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PC / Re: Buying a new comp for CHEAP.
« on: September 14, 2007, 10:14:04 PM »
Mwahahahaha a Mac in disguise. Cheeky. Although i'll admit those prices are very attractive.

CSU General / Re: Learn from Obi-Wan
« on: September 14, 2007, 05:51:59 PM »
Its a trick i say! beware the tricks of black beard, santa's evil nemesis! NOOOOOO Keaton dont cross over to the dark side of...the er....ah yes


PC / Re: Buying a new comp for CHEAP.
« on: September 14, 2007, 02:52:19 PM »
but its a mac. The sad thing is when i built my current computer last year i had the idea that i could get an upgrade or two into it before i had to buy a whole new system. How wrong i was.

I managed to bring the price down to a nice $2900 after downsizing it bit and brining it back to reality.

PC / Re: Buying a new comp for CHEAP.
« on: September 12, 2007, 03:20:56 PM »
I agree. The CPU is fine as with the mainboard. If you can squeeze in an extra 1gb of ram that would help. I didn't realise they were still selling computers with under 200gb hard drives. You can pick up a 160gb for around $80. or go and grab a 500gb for $160. Last time i checked a 320gb was the sweet spot for $ per GB, although that was a few months ago so i dont know if this still holds true.

The next upgrade to look forward to i say would be the 22" LCD :D

Good to see you can get a dam fine computer for under $1000. I priced my next computer at $6000  :-X

Web / DeletionQuality - Castle Series
« on: September 05, 2007, 01:36:03 PM »
Came across this pretty niche flash animation while digging around  Its not Adam Phillips but i like it a lot. I'm getting very impatient waiting for the next instalment. grrrr  The Part I is a bit of a drag. Part II develops the story further. If you like action of the sorts, just skip to Part III. Although i recommend watching it from start till finish.

Current Affairs / Re: Zombie Awareness Week (ZAW)
« on: August 22, 2007, 12:18:49 PM »
In the true essence of Zombie Awareness week here are some comics.

Course Enquiries / Re: help to find good place to study animation
« on: August 22, 2007, 11:08:08 AM »
It is not uncommon for me to work 10 hr days on maya... for like a couple of weeks... (or months) just taring my hair out over something... or maybe Im smashing my head against the wall because the 3D scene wont render and its 5:32 am... on my 8th coffee   and cant differentiate between virtual-reality and reality...
i understand your workload. But believe me. pulling those kinds of hours every day just doing Maya will BURN YOU OUT. I worked on my mpi205 animation 2 weeks straight. I moved my lounge next to my desk to sleep on and done 20 hour days for 2 weeks (see if hages has the old forum topics from last year). I'm not spitting s*** about this either. ask jaye, alex, lucas, tom. they witnessed it, especially jaye. Also sleep is your biggest weapon. You will find that getting 8 hours of sleep every night will boost your productivity the next morning. Keep a solid sleeping pattern and don't stay up all hours of the morning, its not healthy. Using coffee or Energy Drinks more than 2 times in one night is very detrimental. The best way after studying for almost 3 years is to get together with friends, find something in maya you want to explore further, like fluids, toon shading, or animation and research it as a group. you'll discover a lot more information of the functionality of a software package. and you'll be interacting with your friends and classmates.

Planning, organization, and initiative are vital. Hages has probably drilled this into you already, but like you said, 3d isn't always easy depending on the project. But i don't look at it as easy or hard, i look at it as time. Will something take more or less time. Since the tools are there to be used readily its a simple F1 button away from understanding how a function works. You may take more time researching advanced techniques which is good. PLAN all your projects, don't expect to be able to complete a high grade project in 2-3 weeks. If you look back on past year work you can pick out which animations had bugger all time spent of them. My MPI205 Samtex animation was...crap. Only spent 2 weeks straight doing REAL work on it flat out. the final outcome was a badly rendered, badly animated, bad cinematography project that only told 1/3 of the story. Which is one of the reasons I'll be redoing the Samtex story sometime next year. With the amount of work i done in those 2 weeks it made me think. hmm wonder what it would've looked like if i spent 20 hours a week from the beginning of the semester. Even 40 hours a week. (after all you are in a full-time course, its your job to study). The following semester after doing all this work i was sick of the course and maya. And my marks show it. Its taken me almost a full year to get excited about projects and maya again. and needless to say, i'm loving it IMMENSELY. With the work i'm doing now will be awesome for my show reel, and it will set me up for more projects to come outside of university.

So start early, organize a weekly schedule. DON'T STRESS. You don't have to do everything on your own. And Luke is also right, speak to hages and damian, EVERY WEEK if possible. they can comment on your progressing work and can make suggestions on how to improve your work. This will help you immensely since your identifying issues with your work early before its week 12 or 13. One other thing, take hages offer and attend those workshops from other classes. The course is updating all the time. the industry doesn't stay in the one spot for long, new technologies are arising all the time, especially this year with Autodesk acquiring maya and Adobe releasing that wonderful CS3 package.

So plan and start your projects early and do consultation regularly. Its also good to get an outsiders opinion of your work. See Johannes, Jamie, or even Patrick and Bruce in TV land and see what they have to say about your work. You may pick up something you never thought before.

The course is called Multimedia for a reason. 3d isn't the only part of it. (unless your doing the specialisation :D )

Ok my fingers are tired. *grabs little finger blanket*

Games / Re: Good Times
« on: August 21, 2007, 07:12:37 PM »
he was giving me the "you f***en bastard" look.

Games / Good Times
« on: August 19, 2007, 01:15:42 AM »
By request here is that classic first picture i took using black & white photography in vpa103. Enjoy  ;D

Community Projects / Re: Vs matchups
« on: July 13, 2007, 03:13:28 AM »
although this sounds like a great idea to keep the skills flowing through the veins, i probably would pass on it simply because i have enough on my plate to do. and pitting students against each can have negative effects in my opinion. i'd say turn it into something similar like the caption contest. Have people submit work and after a set period reward them for the quality/quantity they present.

could be a self confidence issue but theres a few things i would like to get adept to before jumping into the shark tank.

Movies / Re: New Transformers Trailer
« on: July 13, 2007, 12:35:45 AM »
Well i finally i had enough money to buy a ticket to watch the movie and was amazed at what ILM had done. I did find some parts of the movie were "corny". But overall a good movie. Some people just seem to have high standards when it comes to films. Also i didn't realise a director's job was to write the story of a movie.

People with High standards for films = no favourite movies. :(

Games / Re: Lucas Arts Classics
« on: June 25, 2007, 08:27:42 PM »
They should release a Lucas Arts Classic MegaPack of some sort with all the great classics. Like a collectors box set or something.

Mac / Re: Mmmmmmmmmmmm Mac!
« on: June 15, 2007, 12:29:57 PM »
Once you go Mac you do not want to go back!!!

until you cant find the off button.
i already have a tool that replaces the off button for a Mac. 8 tools in fact.

which one to use though.

PC / Re: BOOOOM!!! There goes my computer :(
« on: June 15, 2007, 12:14:24 PM »
whens the cremation? er hmmm. i guess thats already happened....the wake then?

Comparisons / Re: FEAST your eyes on this beast
« on: June 10, 2007, 01:49:42 AM »
im more concerned about the noise those huge fans would be making. haha, get the liquid cooling to somehow run through your PSU. be sure to read the danger sticker on the PSU cooling kit.


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