Matt: I love those really cool about him [that doesn't make sense but i cant tell] , he did like basically everything in the world, you know, every kind of content, and he wasn't cynical about anything, i never, like, can remember a time where he, you know, made fun of somebody else's work, or said something else wasn't'”cool enough, or whatever. He just like would always find something really interesting/compelling about everything and wanted to talk about everything. He, you know, like, anything from big budget hollywood movies, to little independent movies, to anime stuff, to anything you find on the web. I mean you said he loves game grumps, he loved gaming videos, and just'”pretty much anything under the sun, he would always'”um'”find something that was unique that you hadn't thought of about that as well.

Burnie: Well he thought it was'”He always said that he felt like that was a big part of our culture now'”is watching things and then using those things, it's like you basically take'”your experience in the world and turn it around as a'”filter and then create something new and exciting, ya know, based on the total [not sure what he says here. Aggravated maybe?] experience of everything you've seen and done

Gus: '”and that was fascinating to me when he first came to work for us'”to see him'”work'”and all the time have something in a secondary monitor that he was watching at the same time or observing. I remember when, years ago, years after'”after he had been here for a few years, when avatar came out on blue ray'”

Burnie: Yeah

Gus: He watched Avatar on half speed, like, on a loop'”

Burnie: Yup

Gus: '”Non stop

Burnie: He had to get a special player that would play the whole movie at half speed, no sound'”

Gus: Yeah no sound. He wanted to see the way that everybody moved, the actors moved, and the computer generated characters move, and just to try and study the motion, which seems like most people wouldn't even think to look at that. Oh, it looks good so you ignore it, but it looks so good, you really want to drill down and understand it.

Gray: He never stopped being a student, as good as he got, at everything else. That he had never stopped learning. I always found inspiring, and I know that everyone in the animation department felt the same way. And you know, there was nothing'”that'”didnt have knew value. Everything, no matter if it was a Hollywood A-list title or something, someone, produced something of their own and threw it online, whatever, that there was always something to learn in why it works, or sometimes why it didnt. And he was constantly studying.

Burnie: You know, I had the chance to talk to him, I think Matt you did too, get a chance to talk to Monty's older sister during this last week when she was in town to see him, and to hear experiences when he was younger that he just'”want something'”not figure out how to get it or couldn't afford it, and he would just build it, find a way to build it himself, and I thought it was really special that she got a chance to come here and look at his work space, see how all these little contraptions that he's got built, you know, you go into his office there's all these trinkets disassembled, reassembled back into something else.

Gus: '”Or even, you know, even like, trinkets from different objects. he would take apart multiple objects and recombine them, re-contextualize them into new ways.

Gray: A couple stories that I heard in the last week which explains so much'”uh that apparently in the household growing up that you couldn't leave him unattended with electronics cause you would leave the room and come back in and whatever it was was disassembled, so you just kind of figure how it worked. There was another one where which apparently he had a tendency to run around unclothed quite a bit as a kid. Which now I get why he was running around all the time here wearing nothing but the mo-cap suit day in and day out.

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Burnie: His second skin.
Gray: That was his mode.

Matt: There was a period when he first got that mo-cap suit, he got so excited about us having mo-cap in the office that I don't think he took the suit off for like'”5/6 days straight. I don't know, what was it Jack? It was like, I mean'”

Jack: [Inaudible] A week

Matt: Yeah it was, it was the'”suit had it's own baked in Monty essence that week. He would go to the coffee shop just down the block with the balls on it. He, i mean, he lived in that suit!

Burnie: We would see on the monitor just like, this 3D model eating a sandwich or drinking. We knew Monty was working. That was probably one of the harder moments that I had in this past week, was I came back in here and his'”mo-cap suit was hanging on a hook on the back of his door, and that was, that was tough for me to see that. Because I'm not used to seeing that thing inactive, you know.

Matt: You know, you mentioned his sister talking about her stories with him as a kid'”you know talking about him just being desperate to get, you know, LEGO blocks, not a set of, like Star Wars prepackaged LEGO's or whatever, you know, we'd buy kids today, he just wouldnt'”anything he could create, he was desperate to create all the time, he still, you know, he was that throughout his life, he was just desperately creating. He just had so much he wanted to get out, and was like however much time he spent on it, wasn't enough. That's why he would work, he would stay up for 30 hours, not because people told him don't do that, many times, but he could not help himself, he would get so excited about the process, and just so invigorated, he would, in the 24th hour, get a second wind , like this is great, i gotta keep going, this is the best thing I've ever done and get so excited.

Gus: You know, you talk how his sleep cycle was different, and'”

Matt: The Men In Black sleep cycle

Gus: I remember once at [Some proper noun of a place] down there and it was before the studio was fully fleshed out, it was still kind of'”