Can you become an animator with a computer

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Re: Can you become an animator with a computer

Postby dcuny » Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:56 pm

It's not really relevant. To get a job in animation, you need to demonstrate animation skills, not programming skills. What's going to sell you is your portfolio of animation that you've created, not of 3D programs that you've written. Few animators need to delve into that layer - it's more the realm of the TD (Technical Director).
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Re: Can you become an animator with a computer

Postby John VanSickle » Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:11 pm

In fact, if you can animate with pencil and paper, you can find work as an animator. Scan your images into your computer, use some utility to turn the images into a video, and burn the video to a CD or DVD. Add the other stuff that the studio says they want to see in demo reels, and you're ready to show them what you bring to the table.

A computer science degree is more likely to get you hired in the software department, where you are more likely to work on developing tools for the animators.
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Re: Can you become an animator with a computer

Postby rjh » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:51 pm

The question should be "Can you become employed in the animation industry with a computer science degree?" ... and the answer to that is a resounding "yes". Support personnel are needed at almost every level of the process these days. And who knows ? ... you may have a latent ability to "animate" that may just be waiting to be uncovered by exposure to those that can. And if you have the desire to learn, and the drive to achieve, a "computer science degree" and the ability to animate would make a very good impression indeed.

Bottom line is ... do not let anyone else but "you" tell yourself what your limitations are.

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