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  • Birthday 07/29/1981

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    Los Angeles
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    Video games, table top games, art, design, comics
  1. All noted. In any event www.courtneyvarner.com now works again. Thanks to squarespace. edit: does anyone have a cargo collective invite?
  2. Noted, setting up a squarespace now! As soon as I get some money coming in I'll set up a real site. And I've already gotten a non paying quick gig doing some compositing, but I'm making contacts so that pays for itself.
  3. My stuff is up on behance and vimeo which I include links to in the emails I've been sending out. I also have a print design/production background so I can hit up print shops and the like for a steady job. I think things are going to be ok.
  4. I was thinking about that, actually. But considering I never learned how to ride a bike, due to a malicious sister who kept pushing me off, I don't know how well that would work.
  5. Just got to Riverside last night. Pretty excited to actually have jobs to apply to. Really stoked about all of the opportunity actually DO STUFF. Probably going to stay in Riverside for a bit until we can afford the move closer into LA, it just makes more sense right now.
  6. If it was just me I wouldn't be worrying half as much as I am, hell, I'd probably be out there already. It's that I'm bringing along my wife and 2 kids. Kids complicate EVERYTHING. Love them, but geeze. My wife is set on living outside of the city where it's cheaper and we know we can afford a place, but I don't know if the saved rent is going to matter with the gas I'll be spending getting into the city. I think we'll end up doing that for 6 months until we know we're steady and we can afford to move closer and we have our income settled and know we're not going to end up homeless, again. I need to get out there and hit the ground running with freelance and anything else I can find, plus find a steady job.
  7. Yeah that's what I was thinking too. I just don't know HOW I'm going to afford it. I've been miserable, unemployed and living in the middle of nowhere for a year. Moving to LA IS the right decision and there's no turning back, I don't have any place else to go at this point. So my question is really, is just base pay for everything higher? Or maybe I'm just not used to getting paid what I should...
  8. Still looking, trying to find something affordable. I'm moving my whole family and don't have a huge budget. Trying to find a happy medium between driving and rent. Does EVERYONE make a ridiculous amount of money out there? $2300 a month for rent is just insane to me, the house I could get here for that would be monstrous, but that's like, a 3 bedroom place there. It's insane, how do you guys do it??
  9. Thanks for all the replies and I look forward to meeting a lot of you. Now to find work from the other side of the country....
  10. To finally get my foot in the door in the vfx/mograph scene. I've been unemployed and living in the middle of nowhere with no job prospects for a year. The depression just got to be too much, so in October, after not being able to get a job at Pizza Hut, I told my wife that we're moving to LA. Where I have more of a chance finding work of any kind, and I can at least get a start in what I really want to do with my life. Last month I took a huge risk and emailed Prologue about an internship and ended up spending half an hour on the phone with Kyle Tamo while he looked at some of my work and it sounded pretty encouraging. The search for work has begun, and I'm looking for people to hang out with, get drinks with and talk business when I get out there. So I guess what this is about is, how many of you folks are in LA? And is there a group that gets together regularly?
  11. I'll admit that's where the original inspiration came from, trying to figure out how it was done. I do think that what I created is far enough removed stylistically to not be completely derivative. Actually, the ONLY THING similar in both of these pieces is the background and the fact they includes spheres. And I actually posted it on Nick's blog afterwards telling him that it inspired me to do it. so yeah. just sayin' http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2011/06/offf-year-zero/#comments
  12. The camera shake and RGB slide were done with VideoCopilot Twitch. It really helped to cover up some of the weird parts of the outer sphere growing and the camera moving through it. Cheated a little bit there, but hey, it works so I'm not complaining.
  13. Just put this up a while ago, playing around with C4D effectors and mograph module. Color correction and everything done in AE. Critique is super welcome. The harsher the better. I know everyone is sick of spheres, but hey, they look good. I'm pretty new to all of this.
  14. This is very helpful information for when I do eventually start getting work, and companies are actually interested in booking me in the first place.
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