Saturday, December 20, 2008

2008...year in review

First off, thanks for doing such great work this term...some of you really had no clear workflow at the start, and it was great seeing everyone develop their process as much as anything else.

What a year for the animation industry. With the dreadful news of Laika (losing 65 people), EA (9 studios closing/restructuring +10% staff layoff), Factor 5's recent troubles...there's a lot of shops closing down, which I always hate to see -it's bad for everyone all around, not only for students getting out of school, but for people who have been in the industry for a while.

Times are dark, but for those of you working on a reel, just know that it takes as long as it takes...your reel will (and should) never feel ready to send out, and sometimes you have to put together the best of what you have to send out, but keep working on it...keep coming up with new work to replace the old..get feedback from your peers, and the some practice animation to keep it fun. If it feels like a chore, it will probably show in the end. So stay positive in spite of the economy - it's never been easy to be a commercial artist in any field, and there's a LOT to be said about persistence. Were I less stubborn, I probably would have given up a long time ago.


Kimotion said...

That is fantastic advice! And so true.

Steve Masuda said...

I just recently heard about the Laika layoff, and that is quite a sad thing to see happen. I didn't hear about the EA thing though. That's really interesting. Boy this year has been the year of major change.

@b said...

true...its been a not so good year over the world economically and no industry is totally immune to the repercussions.

but the key thing is to keep working, keep holding on.