For those of you who missed the meeting (or were simply too negligent or lazy to take notes), we managed to discuss an exceptionally pertinent tidbit of information this week!
At long last, the announcement we've all been waiting for: Important information on the Creative Talent Network's Animation Exposition!
What is it, you ask?
In essence, it's a weekend chock-full of meeting new people, soaking in some new tips and tricks straight from the proverbial horse's mouth, and playing a little show and tell with your portfolios (if you're into that sort of thing). Most importantly, however, it's a remarkable opportunity to rub elbows with the professionals in our field.
A little bit of CTN FAQ, if you will:
When/Where is it?
This year, the event is hosted the weekend of November 18-20 in Burbank, CA.
Burbank? How do I get there?
Here you have one of two options:
A) Fly. Prices will vary pending on how posh you like to be, but I believe a cheap round trip is somewhere around $100.
B) Bus! The most frugal, and truly more fun method of transportation. AAU kindly supports our interests by providing some form of wheels at the low, low price of $50/student. So long as you're prepared for 8-hours of bus games and potential (inevitable) sing-song, head on over to the animation office on the 3rd floor of 180 New Montgomery and place your name on the sign up sheet. IN ORDER TO HAVE YOUR NAME PUT ON THE SHEET -- You must first go to Accounts Receivable department (2nd floor, 79 New Montgomery street), pay your fee, then bring the receipt to the office where they will put your name on the list. The bus leaves from 79 New Montgomery at 3:00am on Friday the 18th (that would be LATE on Thursday night or EARLY on Friday morning). The bus returns Sunday the 20th at 6pm (gets you back into San Francisco around 12-1am.)
Where do I stay?
This is truly up to you if you feel like doing a little research, but for the sake of convenience, we would suggest you stay where the event is actually held -- the Burbank Marriott . You can get full details and pricing by clicking the link, but remember -- Pack a few friends into one room and the price goes way down.
How much is the convention?
Again, you can find full details on price here, but a 3-day student pass is only $120 ($130 if you sign up after September 30).
ONLY $120, huh?
Well, perhaps a little more. Keep in mind that you'll need food, you'll probably want to buy a thing or two at the expo and, for those of us who are eligible, you'll most likely be grabbing a couple drinks nightly. I know that it may sound a little pricey, but we can not emphasize enough how much you'll truly gain from this weekend. Beyond the bits of knowledge you'll gain by going to the panels, this is really a networking opportunity of a lifetime and we can promise you'll thank yourself later. Besides, a little R&R from the usual San Francisco routine is always a good thing.
If you have further questions about the phonetics of getting/being there, or were interested in learning more about CTNX itself, go visit their website and do a little personal research. As always, don't hesitate to comment here or e-mail the (newly un-hacked) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, here's a little inspiration for the week. Here's a short by Ryan Woodward, an amazing animator who just so happens to be hosting a panel titled "Logic vs Inspiration" at CTNX!
Thought of You from Ryan J Woodward on Vimeo.