future vfx career advice?

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  07 July 2013
future vfx career advice?

I'm 16 years of age and two years ago I decided that my main goal (career goal atleast) would be to work on feature films as a visual effects artist (yeah, that's general - probably would be towards the technical side, fire, explosions, fumefx, thinking particles etc.).

I have been studying ever since in a varied range of programs, but mainly 3ds Max. I've found a passion for fluids and blowing up stuff (fun, isn't it?). I know that degrees aren't critical these days in this industry, but what is critical? Experience, obviously. What else, certificates?

I also know that networking is important, but what is the best way to get myself out there and meet other vfx artists? I know I'm young, which helps, I still have one more year of highschool. But is there a possibility I could get a job right out of highschool? How is the industry moving right now? I hope I can get some advice here, I know I asked a lot of questions - don't feel obligated to answer them all hehe
  07 July 2013
Firstly, if you're wanting to go into film, then it'd be better to learn Maya and Houdini instead of Max. Maya is by far the most widely used 3D package in film, while Houdini is also popular for FX stuff, which you've expressed an interest in.

Education isn't necessary but don't let that make the decision for you; with the industry being pretty volatile, it might be a good idea to get a degree in something related as a backup or to make your knowledge a little broader (so anything from, say, an art degree to a comp sci degree).
  07 July 2013
Leigh has some wise words. If your interested in FX and into the more technical side things, its going to be better if you have a degree in computer science , maths or a similar technical degree.

  07 July 2013
Yeah, computer science is actually an interest of mine. I love working with hardware etc., building computers whenever I can also. I have also tried out houdini a little, maybe I'll dive into it a bit deeper. As for Maya, I've studied maya quite a bit but I don't have much interest in it (but I understand a firm knowledge in it is vital.)

Thanks for the words.
  07 July 2013
Find a Canadian to Marry...that will get you half way there.
  07 July 2013
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