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Old 04 April 2006   #1
Smile I am quite new to Maya. *Suggestions appreciated*


Ever since I was little, I had a strong appreciation for 3d. I loved watching animated movies (shrek) over and over again. I knew, one day I wanted to work for dreamworks.

Yes, It may sound a bit cheesy, but its the truth.

2 years ago, I decided to get started on learning some modeling. I started out with a program that was offered to us in highschool. There, I learned the basics of 3ds Max modeling, and animation. My friend then told me that I was wasting my time with 3ds Max, and that I should start of in Maya. I now have the PLE version of Maya, and I am ready to get started.

Can anyone point me in the right direction, of what to start learning. Any tutorials, that helped you out, in the beginning?

I picked up George Maestri's book, "Maya at a Glance". It has been very helpful in teaching me the interface, and some NURBS, and polygonal techniques.

I also bought the lynda.com Maya tutorial dvd.

Thank you very much!!!

-Mike Cusano
Old 04 April 2006   #2
Can this be moved?

This should be moved to the main maya page.

Sorry about that. <_<
Old 04 April 2006   #3

On my site www.robertellisonimaging - in the links section - there are a huge number of links for everything CG imaginable, many free tutorial sites etc. Check it out.

Old 04 April 2006   #4
Originally Posted by roberte: Mike,

On my site www.robertellisonimaging - in the links section - there are a huge number of links for everything CG imaginable, many free tutorial sites etc. Check it out.


I would have appreciate to have a look there too... ;o/ But I can't get your page... Is your link ok? Or is it not Safari compatible?
An artist is a realistic person! An artist paints his own world, just like anybody else does!

Old 04 April 2006   #5
Originally Posted by SaveFerris0330: My friend then told me that I was wasting my time with 3ds Max, and that I should start of in Maya

Thats not necessarily true. I know Maya, and I'm learning Max to get a job now (I think its the area).
Old 04 April 2006   #6
Very nice site!

Yeah, but now that I switched to Maya, I am very comfortable with the interface. I started up Max, and it was like a second language to me. <_<

I'm thinking about going to this 1 week class, over at a school in San diego, to further learn Maya.

Does anyone else have any tutorials, that helped them along the way, in learning Maya?

By the way, the reason the Robert Ellison Imaging link isnt working, is because there is no ".com"


Old 04 April 2006   #7
Check out 3d-Palace.

If the Maya video tutorials are nearly as good as the 3d Max tutorials then I would say give them a try. You have to register (free), and you can only download one part at a time, but hey, its free!

You can also support this guy's site by purchasing a subscription or dvd's and such. Once I get on my feet again its on my list of things to do.
Old 04 April 2006   #8
Old 04 April 2006   #9
I appreciate all of your tutorial help!

Now, moving on to the subject of colleges...

I will be starting senior year, shortly, and I will be forced to pick a school. I am 99.99% sure, I want to go into the 3d animation field. What I was hoping to do, was to go to a good school, get really good at a couple of applications, and work my way up, to a real job. (Dreamworks). Yes, its quite a goal, but I am determined on completing it.

Do any of you have any reccomendations on colleges? How about degrees? If I wanted to pursue a career in this, what kind of degree/major, should I be shooting for.

Thank you very much for all of your help!

-Mike Cusano
Old 04 April 2006   #10
I dont think I've ever seen a piece, project, portfolio I didnt like from the people over at Vancouver Film School. They really have great work.
Old 04 April 2006   #11
Yeah, someone was telling me, that canada, and Cali, have the best schools.
Old 04 April 2006   #12
Froth, this school is very interesting. I put it down on my list of possible schools.
Old 04 April 2006   #13
There is also Gnomon and Full Sail. I'm pretty sure Gnomon doesn't offer a degree, but I've seen a coulple of their training DVD's and they cover pretty much everything you want to know about a topic. Full sail on the other hand does offer a degree (I'm pretty sure).
Old 04 April 2006   #14

I just got my information pamphlet from Full Sail. After reading this packet, it made me wish I was there. This is definitally a top 5 possibility. It is also in florida, which is where I wanted to go.

If any of you are looking for good animation schools, I strongly suggest sending for Full Sails information.

BTW, Did you go to school for animation? If so, where?
Old 04 April 2006   #15
Full Sail offers tours of their facilities all the time, you should check it out. I heard they really put on a show for you.

If you're looking for an animation school, aside from Full Sail, Gnomon and VFS and them there is also Sheridan. I heard they're pretty hard core about animation.

I have not gone to a 4 year + college yet. I just dont have the cash at the moment. I would like to in the future though. I'm in that 'teach-yourself' phase I guess .
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