Hi all. This is my first post here. My english ain't good, but i'm trying my best to learn, so please do help me by scrutinizing even the tiniest bits of mistake i made, kay?
I'm just wondering whether I should even consider to take 'Animation' as a major or not. Well, it was about a week ago where I was so sure about taking Psychology major. I've planned the transfer, the university (I'm just going to graduate from high school this November), the graduate degree, what kind of psychologist I want to be, and suddenly BAM! I saw a major offered at a college called 'Animation'. A major I never knew had existed for such long time. It then immediately takes me back to my passion for movies, games, and animations, which had been the things that I decided to seal as a past when I aimed for UC Berkeley's psychology degree. Now it's the only thing that I could think of.
Now, I do know a little bit of Flash, a little bit of Photoshop, but don't even bother to ask me to draw things. The last 3 dogs I drew was mistaken for sheeps, and horses mistaken for cars. I simply can't draw. I might have a little bit of programming background (I knew basic html, pascal, visual basic, and C++), but my friend told me that animation is all about drawing and drawing and drawing. and drawing. and drawing. Should people like me even be in the industry?
And I'm also wondering about the specific jobs there are in the animation industry. I heard there were people called the animators or the character animators, there were modellers, and there were perhaps people who handle the special visual effects, who combines normal pictures with mattes drawing (which I'm not even sure what that is.. it's just that people use the word so often that I got familiar with it) and produces some RPG-like (or fantasy-like, whatever) pictures. Does anybody could please define for me what kind of job each of them do? Or maybe if there are some other jobs that I never even heard of, it would be really helpful.
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