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Old 07 July 2006   #31
Thank goodness this was posted as a single post that can be referred to. Now hopefully we won't get any many repeated threads on the subject.

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Old 07 July 2006   #32

thanx for such valuable guidence, i really need such kind of help as i m begining my career.
Old 07 July 2006   #33
Hey there -dc-,
Ive read the thread, its just what i always wanted..thank you very much indeed, but theres one question that i want to ask, and its specific to my case, which is, Im currently doing my b.e degree in mechanical engineering, and i want to go into 3d as a profession. I have pretty good knowledge(self taught) of Max, and im also learning maya, Im confident about doing well in this field since thats what i love doing.
My question is, Is it required for me to get another degree which is an art degree? cos it really concerns me, do i need to get a bfa degree for a job, or would it suffice if i work on my skills from now on and get better at 3d animation by either self learning or private training?

I know there are a millions and zillions of people asking questiosn regarding degrees, and trust me, if had a clear answer i wouldnt have posted at all. I have searched the forums, but didnt find the answer im looking for... if this question (specific to the b.e degree) has been answered, then kindly let me know and i will be off!

To put it in one line: Will it be an issue if i only have a B.engg degree if i ever want a job in 3d? ( portfolios and demo reels, yes i know they matter most) .
Thats all i need to know, and im not bothering any of you again (hopefully
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Old 07 July 2006   #34
about schooling

while i understand that schooling is not an absolute MUST, dont most animators at the bigger, more well known studios such as dreamworks, sony, etc. do in fact have schooling since the projects are much more heavy and more nuanced skills are required that are almost impossible to self-teach??
Old 07 July 2006   #35
Whoa. Just wanna say that was a really good read and it made somethings clear in my mind.

Many thanks
Old 07 July 2006   #36
Excellent read!! Thanks so much for the truly honest advice.
Old 07 July 2006   #37
thanks for the advice -dc-

I have another question: what about the non-US student?
is there any possibility that they find a work in US?

Old 07 July 2006   #38
Originally Posted by adityaprabhu: To put it in one line: Will it be an issue if i only have a B.engg degree if i ever want a job in 3d? ( portfolios and demo reels, yes i know they matter most) .

To put it in one line: No. And you are darn right about what matters most.


Old 07 July 2006   #39
Hey thanks!

Thanks Anand.. So what do you think sholud i do next? I really wanna get into the profession...Im going to US soon after i grad...
Thanks again...

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Old 07 July 2006   #40
hey adi, what areas of CG interest you?

having a programming BG would be a plus as it would help in scripting tools in CG....

if its animation you want to do...and if you can afford it...then i recommend joining a school teaching animation...

do let know what your interests, special effects, animation, scripting, modelling..

ps -thanks, thats my three and half year kid...

Old 07 July 2006   #41

thanks cheers
Old 07 July 2006   #42

@andy :

Hey Anand, yes, im interested in FX animation... wanna go into the visual effects line. right now, i usually play around a lot on Effects, Non character animation, adn particle fx, Im not much into modelling but not bad at it.. art is not a problem to me..
About schooling, my cousin sis did her BFA in Animation In NYSVA (New york school of Visual Arts) and she's finding it rather difficult to find a good job, so i really dunno if i should be shelling out quite a lot... But i really would like a good exposure... wanna master at Maya, so i dunno what to do? Any suggestions?
Also, can you tell me how you went about it? And what is it that you specialise in?
Thanks a lot!
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Old 07 July 2006   #43
hey adi,
just a few ideas...

-practice while you can
-dont wander on anything else other than your subject of interest
-use the internet and the forums to the 'maximum' . its one of the best mediums to improve your work upon
-then get a job and learn on the job or take up a course or buy training materials
-and if you have programming knowledge, you can even use that to create your own tools and that would be a plus in landing a good job...its a high on demand job...a vfx dude who can script...

i specialise in animation. my current job does not fulfill my animation desires much...hence i am studying animation at


Old 07 July 2006   #44
Hope everyone is fine

Hey Andy, thanks for the response... I got it..
by the way, I deeply regret what happened to our Mumbai, and i pray it never happens anywhere..Hope everyone is fine in your family..
thanks again
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Old 07 July 2006   #45

Thanks Alot for making the time to post a thread like this. It is a great help to hear sincere answers for experienced professionals of the field. There are simply too many young people (including me) who feel uneasy about a future in CG and want a clear picture as to what it REALLY is and what it REALLY requires. Your article has helped. Thanx
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