Wednesday, March 04, 2009

For Students

This week, two very good sources of information, one on the east coast and one on the west, have blogged their thoughts about animation students approaching the end of school year and moving into the wider world. Independent animator and instructor David Levy's thoughts about thesis films may be coming too late in the school year to be much help to this year's graduating students, but it's definitely worth reading for those students with a year or more to go.

For those students who are graduating and looking at an uncertain job market, Steve Hulett, business rep of The Animation Guild, summarizes a talk he gave to the students at Cal Arts.

Their advice sounds pretty good to me.


David B. Levy said...

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the mention/link to my blog post. And, your comment below was a not only funny, it was dead-on true.

"I've told my students before they hit senior year that an unfinished senior film is like walking into a job interview wearing a T-shirt that says "Can't hit deadlines." If they don't understand the importance of that statement, I tell them to think about being in a singles bar wearing a T-shirt that says "Lousy in bed." Neither of those T-shirts is going to produce the desired result."

Frank Macchia said...

Good advice Indeed.

Thanks for the link Mark. Inspirational post...especially when I'm on the home stretch of this film and feelin a little worn out.

I think the best advice I've received from you and others is to focus on your strengths and to make the film "personal".

5 more weeks...or is it 4? Oh boy. haha