Sunday, August 07, 2011
This is it. The end of an era. I have ended 11+ years of service at Sony Santa Monica Studio. In 2000, I moved back to LA from Hawaii after I finished working on Final Fantasy IX. Sony Santa Monica Studio was pretty small core team back then, thinking around 40+ employees. The loft studio was so huge and everything smelled fresh and new. I have learned how to go through lenghty production schedule of each games, between 2-3 years average. Well... it's all done for me now. We have sold more than 15 million units worldwide ( God of War franchise alone) and I am truly grateful to be a part of the legacy. I wouldn't hesitate a second to say it is the one of the best developers out there... sometimes we are pushing too hard on ourselves.. it becomes a part of our culture. I am going to miss that challenge.
When I was very young, I saw academy awards ceremony broadcast on TV from Korea. It was the movie "Mission (1986)" by Roland Joffee which won "Best Cinematography".. I didn't even know what cinematography was. However I saw the movie and I kind of understood the award was given to the director of photography for his excellent visual style and achievement..on waterfall shots. Since then I had a dream of being close to that honor. yeah...big dream :) and as I got older, I totally forgot about that inspiration.
It was a few months ago when I heard we won this award. Even though it's BAFTA (British Academy) and video Game awards, I felt like my 11 years of service to Sony finally came molded in a shiny object to me. What an honor to hold for the rest of my life.
Now I am moving onto a new chapter in my career. Starting from monday tomorrow I am not driving on 10 fwy, instead I am going to walk out the door and start sketching out my big idea..and survive.
People ask me how I feel....sadness is replaced with confidence slowly. I feel good and ready.
Our company website will be up and running very soon. I will keep you posted.