Animation Development David B. Levy Notes Part 01

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Animation Development David B. Levy

This book is a great introduction to the process of creating a pitch bible and the process of pitching to and working with development executives and networks. Two main emphases have been made so far in order for a pitch to be successful:

  • Demonstrate your industry experience as proof of your ability to put a team together to drive your ideas onto the screen.
  • Demonstrate the strength of your ideas with unique characters that drive stories specific to how they react to the world and conflict you put them in (the pitch bible).

I’m aware that my industry experience is relatively small at the moment, with only placement year behind me, but I’ve often read that ‘projects are the new portfolios’. Hopefully by working hard in final year, we can create an outcome which will be proof of our abilities with teamwork, storytelling and production.

 

Audiobook Notes Chapters 01 – 03:

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9 Easy Ways to Remember Your Presentation Material

I never trust my memory all that well, particularly if verbal communication is involved. Presentations are less terrifying than they used to be but they’re still my least favourite activity. It always helped to hear that content is more important than how you present as a person, within reason I suppose.

9 Easy Ways to Remember Your Presentation Material

  1. Build a memory palace
  2. Use mind maps
  3. Remember the importance of focusing for 8 seconds, uninterrupted.
  4. Use the 20-20-20 rule. Go over the material for 20 minutes and then repeat twice more.
  5. Rehearse out loud.
  6. Record your presentation. Now you have an auditory memory aid as well as a visual one.
  7. Improve your working memory.
  8. Practice to music. I always thought that my addiction to music was a weakness of mine. Maybe there’s more to it.
  9. Practice before bedtime.

 

How to Study and Improve

Anthony Jones (2014) How to Study:

These are some helpful takeaways from Jones’ video on how to study:

How should you think about study?

Be aware of the differences between studying and copying. Studies can involve things like: colour guessing, value guessing, breaking down the shapes, negative shape study etc.

Start small and work-out in small steps. Train like an athlete. Train all the muscles in unison.

Avoid information overload. Train each area in manageable amounts.

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Anthony Jones’ video Shortcut to become an Amazing Artist (2014) also gives some points to think about. It mostly focuses on the value of hard work which is good to hear about every now and again.

How do I work hard (smartly?)? How will I become an expert?