Sunday, July 29, 2012

From Slumdog Millionaire to 2012 Olympics

A big congratulations to Brendan Houghton, a super-talented story board artist who recently boarded the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics. I worked with Brendan on Joseph - King of Dreams, and bumped into him years later on Valiant, a worthy attempt to found a full-scale animation studio at Ealing Studios in west London. Since then Brendan has gone on to board many live action films, including Slumdog Millionaire - which is presumably where he met Danny Boyle, who directed the Opening Ceremony.

What fun it must have been to story board - though the best roles seem to have gone to Daniel Craig (how many actors get to star next to The Queen?) and David Beckham, who got to ride a speedboat under Tower Bridge.

Brendan wrote on his Facebook page
"Thank you all so much for your kind words...I think it's a great British success. So blessed to have been a part of it...It has meant so much to me, and therefore to you my loving family."

Awesome job, Brendan! - Alex