Hi all! I had a great trip!! Got to meet up with many Pin Pals, caught Scoop's Pin Talk, and even got to do some animating! As many of you know I went down to attend the Disney Institute "Drawn to be Bad" animation event. It was a VERY full 5 days!! Seminars in the AM, drawing in the afternoon, and guest speakers and films at night. And they even gave us a couple of pins!! The event started with a BANG Sunday night as they took us over to the animation studio in MGM and fed us a multi-course dinner in the atrium where the animators, etc. eat. Unfortunately they could not show us much other than some concept art for an "upcoming feature" that takes place in the Northwest and features Bears. They then took us over to watch Fantasmic from the VIP section and even served us awesome desserts! Early the next morning we were introduced to the animators and artists that would be working with us, many of which have been doing this event for all or most of it's 5 year history. We then got our assignment and after lunch started in on our story line. We were broken up into teams of 8 - 10 and were set loose. We spent most of that afternoon and part of the next morning coming up with our story and refining our character designs. Once we had our story boards approved by one of the instructors we began animating, cleaning up, pencil testing, coloring and getting the timing down for our 10 second segment. We did over 180 drawngs for that 10 seconds of film! On Friday we had the "World Premiere" at the Theatre and watched it 3 times! We then headed off to the California Grill for our Wrap Party. I was the first to start animating (yes I was chomping at the bit!) from our group and ended up doing all the key frames, in-betweens and clean-ups for my scene. The others in my group did some great stuff also and it was great watching everyone achieve things they were not sure they could and/or knew how to do. It was interesting the different abilities that everyone brought to the table. Some had strong story and staging skills, others could lay out a scene (storyboard) quickly and interestingly while others could draw and/or animate. It was great seeing this diverse group come together as a team. One of the most fun things being amongst other animation enthuisiasts. People that new the films and characters, both Disney and non-Disney. I would HIGHLY recommend this event to anyone interested in animation. You DO NOT need to know how to draw. Story skills and even coloring skills (if you can stay inside the lines ) are just as important. It is a little expensive but you do get ALOT for your $$. We started each day at 8am with a continental breakfast, instruction 'til around noon, lunch, animated/drew/storyboarded etc. until around 5pm, meet and greets with the evening's guest speaker(s), then the evening presentations began at 7:30 with a feature and at least 1 short afterwards. We usually finished around 10pm! I hope to have the tape and be able to show it at the Fall Foliage Meet. The Wrap Party was like our last day of high school! Everyone was signing drawings, posters, books and exchanging e-mail addresses. Many new freindships were started here. I really hope I get to do this again!!