Longterm I was hoping animation or apply 3d graphics in to comic books. But what is a career outlook in 3D?
Be sure you fully understand what animation is and the process of animation before you search for an animation school. It seems like the greater majority of people don’t understand what the precess of animation is. As far as the outlook, very good. As with all industries jobs have fallen but video games and movies are some of the least effected. Every article I have read about general job outlook has said anything with computers is the way to go.
I wanted to go to the Dave School in Florida but I do not think I can afford the rent. Tuition itself is expensive but I was hoping to get a loan.
Dave School is pretty decent, from what I remember it was around 30,000, which is workable. Rent shouldn’t be too bad, it really depends where you live. Some parts of Orlando you will be paying $4 for a bottle of water, others are much more dealable.
The New York Film Academy seems okay as well. It’s commutable for me. It’s one yr. as well. http://www.nyfa.com/film-school/animation/1year.php
First impression isn’t good. Watched the video on the page you linked. The animations are extremely cluncky, and the VFX is just laughable. I always get worried seeing schools display things like that. A school should only show it’s best work, and if that’s it, look elsewhere. I’m not sure how many semesters they have you doing but if it’s the classic 4 then stay away. 18k/Semester x 4 semesters is 72k. For that go to VFS or Gnomon! This school is definitely not worth 72k.
I’m not sure what software the Dave School handles but I’m pretty sure it’s Lightwave, the NYFA is Maya.
If animation is what you want to learn you would want to learn Maya. But most of the programs are decently similar and wouldn’t be too hard to learn another one.
For a person living at home in NY what school is best?
This is really up to you. It changes depending on a lot of personal stuff.
I remember reading a lot of interviews where a lot of artist would proudly say that they were self taught. I admire that, but I was wondering how that is changing with more schools doing 3D?
Self taught is definitely a possible route to take. Generally I only recommend doing this as a last resort or if you are more middle aged. Just because school really helps young adults in lots of ways. Also a lot of getting into this is meeting the right people, which can be really hard if you self teach.
I like the Dave School because they said they do job placements and invite guest and help with demo reels.
This is more of a standard than an extra thing. Decent schools will have many guest speakers, have company reps come to the school looking for new talent, mentor on demo reels, and help direct you to getting a job (granted once you graduate it’s basically all up to you no matter what the school says).
How/Who do you submit your demo reel, to find work?
Granted my info on this one is hear say, because well I’m still a student :p. Resume, cover letter, demo reel, contact info, and send it to every and any studio you would enjoy working at. Then call them all later. Rinse, repeat. While you are trying to get a job be working on your demo reel and try to attend as many CG events as possible.
But from the outskirts of NY, what is the best school option for me? I don’t care where it is, I’m willing to move but due to money issues something drivable or subwayable is better.
I know there is a school is NYC that has a decent reputation. Honestly I can’t remember the name, if it comes to me I’ll post again. Ideally some thing like Ringling, SCAD, CalArts, or VFS would be where to go but all of those cost a decent amount. You can take a look at animation mentor, which is online and 18k (some where around that). As a note that is the only online course I’d recommend.
I’m more interested in 3D studio max, but I’ll use what is most popular. But my main interest are places that help with demo reels & help you find work.
Demo reel is absolutely essential, it’s all that matters. Be sure to look for demo reels from a school you are looking at. As far as finding work goes, that will always be kinda touchy. Most of that part is going to be on your shoulders even if you went to a place like Gnomon or Ringling.