Hmmm.... $2,000 for 14 weeks with JR or $500 for 16 sessions with JD.I know which I would choose.Btw, can I ask if you give video-recorded feedback or is it only email?
Well, I don't think that's a valid comparison. Their instructors have A LOT of experience and they offer special rigs, etc. There's more meat than what I'm offering with my one man show. :)Feedback is email only so far, since it offers me a lot of flexibility in terms of when and where I can get to write the feedback. But you never know.
Your right, I overlooked that and thats quite a sound argument.I guess it depends on what level your at. If you already have lots of experience and need help reaching Pixar/Dreamworks quality then an online school who have teachers of that quality maybe able to guide you more than if your starting to learn animation in which case I would think the extra price would not be worthwhile. Diminishing returns and all that. A long way of saying theres room for all level of tuition for all level of students.
I watched the webinar and I don't doubt JR is very sincere about his intentions and it all sounds great in theory but I have some reservations about its practical execution.Firstly, he says theres no grading system but students won't be able to advance to the next class's unless there work is considered good enough. What if you have payed the whole 10,000 grand for the entire course but for whatever reason you struggle to get better so your not allowed to progress in the course. I imagine this is going to really frustrate some people who may not understands the good intentions behind such a decision. Even if you haven't payed upfront i'm still not sure its going to be practical to implement. I do think the premise is good but a bit idelogical. In my research into getting an animation education, I have seen quite a few show reels from alumnis of the other online school and, even to the untrained eye, its obvious there work is not anywhere near 'feature film' quality and you wonder how did any of these professionals teaching them consider that person good enough to advance? No doubt the finicial obligations of running, what in effect is also a business, overides some of those intial honest intentions.Secondly, I like the idea of live critiques compared to just recorded ones (as on the 11 Second Club) and it offers a much more interactive feedback experience since the written word can be difficult when explaining a visual art, but with 10-12 students a class this could get quite lengthy and inpractical. Escpecailly if your like me and have a lot of questions about what to do and how to do it!
Thanks Ting! :)But just to clarify, I do not offer any classes per se nor do I teach anything. My workshops are purely a place for animators to get together and to talk about animation. We all offer our opinions and ideas but at the end of the day there is nothing that the animators "have" to do, no grades, homework and whatnot. They are free to do what they want.
Don Bluth is offering 5-week classes for only $250. That's a steal if you ask me! I might add that Don is teaching the class himself. I attended his week-long class in Arizona this past July and it was amazing. It's really cool that there is still someone around that can teach traditional hand-drawn skills, too. Even CG animators can learn a thing or two, as there were several professionals there that raved about it. It would be a great class for someone to polish up their basic character skills and learn from a master.
@Meredith: that is very cool indeed!
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