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Sunday, August 05, 2007

A Tale of Two Softwares.

Saw Ratatouille yesterday, and as usual when I see a Pixar movie, I was partly enthralled by the story and filmmaking, yet depressed by the quality of the animation and how far I am from that skill level. Now I know, come on, I'm not going to be able to compete with the best CGI studio Of All Time, after all there are multiple layers of criticism over each animator, which even if I had the skill of the average Pixar animator, I wouldn't have, working alone as I do. Nonetheless, with each passing day that I don't animate, and there have been a lot of them, my skills and ideas are atrophying, and my chances for Making a Splash are decreasing.

I may be so down on it because I made a major purchase of a new animation toolkit a while back, and learning the new skill-set for it is hard. My old software was fantastic for animation, and still is, on balance, but the render times are horribly slow, especially on a Mac. Not to mention, the owner of the company is extremely active in the user community, which would be great if he wasn't such a megalomaniac! I may yet go back to the software, but not back to the community, that's for damn sure.

The new software is rock-solid and renders beautifully, but the animation toolset is primitive, comparably. And animation is what it's all about for me. So I may have no choice but to go back to the old...

In the mean time, I'll find something else to be depressed about, I'm sure.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like someone hasn't read The Fool's Errand yet...

Squelch said...

Meh, Keith Lango's a punk.

Godfrey said...

Hey, do you remember the URL for that forum set up by users disgruntled by the megalomaniac?

This week, all of my but reports which had been assigned to a certain French Canadian were suddenly reassigned to other people, and I was wondering if he'd been fired, or if he quit in disgust.

Godfrey said...

Also, "anonymous", this is what happens when someone doesn't succumb to the defeatism that Keith Lango peddles.

Squelch said...

Yo Jeff: forums.luckbat.com.

Robert said...

Ah, so that's where you all have been. Now I'm all depressed again.

Well, not "again", just more so.

Robert said...

But I know how you feel. Everytime I use the forum I feel like I'm just encouraging the mania. You should read some of the e-manias I get.

It's like someone gave that parrot that only speaks swear words an e-mail account.