Steve Kilisky's Dynamic Media Blog

December 22, 2006

OT: Giving Thanks

NOTE: This post has nothing to do with After Effects directly. Feel free to ignore if uninterested in my personal history.

Have you ever had one of those moments when you wonder how you got where you are and how things would be different if certain events hadn't occurred. For me my life is more of a series of controlled coincidences than pure serendipity.

As I sit here in my office on the last work day before Adobe's holiday shutdown, that is what's running though my mind. I'm not sure what made me decide to share these thoughts here, other than my blog editing software was open when the thought hit me (maybe it's therapeutic, or maybe I need to network socially), but hopefully I've earned permission to take liberties with my blog once in a while.

Anyhow here are the people who I give thanks to for somehow influencing the career path I have traveled:

Thanks to Bruce Chernak teaching me how to make killer Bloody Mary's and Ramos Fizzes at Perry's.

Thanks to Hana Anki at Perry's for telling me it was time to leave (although not very nicely) the bar business.

Thanks to James Burke for creating the show Connections and thanks to my wife Debra for helping me see the connection and encouraging me to explore the technical side of my brain.

Thank you to KRCB in Rohnert Park for not hiring me, but allowing me to meet someone who exposed me to The Telecommunications Technology Program at Napa Valley College where not only did I learn the frequency of subcarrier to 5 decimal places (3.579545), but also began to develop a taste and appreciation for wine.

Thanks to Gary Vann (back row, far right) for teaching me to thread a 2" Ampex VTR, tweak and encoder, shoot with one of the first Sony Betacam camcorders, "smile and nod", and to see something in me that I didn't see in myself.

Thanks to Jeff Jerome, for opening the door (figuratively) for me at Varitel Video in S.F., Ed Granlund for hiring me and Tim Mundorf for keeping me sane and explaining why people pronounce my last name "Kilinsky" (Tim was a Linguistics major).

Thanks to Stuart Loberg for quitting Cubicomp and getting me an interview there, and thanks to Kelvin Wright for hiring me even though I had I no idea what a config.sys file was.

Thanks to Doug Harrison, the first product manager I ever met and for making me realize that a) marketing is more fun than technical support, and b) think that if he was a product manager, I certainly could be as well (after all, all we do is travel, but people food and drinks and fill out expense reports...).

Thanks again to Kelvin Wright, for turning down the job at Abekas to work at Digital F/X (anyone remember the Composium or Hitchcock?) and getting me the interview at Abekas.

Thanks to Jim Peterson for hiring me at Abekas even though I knew nothing about Digital Disk Recorders or CCIR-601, and to Ed Breault and Rob Carroll for teaching me everything I know about Disk Recorders and CCIR-601.

Thanks to Lance Kelson for encouraging me to get into marketing, to Paul Hansil for giving me my first product management job, to Pete Mountanos for making me a product manager, and to Andy Sheldon, Stuart English, George Uibel, and Steve Lose, for all the memories.

Thanks to Dan Wright and Phil Bennett for not seeing the future of video was in software, and thanks to Tim Myers and Randy Ubillos for finding me at Abekas and for some crazy reason wanting to make Adobe Premiere talk to and Abekas DDR.

Thanks again to Tim Myers for quitting Adobe to work at Macromedia and then KuB

A big thanks to Joyce Chung for hiring me at Adobe even though I didn't know the difference between an ISA and an EISA, and thanks to Bryan Lamkin for giving me the opportunity to join the After Effects team, (and thanks to my wife for giving up sunny CA for moist and gray WA).

And last but not least thanks to the AE team for being such a great team to be a part of, to Adobe for being such a great company to work at, and to all of our users whose passion keeps me energized and in awe of how y'all use After Effects.

Wishing everyone in my past, present, and future a happy, healthy, and peaceful new year.

I'll be back in 2007.



Posted by Steve Kilisky at 3:59 PM on December 22, 2006


Philip Hodgetts — 8:44 PM on December 22, 2006

Nice post Steve. Brought a smile to my face.

I think I want to be a Product Manager if it's really like what you describe. (Like I believe that's all there is to it.)

Cheers and have a great 2007.


Steve Kilisky — 11:48 PM on December 22, 2006

oops, actually 6 decimal places ;-) but who's counting...

Don Livoni — 11:39 AM on December 30, 2006

Thanks to Steve Kilisky for getting me off the AVA and the Paintbox, out of edit suites and into After Effects. You changed a lot of people's lives as well. Happy New Year to you and the AFX team. Thanks for everything.

Steve Kilisky — 6:34 PM on December 30, 2006

Hey Don,

Appreciate the kind words. Thanks to you for opening my eyes to the world of typography and making the A72 shine.

Jim Miller — 2:25 PM on April 3, 2007

I was wondering if you were still at Adobe. Cheers!

Hi Jim,

Thanks for connecting.

I am here. Where are you?

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