My name's Alessio Saturno and i'm a beginner in animation. What may seem a blatant question is in reality a request of "career guidance". I'm italian and time ago i've attended an italian animation school but it have made me realize that the animation industry in Italy is very, very limited and animators who don't have a job in Rainbow s.r.l. (whose quality isn't even that good) are likey to get completely underpaid, like a japanese animator that doesn't work for Ghibli or few other studios. You know, a good part of italian animation is still in traditional 2D
The problem with this experience is that, now, i have no real direction in the animation industry. And the comic book industry is very limited too, in Italy: if you don't work for few other studios, you'll be exploited by kind of leeches that are small publishers who will pay twenty euros for each comic book page (if all goes well) and will publish only five hundred copies of your book (again, if all goes well).
Now, i've moved to Germany where there are some relatives and i'm looking for a "normal" job in order to not be unemployed (the italian situation regrading employment rate is desperate, although not as desperate as the greek one) and i have yet to see if that was a good idea. Better than being unemployed, right? Otherwise how am i supposed to buy animation tools like Acme Hole Puncher or a good Wacom graphic tablet? Unfortunately, as i have imagined before, Germany doesn't even have a big animation industry like France and, currently, if i wasn't afraid of moving alone, if i knew the language and if there wasn't strong unemployment i would have gone there. I also don't feel ready to start a career as an animator because i don't feel what they have been teached to me at school is enough (especially about storyboards).
Now that i'm in the almost-safe zone (Germany), even if i have yet to find a job and language school (screw you Christmas) i want to inquire about getting started in the animation field. I'm interested in France and, of course, America.
First of all, i don't want to hear about animation schools, nor ONLINE courses: about online courses, i despise them, you don't get the same experience from a real life class, no matter how good Animation Mentor is. About schools in general, yeah, i really would, but how can you afford CalArts or something similar if you don't already come from a wealthy family? My parents in Italy can barely buy an apartament for less than CalArts's tuition, twenty years of loan. And they're not even poor for the italian standards!!! How are they supposed to send me to CalArts LoL??? And the middle class situation in Italy is pretty much like this. Even 50k is a treasure for most italian people. I would really wish attending CalArts, but it's an Utopia for me. I wish there were public animation schools where you don't pay a fortune but, you know, these things don't exist in Italy and in France neither, i believe.
If it were for higly professional schools, it wouldn't be a big problem but i come from a country where nobody gives you a proper career guidance. Therefore, i don't know what i am supposed to go.
First, how can someone begin making professional animation? You are not expected to enter big studios anytime soon, sure. See, as i have said, i have France very near my current residence but even America attracts me. Forget Japan, it's a too different place for me and i can't waste time learning a completely different language (one thing is learning german language, another thing is japanese's one.) Not that i have something against japanese people. Maybe one day, when i will be more professional, but now now.
but there must be some places where to start fresh without risking to sign for a job where you will have to work sixty hours for three hundreds euros a month. (again an italian reality). Therefore, i know i won't be able to make traditional animation or i'll have to go in India or other countries where poverty is rampant. It's a dream of nobody. Traditional animation will be only an exercise. I'm interested in Toon Boom and 3D animation at this point. So, are there places where to get started in the animation industry? For example, in France, is there a specific direction for animators who didn't attend Gobelin (which is also too pricey for me)? What are the first step for someone who has a little knowledge about animation?
And, especially, for everything else i've written in this message: what's your feedback and what do you think about it?