Over the past year, much has taken place. It has been a year of working behind-the-scenes, founding, incorporating and launching Jamaica’s first Animation Association, J.A.N.N. (of which I am now Chairman), along with Kevin Jackson (now the President) Tanya Davies, D’Oyen Williams and Roger Davis serving as the executive board. It has been many hours of meetings and discussions with several interests, both Governmental and Non-Governmental, in order to secure a solid footing for animation to grow in Jamaica.
Also, I have taken a strange side-quest from strictly doing 3D animation, to using my 3D modeling skill to now delve into the wonderful world of 3D printing. Nothing has been greater than taking things from my mind and making them into tangible objects. It is always thrilling to see someone’s face light up with curiosity and wonder whenever I show them something I have designed as an object they can actually hold in their hand and see in the real world. It’s been even more thrilling to know that people from all over the world, who have purchased my 3D prints, are thrilled with my designs. Even the awesome people over at Shapeways do not hesitate to spread the love. It kinda gives that warm fuzzy feeling deep down inside.
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It’s been a wonderful experience so far, and the technology is only bound to get better.
Over the last year I have learned a lot, both with my animation (still working on my animated project) and with 3D modeling on a whole, that I have become a sort of self-proclaimed 3D printing evangelist of sorts. I am always trying new things with my designs and doing things that a few years ago, I would think were impossible for someone like me to achieve.
This year, I have been given the amazing opportunity to share my newfound knowledge of 3D printing tips, tricks and techniques, with creators, makers, animators and 3D print enthusiasts in Trinidad, as I have been invited to present on the subject during the 2014 installation of the Animae Caribe Animation and new media festival.
Even though I mostly design jewelry, I really want to focus on 3D printing from a holistic standpoint, highlighting how the technology can benefit inventors, makers, creators, Architects, Engineers, Animators, Gamers and a whole slew of other professions, and how you too, can get started (Maybe even make a little passive income). Jewelry is not all I have printed and not all I hope to focus on printing.
The festival will take place from the 27th of October to the 2nd of November. The theme and focus for this year, is Gaming and Alternative Digital platforms for Caribbean and global content.
Over the past 12 years Animae Caribe has used its platform to expose the people of Trinidad and its global visitors, to the amazing opportunities that animation can bring. This time around, its 13th year running, they have an exciting list of invitees; including Bruce Smith, animation supervisor at DisneyToon Studios; Jamaal Bradley, Supervising animator at Dreamworks and Richard Pursel, Television writer for Spongebob Squarepants at Nickelodeon Studios.
I am excited and honored to be a part of it all.
Apart from my 3D presentation, perhaps my biggest responsibility will also be carrying the flag of Jamaica as I will be representing the newly incorporated J.A.N.N. (Jamaica Animation Nation Network) as its chairman and conversing with other animation interests and organizations in the Caribbean and the world, who will be present for the event. I know this can only bear amazing things for the future of all involved and all those who will benefit from the ideas that will no doubt hatch from this encounter of minds.
So if you want to find out more about Animae Caribe, please click HERE
And if you want to find out more about J.A.N.N. Please click HERE
Hope to see you in Trinidad!