I’m a huge fan of 80s movies, and one of the staples of the era is editing. You’d be hard-pressed to find a mainstream film from this decade without a compilation of music videos. the Rocky The series still has a workout montage that shows Rocky Balboa getting in shape for the big fight. Films set in a university environment such as true genius Where Back to school feature a study montage in which the main character tackles an impressive amount of coursework. The montage is an effective cinematic shortcut, showing a lot of activity spanning long periods of time in a few minutes on screen.
An essential part of a good 80s edit is the song. You could hear some of these songs on your local Top 40 radio station, while others were unreleased and only accessible by listening to the movie’s soundtrack.
The world of 3D
Jumping into the world of 3D, from animation to print, has never been easier than it is today. Get started and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how useful your new skills are. Studying 3D will improve everything from problem solving to root cause analysis to project management skills. Taking something complex, breaking it down into simpler, more manageable parts, and then combining those parts to achieve the end goal is a process that works in both art and business.
I occasionally revisit movie editing songs that I’ve enjoyed over the years, and recently rediscovered one that I’ve always found positive and motivating. He comes from, from all places, revenge of the nerds. After being moved from their dorm, unable to successfully join fraternities, and resigned to sleeping on cots in the gymnasium, the nerds find a dilapidated house and make it their own.
The montage shows the guys transforming the house from an abandoned deathtrap into a pretty suburban cobblestone with a major draw, the soundtrack to Bone Symphony’s “One Foot In Front of the Other.” I’ve never personally heard it on the radio, but I can assure you that whatever was missing from the airplay was made up for by the number of times it played on my VCR. It’s a great track that encourages the listener to keep going even if the progress is only in small increments. I’ve played it often lately, and it gave me a boost every time.
I listen to it during the morning time I spend working on 3D projects, and it got me thinking about my learning journey in this field. Ever since I can remember, learning how to create 3D elements and illustrations has been something I’ve wanted to do. I’ve been fascinated by it ever since I saw it used on MTV and in Max Headroom commercials when I was a kid. Maybe you’ve been just as curious and fascinated by 3D coolness, and you’d like to give it a try. Well, let me offer you a few words of encouragement.
No reason to wait
If you’re interested in breaking into 3D art, there’s never been a better time to start your journey. Until recently, a neophyte faced many barriers to entry. Software was expensive and its availability was limited, training was hard to come by, and creating and rendering your ideas required powerful hardware.
Now all that has changed. Many 3D software packages are available, and many of them are free or affordable. Autodesk Maya, 3DS Max, ZBrush, and Modo offer subscription or single-user license options, and Blender is the king of open-source 3D digital content creation.
Several on-demand training resources are also available online and are also affordable. You can always start with great resources on YouTube, and learning services like Udemy have great, affordable content for when you’re ready to take the next step. You can blast your way through the training content on a decent mid-level rig, so you don’t necessarily need a ton of horsepower or cutting-edge components to get the job done either. .
You no longer need to save money over time to start your own 3D learning journey since the initial monetary outlay is minimal and can be completely free, depending on the packages you select. All you need to get started is the curiosity you already have and the decision to take the plunge.
The range of applications of 3D knowledge has expanded considerably in recent years. Take the example of 3D printing. Just a few years ago, relatively few people knew what 3D printing was. The few people who were aware of it probably also knew that it was only possible for companies and institutions that could afford the expensive equipment needed.
Fast forward to the present day, and a 3D printer and print medium requires a relatively low investment and only a few minutes of assembly and calibration before you’re up and running. This improved accessibility has spawned many cottage industries and sources of income for creative people with a bit of know-how.
And that’s only for 3D printing. Countless other similar opportunities exist in fields such as 3D modeling, art, and animation. Investing a little time to learn something that already interests you could turn into a nice side hustle much sooner than you think.
New improvements for your mind
Even if you’re not looking to make money (at least not right away), you probably have some kind of dream project that you’ve always wanted to be able to create. Pursuing this dream project alone is extremely rewarding. It’s not just a flowery notion about the power of dreams, by the way. Learning 3D is the kind of business that stretches your mind in many directions, sometimes all at once, and there are ancillary skills you’ll develop as you progress.
For example, you will become acutely aware of things that you might not normally have been. Suddenly you will discover that your mind is able to perceive the scale of things in relation to each other or how an object’s shape is affected by its depth in space in addition to its length and width. You will look at a complex object like a building and begin to mentally break it down into primitive forms and consider how these forms combine to form the whole.
Over time, breaking down the complex into the simple becomes second nature. When I started my own 3D journey just a few years ago, I heard artists mention this phenomenon. At the time, it was so far from the way I was used to looking at the world that I thought it sounded like crazy nonsense, and that I would never be able to do it myself.
But as I improved artistically, I found that my other skills in problem solving, root cause analysis, and project management also increased. Taking something complex, breaking it down into simpler, more manageable parts, and then combining those parts to achieve the end goal is a process that works in both art and business.
These new skills are compatible with other technical problem-solving skills you already use, and these existing skills will be supplemented by the new ones. And that’s on top of the general benefits you can expect from a challenging pursuit, like increased focus, patience, satisfaction, and a sense of accomplishment. You won’t just learn something cool. You will develop your skills and abilities in several areas. And you will also learn something cool.
Step by step
I can’t recommend starting to learn 3D highly enough. All it takes is consistency and curiosity. It’s a daunting task for some, but believe me, you can do it.
In the montage I referenced earlier, the nerds start out looking at the dilapidated house and doubt they can do the job. But they decided to tackle the task piece by piece and in no time they were able to admire and enjoy the fruits of their labor. So take a lesson from these Lambda Lambda fraternity men and start your 3D learning journey. Put one foot in front of the other and you’ll soon feel the words of Bone Symphony: “It’s coming to life, little by little.