These past 4 weeks have been very busy. I am currently juggling 3 shots, two which are brand new.
At Animation Mentor I am polishing some of my old work, along with choosing a new shot to enhance and round out my reel. I chose to do a shot with a child. Children are always fun to animate to me. Last term I did choose a shot with a little boy, but I feel this new shot will give me opportunity to get the child feel right. The little boy was in a pool and a hypochondriac, where this little girl will be refusing to clean up the mess she made.
At Animsquad I chose to do a shorter dialogue shot (2 words: “Okay..Open”) in order to really focus on body mechanics. The new rigs are far more detailed than I am used to, so simple for me was better. In this shot Jack will be proposing to Jill, but I won’t give away it all. You will have to watch when it’s finished to see.
Both James and Brian have been amazing mentors so far. James really brings it to class with detailed lectures about different topics each week.. including tons of live drawing while he talks. Brian, although we’ve only had one class, has a great attitude towards teaching this class and gave great critiques to our shot ideas, even throwing out a couple ideas to enhance the story. After three hours of straight critique, some people might say they’re tired and bored. I was so pumped and ready for another class. I will get that tomorrow!
Overall, I feel I have been getting a better overall feel for what I need to do. Not only in animation but in my life. This job can be verrrrry stressful at times, but you need to continue to make it fun or else you’ll burn out. I like to think of it like a challenge! I get excited each time a mentor or student says to go back and fix something. Our shots will NEVER be done; There is always something more you can do. So, I make it my challenge to myself to get it as close as I can and give it my all each turn in. Luckily I am just working for learning and not a studio yet, cause I have the time and opportunity to make these mistakes and learn.
To all those students just starting out:
– DONT STRESS OUT, just learn! This is the time to make mistakes and try things over and over
– Listen to your instructors! Sometimes you’ll have to “kill your babies” or take your idea and twist it somehow. This is a very collaborative industry. The best pieces aren’t just ones person’s ideas; They comes from bouncing ideas off others and taking away from things you’ve seen in life.. sometimes things you havent seen and others have 🙂
-Start thinking about your reel early. Don’t stress completely about it, but know that each shot you will want to be reel worthy. So try your best with each assignment!
– START FRAME BY FRAMING NOW! This is super important! Start studying everything. Seriously everything you can get your hands on. Animated, real life, look at it all.. And within this keep studying life not from behind the computer.
– Live Life. Work hard, but don’t forget to give yourself a break every so often. Even if its just a walk here and there. It’s important to refresh your eyes and not completely disappear from your friends and family 🙂
I am very happy I chose such an interesting and fun industry to be a part of, Cheers!