I registered at the forum to mainly as this one question, so I’d be grateful if anyone could help shed some light on it, and I apologize in advance if it’s been done to death.
I’m going to be 30 in a few months, and my life choices up to this point have led me to a very unfulfilling and directionless life. A dear friend, who works in motion graphics, suggested I start over, and even though I have a (useless) BA (in history), that I go back to school and learn computer animation/visual effects and look for a job in that industry.
The idea appeals to me greatly, and I’ve begun looking. I am based in New York City, so I’d like to stay here (I know Gnomon and Savannah, etc, are very good schools, but they’re out of state), and am asking if anyone can help with any info–both as to where to go, and what to look for in a program/what to study. My areas of interest are doing visual effects in film–from flashy Transformers-like stuff, to stuff one doesn’t see (I watched a reel for the work done in Black Swan, for example, and was amazed at how much of what I saw was CG without realizing; such as removing crew members from reflections in mirrors, etc). Film would be the goal, but I’d be more than happy making a living in advertising or game development, etc, if it would lead to a decent living.
I am looking into School of Visual Arts, as well as NYU, NYFA, and New School. I, of course, would like to not spend a fortune, but if a particularly good school is close, and could lead to good work, and is costly, I’d bite the bullet, take out loans, and pay more than usual.
Could anyone please advise any comments or advice they may have, either on this path, the schools above, or any others?
Thanks a million in advance.