Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Where Does Creativity Come From? John Cleese Explains




John Cleese knows a thing or two about creativity, which is presumably why he was invited to give this talk in the video above. Trouble is, identifying where creativity comes from is like trying to analyse what makes a great poem. We all know it when we see it - but how to define it? And what does the great man conclude? I'll leave you to watch the (short) video to find out the answer.

Animators and digital artists need to be creative. After all, technical excellence is only part of what we do. The rest is invention, performance, and that indefinable quality that makes people want to watch what we put on the screen. If our work is not entertaining and interesting, it has little or no value.

Here at Animation Apprentice we believe that creativity can be taught.  We encourage all out students to give a performance, to be actors with a pencil - or a mouse. Good animators are storytellers; each animated shot is a story in miniature, and the scene only works if the story is well told.


To find out more about Animation Apprentice, click here for a link to Frequently Asked Questions. To sign up for our next classroom at Animation Apprentice, follow this link. For more information on finding work and surviving in the animation and visual effects business, read our post on how to find a job in the animation industry, and check out our post about what not to do at a job interview. Also see our post on starting your own small animation business, learn how to create an invoice, and see how we are helping our students find work through our film co-operative Nano Films. Download the free Escape Studios Careers in VFX Handbook. Take a look at how awn.com can help you find a job, and read our piece about how to survive as a freelance animator. Also, find out what Cinesite look for in a student's demo reel, and read our post on setting up your own animation business. Also see our post about freelancers and taxes









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