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"Mentoring" or "Lookit! Photos!"

One of the nearby high schools has a program that I would have given my eyeteeth to have had available when I was a junior and senior in high school. It's a mentoring class where the instructor finds places of work that are of career interest to the students. They have a week or so of class but then the rest of the class is spent hanging out at the business...basically it's an intern program for high school kids.

Well, we've got one...a kid named Jarom (and yes, that's exactly what he's named after,) and after a few shy weeks hanging around everybody else at the game studio he has gravitated to me and Nathan saying that he wants to be an animator.

Since Nathan and I are both born mentors and teachers we have started him out with bouncing balls and have now moved him to seaweed and breaking joints. He's really talented and actually seems to be GETTING it...as opposed to this other girl I had been tutoring. It's actually been fairly rewarding.

As I quip to Nathan, "Man, I wish I had someone like ME when I was in high school!"


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Oct. 25th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
There's a teacher in you, eh?
Oct. 25th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
Sure...wanna see my cheap party trick? ;)
Oct. 25th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
I love that picture. :-)

And it's wonderful that you've got a student you can mentor and shepherd along...and that he's talented and is getting it! Yay!
Oct. 25th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
Heh, me too, except he has no interest in animation; he just wants to bring his Cat to Work.
Oct. 25th, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC)
Heh. That is, I admit, one of the huge perks of the job.

Now if only I could get em to buy me a G5 quad...
Oct. 25th, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC)
I do believe that you are indeed more obsessed with those new G5s than I am.

And so I bow reverently and worship in your general direction, O Goddess Of Apple Lust.
Oct. 25th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
And so a legacy is born. . .
Oct. 25th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
No kidding! the only class they ever let us leave campus for was gym and that was to go bowling. Not that I didn't love it but I'd rather be animating!
Oct. 26th, 2005 01:34 am (UTC)
I was just wondering what software packages you primarily use?

I'm a bit of an AutoCAD nerd... I need to learn more 3D stuff and rendering - maybe Solidworks and 3ds Max. I tinker around with Photoshop and Illustrator... Just wondering what the "pros" use. A good friend of mine is a programmer for Mental Ray but I think that program is a little beyond what I need to learn. (Although film work would be WAY cool!) I hear Mental Ray can work with 3ds Max but I can't imagine we'd ever need to render to that degree in an architectural application. Maya looks like it would be fun to learn too.

After learning a few more software packages maybe I'll actually be employable! Anyways, just curious about what you guys use. :)

Oct. 31st, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC)
Sorry it has taken me a while to respond back to this. Primarily we use Maya for all our 3D modeling though some of the guys use a little bit of 3D Studio Max. For texturing it's Photoshop all the way.
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