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Could You Become a Better Filmmaker Using 3D Previsualization? 0

A website for animation competitions

A website for animation competitions

The good news about starting a blog is that it always gives me new challenges to face and experiments to try out. That could be from figuring out how to be more productive with my content, to determining which direction my blog structure will move towards. There’s always something to improve, test and learn.

I’ve given myself another obstacle for March, since it seems like I’m willing to stress myself out somewhat; I’m going to be starting an 11 Second Club animation project and see how far I can get with it.

I don’t necessarily feel like doing anymore book or video tutorials on how to learn Maya, so I’m going to be throwing myself into a project, which will definitely result in a poor attempt of animation.

Why poor?

My skills aren’t close to being good enough yet. I gave up a few times when it became too hard to learn Maya. I’ve done a lot of tutorials, and schooling, but my knowledge hasn’t been used for any independent projects until this one. Which is why I’m guessing the results are going to suck.

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Previs Lecture Series: “Oz the Great and Powerful” 0

Oz

Photo Credit: The Third Floor, Inc.

 

It’s hard for me to explain all of the awesomeness I experienced attending this Previs lecture. Especially because I only had a limited form of documenting this, a simple pen and paper (and my memory). I started writing down full quotes in several areas of the presentation before they quickly moved on to the next slide. I was left deflated because they were meaningful quotes, explaining industry professional perspectives, but I couldn’t jot down my notes fast enough.

I’ve decided to just go ahead and describe the experience I went through when I attended, including the notes and concepts I could grasp at the time. I hope it helps you understand the impact Previs is making as an integral part of the filmmaking process.

 

Arrival

So, on Saturday October 26th, I was lucky enough to be invited to a Previs lecture series put on by Loyola Marymount University and the Previsualization Society. I live in Anaheim, CA and it was a good 40 minute drive away to attend, but to me, I knew this was going to be well worth the drive. I had been waiting two weeks for this event.

Once I arrived at LMU, I found the campus to be larger than I had expected it to be. I found parking in the garage and found the general direction to head towards. I was thankful that the parking wasn’t being enforced over the weekend because the only spot I could find was where they usually valet.

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3 Ways to Quickly Learn Autodesk Maya 2

Autodesk Maya

When I first started learning Autodesk Maya in 2010, it was in a school environment at Video Symphony. The Motion Graphics program I had been taking had a total of about 25 classes to go through in order to graduate with a certification in Motion Graphics for Post Production. It was towards the end of these classes, as I was starting the advanced module, that I began my introduction into Maya for the first time.

 

Autodesk Maya

When I first started learning Autodesk Maya in 2010, it was in a school environment at Video Symphony. The Motion Graphics program I had been taking had a total of about 25 classes to go through in order to graduate with a certification in Motion Graphics for Post Production. It was towards the end of these classes, as I was starting the advanced module, that I began my introduction into Maya for the first time.

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Is there a Future for 3D Graphics and Animation? 0

3dgraphic

 

What led me to my education in Motion Graphics

I don’t know what you were doing in the fall of 2008 when the economy crashed, but I’ll tell you the path I was on at the time.

I had been working throughout my career in the hospitality industry. My main jobs were mostly in customer service; Bellman, Concierge, and some time spent at the Front Desk. It had always been rewarding to work with people who were travelers.

In my last position, I became an Auditor in the Accounting department. It was a dead-end job and I knew it, but it payed a reasonable wage to live my life pretty comfortably. I had worked my way into these different positions and assumed I would continue doing so. Without a college degree though, it was obvious that climbing the ladder any further in Accounting wasn’t going to come easily.

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