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How Do You Get Started in Animation?

I get asked this question a lot by people who are considering a career change to animation and want to know how to go about it, or by people who are poised to enter the work force.  This blog entry by C.H. Greenblatt really addresses the heart of the matter, plus it has really funny drawings!:

Basically, you need to draw a LOT and be good at drawing (Being good with color is also important in my opinion), and you need to be nice and make friends. That's essentially it.

The way it works is: your friends will help you find jobs, your nice personality will help you get the job and keep it, and your friends will help you get recommended to more jobs.

The ability to draw better than the average schmo will ensure that you can do the work they need you to do. The better you are at drawing, the more likely you will get the job over someone else who is also nice.

Having your work on a website and adding to it regularly shows that you are working on your skills and also lets you have your work out there so you can email links to people who are looking for artists at the drop of a hat, and it has it out there so you can be found by someone who is looking for work.

This is true.


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In the Kitchen of Jan Svankmajer: Svankmajer on Food

In the Kitchen of Jan Svankmajer: Svankmajer on Food
Presented By: Rom Wells

Rom Wells presents the work of Czech surrealist filmmaker/puppeteer/artist Jan Svankmajer! The program looks at the use of food in Svankmajer's work, presenting two shorts (Food and Meat Love) and the feature film Alice.

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
Mini Microcinema 1329 Main Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Doors open at 7:00pm, screening starts at 7:30pm
$5 suggested donation welcome if you have it