Wow, feels like forever since I've been here, damn computer virus. Anyways....
Psychout wrote:This is quite concerning, why does Dreamworks need Maya animators? Its not like there is a shortage of professionals wanting to work for them.
Who's Bay pissed off this time?
Interesting. the thing that scares me is how bad 3D artist in general are treated most of the time with high profile clients. I work with a guy whose been with ILM and he's told me, they're treated pretty bad. That being stated.....
I think Bay might be looking for more interpretive ways to set up the storyboard shots and maybe cut time on camera setups during production, so ILM or Dreamworks may not be at all involved with this. A Pre-Viz is sort of like an animatic of your story. Anyone whose watched the production diaries to Peter Jacksons' "KONG" and how they set up the shots with the "Venture" know what animatics are. However, that being the case, those involved may be treated to the brown carpet treatment of over blown expectancy with minimal pay or gratitude or even recognition. Most of the artist which have worked on the past two Transformer films have yet to be recognized, with more artist popping out of the wood work and guys like Ben Proctor trying to pull everything together to release a movie concept book for years so everyone can get some recognition. If that kind of treatment is visited upon their conceptual team, I can only imagine the editorial staff or the pre-viz department.
I'm not trying to diss-hearten anyone, just telling you what I've been told and have experienced. Many many many cases, most of your work will never be seen, or acknowledged. I hope it is, I really do. But I do also want to prepare anyone who may be going into this with dreams of glitz and glamour. It's a vicious machine this franchise is. Just.....steel yourself is all I'm saying.
Best of luck to all of you. Kind of sounds hollow after what I just typed, but I do mean it. Anyone who puts forth that kind of work (Especially with Bay) deserves to be credited. I hope you are.