So "Monsters University" will start hitting theaters around the world in a little over a week. Do not look for my name in the credits as I did not work on it at all. But I did work on the short that will play before it called "The Blue Umbrella" as a Master Lighting Lead (so my credit zips by on the end of the short rather quickly). What i wanted to comment on is a press error that we all take as a high compliment here at the studio. First Variety magazine said it, then retracted it, but the Chicago tribune has yet to fix their mistake in saying....
"The film will be preceded in theaters by "The Blue Umbrella," a lovely short whose blend of live-action and animation techniques yields a sweet, rain-washed symphony of random kindness and unexpected romance."
The mistake is in thinking we used any "live action" at all. I assure you 100% of the film is computer generated and no live action elements were used at all. We were veering from Pixar's usual style and tried to make a photorealistic look to the film. Apparently it worked. It is highly stylized in parts, but we wanted the feel of the rainy city to be very realistic and believable in a different kind of way for animation. When you do see the film, please write me and let me know what you think. It was a great 7 months of my life trying to get that made (we had loads of trouble doing it, but it was worth it in the end).
Not too much else to report at the moment. I'm sure I'll write again when I have something interesting to tell. Just keep creating!