Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within 10 Year Anniversary!

Just over ten years ago on Wednesday, July 11, 2001, the very first movie I ever worked on, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, made its theatrical debut all across the United States. It was about a group of scientists and soldiers fighting for the survival of the human race in a post-apocalyptic something, something, something.

It was widely praised for its visuals but tanked at the box office and eventually led to the closure of our studio in Honolulu. That was kind of a bummer but the movie gave me my first opportunity in the effects industry (I made the system to do the explosions and did effects like force fields).

Also, I got to live in Hawaii for 3 years — garlic shrimp truck and bodyboarding at Sandy’s! It was an amazing experience to be a part of and the movie will always hold a soft spot in my heart. Also: Try watching it in French — the visuals look just as stunning but the convoluted plot doesn’t seem so bad because hey, it’s in French.

Comments are closed.