I know this is much too long of a message, but I’ll be very grateful for your patience if you’ll kindly read it. I’m going to sound terribly stupid but I’ve simply got to have some help in figuring all of this out.
Thanks for reading, and let me just start off by saying that I’m not going to argue with anybody’s advice; if you go to the bother of replying to my questions, I’m going to take you seriously, appreciate your opinion, and consider doing just what you tell me to do.
I know this is a tall order, but I want to find a school that’ll teach me “everything” - and with instruction of such a quality as is sufficient to bring my skills up to the professional level.
What’s everything exactly?
Well, if you want to skip reading the list below, I can sum it up as basically all of the various disciplines and sundry assignments that are required in the production of CG shorts.
The goal is to be - if and when necessary - a one-man studio, or at least one man capable of filling-in for any other man in a small studio. Don’t worry about the “specialization versus generalist” lecture; I know that I’m getting myself into trouble but also I know what I gotta do. Self-sufficiency is It. :drool:
3D Physics/Effects (Lighting, Particles, etc)
Digital VFX (Titles, Credits, Logos, etc)
3D Painting and Texturing
3D Environment, Building and Prop Modeling
3D Character Modeling and Rigging
3D Character Animation
Editing/Compositing Digital Video (and effects, like in Shake and After Effects)
Basic Audio Recording, Mixing, Mastering (to make voice-overs and soundtracks)
…and probably more stuff that I don’t even know about.
Additionally, it would be great if I could get some additional instruction in Flash animation, programming (in Flash scripts and effects, or C++, or C#, or Torque Game Engine) and in handling a motion picture camera, but none of those three interests are essential.
Presently, I possess the following capabilities:
Basic 3D animation
Basic audio recording
Basic Film editing/Video production
I’ll go wherever the best replies tell me to go. I know it means giving up a personal life for several years and I know it means going broke. So long as I walk away with the kind of education I need, I’m ready to do anything.
Now I have done some searching around before posting, and I do have some vague idea of what I could do, but I’m afraid it must be awfully uninformed.
Of all the various schools I’ve read about, Gnomon seems to be the nearest to what I’m after. Does anyone disagree with the idea that it’s my best bet - is there anything even more comprehensive out there?
Or maybe I ought to go to a four-year school instead - maybe if I finesse just the right courses and just the right major and minor, that would be the best route? Maybe it requires extra courses, extra hours?
In any case I’ll give whatever it takes - just tell me what will do it.
Are there items on my list of things-to-learn that I’d be best served by learning on my own time, through tutorials, books and videos? I’ve been learning everything that way so far - but it’s such slow going, and my home computer simply isn’t up to the requirements of any of the serious programs. As a result, most of what I’ve been doing to prepare for this education has just been learning the art of drawing (gesture, perspective, anatomy, design and caricature, etc.) since it’s obviously the foundation for the rest.
What more is there to say - and in any case, how could you stand to read it anyway after all the verbiage I’ve just inflicted upon you? So, that’s it. I’m ready to take your advice now, please.
Thanks again. Cheers!