Re: Jon and Dave discuss the new world order.

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Posted by Jon on May 01, 2000 at 22:32:06:

In Reply to: Re: Jon and Dave discuss the new world order. posted by Dave Brewster on May 01, 2000 at 15:27:53:

: I think there comes a point where tech goes beyond itself and becomes so common place the skills that existed before the revolution come back in style. For example , testing , painting , scanning for a couple hundred a software package. So freindly anyone can use them but the only thing missing is the skill. The transition period is the ugliest part because chaos rules interface and cost. Skill is never outmoded but the markets need for that skill may wane during transition. Character animation employs an unusual group of skills combined so it is hard to be left with no tools. That may be the illusion as you learn the new "metric system" (aka digital).

We are seeing eye-to-eye on this then.

But lemme tell you something: We did a "World Premiere Cartoon" for Cartoon Network back in '94, when we had first purchased USAnimation software.

I did the lion's share of animation on that cartoon ... but I also did the majority of scanning, digital ink & painting, and a significant portion of the compositing, all by by not-so-little self! I loved it - it was a nice break from the animation table ... you know how that goes when you gotta get up, stretch, walk around, have a cuppa coffee or a coffin nail? SO doing the digital work was a refreshing little break in the action for me.

So how come this old dinosaur could do all that? Because it's a good software, one that makes sense, one that was designed to be a tool in the hands of the animator. Isn't that what software is suppose to be - a tool that makes our jobs easier?

I know it can be done! That's what pisses me off!

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