FX artist and other stuff

First week at VFS

(This is an old post, just grabbed this from my virb)

just finished my last day of the first week of school at the vancouver film school. great facility, great teachers, and great classes. i love all the classes i’m taking, except for maybe sculpture, maybe i’ll like it later.

before i came to the school i heard it’s intense, and all the other people just tell me how intense the program, and although it’s onlbeen a week of class, and each day we have 2 classes, and each class is 3 hours long (yeah, tell me about it), and it’s really good, i mean 3 hours of class is good cause you really get i nto the class, and it’s really cool, the instructers are relaxed, the whole class is alway relaxed, most of the time, all the intstructors are from the industry amd they worked in a studio environment and they see the classroom as a studio type of environment, so they just want to make us feel relaxed so we can work better.

let’s talk about classes, the very first class i had was classical animation, when i saw the title “classical animation” i didn’t think i’d like it one bit, but, turns out, i did like it, we got those animation papers, with the hole and stuff, really professional stuff, and our first assignment is to animate a bouncing ball, and it was FUNNNNNNNNNNN. so i basically just draw the whole sequence of the boucing ball on 1 page, and then seperate the each of the balls onto a seperate piece of animation paper, and then at the end just scan the whole animation into the computer so i can see the finaly animation, and woohoo, it actually looks great, i’ll hopefully post it up here some time.

well i’m not gonna talk about all my classes, but i do wanna talk about my 3D classes, i have 3d modeling and 3d animation, bascially we modeling in Softimage XSI, and animate in maya, and it is our first class so we didn’t really do much, but we did animate a little pendulum swing motion with a little tail at the end, fun stuff, and i stayed late after school modeling a hourse (unicorn, our modeling instructor told us we are gonna have an assisgnment on modeling a unicorn, like our first assignment, but it won’t come till later, like 2 or 3 weeks in.) anyway, it was really fun, can’t wait to have more classes.

i love working on school’s computers, they are HP XW8000 workstations with 2 dual core xeons and nvidia quadro FX 1100 graphics card, and 2gig of ram. and i heard they are changing the hardware after the christmas break, so we’ll have new machines for term two to six.

anyway, it was a great first week, loads of fun and more fun to come, weeeeeeee, very excited

anyway, it was the great first week, having lots of fun, and i think it’s gonna be great. hopefully i’ll post more updates later.

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