Niall Carlin’s LinkedIn:
Looking back, Niall Carlin’s showreel in particular interests me. From recently talking to Iglu Media about possible placement opportunities, there seems to be a demand for work created using After Effects, motion graphics and compositing. Until recently I had been searching through studios whose work required skills that I feel I had more practice in such as concept art, lighting, texturing and modeling. However, I’m now also considering how graphic design, motion graphics and compositing could also open up a lot of possibilities, both in where I could seek employment and also where I could take my own personal projects. I also feel that I haven’t been putting enough time into my animation skills so placement year/now seems as good a time as any to improve these skills.
I sometimes worry that as a generalist I could spread myself too thin and not be able to master one particular thing. It’s always a shot to my confidence when I start a particular task in a project and the results are uninspiring or so full of error that it distracts from the message or experience. It seems reasonable that I should spend as much time managing my focus this year as anything else, push to be as efficient with my time as possible and structure myself to a clear learning plan. Sounds great when I write it down.
Notes from Carlin’s talk with us:
- Develop fundamental skills e.g. design theory and typography.
- Develop creative thinking.
- You need a hero to compare yourself to.
- Get more criticism e.g. get comments on your blog, join communities.
- Make cut-off points to meet deadlines.
- Ask why, not how.