torkuostar wrote:By the way, I just remembered that I have read about Japan's nuclear stats being high in Tokyo, before I wrote this, which now refrain me from thinking about physically going there... even though I feel sorry about it. In history, Korea has suffered numerous casualties by Japan and still has remaining victims of Japanese invasion, but I think Japan also has many victims from the war as well.
torkuostar wrote:There are a lot of known Japanese professional animators such as Kon Satoshi, Morimoto Koji, Katsuhiro Otomo, Shinya Ohira, Hisashi Mori, etc... Also there should be more who are skilled but not known enough considering Japan's inward characteristic. The thing is that I've never heard any significant Korean animator besides Peter Chung. I know most Korean 2D animators work as in-betweeners for Japanese or American animation productions, and that few studios do exist. The problem is: Even if you compare indie 2D animators, while there are a lot of Japanese and some Chinese like fcp on youtube I've never seen any decent 2D animation work from an individual Korean user... I've uploaded some pencil animations as well but those are all less than 11 seconds or so and use repetitive frames, which is pretty basic. Besides a few occasions like mentioning of Studio MWP or Goindol, I've rarely seen any Korea-related animation issues coming up in Catsuka, too.
The reason for my subject is that I'm looking for a place to work, and I'm thinking about either going back to my home country, Korea, or going to Japan, or just finding workplace here. Do you know any recognizable Korean or American 2D animation studios out there? How can you find them?? All the studios I looked up were advertisement-related, children's or 3D studios. Also I'm thinking about freelancing, but I was advised that it is not a desirable job to do.
I'm really worried and unsure. All I'm doing is just keeping up with the schoolwork, and the school is a public college which doesn't have animation for a major. OTL
P.S. The subculture I'm in is hardly recognized in Korea. It is called cyberpunk. It might have outmoded ring in its rhyme, but it's actually pretty cool if you find out. I became pursuer of cyberculture because of artworks and artists like Morimoto's EXTRA and Tatsuyuki Tanaka. Do you know any related Korean artists?
I would appreciate replies. Thank you.
H Park wrote:It's better to find work here in the U.S. than Korea because there are plenty of hungry & skilled 2D animators in Korea who are willing to work at low wage.
Regardless of economic situation, you can't be choosy about exact career path. Not everyone who studied animation starts their career at Disney, Pixar, or PDI, or Nickelodeon. I have a friend of mine who is animation major worked at an advertisement company for a year. His working condition was horrendous, but he was paid $45/hour. You can't expect media related jobs to be comfy 8 hours a day, 5 days a week work. If you really want to pursue animation as career, I think it's better to sign up at an art school that has good animation major courses.
Although I don't pay much attention to Korean studios, I believe there are few Korean studios that do "Anime-style" animation for US TV. I've noticed it on TV lately. Personally I detest such thing because I feel that Koreans have relegated to second-rate imitation of Japanese or Western style. I feel that Korean animation have become just another cheap skilled labor and never bother to find their own unique expressions. I'm sure that someone will disagree with me, but that's the impression I always get when I come across Korean made animations.
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