Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Just Keep Swimming... Just Keep Swimming...

So, that's what comes out of my mouth whenever I see Dory's character (Finding Nemo) - stuffed toys, videos, pictures.... I'm sure she's one of the most unforgettable characters in the world of computer animated feature films of the 21st century.

Who would have known that the genius behind this adorable character is a true blue Pinay???? Yep sireee! Her name is Gini Santos. She currently works at Pixar Animation Studios. Same studio that made the most amazing feature films - A Bug's Life, Toy Story, The Incredibles, Cars, Monsters Inc and of course, Ratatouille! All these I never failed to catch on the big screen!

Gini was born in the States but her college life was mostly spent in the Philippines. She studied at the University of Santo Thomas with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. Little did she know that she would eventually leave a mark of her creativity through these characters that have touched the young and the not-so-young-anymore all over the world?? Amazing and inspiring.

She is in the roster of awesome mentors they have in Animation Mentor school. I'm not sure if I would have a chance to be her student when I start next year, I hope so. That would be cool! Actually, most of their mentors work with different animation giants in industry out there (Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, Sony, Laika, etc etc). I'm excited but uber scared at the same time...

I guess this is the part where I should start chanting... "Just keep swimming... just keep swimming..." It was Dory who inspired the scared Marlin to swim down the oceanic abyss and go after the sunken goggles - their only way to find his Nemo.

Maybe... just maybe... I could get some needed courage as well...

"Just keep swimming... just keep swimming... just keep swimming..." :o)

BTW, stay tuned for WALL-e coming out in the theaters Summer of 2008! And oh, Bee Movie (DreamWorks SKG) coming out this fall.

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