Some of you may know that the collab projects we’ve been running have had assistance from major artists from around the globe. One of these talented artists is Fabrizio Bortolussi who has been collaborating with us on creature sculpting for VFX02.
What you might not know is that Fabrizio is located in Japan and travels between Japan/Italy/USA for work. I hadn’t heard from him since the disaster in Japan happened and was thinking he had already left for LosAngeles to work on creature design for a film.
Last night I received an email from him that gave me shock and pause for a reality check.
Below is an excerpt from his message>
[B]"As you probably know, Japan has witnessed a cataclysm of biblical scale.
First the massive 8,9 earthquake, then the devastating tsunami and now the incoming nuclear meltdown.
Toxic clouds are spreading up and getting bigger and bigger.
Radioactivity in Tokyo is more than 10 times than normal which is still a safe percentage but if there is a meltdown…it’s gonna be hell.
All of my friends are freaking out, some are disappeared…I need to help many people and go north to look for my woman’s family even if this will mean getting radioactive exposure.
Hopefully things will get better very soon as I’m planning to take as much people as I can to Italy. I will keep you posted and my apologizes for suspending your design. I promise you I will complete it as soon as everything’s fine. My word.
After reading this I thought, " While I was going about business as usual, he was in the middle of the disaster and about to set out searching for missing family members.
Sure I hear the news and like many of you also are likely doing, we’re sending support to larger, organized efforts giving relief to disaster victims…BUT…I can’t imagine what he and the rest in Japan are going through…on top of this he’s concerned about not being able to continue work with the project!!!" . I have a HUGE lump in my throat.
He hasn’t asked for anything…I don’t know if he will be able to keep communicating, but some of us are organizing funds to send directly for him to use for whatever he needs in the efforts he is making to help his family and friends.
As soon as I know he can access his Paypal I’ll update.
In the meantime, if you feel you can manage to set a few dollars aside and have it ready to send, do it! If anyone else has other suggestions on what to do, let me know.
From what I know about Fabrizio, he’s a strong, tough individual and he will come out of this in one piece with as many others as he can rescue.