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Job Trials and Assessments

Hi everyone!

Well it’s been a while since my last update and it’s been an interesting few weeks! The short version of what happened was that I was invited to do a week’s paid trial with a business in Melbourne, while at the same time had the first assessment for my 3D Animation course due. So, needless to say, I haven’t been working on the challenge I set myself at the beginning of the month. I will however go over my reflections on what’s been happening since my last post. This’ll be a bit of a ramble and is more me trying to make sense of what I’ve been doing for the last three weeks than anything else.

First of all the work trial was a great opportunity and gave me a good deal to think about. I applied for the job on Tuesday three weeks ago and got an invitation the following day to come and work with them for a week to see how I went. I drove as far as Bendigo, which is a nine hour trip as it is, then caught the train into Melbourne to stay with my godmother.

The week itself was a positive experience. I had a feeling that I wasn’t the sort of person they were looking for, mainly because the work required quite a heavy use of InDesign which I am hardly experienced in. However, they still kept me on for the rest of the week, taught me as much as they could and provided me with very helpful feedback and advice at the end. They paid me for the week, gave me good advice on how I can proceed in my job searching (namely, learning how to use InDesign) and offered to be a reference. So all in all very positive and generous. I also got to spend some time with my godmother who is awesome and catch up with my cousin who is also a talented artist!

Despite this being such a great experience and opportunity, it wasn’t without some less positive aspects as well. It’s caused me to have to take a step back and consider what I really want to achieve. It’s also brought up a few questions about my physical and mental health that I may not have taken seriously enough. I certainly felt more homesick than expected to and being ill didn’t help much either. I won’t dwell on this too much now but it’s certainly a lot to think about.

Despite all of the emotional turmoil I still managed to submit the first assessment for my 3D Animation Foundations course. This included loglines, a synopsis, character designs, environment designs, storyboards and some sundry documentation for an animation that will be submitted at the end of the course. The brief is that it must be a short (10 – 30 second) animation starring a robot that either floats or has wheels. The course goes over the processes involved in making an animation, including basic modelling and animation in Maya (which I think is a fantastic way to start).

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Final designs for my animation’s robot character

I got 100% for the assessment, which basically just means I handed in everything that was supposed to be handed in. Even better my teacher was impressed with my work and gave me super positive feedback for everything! This has motivated me to keep going, because with my own anxiety and comments from certain people I was starting to have some doubts about if doing this course would be a step in the right direction.

This week we started learning Maya. Due to illness, I’ve missed the lessons but fortunately they’re recorded for students, so I’m now in the process of going over those. First task was to make a snowman, which was fun!

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I will add colour later

So, despite what’s happened in the last few weeks, it’s back to business as usual. I’m going to attempt to finish off those projects that have been sitting on my hard drive for ages (now that I’ve sorted out what will just be sketches and deleted all the unwanted projects). Hopefully I’ll make some progress on that in the next few weeks. I’ll also keep focusing on my course and look for a course that teaches InDesign. On top of that I will be taking steps to improve my health.

See you for now!

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