My ten year old son, Blair, wants to be the next Steven Spielberg or John Lasseter or George Lucas. He is already shooting short films, editing them on I-Movie, composing original music on his keyboard and posting his work on his website at YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/bewalt12345. The name of his company is Figure Productions. His motto is… you guessed it… Go Figure. Tonight he was rendering the 3D logo he created. He is a computer whiz. The other day he was creating fonts and letterhead. This has been going on since he was seven. I have been in the television business for over 25 years. Things are changing and I need to add shooting and editing to my repertoire. My Blair could teach me how it’s done. Last night we were watching TV together. He blew by “Hannah Montana” and “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody.” He decided we were going to watch Leslie Iwerks documentary called “The Story of Pixar.” Who knows if he will move on from this interest, like he did from his dream of being an architect/engineer, but for the moment I am seeing the fire in him that I felt when I was first getting in the business. Blair says our television careers have inspired him but he inspires me. He is already thinking of what film school he will attend. Blair also says he is going to be wildly successful as a director and promises to build me the house on the beach that I’m dreaming about. I will sit on my porch and watch the sun set then go inside and enjoy my kid’s films. Now wouldn’t that be a happy ending.
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