Project 5 has been the final project and therefore the most insightful in terms of really getting experience within the industry and working with real clients with real expectations. This has definitely helped to push me to be more on time and treat this experience with a lot more respect. I think working in a team has also given me the drive to keep up with the rest of the group and work in a more time efficient manor.
In terms of the actual finished project I am very pleased with the aesthetic look of the 3D animations. I feel that they are well lit and fit very well into a corporate style video(s). I have learnt a lot from this process, not least the difference between sticking up a few oddly placed lights and professionally lighting and executing the layout of said lights. Other than just the technical elements I feel that I have grown as a professional individual through learning the process behind the final creating the final videos. I have had time to fine tune and tweak my process so that I can test it and experiment with several different concepts. I have also become a lot more time efficient throughout the year and now have more of an understanding of why time management is so valuable. My efficiency has definitely been impacted.
Over the year I feel that my communication skills have also vastly improved and this has been due to several factors. Group work has worked on these skills and given me the ability to pitch my ideas confidently as well as public speaking for presentations which has helped with this as well. I have realised my strengths and weaknesses throughout the year and through using S.W.O.T. and other planning techniques I have been able to identify the areas of my practice that need the most work. This has helped build my skills as an animator.
For example I realised in project 4 that the lighting of a scene was an area that i struggled in and I was able to work on this during project 5. It is now something that i feel is of great importance and can add a lot to any dull scene. Therefore I find that I am still learning something new everyday and working on my skills.
Throughout the year I have had a chance to really find my speciality within the creative industry. I feel that i have now found my niche within motion graphics. As you can see in the first project I tried my hand at 2D after effects style motion graphics and felt that although it went alright I feel in a much stronger position now having spent a few months perfecting my more attractive skills within digital content creation.
Project 5 is definitely a culmination of all the skills I have learnt over this year and is really a testament to the journey I have taken over the last 9 months. It uses everything I have learnt from workflow and time management to technical skills like lighting and camera movement. It has also been a step in a completely new direction in terms of creating my own opportunities and finding real clients who can actually benefit from the work I do and vice versa. This back and forth with a real client has shown me a different side of the media industry and the more intricate details of freelance work and how to go about it. This has been a real learning curve for me and has been influential in going forward into the big wide world with these new found negotiation and project management skills.
Overall I have enjoyed my time at NTU and feel a lot more prepared and fine tuned for the next step in my life.