what college did you go to?/any tips for a rising college freshman who plans to major in animation?
Hi! Well I’m still in college right now, but not for much longer… I go to University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. It’s a state school with a fantastic art program. I’m majoring in digital media (basically animation) and graphic design.
My advice for someone going into school for animation would be… make sure you know what you’re signing up for. I started school thinking I wanted to be an animator, and then it was nothing like I thought. It’s hard. I don’t know if you’re going into 2D or 3D, but I learned a little of both and learning 3D made me want to claw my eyes out. I hated it. It’s really math and science based and I was not a fan. And that’s what most animation is nowadays so if you’re going into 2D you might have a harder time finding jobs. BUT if you’re really passionate about it I would say try it out and work hard. If it’s not your thing, you can always switch majors, but you might have to repeat a year. I stuck with it but honestly I don’t know if I’m gonna do much with it. I got a job as a graphic designer and I’m probably gonna stick with that. The only way I can see myself in the animation industry is in vis dev. I would still be very interested in doing that.
So that might sound a bit jaded haha but you might be way more invested in animation than me. It definitely comes down to preference. I wasn’t as big a fan as I thought I’d be, but that was just me. If you’re really into it, I would say just practice drawing the body in movement. Create short animations, just a few seconds long, to understand how motion works. Weight and timing are extremely important. Watch a bunch of student animated shorts. Learn about the 12 essential rules of animation.
I wish you luck in college, have a great experience and appreciate it while it lasts!!!!!
Above is a photo of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev on April 15, 2013- Just a few minutes before they set off the first bomb.
The brothers had been
in the United States for nearly a decade. Ethnic Chechens, they came with their
family to Cambridge – fleeing violence in their homeland for a better life in
America. Immediately, 8-year-old Dzhokhar immediately seemed to just fit in.
Aaronson, a history teacher at the prestigious Cambridge and Latin High
School said Dzhokhar
was a great kid. “I
know this kid to be compassionate. I know this kid to be forthgoing. He’s a
great athlete, a sportsman, he’s never been in trouble,” Aaronson
said. “He was just generous, he was compassionate, he was
steller athlete, Dzhokhar was the captain of his high school wrestling team and
he was popular.“Lots
of friends on the teams. I mean, he was always with other kids. He’s
not a loner. He was not a loner. He’s not anybody like that,” said
Dzhokhar was so impressive, that in 2011 – the year of his high school graduation – he won a $2,500 dollar educational scholarship from the City of Cambridge. He enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and chose to study nursing, talking about wanting to help people. “I never saw him out of emotion, never in rage, he was just a real relaxed kid,” friend Francis Barry, a sophomore said he liked hanging out with him. “It still hasn’t sunk in that the kid on my couch was the kid planting bombs in Boston,” he said.
“There’s nothing about him that would suggest anything like this - politics, religion – nothing,” said Aaronson.
On Sept. 11, 2012, Dzhokhar took the oath to become an American citizen.
On the surface, at least, the younger Tsarnaev brother seemed to be thriving in America, but his older brother, Tamerlan, was clearly struggling. The 26-year-old once had dreams of boxing in the Olympics, representing the United States.
Tamerlan was a top Golden Gloves boxer. But for all his talent, it seems he still didn’t feel entirely welcome here, telling a photographer who took photos published in 2010, “I don’t have a single American friend because I don’t understand them.” Tamerlan became violent towards his wife and began brainwashing her into converting to Muslim. He talked heavily about his religion to almost anyone who would listen.
Just a few years before the Boston bombings, big changes happened in the brothers Tsarnaev’s lives. Their father left the United States, moving to Russia and leaving Tamerlan to take on a more paternal role in his younger brother’s life. Dzhokhar’s friends noticed.
“His older brother didn’t approve of his partying lifestyle. Religious and he really didn’t condone drinking and partying and that stuff,”
Tamerlan and Dzhokhar’s uncle Ruslan Tsarni was bursting with rage over what had taken place. He claimed that Tamerlan forced Jahar into helping him out,
"The older brother involved him. Even the worst gangster would not involve his family member, especially younger sibling, into something dirty and cruel like this,” Tsarni said. “He’s just another victim.”