I had this challenging and thought-provoking comment from Ian on my Oscar Month post today:
“How to use expensive filters, stock and not model something (which is what makes this special by the way)… What happened to learning how to do something by hand before relying on someone else.” Here’s my reply:
“Hi Ian, this is a breakdown of an actual project for a client and not designed purely to teach techniques. I love to model and could have modelled the Oscar but would have missed my deadline as this was a tight turnaround project. I use plug-ins because I have access to them and like the results they give me, but you could definitely use built-in Ae effects. Completing a project successfully is more than raw techniques, it’s knowing when to borrow/buy resources and what tools to use to get the job done on time and approved”. Best wishes, John.
Should every project be built starting with a blank screen and use only default tools? Can you focus on being a technician and still survive in business? For me, if one can be consistently challenged as an artist and run a successful business, that’s the perfect balance. Unless you’re a hobbyist, managing that juggling act means understanding when you can learn new skills, and when to use the skills you already have and any available resources. What do you think?