Hi, I'm new to these forums (goes without saying - er, typing, I mean :rolleyes:). I'm a third year student at university, leaving in May...after bunging it up, I'm trying to improve my animation skills best I can before I leave uni, then after that I plan to get either a full-time or part-time job in another area and animate, animate, animate and draw, draw, draw on the side to get much better.
That said, the dreaded word 'essay' (I like writing novels, so does calling it 'dreaded' make sense?) popped up in the title for a reason. I have to take a compulsory module where one component is an action plan we have to write for when we leave uni (where we want to be in 2, 5, 10, etc, years) which is 100% of the weighting - and the second component is concerning a certain career we're interested in (be it an animator or working for conference/exhibition productions, etc) and write an essay out as if we were writing it for someone else interested in the same path. That second component is pass/fail. And we have to write it first if the action plan is to be any good...or at least get a first draft before moving on to the action plan.
I'm choosing the pathway of an animator, and focusing my essay on how to get there and what one does there. I realise there are a number of threads around concerning becoming an animator, but I hoped I could start a thread where I pose various questions to the veteran animators amongst us and see how I can use their answers in the essay. Like an on-going interview. I could look through lots and lots of books, but I figured that there are other ways to conduct research too, and I'm sure the people on these forums could be very helpful in what they have to say (right from the horse's mouth - I did say that correctly, didn't I? Or did I muck up the expression?).
Both components are 2,500 words in length (yeah...I'm hoping to aim for 2,000 or so...I have a nasty habit of overshooting even leeway word limits).
I have an introduction written out in Word, focusing on the theme that it isn't necessarily how well you do in university/college/etc, but what you do overall that counts. People can be abysmal in university at animation, but several years down the line things may very well have changed, so academia is a way of assessing someone at an arbitrary point in time and could induce some - especially me - to think it's the be-all and end-all. If it was the be-all and end-all, then babies would have no chance of even being able to write their name ;). I couldn't write my name as six-month old baby, but that was at a single point in time...
So...can anyone help me, please?
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