Why do animators need Facebook? Because as a student animator, you need to be able and willing to show your work, and you need to learn not to mind about taking criticism. We all tend to be shy about our work, especially when we are learning something new, and, when our work is criticised, that criticism can feel very personal. Learning to take criticism is one of the most important skills a student animator can learn.
The importance of Criticism
|Our online Classroom is hosted at Facebook|
|Notes being given at our Facebook Group|
At Animation Apprentice we have a Facebook classroom (a closed group, only our students can join); where our students post their work for critique, ask technical questions, and also learn about the latest job openings.
Because it's a closed group, everyone can post their work safe in the knowledge that the only people who can see it are other students on the course. This means students can make their mistakes without feeling too shy.
We all start off feeling shy about our work, but as we grow in confidence it gets easier to post test animation and get constructive feedback.
Assessed Work - Work in Progress
Our master's degree students (Our MA is awarded by Buckinghamshire New University) are strongly encouraged to submit their work-in-progress early at the Fb Classroom for feedback, prior to the submission of assessed work.
|Kiwi animation by Oliver Canovas|
Learning to take criticism
At the FB Classroom students learn to take criticism, and they also learn how to give useful critique on the work done by other students.
It is good practice for working in industry, not just to solicit comments, but also to learn to be able to give constructive criticism. Animators help each other out on production all the time by giving one another tips and suggestions, and your best resource at a new studio is often the person sitting next to you.
So, for all our students, don't be shy, make the best use you can of our Fb Classroom.
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.