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14 May 2008 @ 09:28 am
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It's doubtful anyone will read this but oh well, I'm not here to entertain. :D

Our flat has no hot water at the moment, our heating bills are part of the weekly rent so I hope they get it sorted soon, since I'm not paying based on what I use. I can't wait to move back to Cardiff...it gets so boring and isolated up here now that 80% of students have left halls for the summer because they're done with their studies. My course still has 3 weeks to go, not to mention the Glammies.

Next year I'm opting for concept art of the game variety. I don't enjoy animation, especially tradtional animation, as much as I thought. It's rewarding in it's own right and it can have some magical little qualities to it that make it worthwhile (I called some of my character exploration a 'happy mistake', since some of the unplanned animating happened to be the best). But as a career? No. The job market for traditional animators is already a stiff one to get into, my best option is to go with what I'm best at and learn a bit of Max and Maya, both of which we learn alongside Animo, Flash and other programs in the next 2 years. There's a bigger call for concept artists, storyboarders and designers than there is for tradtional animators, unless I want to move to Korea and work as an inbetweener.

That aside I'm going into Cardiff to get some more geeky crap for my room in halls. I paid to have the Spyro movie poster printed on A2 paper yesterday, and it's displayed happily above my computer alongside all the other Spyro, Halo, Ratchet and Clank, Futurama and Aliens stuff I have. And yes I have a life, thank you very much. :P

Back to work after Cardiff, I'll try and get hold of some allergy tablets. Bloody hayfever. :(
Current Location: Halls
Current Mood: dorky
Current Music: Impend - Martin O'Donnell
waruccho on May 14th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear your college just left for boresville. No hot water huh? Well you could always make a mini pool in the tub X3

I just finished up my associate degree myself for Digital Design. >:=@)

On the bright side you can use your teachings from animation on your future storyboards and such to have a better sense of movement. Though perhaps its just the traditional animation you don't care much for and more of the digital like pixar and the video game industry.

I hate to agree but yeah, traditional animation is going down the drain. Let alone the quality of dialog. Most credits these days have at least some korean outsourcing.

Heh, despite the fact I learned how to use the giant printer from college I never printed any posters. Doubt they would of matched my room anyways XD
Laura-Jane Francessci_fi_tech on May 18th, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)
You are right really, as much as I love animation in general I have to think long-term about my job prospects, and frankly I don't find working in Korea as an un-credited inbetween animator appealing. Pre-production is where the job market is at, unless you're a brilliant Max/Maya animator, rigger, modeller, etc. Everything is CGI now, which I'm also learning to broaden my knowlegde a bit. :)
waruccho on May 18th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
Well I wish you the best of luck in your new venture then. I know that I've been doing plenty of rethinking.

Oi, what to do. Advertising, Special Effects, Concepts, 3-D animation, Game Design?

Most of my classes have geared me toward Advertising and page layout, but hopefully in the four year colleges I can experiment a bit more in the other fields.

I don't wanna be in advertising my whole life. Plenty of cash, but I'd get bored and tired of it.

Oh and have fun at the Glammies!
Laura-Jane Francessci_fi_tech on May 18th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) all the best with your education and career path, I'm sure you'll do fine, you seem to be diverse in what you want to do. Go with your strengths I guess, what you enjoy the most is what you'll be more successful in.