I've got a lot of posts to catch up on writing but before that....I'VE SURVIVED...I'M DONE! It's been a super stressful past two months as first I had GDC then Spring Show submissions and then finishing my thesis. I just presented my thesis on Monday and I passed! Yay! Final week of school now and I'm just wrapping everything up before I walk across the stage for graduation.
A year and a half ago, I presented my thesis as me being a collaborative artist who will work on a bunch of films, produce some awesome work, and prove myself to be a lead and a technical artist. My deliverables would be the work that I produced, breakdowns, and tutorials and documentation of things that I have learned and experienced.
Upon my final presentation, I put all of my work into a book in an art book format and had it printed out. I formally presented 12 projects, 5 tutorials, and 4 documentations of talks by industry professionals. My book came out to a total of 171 pages.
Looking back, I kind of wish I did a normal thesis where I had my own project. Towards the end I was starting to burn out, especially as I found myself working on 12 projects at one point. It was extremely stressful in making dailies on time for everyone and how I would get out of bed each morning is with seriously literally hyperventilating as I run through a list of everything that needs to be done and I have a panic attack. I spend around 15 hours per day, 7 days a week, at school, in the labs. Additionally, while I got to do some great work and my reel does look pretty awesome, if I do say so myself, it is unfortunate that a lot of it can't be publicly shown due to NDAs. I have to password protect my reels and I unfortunately can't submit to the Autodesk CG Student Awards this year as I was hoping to.
The Academy of Art University is a good school. What makes it good though was the department that I was in with the people there, both instructors and students. The upper administration and management have done quite a few things to make people raise eyebrows at frown, sometimes heavily, at but you just really have to ignore them as best as you can and focus on what you are doing and what you are getting out of the school.