Great series Wayne
waylow Lots of useful training and techniques in this course, and thanks so much for being personally involved in critiquing our work. That was really great and helped push me to get better. :-)
My only critique (if I'm allowed one!) is I wish the Rivet sections had been full-length videos rather than timelapses. I personally find it extremely difficult to pick up new knowledge without first following along in real time, and this video contained way too many new and complex techniques to be thrown out there in timelapse. Also I felt the explanation video after, although good, wasn't really able to properly compensate for this since the "why" and the "how" was separated by two different videos and two different speeds.
As a real world example, I had an instructor in high school that was super smart and nice but always wanted us to "explore" new concepts rather than walking us through them. As a result, the majority of this teacher's class was un-prepared for the government exam, and if I hadn't done extra prep work online, I wouldn't have even gotten the 52% grade that I did (I usually got 90%+ grades on tests during the year). The concepts on the gov exam were SO much different from anything the teacher had us encounter, and most of the other students struggled severely and got similar grades to mine, even the brightest of them. Maybe this experience subconsciously helped fuel my general dislike of timelapses... or maybe I'm just a slow learner and prefer real-time. Anyway, hats off though to everyone who completed the Rivet exercise... that was some intense, grueling, work. :-)
And thank you again, Wayne, for sharing your excellent knowledge with us. I would be interested to read your journey as an animator to end up with your own business if you should ever care to write an article for the CGC blog. :-)