I have completed a BS in computer graphics focusing on animation/modeling.
I have four years of Maya and 3 years of 3ds Max, but still cannot get a foot in the door with a company. Seems everyone wants only people who have worked on shipped titles.
This seems like a catch 22, where to get the job one needs experience, but one cannot get the experience without getting the job, but cannot get the job for lack of experience.
I can see the need for experience, but also see the need to culivate new talent with an eye to the future.
In addition, I think you will have a good chance of landing a work if you can use forums to showcase your sample works. In this way, prospective employers will get the chance to see how you work.
Also, if you have free time, you may want to join animation contest. This works in two ways. One you get to know more people in the industry which in turn might recommend you. The second is if you win some competition, having recognition will also help you status as an animator.
Another thing to consider is getting freelance work. There are companies out there that sometimes outsourced their animation projects and work to third party companies or freelancers and sometime animators from outside of their country.
You see, there are lots of options for you. Dont give up and continue with your passion.
Good luck! :) :) :)
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Anyone know of any companies willing to give new people a chance?
I could be wrong about this but you should check the websites of the studios that you are interested in working for. There should be something there about employment.
I'm currently studying animation at a BA degree
I am wanting to create 3d neon lines that are animated, but as the line
Move I want the lines to show there in a word there.
So basically you can only see the hidden word if one of the neon lines goes across it....
Does any one have any ideas how I could create this??
You need to start your own thread so repost your question with a catchy subject heading. There is a need for a little more information so let us pick this up with your new thread.
Send them animation every day and they will consider you
I did the same and got the job on being persistant. Look at my new animation.
Surprised I missed this thread--late reply, but still...
If you don't have the credentials (work experience) then you need to have something else: the ability to demonstrate that you can do the work at ( or exceeding) the level of output of the studio you are applying to.
That is where your portfolio becomes your credentials.
Shipped title experience is just a safe way of screening people that will flake out on the job. It doesn't speak of people that have the skills and the ability to create work at the same level of those titles.
Look, they'll look at your portfolio first, then they'll look at your work experience.
If your portfolio is exceptional, they'll waive the experience requisites. They want someone that can do the work........they'll literally show the applicant a work station and have them sit down and produce usable material, if they think they are good enough.
If you can do that, they'll hire you.
If they are not hiring you, it's likely NOT so much your lack of experience, but rather that the contents of your portfolio are humdrum or not "professional" enough to stand out from all the other newcomer portfolios they see.
If your stuff is just like all the other applicants........its not enough, even for an entry level position. You need to produce work at a level that really impresses people. That means it needs to be polished, and presented to a higher degree. Take a look at the various concept samples from the top companies to see what that "high degree" is. Make your work like that.
People that are not getting bites work-wise often just don't have the level of skill/talent that the studio is seeking. Don't assume that because you have taken training, that you automatically have said skills/talent. Take a critical look at your work and compare it to the work being produced by the studio. If you find your stuff wanting, then get busy.
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