Re: Why????


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Posted by Jon on February 19, 2000 at 17:17:32:

In Reply to: Re: Why???? posted by shyster on February 18, 2000 at 05:31:55:

: Geez!
: First a computer animator suggests that non-computer animators "switch" to computers (i. e. give up the supposedly outdated hand-drawn method). Then a non-computer animator responds by getting insulting about computer animators.
: Different strokes for different folks. Neither method is *better* than the other. But any animator who presently uses one method might profit from trying the other.
: What is the use of arguing about the fact that there are two ways to create animation, and each is more suited to certain people?
: Why is this a fight?

I'll tell you why it's a fight: because I WANT to learn computer animation. I HAVE tried it. What, did you think I'm pulling these observations out of my butt?

The computer is as easy to use as the programmers make it.

I was privileged to have been able to work on "Duck Dodgers in the Third Dimension." Our traditionally drawn animation keys were scanned and used as lineup guides for the 3D people. I had a couple of the 3D people tell me how much they learned from working with my animation. Prior to that, I have to believe they haven't been able to learn as much because they've been too busy wrestling with the limitations of the program.

The results of that piece were extremely pleasing to me. I was never so excited about seeing some of my animation on screen. Ms. Shoelaces (see the strong above this one) is patiently trying to introduce me to 3D programs such as Maya.

But to me, Maya - or any other proprietary software - will never realize its own potential until it streamlines its programming and operation.

Another guy I know - formerly a traditonal 2D animator - works at another well-known 3D company (no names for obvious reasons). He took some side work from me, and commented how freeing it was to get back into traditional 2D stuff. Asked about his current work, he made faces and complained about how hard it is to get the easiest tasks done.

This does not sound like an improvement in technology to me. Not yet.


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