Excerpt from latest Animationmentor.com newsletter:
“A common misconception is that the “ack-of-all-trades” get the big jobs. The big feature studios are searching strictly for people who excel at one specialized art (be it animation, modeling, rigging/chaining, lighting, etc.), not for people who know a little bit about many things. Because of this, we want to be as focused as possible on animation. You will find that the most successful professional animators are consistently those willing to dedicate themselves to their specific craft.”
Now, I am attending a three year education in which we use 3D applications and compositing appliactions (during class) for two years. Some people have already decided to specialize in just one field (such as animation or modeling). However, I would like to see myself working as a VFX Supervisor in the future (this would probably be at a bigger company). Would it then be wise for me to also specialize in just one field or should I work as much as I can with all aspects of 3D and compositing? I am not talking about knowing a little about everything but actually trying to learn as much as I can about everything - which would include creating three 1-minute short films filled with CG VFX (cg character, greenscreen, matte paintings etc). I have seven months of dedicated time left of my education to do this - and I am working together with a classmate which is gearing slightly towards compositing. Myself I am gearing slightly towards 3D animation.
My plan would be to maybe start working with CG/VFX for commercials and then later on move on to movies… does this sound like it is realistic? Please hit me with the cold hard truth here.