"I used to be an adventurer like you, until I took an arrow to the knee."
It’s been a fortnight since my last trimester at SAE. With high spirits I entered the second trimester and with it the first class of Production 1, Animation (ANI111).
My tutor is a gentleman by the name of Adrian Bruch and he’s very much the fatherly figure. His demeanor is pleasant and he took the liberty of establishing what I suppose some might refer to as a ‘safe zone’. In an attempt to instill what will be real world challenges, he made a point to reassure us that in our soon to be careers of creative endeavors, nothing is as important as our ability to create. However, our creative ideas cannot be copyrighted and therefore our IP is very important – throughout the trimester, Adrian wants us to feel comfortable around our peers and within the confines of the campus, so that we may share our ideas and interact in a fashion that resembles the real world.
Adrian went on to explain his love for ‘dad jokes’, but in doing so was directly transparent by letting us know that this persona is a toll he utilises to better engage with the students. They do say that laughter is the best medicine and I for one much prefer to laugh than otherwise. We went on to introduce ourselves, ala mandatory Week 1 syllabus, and then we covered the module guide to quickly touch on the deliverables ahead.
Primarily I see this unit as a real-world simulation of a creative industry. Based on the learning outcomes and assessments, it seems as though we’ll be working through the Project Development Life Cycle, including the documentation processes, development and even the communication with stakeholders. This is quite interesting to me – I’ve been involved in units that replicate industry experience in prior institutions and I like the change in pace from “this is what you need to know in the industry” to “let’s see how you incorporate those skills within the industry”. It’s a great tool for teaching/learning and I’m glad that we get to touch on it before the Tri 6 work experience.
In order to satisfy the assignments to come (with the exception of ANI111.1 which are the Q&A based tests/exams), we need to form groups of 3-4 students. I currently do not know anybody in my class, however I’m happy to work with anyone who’s willing to put forth the time and effort that I aim for. Adrian wishes for us to deliver a short ‘presentation’ next week rather than pick the groups there and then in class in Week 1. I believe the reasons are twofold: The first, as he explained, is because we were missing a handful of students from class, but the second I assume is because he doesn’t want the teams to be decided based on ‘who you know’, but rather, ‘what can you do’. He said as much when he spoke about what he wishes to see in next week’s presentations. It will be more or less a pitch of ourselves: “You should choose me for the group because…”. I think this is a great idea – in the past, I’ve had teachers utilise industry standard tests in order to predetermine groups, such as the DISC profile and the HBDI. Both are great tools, but I personally feel that they’re better left to white-collar organisations and not in the classroom. It’s great to be aware that these tools exist, but I prefer and feel that Adrian’s approach of introducing ourselves and skill sets formally, is a better and more useful tool for us.
Adrian admitted that he’s not a fan of PowerPoint and prefers interactive PDF’s, and for that reason, I’ll product a PowerPoint Presentation! I’m kidding – well, I’m not so sure as yet. A PP is for me at least, a much more efficient affair – I’m much more comfortable delivering a presentation from behind PP than playing around with Adobe Acrobat. Then again, I might not utilise PP at all. I still have to structure my presentation and in typical fashion, I’ll make the decision as to how to deliver it visually, after the fact.
For those of you reading this (and I assume there’s exactly eiπ+1 people doing so), I’ll be pitching myself as a character/concept artist: It’s what I love to do and what I hope to pursue in the industry, however as I’m aware that this is a creative school, I expect there to be a few others who also wish to hold that role. I’m not stingy and so I’ll also promote myself as Team Leader – I’ve been a Project lead in the past, both in education and professionally (although at a very junior level) and I appreciate that it’s a role that many students might find daunting or uninteresting. For me, this is more about the learning experience as a whole and not necessarily about the role that I’ll be assigned – this is as we’ve already discussed, a replication of what we can expect to encounter in the outside world, and to have the luxury of putting yourself forward for a particular role is an opportunity hat’s rarely afforded.
I don’t know what the blog requirements are for this unit – Adrian simply said that it’s something he wishes us to produce – as far as the module guide is concerned, this blog isn’t assessable, so luckily for me, I can ramble on each week, which suits me perfectly.
Until next week!