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Rob Tucker
Newbie needs advice of gurus pleeease :)
on Jun 27, 2008 at 10:30:07 am

Hi (anyone who can help :) i have just finished witting this thread and it turned into quite a long one but if you spare some time to read and give me any advice you have would be greatly appreciated :D

I have found this forum on google and it seems to be full of 3ds Max guru's,

After years of being in different IT support roles trying to think of a job that I would actually enjoy rather than put up with, it suddenly clicked that i love 3d design. After I finished school i spent a year dossing at the parents house and had a lot of time on my hands, then with one of my dads monthly pc magazines came a free 3d design program (truespace 3.0 i think) very basic truespace. i spent most of my dossing time on there and taught myself q few basics (shape manipulation, balloonies, grouping, IK joints, simple animation, physics simulation) i had fun with what i had and would find things to recreate- bedroom (with working set of drawers) and also bringing any ideas or old drawings to life (pump action chain gun (with rotating barrel, bullet projectiles, working pump action and trigger, with a laser sight :) bit of a mishmatch of a weapon lol, i mean a pump action laser sighted chain gun... well i was young :P

i recently went back to turespace 3.(whatever) and designed my friend a scorpion housing tank/ living room table. and animated it to show her how all the sides fit together and bolt in place, and also figure out how to place a camera on a path to circle the tank pause while it opened up and then carried on its path. loved every second of creating it, and spent a lot of 'work' time ;) creating it. and just going back to the program now i have noticed you can render to file.... WOW!!! no more screen dumps and you can render a scene!!! although don't think my work pc is quite cut out for that and would probably take all weekend to render a simple animation lol. ill stick to demonstrating using the program.

right i have waffled on for way to long (quite day in the office today :)

ok finally, the reason i started this thread was to ask a few questions,

1) i plan to get start career...
- get hold of an old, new, trial, any version of 3ds MAX (hopefully 9)
- go through as many online tutorials as i can to get a good understanding of the program and as many uses as possible.
- go through the tutorials for until i am confident and can produce some ok to good work.
- then go on a 5 day 3ds max zero to masterclass course, these are quite intense but i hopr that as i have done a lot of background learning i wont be swamped by new terms and techniques and will be able to concentrate on learning the fine touches and advanced technique that take ok to good work up to excellent.
- then practice as much as possible until i can confidently create stunning working scenes.
- then take my work and try to get a job in the 3d design/ animation industry.

Question 1: is there any one already in the industry that advise if this is a good course of action to take to get into the industry? (dont want to waste a year/2 years of my life)

Question 2: what is a good but not too expensive pc set up to start? do you think below would be a good start?

http://www.dabs.com/ProductView.aspx?Quicklinx=52WW&CategorySelectedId=1101...
(note ram upgradeable to 8Mb)

http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4SJD&CategorySelectedId=1113...
(do you know of a cheaper option)

would this graphics card work with 3ds max 9? (its cheap but sounds ok, has shader model 4.0 and openGL?
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?NOV-86GT1

if you read any of this and have any advice on any part thanks :D

Rob


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Lars Persson-Tille
Re: Newbie needs advice of gurus pleeease :)
on Jun 27, 2008 at 9:30:17 pm

Hi there Rob,

Well, I work and run a video production company in Sweden,
and my main area of work is as a videophotographer, 3D-
animator and video editor of commersials and corporate videos.

You seem to be an ambitions person, and as such oportunities
will arrive sooner or later. You have set out a course of
action for yourself, and the way you have planned it looks
good from my perspective. You seem to have a genuine interest
in develope yourself in 3D-animation, and my advise for you
is to contact smaller video production companies and show
them what you can do. They probably won't employ you eight
away since you seem to have no experience in the field, but
if you tell them that you can do the first job for free, just
to proove yourself, then maybe they will be more open to
letting you in to more jobs in the future.

Rob, we have all been beginners in some point in our lives.
My experience is that, if you have a fundamental, genuine
interest in what you do then opportunities will arise. The
big secret of success starts with that.

The next secret is just as important: Let as many people know
what you are doing!!! That's right, market yourselv, let the
TV-production companies, the video production companies, the
webb production agencies know what you do and what you are
good at!

A few final words about myself: I don't call myself a 3D-
animator guru... Far from it. As a video photographer I know
how to produce good images, lighting, motions and creating
depth in images, which I then can use that to my advantage
in 3D-studio. Basic knowledge of composition theory, lighting
and camera motion can as you know be transfered to 3D-studio
to create good images. It is also a good idea to have some
experience in basic video editing, since you can then talk
to the guy/girl who will edit the film you are animating for.

Well Rog - Good luck and have
a beautiful summer vacation.

/Lars, ADD Film & Media,
http://www.addmedia.seHi there Rob,

Well, I work and run a video production company in Sweden,
and my main area of work is as a videophotographer, 3D-
animator and video editor of commersials and corporate videos.

You seem to be an ambitions person, and for such people
oportunities will arrive sooner or later. You have set out a
course of action for yourself, and the way you have planned
it looks good from my perspective. You seem to have a genuine
interest in develope yourself in 3D-animation, and my advise
to you is to contact smaller video production companies and
show them what you can do. They probably won't employ you
right away since you seem to have no experience in the field,
but if you tell them that you can do the first job for free,
just to proove yourself, then maybe they will be more open to
letting you in to more jobs in the future.

Rob, we have all been beginners at some point in our lives.
My experience is that, if you have a fundamental, genuine
interest in what you do then opportunities will arise. The
big secret of success starts with that.

The next secret is just as important: Let as many people as
possible know what you are doing!!! That's right, market yourselv,
let the TV-production companies, the video production companies,
the webb production agencies, and so on, know what you do and
what you are good at!

A few final words about myself: I don't call myself a 3D-
animator guru... Far from it. As a video photographer I know
how to produce good images, lighting, motions and creating
depth in images. This knowledge comes in handy when you
work in 3D-studio. Basic knowledge in composition theory, lighting
and camera motion can, as you know, be transfered to 3D-studio
to create good images. It is also a good idea to have some
experience in basic video editing, since you can then talk
to the guy/girl who will edit the film you are animating for. =-)

Well Rog - Good luck and have
a beautiful summer vacation.

/Lars, ADD Film & Media,
http://www.addmedia.se



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Allan Onderick
Re: Newbie needs advice of gurus pleeease :)
on Jun 30, 2008 at 6:15:33 pm

I will sell you my old seat of 3ds max 5. I got a hold new 2009 stand alone seat. I will sell it cheap. Name your price.

I know what I'm doing!!! really?


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