AnimationMentor.com

I’ve been following these guys for a few years now and can’t help but be really impressed with what they are doing with their online school, and most notably the work their graduates have done.

They held a sort of free town hall for prospective AM students (me!) to get used to the idea of web conferencing and collaborative working. I have to say I was hooked. The connection I had was really fast, webcam and demo videos loaded up just fine.

Of course now I’m thinking about just how much of a pay cut I’m going to absorb taking a jr. position at an animation company, but then is it more or less than taking a course like this one for $17,000 for 18 months?

In Toronto I could sign up for a local school with a similar curriculum, but I really like the ability to do it all distance-learning, in my spare time, from my desk in Oshawa. However, I did notice they’re holding an open house this week. Hmmm…

So lots to think about, I’m starting up production on The Bottomfeeders again, but the big picture is how do I get to work in animation with other people?!? This animating from home can get pretty tiring very quickly.

2 Replies to “AnimationMentor.com”

  1. Just curious- did you ever go to the Max the Mutt open house? Did you sign up for the Animation Mentor online course?If the answer to both is ‘yes,” what do you think of the on line training? I’m curious because Max the Mutt was approached and asked to do this, but we had doubts about how well it could be done as distance learning.

  2. Hey Maxine. I did go to the open house too and enjoyed my visit.I briefly blogged about my day here:http://rdolishny.blogspot.com/2008/04/tys-comic-boot-camp.htmlUnless my wife goes back to work I’m providing for a fam of five alone, so I have to think carefully about doing anything with my time that doesn’t make the dollar.There are other factors that suggest a career in animation may not be my best choice right now, but we can discuss those privately.

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