List out the benefits of going to school here, what do you think they are?
Quality of their education. It's very well-rounded, especially for animation. A lot of schools want you to focus on 2D or 3D, but rarely teach both in the same program. Ringling's curriculum seems to have more bang for the buck.
What is it about your chosen major that really interests you?
I love having the power to bring my mental scenarios to life. It's awesome. Though, I'm at a stand still, sort of. I love to animate, but I seem to enjoy 3D modelling and character design more. Ideally, I'd want to get into 3D modeling and would absolutely LOVE to be bad ass enough to design characters for video games. I have not touched on environments...nor do I have a whole lot of experience with animation. Maybe if I learned more about rigging, I'd enjoy 3d animation more. 2D is where it's at, in my opinion. I think you have more control and can put more emotion into your drawings for 2D than with tweening in 3D. BUT I could be wrong, I have not had a lot of experience... I have dabbled in 3D animation, but something awful happened when trying to animate my character - the geometry would screw up and deform EVEN AFTER I added paint weights. GRRR. The problem with going to a community college is they only have so many classes, and by the time I got into Maya 2 for this project, I knew just about as much as my instructor did. Dont get me wrong, I LOVE my animation instructor, but holy wow it is frustrating when you have this awesome story board and you cant wait to animate it to show everyone how it plays in your head, just for Maya to be a total mysterious bitch. I never got to animate my character....After days of searching tutorials online, and even looking through books, I NEVER figured out what the hell happened with my character. Going to an actual animation school would be awesome. I bet my instructor there would know what to do almost immediately. O.O
Do you have a feeling towards what you want to do already, if so what? I guess I already mentioned that. Based on my knowledge, I'd rather get into 3D modeling and character design and concept art than actually animate. But I have no idea. My experience with 3D animation was sort of a pain, because my instructor lacked the knowledge to provide a decent education. My classes were basically "buy this book and teach yourself through a butt load of tutorials instead of me actually teaching you. If you have questions, look up even more tutorials". O.O FRUSTRATING. I love animation, don't get me wrong...I would like to learn more about 3D animation so I can successfully produce shorts without getting headaches all the time. Maya....she does what she wants sometimes, and there is no reason for it. >.< I've always dreamed of designing characters for video games. I think animating characters for video games would be freaking awesome. In my experience, characters in video games are easier to get emotionally attached to. That would be SO cool if I designed a character for a new RPG or something that fans admired. hell yeah. But I also adore my cartoons, and always have! Character design for feature films would kick ass, too. Either way, I absolutely love 3D modeling. So fun. XD I love it all, though... Yep. It is hard to decide. That's why I thought Ringling's CA program would have what I am looking for. Their CA curriculum sounds like it covers everything from story boarding and concept art, to 3d modeling and animation.
What will you do if you don't get into Ringling or choose not to come here?
Have any of you guys heard anything about Animation Mentor? I'm looking into them. Their program is one and a half years. I am thinking that if worse comes to worse, and I don't get into Ringling this year, I could enroll with AM and finish their program in the time it takes Ringling's application process to finalize, and still have about a month before classes start next fall.
If I don't get in, I know I don't want to spend the year just waiting for my next opportunity to apply. I want to still work towards something. Hell, if I decide on this AM business, I could essentially get an animation degree under my belt, and then try to get into GAD at Ringling next year.
It'd just be convenient, because I would not have to move anywhere. There are not a whole lot of schools here in Colorado that focus on the entertainment industry. It's all...graphic design-based. Ughhh....I find graphic design suuuuper boring. So that leaves me with an online school...
What is your backup plan if you don't end up pursuing your dream major?
I refuse to give up, man. But I guess if I had to, I would get into the veterinary field, or maybe just...be a receptionist. Or maybe get into dermatology. But SCREW THAT, I'll be chasing my dreams until I die, I think. If I am ever forced to choose a different major, I would still do whatever I could to incorporate art into my life. Maybe market myself as a caricature artist or something (I do that for a company on the side right now, but it would probably bring in more business if I advertised on my own)...I also really enjoy face painting, I'd continue to do that, for as long as I could. Hmmm.....there is always freelancing, too. Just spend my time building up a decent concept art portfolio or something and wing it in California. There are a lot of companies that are willing to telecommute. Who knows...
What is a subject you have struggled most with in school?
Algebra. I don't mind mathematics, until it reaches a point in which I cannot see the value of learning it anymore. Math gets to a point where I question HOW it will ever assist me in life, and when I can't answer that, then I lose interest and focus on it. Screw you, algebra...no one wants to look at your parabolas.