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  06 June 2005
Is our Work Frivolous??

Do u ever think that what we do is frivolous and unimportant for the most part?
Sure CG is used in many important aspects of life, but its, by far, mostly used for entertainment.
do people working in this field ever wonder if all their time learning, researching and creating could be spent on something more worthy? i love this work, but i do sometimes feel uneasy about it. Anyone else share this guilt?


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  06 June 2005
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I don't share this feeling because I can't imagine myselft doing anything else. hum. ok, I can imagine but I can easily figure out that I'd not be happy with it. I'm not sure about the correct translation but Nietzsche once said that the Philosphy and the Art are paths for the like that grows... think about it

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  06 June 2005
art and entertainment are absolutely needed in any society. i bet you would think it was pretty important if someone told you you could never listen to music or view a painting etc... again.
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  06 June 2005
People pay money for 3D/2D, and Animation skills, so no, it's not a waste of time. Plus, I believe that nothing is a waste of time if you enjoy doing it.
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  06 June 2005
Yes. Well, mine is. Can't very well speak for you people.

I think the thing with Big Important pieces of Art is that either you 'em in you or you don't. And also that either you have it in you to get one out, or not.
 
  06 June 2005
Originally Posted by 6foot5: Do u ever think that what we do is frivolous and unimportant for the most part?
Sure CG is used in many important aspects of life, but its, by far, mostly used for entertainment.
do people working in this field ever wonder if all their time learning, researching and creating could be spent on something more worthy? i love this work, but i do sometimes feel uneasy about it. Anyone else share this guilt?



A lot of people in CG have aspirations as storytellers; they want to eventually write/direct their own CG films. I think being a storyteller is far more fulfilling than just being a CG guy.
 
  06 June 2005
unfortunately, we cant all have something we create have the same effect as duchamp's readymades. id rather be doing something i enjoy than something i dont that is important.
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  06 June 2005
I agree with you, besides that I'd say that most content, however entertaining, is completely mind numbing. I can't think of a single excuse for the shallow stuff I see around and what I've done.

On the other hadn it would be even worse to not have such stuff around, I mean enteretainment. So for that matter I applaud it all again.

But taking into consideration the amount of influence a movie or painting have on a mind and what choices people might make consequencially. I think there's a gross lack of respect for life. About 50% of cg is not something you learn or grow from. But the other 50% is fine, and lastly to be clear, I'm as guilty as anyone else. ANd to defend that I'd say that I do not find myself in the position to preech, only learn .
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  06 June 2005
Based on a Calvin and Hobbes comic Strip

You think that maybe nothing is worthy... but what if everything is worthy? what would be worst?

honestly, there's not much sense in trying to find sense in everything, you'll end up finding that you'll never have that answer, so it's a big fat waste of time thinking about it! The deal is: you have to believe and not question it.

and, @ the moment, art is nearly the only thing I REALLY believe
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  06 June 2005
Frivialous?

I guess it raises the question, is frivolous a bad thing? I would hate to live in a world were everything was dead serious. I think I'd go mad if I could have some easy relief from working 5 days a week 8 hours a day. Frivolous may be needed, so perhaps it is frivolous and thats why we need it??

(phew, so many frivilous' in one post, I have no idea how to spell it either!!)

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  06 June 2005
its an odd question , i know. (and btw i spelt frivolous wrong aswell! )

but i cant shake the feeling sometimes. CG takes a lot of effort, research and training and i often think what if i applied this time and effort into something other than creating a character for another 2bob FPS game? the feeling dosnt last long and i do love working in CG but i think is loving what you do a good enough justification for doing it??
 
  06 June 2005
Depends how you define frivolous. Compared to Mother Theresa or a neurosurgeon or the President, almost everybody else's jobs and interests look frivolous. And compared to guys who try to break the world record in eating boiled eggs, or those who beg or steal for a living, our work looks downright saintly. You just can't think like that, go around comparing who's got the most 'important' job. It's not a contest. We all do what we were put here to do.
 
  06 June 2005
Originally Posted by Stahlberg: Depends how you define frivolous. Compared to Mother Theresa or a neurosurgeon or the President, almost everybody else's jobs and interests look frivolous. And compared to guys who try to break the world record in eating boiled eggs, or those who beg or steal for a living, our work looks downright saintly. You just can't think like that, go around comparing who's got the most 'important' job. It's not a contest. We all do what we were put here to do.


A good question I find myself asking myself all the time is do I think I'm doing the right thing with my time. Besides the usual no of-course not, in that way I am at least truelly honest. Because it is quite easy to give into more basic ideas and let the real deal slip by, the human aspect for instance is very often neglected. Money before everything else and what not.

Just a crued example of course. But within the context here, I found myself wondering for instance whether or not I really want to put my creativity in service of something else, either an idea or a person. Becasue that could mean doshonesty to myself or drowning my own creativity, yaddah-yaddah, but it's how I tick anyway.
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  06 June 2005
I think it is always good to questions the things we do. Because the point of asking a question is to get a answer. If you do not ask these questions you end up living a half-life. Knowing one's true self leads to a more fulfilling life.
 
  06 June 2005
The only difference is that snobby art collectors wouldnt buy your stuf.

This difference justifies that its not important what people think about digital art.

You shouldnt give a damn.. express yourself artistically .. be happy.. whats wrong with it being mainly for entertainment?
 
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