Well, it has become evident to me that writing posts about storyboard labeling does not incite much dialogue in the comment department.
See? Told you it was boring stuff.
Good thing that’s over with.
So I shall move on to what I do best, though not often enough: sarcasm.
During my stint as an animation student and as an instructor, I came across many interesting characters. And some I came across more than once. Call it a ‘type’. Call it a fluke. Whatever.
This is not a complete list, but here’s a summary of some of the various types of colorful animation students I have seen over the years. If you are in animation school now, see if you recognize any of them.
See if you *are* one of them.
And if you’re a former student of mine and think I’m talking about you…don’t flatter yourself. Guaranteed there was more than one of you over the years.
But…yeah, I might be talking about you. So enjoy the limelight!
Much like ‘the keener’ below, they are super excited to be there because they love animation so damn much. They know all the shows, movies and games and are always asking you if you’ve “seen this one…” (uh, no I haven’t). They paste up tons of posters and have the biggest toy collection of anyone else in class.
And they probably can’t draw.
They don’t quite know the difference between being a fan and doing the job. They soon find out that the job isn’t quite as fun as being a fan. They may quit the program. Or they stick it out and never do anything with their education.
And end up working in a comic book shop.
These people probably have a lot of talent. With the ego to match.
And are irritating as all hell.
They talk about their work much more than they actually do their work. They are the ones always questioning what the instructor is saying.
“Yeah but I read that…bla bla bla…”.
Eventually the rest of the class will roll their eyes and start sighing loudly when they open their mouths.
They will attempt a huge, overly ambitious final project against the advice of their instructors.
And probably not finish it.
They don’t last long in the industry because they are a pain in the ass and usually burn bridges. Fast.
This is usually a gal. They spend more time in every other classroom but their own.
Talking to guys.
They dress all cute and act a little too girly for an animation chick.
True animation chicks become ‘buddies’ with the guys while in school (and beyond). They don’t date them. If they’re spending more time finding a boyfriend than working on their assignments, they are doomed to failure.
P.S.: Plenty of time for that when you work in the industry ladies. Because let’s face it, we can only truly ‘date our own’.
THE ‘I’M-IN-IT-FOR-THE-MONEY’ GUY
This is the person who has read too many animation magazines about how much money the top artists make in the industry (or used to).
They may not even like cartoons that much.
They think they will become *very* wealthy by becoming an animator.
THE GAMING GEEK
Yes, they like animation but they like video games more.
So all they draw is hot women with 12 inch waists and 56 inch chests.
And plaster these drawings on their blog, desk and walls.
They are also the only guys to stare at a female instructor’s chest while they are talking to them eye to eye.
Here’s a little tip guys: when you do the *eye dart* from our eyes to the boobs and back again…
WE SEE IT.
And laugh at you to our friends.
At least have the restraint to wait until we are looking the other way so you don’t look like such a dork. I mean, the rest of the guys have figured that one out. Geez!
This is the guy (or gal) who is so damn excited to be there. They have dreamt of this and worked hard to get into the school and now here they are! They show up to every class and listen to everything the instructors have to say. They obsess over their assignments, hand them in on time and take in all the feedback.
If their talent does not match up to their enthusiasm, they could have a rude awakening and become disillusioned and terribly frustrated. It’s a shame, really.
If they are truly talented, they will succeed and work in the industry.
Within two years they will become bitter like the rest of us and fit right in.
They have officially ‘made it’. 🙂
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