I’m contemplating on going to a school to learn 3D animation & visual effects. However, as we all know, the current economic recession led to a number of layoffs for animators. A small but significant list of those studios include:
- Electronic Arts (Closing of Blackbox studio and other layoffs)
- Sony Pictures
- Laika (After Coraline)
- New Line Cinema (After The Orphanage)
- Disney (After Bolt)
There are probably hundreds of experienced animators now unemployed due to those layoffs. As I am considering going to school to learn 3D animation and put together a demo reel, how are we new graduates going to compete with those veteran animators ? Even if the economy rebounds within the year, I can only assume these people experienced will be the first to get their jobs back. What competitive advantage is there for a junior animator coming out of school ? One good demo reel cannot compete with those veterans who probably have several good demo reels to show off their work. Anyways, I am just a very concerned prospective student and I hope CG Talk can shed some light into this matter for me.