I really want to get into animation.

I really want to get into animation. I'm not sure what kind of animation (both 2D and 3D interest me), but I'm pretty sure I want to have a career somewhere in the field.

I want a degree in animation, so what college should you go to? What's working in the industry and freelance like? Does anyone has experience in any of these fields? I'm ready to apply myself and work hard, I just need some ideas of what direction to go.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You should work with me. I'll do the writing.

    • 1 month ago
      guy

      Animation schools are basically worthless and only good for connections. The leading Millennial animators tended to learn heavily from John K's work, philosophy and online animation School for free, like Rebecca sugar or Dana Terrace. It's better to study quality work on your own then resort to any service being provided these days unless they're by Don Bluth or somebody, actually accomplished

      Cartoon writers are parasites.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        If writers are parasites, what does that make voice actors?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          They glaze him, so he doesn't care. BTW, here's the greatest artist-led work of the 21st century.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Are you being ironic, or...

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              No, I'm dead serious. This is the pinnacle of letting artists do exactly what they want and showing off those great stories they have deep inside their souls.

        • 1 month ago
          guy

          Cartoon writing is not so much a "job" as much as some random person looking to tell artists what to do
          They typically know nothing about writing beyond what public school had to say about it
          Voice actors don't have that pretension but they do have the pretension of receiving an extreme amount of salary for a small amount of work

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >Cartoon writing is not so much a "job" as much as some random person looking to tell artists what to do
            And why exactly can't artists figure out how to write a decent story themselves? Ever heard of a VA who wrote their own dialogue?

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              They don't respect it as a concept. They don't respect the craft, they don't respect the work, and they don't respect the idea of ever polishing it. That's why everything they write is the same navel-gazey nonsense or grotesqueries --- they're incapable of recognizing anything else.

            • 1 month ago
              guy

              Making artwork involves storytelling
              Cartoon writers are the kind of people who go "why is that blue? It should be yellow!" And ruin the meaning by making it sterile and soulless. There are various stand out artists who do meaningful stories in their independent work but that is ruined while they're working their industry jobs with writers and others

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Something's wrong. You've been making a lot of sense lately. Did you get hit in the head but instead of making you moronic, it fixed what was wrong with your brain?

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The industry is fricking dead. Do you live under a rock?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      That's why I said freelance too.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >That's why I said freelance too.
        That's what she said.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Sunglasses.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    cartoon is kill

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Cartoon is live.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You should be making animations. Right now. Stop posting and work on something.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >so what college should you go to?
    go to any college you can afford and has a good art program, look at students/alumni works and see where they are at
    A lot of people think you need to go to Calarts to get a job in the industry but its really just who you know and networking which can be done anywhere

    Explore both options of 2D and 3D and dedicate your schooling to the one you choose if you can't decide try to take classes that have skills that can be transferrable in either field (color theory, storyboarding, ect. )

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Forget 2d or 3d, go with stop motion.
    Basically just need to know how to set any camera to manual and export the photos.
    bam. stop motion.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      based kino, i grew up on this

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Whats that?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Edutainment show that used to air on HBO.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I can throw my 2 cents in here. I have a BFA in 2D Animation, and I'm currently working freelance for a children's network. As I've only been out of school for just over a year.
    >What college should I go to?
    Try to find any college that works for you. When I was in High School, I was surprised to find out there was a school only 2 hours away from me that a couple of industry people also went to. Like Owen Dennis or Andrew Chesworth. Justin Weber also went to the same school, but only for 2 years. He went to a local college for his 1st two years, then took every fricking animation class at my school in only 2 years. He works at Disney now. So you should look into nearby schools first, and see if anybody good went there too. Alumni are the best way to judge a school.
    >What's working in the industry and freelance like?
    It can be both fun and somewhat stressful. The only official work I've done is some freelance work I got from a teacher I became friends with in college. Working freelance likely means you'll be working at home, so be sure you have a good work space and you can work without getting too distracted. That means no binge watching TV or playing any vidya for a few weeks at a time.
    >Interested in both 2D and 3D
    This may have the biggest affect on what school you choose, as schools often lean to one or another. My school was a lot more 2D focused, because of student demand. So only 2 or 3 animation majors would graduate with a 3D degree. But my school poached a professor from 1 state over, and now he's pushing the school into a 3D direction.
    Although schools will usually start teaching you fundamental hand-drawn animation, before they let you try out other styles. Like 3D, stop motion, or my field of choice: 2D cut-out.
    Last thing I'll say. It's not impossible to be self-taught. But school settings help a lot of people, and can speed up your learning process. The connections you get are also invaluable.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    just go to a community college that has an associate degree in animation

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The only thing my community college offers it's a 1 year animation certificate.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Jump

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