, I'll elaborate more on his lecture.  So lets see how well my memory is working! O...

  • Jan. 18 - 2nd pass on Story Reel

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    2nd story reel passThis process is about constantly taking something general and slowly working it and reworking into something more specific. Anyway, so this is my next story pass. I consulted Dave Pimintel, my story teacher (and head of story at Dreamworks). He gave me some awesome advice and so d...

  • Jan. 17 - Final Character Designs and Incidental Char. Designs

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    After consulting with Jennifer Klein over email I've narrowed it down to these designs. I've also started to design some of the other random characters that will be in the film but I can't get too far with that until I nail down my storyboards. So, that's the next step! Story is the most stress...

  • Jan. 11, 2007- First Batch of Character Designs

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I've been drawing like a maniac the past few days trying to get some decent character designs. First of all, let me go back a few days to elaborate more on the process and some of the problems I faced and am currently facing with designing these characters.I took a stab at designing a few chara...

  • January 4, 2007 - Rough story Boards for My Fourth Year film

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    So I took a month long vacation to Chicago starting Dec 6 and came back on the 3rd of January. During that great vacation I managed to figure out what my story would be for my final year. On the plane to Chicago I quickly roughed out a storyboard in my sketchbook. By the time I landed I was finished...

  • Jan, 2007 - "The Summer Sum-Up"

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    There are just way too many things that have happened since I last wrote in my journal so I'll try to summarize. First of all, I've taken a semester off of school so that's why I'm starting this year's journal in January. The reason for taking a semester off was so that I could continue working at R...

  • May 11 2006 - 2006 Calarts Producer's Show!!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    First of all, I'm an IDIOT for not bringing my camera to the show. I totally forgot. I remember plugging the camera in to get it charged earlier in the day too. Damn! Anyway, it was great to experience the Producer's Show again but not so great since my film wasn't in it!  This year had su...

  • May 9 2006 - 2006 Calarts Job Fair!!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Whoops! I forgot to mention that we had Job Fair coming up and that's probably one of the most stressful times of the year. We only get a couple of weeks to prepare our porfolios after the film deadline so everyone is in a rush to get stuff done. We just got a huge Laser printer in the Mac lab so we...

  • May 6 2006 - Sinco De Mayo party at my Dorm Room

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    This time of year is just as weird as it is awesome. It's weird because once we're finished with our films, we don't really know what the heck to do with our time. It's a strange feeling to have so much extra time on our hands. And at the same time it's great because we can throw Sinco De Mayo Parti...

  • May 5 - Dogeball Championship!!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    It was a night to remember......The 2006 Dodgeball Championship Game at Calarts! As you can imagine, this event was highly anticipated throughout the week. There were about 11 teams starting at 8 p.m and it all came down to two teams and guess which two made it to the finals, baby! Yep, the "Dan Han...

  • May 1 2006 - The Producer's Show Selections!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Unfortunately, I didn't make it into the Producer's Show this year but I think the films that got picked were really awesome. I can't wait till they post the films online for all to see. Anyhow, as you can imagine, there is definitely some dissappointment that I'm feeling right now but when I think ...

  • April 29 2006 - The OPEN SHOW!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    So I managed to take ALOT of coole photos during the Open Show this year. Everyone got pretty typsy right before the show started including me. Me and some of my buddies went out to get some beer. I had one six pack of Negro Modelo and another six pack of Guiness. Good stuff. But to be honest, I wou...

  • April 26 2006 - "The Film is Done!"

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I've neglected the journal for a couple of weeks because I was so busy trying to finish my film. I kinda wanted to have a few rants here and there about how stressful it was but oh well. I'm sitting at the Film Library right now ( my workstudy job). I'm definitely happy that my third year film is fi...

  • April 13 - 11 Days Until the Deadline

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    The deadline is definitely looming and you'd figure that I'd be a nervous wreck right about now but for some reason I'm fairly calm. I have no idea why. As a matter of fact, ever since I changed my story a month or so ago I've been much calmer. That's a good indication I guess. Man, I can't believe ...

  • April 7 - Mark Andrews and Andy Jimenez visit from Pixar

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Mark Andrews and Andy Jimenez just finished up directing a short called "One Man Band" at Pixar which will preceed Pixar's latest feature, "Cars" in theaters this summer. Their short was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year. They didn't win but they talked about how awesome the whole experience ...

  • April 6 - Thumbnailing and Straightahead

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I've been struggling a lot this year with trying to find an animation process that works best for me. It's really confusing when you're surrounded by a ton of great artists that go about animating in different ways. Some will use straighahead a lot more than others. Bert Yoon charts the hell out of ...

  • April 6 - Somvilay vs. Melvina!!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I think it's important to mention some of the silly things that go on in the animation cubes at Calarts. About a month or so ago, two character students, third year Somvilay and first year Melvina got into a "caricature war" which turned out to be pretty entertaining for the rest of us. I'm not...

  • April 6 2006 - 18 days till DEADLINE!!!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Wow, what a crazy semester it's been! I still can't believe that I've practically started my film from scratch a month before the deadline! It's soooo STUPID! There's a huge stack of animation that I've done which won't be seen by anyone! Maybe I'll post them somewhere on my site as like a "deleted ...

  • March 30, 2006 - Spring Break Character Animation BBQ!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Spring Break is more like "Spring Work" for us animators at Calarts so the char animation BBQ came at a good time to give us something to look forward to during crunch time. It was really fun. We had a bunch of steak, chicken, tacos, veggie skewers and veggie burgers to munch on. I had a couple of b...

  • March 23, 2006 - I'm Going Crazy!!!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    This year has had many ups and downs. Mostly downs, though. I've had the worst time figuring out a story for my film. And then design was a terrible experience too! I just couldn't settle on a design! I thought I was finally in the clear once I started animating my film but even that has been tortur...

  • March 14, 2006 - James Baxtor Surprise Visit!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    (left) James Baxtor, Chris Sonnenberg (back) talking to Steve McCloed in the animation cubes at Calarts on Tuesday. As I was struggling with animation in my cube late Tuesday evening, word spread that James Baxtor was to pay a visit just to help people out with their films. Supposedly he mentioned ...

  • March 14, 2006 - Film Progress Update

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    As you can probably imagine I've been having an insane March so far (because of crunch time). I still can't believe it's already half way through the month! I feel like it should still be Febuary!! Since we only have about a month and a half left until films are due (April 24) I'm officia...

  • March 3 2006 - Doug Sweetland (Pixar animator) animation lectur

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Pixar's been awesome to us this year! I think this was the fourth or fifth guest lecture they sent down for us and I think we have at least one or maybe two more left. I know that Mark Andrews is slated to visit us mid March to screen his Oscar nominated short "One Man Band".  Anyway, this tim...

  • Feb 17 2006 - Eric Goldberg Visit

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    (Cynthia Overman and Eric Goldberg)It was his second visit to Calarts this year but this time the entire department was invited. For those of you who don't know Eric Goldberg (shame on you) he's most well known for doin the amazing animation on the Genie in "Aladdin". He's also directed "Rhapsody in...

  • Feb 3 2006 - Pixar visit #3 Ralph Eggelston and Ken Bruce

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Ralph Eggelston visited along side Ken Bruce, one of his co workers from the story department at Pixar to talk mainly about storytelling and how the art direction can help tell a story. Ricky Nierva was supposed to visit with Ralph but he just had a baby. Ralph is the head art director at Pixar and ...

  • Feb 2, 2006: Film Time!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    It's already the third week of the second semester here at Calarts! Time flies when you're animating everyday. Yup, I finally started animating just about when I arrived back from Chicago early January. Something happened over winter break that changed my perspective on my film and I think it's main...

  • Jan. 31, 2006 - Disney/Pixar!!!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I've been pretty busy with my film lately as you might have guessed so I haven't been posting as frequently as I'd like to. Fortunately, I have a sweet workstudy job at the film library and since it's slow right now I have time to write this and finish up other assignments.  This month has bee...

  • January, 2006 - Sunrise Images

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    We've been getting up at about 6 a.m everyday to get an early start on animation this semester. here's some photos of the sunrise from our dorm room view.Jan 19: Various photos from Character Animation Art Show, 06'-Jan 19: Caricature art during the show!-Jan 25: Mark Hammil (Luke Sky...

  • End of 1st Semester

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I'm writing the last entry of the first semester in Chicago, one week into break. I was meaning to write this earlier but once I got home I sort of collapsed and couldn't get myself to do anything but watch movies. I've been watching a ton of foriegn films lately. It's refreshing to see some new per...

  • Thanksgiving Weekend

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Actually it's about a week after Thanksgiving right now but I'll just make this the official Turkey day entry. Steve Silver came by a couple of weeks ago on a Friday to talk to us about character design. I didn't really know what to expect from the visit but all I know is that I heard of Silver a fe...

  • Mark Walsh and Bobby Podesta's animation lecture - Nov 11

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    When you get this far into the semester sometimes it's really hard to keep your spirits high because you're just too beat up from worrying about, homework, critical studies, sleep, health and on top of it all, THE film. So you have to train yourself to always take a step back and realize what it is ...

  • Eric Goldberg visit #1 - Nov 11, 2005

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    The greatest living animation genius, Eric (holy crap he's so amazing) Goldberg visited the second year animation class tonight. I actually skipped out on CG to see him instead. Bad Mario!  He's good friends with their new teacher, Bert (I don't know his last name yet). He came to see some of t...

  • Portfolio Update: Finally!! Nov 6, 2005

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I thought I'd let everyone know that I've FINALLY gotten around to updating my site. It's been a while so I hope my work shows a lot of progress. If you have any comments or suggestions at all feel free to email me. I plan on doing a major update for my animation gallery sometime later thi...

  • Film Progress Report

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

     My film is driving me crazy. I'm trying so hard to rush the story because I know how long it takes for production. Either way, I think that mentality is what was giving me such a hard time. Also, I'm just not approaching story development the right way. I THOUGHT I knew what my film was going ...

  • Thursday, November 3, 2005 - Halloween!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    It's been a pretty busy and eventful 2 and a half weeks since I last posted. First of all, we had our annual Calarts Halloween party last Friday which was an OK time even though I chose to bartend. I figured that I could use some extra cash these days and would catch the last two hours of the p...

  • I'm going INSANE! Monday, October 17

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    So we're a month and a half into the semester and I think I've lost all of my hair already. Well, at least I wouldn't be surprised if I woke up tomorrow morning and found all of my hair frantically jumping off of my skull because they're so sick of dealing with my stress.  Wow, it's amazing ho...

  • Calarts Dodgeball! Sunday, October 16

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I'm having so much fun with this new Dodgeball thing that I just had to include it in this journal. One of my classmates, Adrian Molina is in charge of starting up Dodgeball on Sunday nights at 8p.m. He just so happened to do an awesome film about dodgeball last year. I tried starting up a football ...

  • Halloween Lockdown! (48 hour films) : October 14

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    So a bunch of people in character animation thought it would be sweet to bring back the 48 hour films since it was such a success last year. The 48 hour film is an idea we came up with last year. It was a really crazy idea actually. We chose one of the busiest times of the school year and decided to...

  • September 30, 2005: Henry Selick and Frank and Ollie

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    We usually have guest lectures once in a while on Friday nights. So tonight we had the privledge of having two guests come to our school. First, the director of "Nightmare Before Christmas" (awesome film!) Henry Selick came to visit Calarts to talk about his new studio out of Portland Oregon, "Laika...

  • September 30, 2005 - Third Week of Junior Year

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Three weeks of this semester have already gone by. I'd have to say that the first week seemed like it would never end but every week after that until graduation flies by. It's been like that every year. So yea, the days go by like minutes now and I'm busy as ever. Still, priority is the film which h...

  • September 28: Presdient's Picnic

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    We had the annual President's Picnic the other day. I actually took photos of this event specifically for the journal. This journal just seems to look so boring if I don't supplement it with pictures so here they are. Nothing too special happened in the picnic other than me eating waaaaaay too much....

  • Sept. 12, 2005 - First week on campus

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I've finally started my Junior year at Calarts! I'd like to get into my summer a little. Overall, I think it was the perfect summer. I didn't actually have a job and most of the time I would be sitting around reading books or watching movies. Hey Mario's been a lazy bastard this summer! Not really. ...

  • Some Extra Photos from this Year...

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

      Pixar!!     (left) Dan Holland, dude in green shirt has such a hard name to remember, Wang (in white hoody) Matt Nolte, Kyle Shockley. These were the guys I went to visit the studio with. Dan and Matt are animators at Pixar.(bottom) Look!  It's me! Mario! In front...

  • The End! - May 25, 2005

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I can't believe how fast my first two years at Calarts have gone by. I feel like I just started yesterday *tear*. I have a feeling that this entry is going to be kinda long because I have tons to write about. First of all, I'd like to say that I'm so greatful for some of the guest lecturers that ha...

  • Response to an email I received from Portugal about Calarts

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I thought that this email would be a great thing to put into this journal since Edgar and Sergio asked some pretty practical questions. They're really random questions which make them hilarious, too. But yea, I figured that other people could benefit from reading this.Mario, We're from portugal...

  • Internships and Studio visits - (last week of school)

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    There hasn't been much going on this last week of school. Classes are finished so I'm just packing stuff for the summer. This last week is usually when we find out about internships. There are some really juicy internship opportunities that have been filled in the last few days. James Baxtor, (one o...

  • PRODUCER'S SHOW!!!! May 12, 2005

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    The first half of the day was spent at Six Flags Magic Mountain with my little sister who visited from Chicago for the week. The freshman class is always in charge of putting the show together and breaking it down afterwards. It was kinda nice not having to worry about that this year. Although my ...

  • Job Fair - May 12, 2005

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Just when we thought that we were done with our crazy all nighters, job fair snuck up behind us and slapped us around a bit. The computer labs were jam packed the night before job fair. I was done with my portfolio by then but was helping my girlfriend, Ophir, with hers. Lemme just explain what j...

  • THE PRODUCER'S SHOW LINEUP

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    The Producer's Show list was put up on Monday so I thought I'd post the selected films. Brigette Barrager ....Duck and RobotNick Butera ............A Friend be-headed this wayChris Choy .............The PossumDave Creek..............Frency, Bob and the HatEric Favela..............The Fruit Tree...

  • THE OPEN SHOW (APRIL 29, 2005)

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    This years Open Show was one of the best in many many years, in my opinion. Actually, lots of people thought so. There were so many awesome films that put my work to shame! It makes me feel like crap but at the same time, I'm very inspired and greatful to be here. It was pretty fun to see my work ...

  • Film is Finally Done!!!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Holy Crap! I'm finally done with my film and since I have a bunch of extra time that I don't know what to do with, I figured that I should update this journal. Whooo hoo! It's hard to put the feeling of finishing such a huge project into words. It feels two time more satifying than last year'...

  • 12 Days Left Till Deadline

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    As you can probably already imagine, most of the character animation students here at Calarts are losing all of their hair right now from crunch time stress. I've lost way too much muscle mass. I used to be an animal but now I'm a scrawny malnourished animation geek. Bah! I've been too lazy to cut m...

  • Spring Break Update - March 20, 05

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    It took a brutal month and a half to get a rough pass through animation for my second year film . I'm finishing up the last three scenes this weekend and then I'll go back and flesh out the scenes some more. I'm kind of relieved that I got through the film but at the same time, a lot of the scenes a...

  • First Entry of the 2nd Semester

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    It's great to be back for a second year at Calarts. I almost forgot how inspired I can get here. When you're around so many people who are passionate about animation, it rubs off on you. I can't wait to start on my film. Gotta think of an idea first, though. D'oh!Sept. 22,: In the Swing of things&n...

  • End of First Semester Festivities

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I couldn't end this semester without writing about all the badass parties we had. I still work at the admissions office at Calarts so I included a picture of our awesome Christmas party where I ended up eating way too much. I felt like I was going to explode after the feast. There were actually...

  • End of first semester: Part one

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    So I'm sitting her in my room in Chicago and I've finally forced myself to finish this semester's last journal entry. I've been such a slacker ever since coming back home for break but it's OK. I worked damn hard this year so I'll let myself chill out for a couple of days even though the animatic of...

  • Nov 23: Mark Andrews (head of story on the Incredibles) Visits

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Before I get to the Mark Andrews lecture, I'd like to sum up what's been going on the past month since I haven't posted a journal entry in forever. It's been really busy and I haven't had much time for anything but homework and my film. My classes are going great. I'm still learning a hell of a...

  • Oct 29: The Halloween Party!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Thank God for the Halloween party because I was beginning to get pretty burnt out from school. I think I went to one party all semester. On Halloween, I was ready to get a little drunk and have fun.Some of my friends wanted to get a huge group together to be zombies. They called it the "Zombi Armada...

  • Oct 22 : The Lockdown!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    A few of my character animation buddies and I are about to do something very insane this weekend. We're calling it the "Character Animation Lockdown". The Lockdown is about making 1 film each in 48 insanely intense hours without leaving the cubes at all. We'll eat and sleep there....on the floor or ...

  • Oct 18 - Exclusive "Incredibles" premiere with Brad Bird!

    Posted March 18 by Mario Furmanczyk

    First off, I'd like to start this post off with a Happy Birthday to my sister, Eve back in Chicago. Happy 15th! Yay!Okay, and now I'd like to thank Brad Bird, Mark Andrews and all of Pixar (and Disney) for giving the character animation program at Calarts an exclusive premiere of the Incredibles on ...

  • Oct 13: Random Update

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    5 DAYS UNTIL BRAD BIRD COMES TO CALARTS WITH THE INCREDIBLES! Whoo hoo!  We're supposed to line up for the tickets tomorrow at 4, I think. I'm pretty damn excited. We just saw "Family Dog" last night in animation class. Prigmore, our animation teacher and long time friend of Brad Bird showed i...

  • Ed Catmull, Pixar President Visits Calarts

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Things just keep getting more exciting here at Calarts. We had the privilege of having Ed Catmull from Pixar talk to us on Thursday about "Crisis in Production" and how to deal with it. He talked about Pixar's history and how they faced problems with some of their feature films. Toy Story 2 was supp...

  • Sept 29, 2004: Celebrating Frank Thomas at the El Capitan Theat

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Frank Thomas, one of Disney's "Nine Old Men", died early September. He was 92 years old. Disney put together an event which celebrated his life and accomplishments in the animation industry. Calarts character animation students were invited to the event on Wednesday. It turned out to be an amazing e...

  • Sept. 22,: In the Swing of things again:

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I can't believe I'm already half way through the second week. I realized that I haven't posted an entry for a while so I thought I'd do a quick update. Time flies here at Calarts once you get used to the routine. Everything is going great so far but I've been slammed with a crap load of work. At lea...

  • Sept. 14, 2004 - "First week of School"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    After a week at Calarts, I finally decided to continue the journal entries for the second year. I won't post very frequently because I think I covered a good amount of ground with my freshman journal. There are, however, some new and interesting things that are happening at Calarts this year especia...

  • April 29: Life at CALARTS after the Open Show:

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I've definitely caught up on sleep since I finished my film, which is really nice. Many of the classes are wrapping up at this point. My days consist of either working at the admissions office or just somehow wasting time doing random things like playing Halo (video games are the devil) hanging out ...

  • April: 27: Brokin' Toys Selected for Producer's Show!

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    The lineup for the 2004 Producer's Show was just pinned up today (Monday) and I'm pretty excited to say that my film, "Brokin' Toys" will be part of the show on May 8th! For those of you who don't know what the Producer's Show is, I'll explain. The show is an annual showcase event for the Calarts ch...

  • April 23: Open Show!

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I should have gotten to this journal entry right after the Open Show but I was out and about with my little sister this past weekend who visited from Chicago so I didn't get a chance to post. Anyways, the Open Show turned out to be a pretty good show overall even though I ended up leaving a bit earl...

  • First Year Film is DONE!! - April 21

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    First year film is DONE!! - April 21 I just turned in my film today and I feel amazing but exhausted at the same time. I had about three hours of sleep last night so I'm looking forward to passing out. The computer rooms were so packed this morning. I was actually worried that I wouldn't get the ch...

  • April 19th: Two Days Till Deadline:

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I'm finishing up my film and I should be done tomorrow which is a day before the deadline. I'm in the refining stage which means that I'm playing around with timing, fixing little things and putting together my music. I found the coolest classical song for my film last night. My buddy, Sam, len...

  • April 8, 2004: Two weeks left...

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I'm sitting in the computer lab at Calarts with my laptop waiting for some of my scanned animation to batch process into .psd files. It's 3 a.m but I'm not as tired as I should be. Must be that delicious Don Francisco Halzelnut coffee I had about an hour ago. Yum.  Anyway, I don't remembe...

  • Disney's DVD taping: March 2, 2004

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Calarts students were invited to be an audience for Aladdin's DVD special features taping at the Hyperion theatre in California adventures on Tuesday. This was one of the coolest events that I've participated in this year. I won't go into detail about the actual taping because I don't think Dis...

  • Half way there! Feb 28, 04

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

     These weeks are going by so fast it's unbelievable. It almost seems like an entire week goes by in one day. I mean, landscape drawing class feels like it JUST ended but I have the class again tomorrow morning. Obviously, time is flying because my schedule is incredibly packed. I'm working on m...

  • 1st Year: Animating in February:

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I've been so busy with this film ever since the second semester started. All of the character animation classes have geared towards our films so there isn't much homework given out. Everyone is busy animating in their cubes until late night (and sometimes morning) hours. I usually stay up no later t...

  • 1st year - Animatic

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I stayed up till about 4 in the morning finishing up my first pass through the animatic. Whoo hoo! I wanted to get them done today to show Dan Hansen (layout teacher) to see what he thought. He gave me some good suggestions but for the most part he said it worked pretty well. Some of my other classm...

  • January 24th, 2004 - Ahhhhh!

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I've just gone through the most frustrating point of the year so far. I'm not completely in the clear just yet but I feel A LOT better right now than I did just a couple days ago. You see, we showed our story reels in animation class this past Tuesday and for the most part, my story bombed big time....

  • January, 2004 - Classes resume!

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Winter break was awesome! Cold, but awesome. I went back home to Chicago and took advantage of the time with my friends and family. I went out A LOT more than I do at school so that was nice. The highlight of the break was New Years Eve. My buddies and I partied at the John Hancock building in downt...

  • Dec 11, 2003 - Christmas Party/ Last Day of Class

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Today marks the end of a GREAT 1st semester at Calarts. I had my life drawing class in the morning. It ended a bit early so a bunch of us animators went out to play an exhausting game of football. Yes, animators can play football. It was actually a really good game. We have some pretty athletic anim...

  • Dec 4 - Semester Progress

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I had an amazing day at life drawing which made me think about how much I've improved this semester. All of the sudden my observation skills have gotten noticably better. I don't understand how it could have happened so fast but things are just clicking. Don't get me wrong, I still have tons of room...

  • Dec 2 - "Thanksgiving Break"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    On Wednesday night, I went down to LAX to catch a flight to Chicago. I left Calarts at about 9 pm and ended up in LAX at about 10:30ish. The worst thing about my departing flight was that it departed at 6:30 a.m! I had to sit around LAX for a few hours so I decided to work on my story more. It was p...

  • Nov - 26: "Storyboards"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I worked on my film storyboards the entire week and finally came up with something decent. I did the boards over about three times after getting some critique from other students and faculty but the work has only begun at this point. I took my boards and written out story to Amy Danger, my color and...

  • November 17, 2003 - "Semester in Full Stride"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I feel like such a slacker because I haven't written an entry in ages. My excuse is that there really hasn't been anything new happening around campus. Everything is routine now except that the workload is stacking up.  It's 2 a.m and I just came back from my cube after animated for about 10-1...

  • October 31, 2003 - "Halloween Party!"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    The Calarts Halloween party is legendary at Calarts. In the past, there have been REALLY crazy parties with strippers, famous bands and interesting costumes. The Calarts Halloween parties have toned down since then but I was still looking forward to the occasion. Originally, I was going to dress up...

  • October 29 - "Fire Closes Calarts"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I wish I could talk about school related stuff but I can't because the institute is closed! There is a huge fire about a mile from Calarts that started about a week ago. I first noticed a small cloud behind the mountains but it got bigger everyday. The school closed because of the health risk caus...

  • October 22 - "Brother Bear Premier"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Everything about this premier was awesome! ...except for the movie. Bah! Even though I didn't really like the movie too much it seemed like a lot of otherpeople thought it was great. I hope it kicks ass in the box office because the animation industry could use something good right about now. Anyh...

  • Oct. 20 - San Diego Trip

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    First off, I'd like to mention that I had a crapload of fun in Life Drawing class the other day. Instead of drawing the models, we drew each other's caricatures. It was soooo fun! Oh, and I actually have some of my caricatures posted in the animation hallway! Check out the gallery I just uploaded. ...

  • October 14, 2003 - "Mid Semester Class Reviews"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I've been at this school for over a month and I feel that I have a pretty good feel for the classes, so it's time for me to reflect some of my honest opinions on them. Computer Intro - The class can be helpful for someone that has virtually no experience with computers. Unfortunately, I'm not learn...

  • October 10 - "The Wine Party"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    There was supposed to be an art gallery opening tonight but I guess they rescheduled it because of some other gallery opening at UCLA. Supposedly, the opening happens every week and they're a BIG deal. Free food, beer and a perfect time to mingle with students in other programs.  They moved ...

  • October 8 - " The Orange Cube"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Wow, that's a really bright orange but according to my color and design teacher, Mrs. Danger, the color will help me study better! I'll put that to the test this year. I'll admit that the orange feels a lot better than the white. The cube used to feel so empty and uncomfortable....if that makes...

  • October 3 - "Glenn Vilppu Visit"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Mike Disa (Animation 1 teacher) brought in Glenn Vilppu to talk about drawing. Vilppu is a really famous figure drawing teacher who travels the world to lecture on figure drawing and anatomy. Since Disa knows Vilppu personally, we were lucky enough to have him lecture us on how to think about life d...

  • President's Picnic

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    FREE FOOD!! At this point of the year, I'm learning to take what I can get for free because food isn't cheap! So, as soon as Color and Design class ended at 12:00 p.m, I (along with everyone else in my class), raced for the pool area in Chouinard to grab some grub. When I first entered the picnic ar...

  • September 21, 2003 - "The Cubes!"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    I finally took pictures of my animation cubicle for you all to see. I thought I'd do a lot more decorating but I'm waaay too lazy. Some cubes are really nicely designed. I've seen some with custom floors, painted walls, couches, beds, fridges, etc. My cube is pretty plain. As you can see, there is a...

  • September 17, 2003 - "Color Wheel Party"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    The second week of school is moving a lot faster than the first. I'm getting familiar with the campus and I feel like I'm getting into a routine...almost. This animation program is getting better all the time. The classes rule!....and I'm more comfortable with my classmates. It's cool being a part ...

  • Sept 14, 2003 - "First Week Overview"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    It's Sunday and I just got back from watching that one movie "One Day in Mexico" or something like that. You know, with Johnny Depp and Antonio Bandaras. It was by far the WORST movie I've seen all year. So yea, I don't recommend it. As for the weekend, I've stuck around campus working on various ho...

  • Sept. 11, 2003 - Second Part of First Week

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Obviously, the first thing that comes to mind today would be the World Trade Center disaster two years ago. I can't believe it's already been that long. Feels like it happened yesterday. Anyhow, I'd like to express my sympathy to the families and friends of the victims. Yesterday, I had my first st...

  • Sept. 9, 2003 - "Classes Begin!

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Classes started yesterday and boy do I have a lot to tell. I'll start with my Video Animation/ Computer Intro class which was on Monday morning. My class is HUGE. It turns out that there are about 50 students in the freshman character animation class. I guess the previous graduating class was that l...

  • Sept 5, 2003 - "Class registration"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    It was a big day because we registered for classes today. I'm excited about this semester because every class that I'm taking is very cool. The only thing that makes me nervous is that I'm taking 18 units (12 is full-time). Some people have to take around 21 units because they didn't have classes tr...

  • Sept 3 - "First Character Animation Dept. Meeting"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    The character animation orientation was held at the "Palace" today. The Palace is a big room in the animation department where some screenings, figure drawing classes, and visiting artist lectures are held. It was nice to finally see all of the animation students in one room. But, it was more exciti...

  • Sept 2 - "Getting Comfortable"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Today was filled with orientation activities. There were two meetings and one tour that I attended. I also took pictures for my ID. After the oreintation stuff, the second year character animation students invited us to have dinner with them at a Chicago style restaurant called "BJ's". Oh yea, go ...

  • Sept. 1, 2003 - "Check in Day"

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    The first day at Calarts was full of mixed feelings. It was pretty difficult to leave my family and friends in Chicago but sometimes you just have to go for your dream and take a risk. Not having any extra ties to Chicago (like a girlfriend) will make the transition a lot smoother for me. My...

  • May 2006 - The James Baxter interview!

    Posted March 17 by Mario Furmanczyk

    Interview by Erik Fountain and Mario FurmanczykSo one might be wondering how the hell did this random Mario guy arrange an interview with the one and only James Baxter? Well, thanks to my good friend Erik Fountain, who’s a good friend of James‘, I tagged along for an interview which was ...

  • January 4, 2007 - Rough Story Boards for My Fourth Year Film

    Posted March 16 by Mario 36441

    So I took a month long vacation to Chicago starting Dec 6 and came back on the 3rd of January. During that great vacation I managed to figure out what my story would be for my final year. On the plane to Chicago I quickly roughed out a storyboard in my sketchbook. By the time I landed I was finished...

  • Jan, 2007- The Summer Sum-Up

    Posted March 16 by Mario 36441

    There are just way too many things that have happened since I last wrote in my journal so I'll try to summarize. First of all, I've taken a semester off of school so that's why I'm starting this year's journal in January. The reason for taking a semester off was so that I could continue working at R...