I can’t complain about the amount of variety in my work lately. In the last three months or so I’ve gone from feature visual effects to commercial motion graphics to feature television documentary to designing a new closing shot for a 2006 foreign film to designing a friend’s audio CD artwork to my fxPhd course to singing a cappella music to heading up a petition to re-engineer a San Francisco street, all but the last one paid gigs (yes, even the singing), and all while attempting to get the new edition of After Effects Studio Techniques done and still see my family. Variety of this type can itself become a little numbing and tedious and leave one longing to go a bit deeper (or, like me at the moment, recover a little rhythm).

Meanwhile Variety, the magazine, dropped a major bomb recently with their cover story on overworked visual effects professionals and how bad it had become lately. There’s an excellent audio interview with the author of the story that appeared on yesterday – there will also be a follow-up interview with John Knoll and Dennis Muren on the nascent Among the questions addressed was why my name didn’t appear in the credits of Pirates 3 – yes, I kid, no one cares but my in-laws. However David Cohen, the Variety vfx beat writer, has a lot to say about why, in spite of tentpole movies being made or broken by vfx, the effects houses and individuals in the industry have not overcome their traditional status, while others, such as casting directors, have.

And as diverse as my life is, it isn’t as diverse as my imdb profile which seems to have confabulated me with some predecessor named Mark Christiansen who used to work on animated movies. Still working on that one…

27 June 2007 | news, punditry | Comments

2 Responses to “Variety=Spice/Life”

  1. 1 George Castro 28 June 2007 @ 12:32 am

    Wow Mark, ok, i’m no longer wondering why you haven’t responded to my email. As long as you remember to blink, it’s all good.

    God Bless,

  2. 2 George 3 July 2007 @ 8:33 am

    My post seems to have gotten deleted :\ Oh well. Hope all is well Mark.