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Dario
Career Paths for Motion Graphics
on Jul 12, 2005 at 7:43:49 pm

I recently posted a question about show reels on the AE COW and I received some good advice. But I am in need of some more basic answers. I've been messing about with AE6.5 Pro for 6 months now and it's time to get serious.

My goal is to become a motion graphics artist of some kind. I have over 20 years in the fine art painting field (paint and brushes) so clearly I can draw well. I do not have the money or time (due to my current job) to attend school but I do have the drive! I am teaching myself AE6.5Pro through the Total Training DVDs as well as the Meyer's books. I also am learning Cinema 4d on my own though the dearth of proper training materials for this software is making me nuts. And finally, not to leave anyone out, I know Final Cut Express HD and DVD Studio Pro quite well plus I'm working on Motion 1 (up to the point my Powerbook G4 starts hacking like a 4-pack a day Marlboro Man).

What I need is some direction as to the process. Since I don't have a teacher who knows the business I must rely on all of you with our pseudonyms (unless of course there is a book that goes into the process) .

So, here we go...

Where are the jobs (ie- is this a freelance market or does one go to TV stations or production companies)?

What do the employers (or clients) look for? A resume, schooling, or just a killer reel?

Are there specialized fields or markets (ie- could one person specialize in DVD motion menus and another in TV commercials)? I guess I'm not even sure of all the options to know what I'd like most.

What are the options and what should one know to succeed in them?

I'm in Minnesota so I don't have the promise of NY, LA or London. Is this a career that could be managed from anywhere remotely through e-mails, FedEx and a plane flight now and then?

As for apps and hardware I have:
A Powerbook G4, access to a TV studio with cams and green screens @ my local cable company (I'm starting their free TV production classes tomorrow night) and the aforementioned software.

Bottom line is that I LOVE what I'm learning. I just need a guidance counselor to point my creative energies and learning into the proper directions.

I used to teach fine arts as well. Therefore, once I succeed with this, rest assured I'll be around to help others. Who knows, I might be a COW leader some day :)

Thanks to all for the time.


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eric
Re: Career Paths for Motion Graphics
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on Jul 12, 2005 at 11:40:45 pm

People are always looking for someone to do menus for DVD. and now with the new HD spec it wont be stopping anytime soon.


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Dario
Re: Career Paths for Motion Graphics
on Jul 13, 2005 at 2:28:54 pm

Now if only my little G4 can keep up!


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Donato M. Rondinelli
Re: Career Paths for Motion Graphics
on Jul 13, 2005 at 5:14:00 pm

>>>I'm in Minnesota so I don't have the promise of NY, LA or London. Is this a career that could be managed from anywhere remotely through e-mails, FedEx and a plane flight now and then?

Yes. I currently work with 2 motion gfx artists & they're both long distance. Make sure you have hi-speed internet and a ftp site. You can upload to the site & your client can get the project from there.

-dMR


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Mark Suszko
Re: Career Paths for Motion Graphics
on Jul 13, 2005 at 6:58:52 pm

As far as jobs in Minnesota, I would look at the huge mediacl community in and surrounding the major hospitals you got there. I bet medical illustration and video training tapes are a big biz in that area.


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Dario
Re: Career Paths for Motion Graphics
on Jul 13, 2005 at 10:15:43 pm

Thanks guys.
Hadn't though of the medical community. Plus, we have Mayo 2 hours south.


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Rich Rubasch
Re: Career Paths for Motion Graphics
on Jul 30, 2005 at 5:57:35 pm

Having Mayo 2 hours south puts you near Minneapolis. I know that won has a great post community especially in animation and design. Skilled producers can see a portfolio of traditional art and know if a person has the chops. You will have to find a company that is willing to take a chance with you and see how you apply your art background to moving images.

Get a Web site. Put both your traditional work and your animations up there. Make them easy to access, with small file sizes. Don't make a prducer wait to download a 40 meg clip. You are just showing them a sample...they know it's low rez. Look at my site...simple, clean, and not "over produced." It has gotten me tons of work and hasn't been updated for 2 years.

Then, sell yourself and especially your enthusiasm...enthusiasm can get you a long way to the right position.

Rich Rubasch
Tilt Media

http://www.tiltmedia.com


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