Melvin Tan

Richard Williams visits Bluesky Studios
September 25, 2008, 8:12 pm
Filed under: Bluesky Studios

I know.. it’s been a long time since I updated the blog.. been really busy with Layla and her Blog ha ha!! Anyways alot has happened since the last time I wrote the last post…

First off…. Dave Torres one of our Lead Animator, has left for PDI in San Francisco. Another great loss for us here in Bluesky. Jason Martinsen and Antonin Plante have also left to take time to do some travelling. All the best to you guys!! You will be missed. (Antonin this lines for yah)!!

We have since hired about 4-6 new fulltime animators and about 13-20 temp animators to help out for Ice Age 3. Phew.. so many new faces!!

Also Bluesky has had some pretty cool guest speakers … namely Sergio Pablos (Awesome 2D Animator and Chracter Designer), Mike Kunkle ( another kickass animator) and finally Richard Williams ( need I say more.. a legend).

Here’s a photo of the current Animation team including our Technical Assistants and our Directors, Carlos and Mike with Richard Williams.(courtesy of Tom Saville)



Pendulum Alter Ego Facial Animations(or should I say MOCAP)
August 15, 2008, 9:30 pm
Filed under: Misc

Wow.. this is pretty cool.. but in my opinion..  still looks creepy.



Oktapodi by Gobelins
August 13, 2008, 8:12 pm
Filed under: animation

Finally got leaked out!!!



Our Layla has arrived!!
July 30, 2008, 8:53 pm
Filed under: Misc

Layla Tan has finally arrived. She was a just a couple of hours late arriving at 7:08am on the 23rd of July weighing 7.2 lbs .. which was big considering Cindy’s and my own physical size.

I could go on about all the stuff we have gone through with her during this past week… .but..ZZzzzzzZZZz…


Summer BBQ!!!
July 13, 2008, 8:38 pm
Filed under: Misc

It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these .. and so when Nick Bruno invited the rest of the crew in the Anim Dept to his place for a BBQ, Cindy (my wife) and I jumped at it. Also Aaron Halifax ( now in Valve Studios) and family came to visit from Seattle … It has been more then a year since they left and now they have a daughter, Aubrey who’s already 5 months old.

We had a great time eating and getting to know each other and our familys better, outside of work!! I know I did.. ha ha!! Thanks again to Ally and Nick for organizing it. So here are some photos I took there ….sorry I missed some of you guys…my battery was dead by the time some of you came!!  

 Nick and Cindy(by the way she’s pregnant!!)

Ally and Cooper (their dog)

Reagan Halifax and Aubery (daughter)

Ally and Taryn (daughter)

Lluis, Mina(wife), Raymond and wife, Ji-eun (err..i think i got this wrong)

Taryn Bruno and Jen Downs

Megan (Mike Thurmeier’s Daughter)

Taryn and Myself (The first baby i ever held..yes its officially safe for babies to be put in my arms)

Cindy and Taryn (I hope our gal is at least 1/2 as cute as her)

Wes Mandell, Matt Simmons, Aaron Halifax, Gwyne(i think that’s how you spell it)

Mike T. , Katelyn(in his arms) and Heather ,Park and Matt with their son James

The Group 1

The Chickens Cindy’s Mom prepared and I BBQ’ed

The Group 2

The Group 3

errr…. more photos of Ji-eun( i know this is wrong) and Ray

Oh that’s Tom trying to pick Aubrey up and Mina coaxing her

Scott Carroll and his daughter Hannah

Action photos of Hannah

Gwyne and Matt

Jackie 😛

Scott Farroll ( in the white ) Shut up Tom!!

Brian and Lloius

Nick and his pal T.J.

The Group 4

Pete Paquette and Daughter Emma



4 Years to be exact
June 21, 2008, 9:03 am
Filed under: Bluesky Studios

Today marks my 4th Year in Bluesky Studios!!! Who would have thought that 4 years would have passed so quickly. It was like yesterday when I first entered the main doors on the 17th Flr for my interview with our Supervisors Mike and Jim and also the Lead at that time Galen.

And now, Mike has moved on to be  a Co-Director for Ice Age 3(now i can’t go into his directory to check out his awesome animations..sigh), Jim is still a Supervisor here(at least theres still his stuff we can go check out) and Galen has become a Senior Supervisor for Ice Age 3(that means he won’t be animating at all anymore..which sucks for our team). I just want to Congratulate all of them on coming this far and wish them all the best in their new roles as this production moves on.

On another note, it saddens me to have to say goodbye to a couple others who have chosen to move on to other places. Here’s wishing you guys all the best in your next step in work Life!!! You will be dearly missed in Bluesky.

New Gobelin Shorts
June 12, 2008, 8:11 pm
Filed under: animation, Misc

Go check out the new shorts from Gobelins, Paris. Or click on the pics below for the direct link to the movie site.

I really like this one for it’s comlexity in design and colors.