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djprasun
08-01-2009, 06:07 AM
Thank you Mr Jeremy Birn for putting up a great lighting challenge. I feel really on top the world right now to make it to the top 20. But i also want to share something with you, in India we lighting artist are paid about Rs.5000 which is about $100 for a month's salary. There are many quality lighting artist who can't afford to go to work on a bus. I am a student now and in one month I will also join come company who will pay us peanuts. This is the situation of lighting artists in India. All I am asking is that, does getting into the top 20 of your list enhance my possibility of getting a good job, and if they ask for certificate of my entry what will I say? Please help us Mr. Birn.

jeremybirn
08-01-2009, 01:44 PM
Developing a good portfolio is useful in getting better jobs. If you are working in a place that doesn't pay well enough, but have good experience and credentials and a nice showreel, you might be able to find work in another place where you are paid better and treated better.

I don't have any kind of certificate, although if someone wanted to design one I guess we could consider using it. Do you want to design a certificate that says "Selected for Lighting Challenge Gallery" or something like that? I've never found employers to care about these things (and have never even been asked to show a diploma when applying for jobs), but if other people are into them I'd go along with it.

-jeremy

djprasun
08-02-2009, 06:26 AM
thank you Mr Birn for your concern. You have been really kind. In India to learn Maya you have to pay nearly $4000 dollar maybe more for 6 months of 3d training. Most of student are from middle class family and so they have to take bank loan. The institute make promises that you will get very good job once the course is completed, promise which they rarely keep. This is a creative field and creativity only blossoms when there is peace of mind and a financial security. But how can a man perform up to his potential when there is constant pressure from the bank to payback the loan and also you have to calculate that if you eat more today then you have to starve tomorrow. I am just writing this to share with the world the condition of lighting artist in India. We are raised like a cattle. They don't look for fancy portfolios or talent, they just look for some cheap labourer. For us its a passion and dream to do lighting and dreams die hard. We will continue fighting.

subhadipghosh007
08-02-2009, 06:59 AM
thanx sir (Mr.Birn) for the challenge n congrats to u sir for suxesful completion of this challenge.once again am thankful to u for ur response to this post of prasun but being a student of lighting in india im also facing the same problem.hardly there r companies who giv chance to freshers n those who r givin r paying very less.due to this reason numerous artists who r capable of doin really good works r getttin compelled to change their profession.i think it to b misutilisation of resource.n its also affecting our industry greatly.sir this kinda prob is hindering numerous students to perform to their excel.so sir atlist v vl b grateful to u if u kindly try to organise as many competitions/challenges as possible.so that we all can take part in it n boost our confidence which is really affected badly due to the cause as earlier stated by prasun.
thank you sir.

subhadipghosh007
08-02-2009, 07:01 AM
thanx sir (Mr.Birn) for the challenge n congrats to u sir for suxesful completion of this challenge.once again am thankful to u for ur response to this post of prasun but being a student of lighting in india im also facing the same problem.hardly there r companies who giv chance to freshers n those who r givin r paying very less.due to this reason numerous artists who r capable of doin really good works r getttin compelled to change their profession.i think it to b misutilisation of resource.n its also affecting our industry greatly.sir this kinda prob is hindering numerous students to perform to their excel.so sir atlist v vl b grateful to u if u kindly try to organise as many competitions/challenges as possible.so that we all can take part in it n boost our confidence which is really affected badly due to the cause as earlier stated by prasun.
thank you sir.

sukha2cool
08-19-2009, 03:47 AM
Sir,
although i am a newbie, I just completed my two months diploma from whistling woods international, owned by Subhash Ghai, one of the famous Indian film directors. By reading your responses and varios blogs it has helped me in gaining a great deal of knowledge. I just want to point out that your name is famous throughout the Indian animation industry. We have your books in our library and we use to reference it too often. I specialized in lighting and texturing. In last two months I have given a lot of interviews where your name has sprung up alot many times.. so getting a reference from you makes a huge difference.

Supreet S. Anand

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