One of the websites I normally frequent is that of Andrew Cramer (videocopilot.net). Andrew is an After Effects specialist who has taught me almost all I know about After Effects over the past few months and he has inspired me recently to really think without limits. One of the things I still find prevalent today is people asking “Are you a programmer or a designer?”, or “Are you an actor or a singer.”
To my mind I find it schockingly short-sided and self limiting to be one of those people, either this or that, one or the other. Do the majority of business people think in black and white? Maybe they even dream in shades of grey?
I don’t subscribe to that mindset. I am of the opinion that it is constantly necessary to learn as much as possible as often as possible, to diverge as broadly as one can and then to take a step back and look at all the creative possibilities and only then to select wisely the technologies that can bring ones creation to life. At this time it becomes necessary to then start specialising (but not just in one or two software packages but many) – the shere challenge and the joy it brings to create something wonderful is the reward in itself. If one can make a living out of it as well… Well then, that really is job satisfaction.
I came across a great link of a 6 minute animation posted on Vimeo from Andrew Cramers website called “MEET MELINE” by Sebastien Laban and Virginie Goyons. Created by only two people Sebastien Laban and Virginie Goyons. This short animation is an excellent example of what can be avhieved today by just two people with laptops, the right software, a budget of £0 and a lot of time and dedication. (2 years!)
I have embedded the ‘Making Of – Meet Maline” for you here – enjoy!