In just over a month, we're moving to Singapore.
On January 21st, I begin my new job as Training Program Director for Lucasfilm Animation's Jedi Masters Program. It's a big deal and as I've been saying for the past month or so, I'm comically well suited to the position. Plus…Singapore!
Yes, It means back into the heart of Star Wars for good or ill with no "vacations" to go work on Star Trek or Hulk or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull or…anything. It's pretty much all Star Wars all the time at Lucasfilm Animation Singapore. But…Singapore!
Plus, I'm not working on the stuff, I'm shaping and moulding (note I'm already using British English) the artists who will be making the stuff. I'll be building the program, curriculum and assessment tools as well as setting requirements for incoming students and grooming and onboarding faculty from the ranks of ILM, Lucasfilm Animation and LucasArts. Plus I get to work with both old friends and new. There are some amazing folks at the new studio and everyone wants it to be a success.
Also, it's a two year contract. The position (Jedi Headmaster, I've just decided to call it) is funded until March of 2010 (The Year We Make Contact), after that, who knows what will happen. There are certainly opportunities for me in the larger Lucas company, and we'll still own a house in Savannah, so teaching at SCAD is also a possibility.
How amazingly lucky am I to have a wife who will not only say "Yes" to uprooting and moving to Savannah, but who will say an even more enthusiastic "Yes" to a move to Singapore? That's a rhetorical question folks, but I appreciate the chorus of "Very lucky, dude!" from the back of the room. By the way, her willingness to say "Yes" to relocation is just one of a huge list of reason's I'm lucky to have found Rebecca.