Monday, December 19, 2011

Advice Series 02

"Computers are a black hole into which we throw time." - Dennis Hlynsky.

There's a number of ways to interpret this. The main point I've taken away is if you don't have to do something in a computer you should avoid the computer. If you can shoot an element or use a clever editorial trick in lieu of a complex morph, then do it. VFX asks a lot of people and many times we miss the forest for the trees, feeling it necessary to show everything, because we can. Think about how much time you will spend with a computer and think of alternate ways to accomplish the same goal.

Advice Series: 01

"Remember to blink." - Ryan Lesser.

Ryan told this to my 1st CG class back in 1998, and while I learned a lot from Ryan, nothing comes back more than that phrase. Staring at computer screens encourages a lack of blinking in humans and after a while your eyes will dry out. So remember to blink.