It’s the Summer of 2014… a Friday and I was working on the Fox lot in Los Angeles for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb when I got a call from my friend, Lucas Martell. We were invited to screen The OceanMaker at Pixar, and while we’re at it could we do a Q&A for them too. Pop! …. that was my brain exploding. Oh, and can we do it on Monday? Argh!
So after begging my supervisor, Eric, for a day off, I drove up to San Francisco on Sunday and stayed with some friends ready for Monday morning (thank you Paul and Maria… big hug). I was lucky I was close enough to drive. Not all of the team could make it. Luckily Lucas and Christina Martell were in the area at the time. However Henning Koczy, had to go above and beyond to get there from New York. But there we were at Pixar, with thanks to Colin for setting it all up and giving us the tour (on his day off, I might add. How much does he love that place?).
Colin gave us a tour and we walked the grounds and the hallways, noticing posters for The OceanMaker dotted around encouraging Pixar employees to come to the screening. It was surreal.
We started to get setup in the screening room waiting for people to turn up… wondering just who would want to take time out of their day to see our little indie film. The time came and people started showing up… lots of people, too many people for their screening room. They had to stand or lean against the walls. There were some big names in the business in that very room… (yes we noticed you!). It was impressive and extremely humbling. Colin introduced us and Lucas said a few words before screening the film.
If you’re wondering what all this is about and want to watch the film please visit our official website at OceanMaker.com