On November 11th of this year, I am going to turn 60 years old. Since 1977, I’ve dedicated my life to making music. This November will be exactly 40 years. In that time, I’ve pretty much done all I could do musically, creating symphonies, piano concertos, Broadway like soundtracks, pop tunes, rock tunes and just about anything you could possibly think of. There really is nothing left for me to do after writing and recording thousands of songs.
During that entire time, especially after Star Wars came out, I always dreamed about doing animation. But I always put it off, early on because there was no real software for doing it and later on because I kind of figured what was the point so late in life?
But I am finding that I don’t really have a lot to take up my days any longer. And that desire to do animation is still there. So I figured, what the heck? If nothing else, it will keep me very, very busy, probably for the rest of my life.
The problem is, I have zero clue where to start. There are only two things I am fairly certain of, based on the limited research that I’ve done.
The software for doing this from my home is going to come with a monster price tag. I’m sure at least a grand or more.
Having limited artistic ability as far as drawing (I do an online comic called Stick World where you can see just how bad an artist I am) I know that this is going to be ridiculously difficult for me, if not close to impossible.
So why am I here? Simply, hoping to get any piece of info that might help me even a minuscule amount. A nudge in the right direction. Anything. I know that finding a college that specializes in teaching CGI is my best option. I just don’t have the finds to go back to school to learn this, especially since it’s just going to be for my own enjoyment.
As a veteran of many forums over the years, especially music forums, I know the general attitude towards people like me is pretty much “Look man, don’t waste our time. We’re all professionals here and we don’t have the time to get you on your way. Go somewhere else.” I understand that. I also know that every once in a while, there is that one person who actually cares and tries to help. I am hoping to meet that one person here who can at least give me a nudge in the right direction, even if it’s just “try this forum, they’re more receptive to people looking to get into doing CGI.” It is through a Google search that I found you guys. In case you didn’t know, it’s the number 1 result for animation forums. So you should all be very proud.
If I have done of said anything inappropriate, please accept my apologies. But as a man lost in the desert with no food or water, I just didn’t know where else to go or what else to do.
My ultimate goal is to do the stereotypical flying saucers attacks earth thing and hopefully score it as well. I have tons of music just right for such a movie.
Thank you for whatever help you can give me, again, even if it’s just “try this other forum.”