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I've Graduated!

Posted: Tue, 27th May 2008, 7:23am

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Well, it is official. It may be 2 days since the actual graduation, but I've gone and graduated highschool and am on my way to college next fall.

Sure, I realize this isn't some grand event, but it's interesting for me to look back on it all and realize I started FXHome back in middle school and already I'm off to college and still on here regularly. Bizarre how time does fly.

I remember BRUK, the release of the XL2, Mecha and Sidewinder, the first Recon movie, Hey Sollthar, Numa Numa Tarn, and countless other events and videos relished on here over the past 4 years; and am glad I spent at least small portion of my time in high school conversing.....and controversing with you guys. smile

Thanks, guys. It's been a fun and wild couple of years!
Posted: Tue, 27th May 2008, 7:28am

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Hey congrats man.

I know what you mean too. I started FXhome my freshman year of college, graduated and now I'm out in Los Angeles over a year and still w/ FXhome ha. It's pretty crazy when you think about it.

But congratulations again. College is too much fun. Don't rush it!
Posted: Tue, 27th May 2008, 7:32am

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Haha, I won't be rushin' it. Just be ready to see me out there with you in LA too after college! smile
Posted: Tue, 27th May 2008, 7:51am

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Congrats Atom!
Posted: Tue, 27th May 2008, 8:01am

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Congrats Atom, glad you made it. So when is Ben graduating? wink
Posted: Tue, 27th May 2008, 8:36am

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Heh. Next week. smile
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Congratulations man! Hope college goes well for you.

As for em I started FXhome briefly in 2005 but never intended joining the forum until 2006. So at that time I was in my last years of high school(year 10-11)(dunno what I would have been classed as in America, senior?).

Good luck again for college! may the future bring us all good times still to come.
Posted: Tue, 27th May 2008, 8:45am

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(dunno what I would have been classed as in America, senior?)
No, more likely than not you'd be a sophmore. (2 years later you'd be a senior wink)

Good years for us all, indeed! Let's hope so!
Posted: Tue, 27th May 2008, 8:50am

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Nice one, Atom!

One of the best things about working here is watching people develop over the years.
Posted: Tue, 27th May 2008, 9:03am

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How many years are there is American high schools? Over here in the ol' UK it's 5 years in high school which is counted as (year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11). I have no idea why we have different school sortings when we British practically copy you Americans by building huge buildings but a bit smaller. wink
Posted: Tue, 27th May 2008, 1:34pm

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We have 4 years, B3N, 9,10,11,12.

Congradulations Atom.
Posted: Tue, 27th May 2008, 3:38pm

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Though I'm not graduated yet, I remember FXHome long before I was a forum member- back in 2003 and 2002- when I couldn't get enough of Chris's Matrix fanfilms. Christ, it's already been 5/6 years since then!

Broken Allegiance the year before had piqued my interest, and once I found Art of the Saber in late 2002, I knew FXHome was the place to find all the movies of the sort. I remember begging my parents for years before they caved and let me use their credit card.

And here I am now, 18 years old, and everything I just recanted sounds so childish and foreign to me, heh. biggrin
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Lucky your school actually graduates on time.

I don't graduate until June 18th, which is, incidentally, the same day i have to sign up for classes at NYU.

But anyway man, congrats! Can't wait to see what that feels like.
Posted: Tue, 27th May 2008, 8:21pm

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Evman wrote:

Lucky your school actually graduates on time.

I don't graduate until June 18th, which is, incidentally, the same day i have to sign up for classes at NYU.

But anyway man, congrats! Can't wait to see what that feels like.
June 15th or 14th here, can't really remember. My school has already had two orientations with class signups and I'm not even out of high school. I'm crossing my fingers for non-morning classes...

But congrats and cheers to all in our age group graduating. I've also been with the site since 2002 when it was CSB-Digital, looking for green screen software and iMovie plugins for my 2nd gen flat panel iMac G4, began watching cinema films with my friend, drooling over AlamDV2 on the cyberish navy blue FXHome, and finally creating an account in 2003. I then created this account when going for AlamDV2, and have been active ever since. This is a very awesome place, I feel it has contributed to making me wiser, as I write a LOT frequently. smile

Posted: Tue, 27th May 2008, 9:43pm

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ben3308 wrote:

Though I'm not graduated yet, I remember FXHome long before I was a forum member- back in 2003 and 2002- when I couldn't get enough of Chris's Matrix fanfilms.
Please do not make mention of those ever again... haha
Posted: Tue, 27th May 2008, 9:45pm

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I haven't graduated yet, but I remember visiting this site in '03 or so, begging my dad to buy me AlamDV2, and then trying to save up for it. I think I rediscovered it one day on Google when I looked up AlamDV3, which was then EffectsLab DV. I was an insanely conservative child that would argue his case a bit too passionately. Oh and I remember getting really pissed at Ben for mocking me with some goofy looking drawing in MS Paint. wink

Good times. As weird as it sounds, I finally got a good taste of the diversity of beliefs out of this community, and it also helped my grammar out a lot. Anyway, I'm glad to be a part of it, and even though I've been dormant with film lately(Graphic and Web Design has kept me busy), I'll be shooting a film the first full weekend of June. I'm pretty excited.
Posted: Wed, 28th May 2008, 3:48am

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Ha Good Job atom! I am graduated too and will be taking part of the ceremonies this coming friday! It feels good to have made it this far! I joined Fxhome way back when it was Csb-digital. and I still don't have an avatar, or any fxprience. Though I haven't been a really consistent user, I do check the forums regularly. You and ben have been around ever since I was on this forum. You two are probably one of the most known of the dynamic duo's on this forum. Not just because of your controversial arguments but because of your skill. Continue to progress! Please! You guys have great passion for Film-making, you guys remind me a lot of me and Aaron. I think If I was given the option to work with anyone on this forum I'd choose you two.

Anyways thats enough with my props! Don't get cocky! always be creative and change things up once in a while. But really who am I to give you guys advice on film-making. Don't let college slow your film-making down.

Again congrats on the graduation I hope yours goes smoothly.
-JOHN-
Posted: Wed, 28th May 2008, 6:27am

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Haha, thanks John! What are your plans for after graduation? Are you going to go on a mission trip like Aaron? (Btw, when does he get back from that? It'd be cool to have him down in Austin once the whole Atomic crew is there.)
Posted: Wed, 28th May 2008, 6:36am

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Ha well yeah I'm going to go to a semester of college in the fall and possibly another in the spring depending on when I receive my mission call. Aaron is coming home this November. November 17th I think is the exact date. I bet you he'll be right back on these forums too.
Posted: Wed, 28th May 2008, 6:38am

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Not that you'd necessarily want to, but if you're in college and want to continue it can you turn down your mission call?

What does Aaron plan to do after he's back? (Besides fluently speaking Japanese smile)
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Absolutely, not going on a mission doesn't get you excommunicated, in fact I don't know if there are really any consequences at all. Even though we are strongly encouraged to go, its a completely voluntary situation. I have many friends who decided that school was more important to them, but for me I know what I want to do and thats a mission.

I think Aaron will try to get straight into BYU's film program which isn't half bad. But if that doesn't work out for him I have no idea what he's gonna do. As for me I am really debating right now whether I want to pursue film or graphic design.
Posted: Thu, 29th May 2008, 2:20am

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Congrats, all of you who are graduating. Unfortunately I have one more year, I think I'm quite ready to move on to my dream school (sheridan, its down the street too razz )Yet next year I get to make a full length feature film for school with my crew, so I'll be upgrading to visionlab and I'll be doing all the vfx! Hopefully that looks good for colleges.

Once again, congrats and good luck, I bet you guys will make it pretty far

Mike
Posted: Thu, 29th May 2008, 2:34am

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Haha. Sadly Rocinante, I doubt that will seriously help you get into college. Having tirelessly plugged through the college application/acceptance process myself (fairly) recently; the most important things are: class rank, then SAT/ACT scores, then GPA, then leadership/extracurricular/volunteer stuff, then portfolio stuff. In that order, unfortunately.

Although I was in the top 5% of my class, though, I'm convinced showing the Dean of UT Marathon and parts of MSB sealed the deal for me getting into the film program; and positive it's why Ben got in. (who has awesome grades and a near perfect ACT but a horrible rank)

Just saying, don't put all your eggs in the 'the movie I made' basket. Especially if it's just the special effects you're doing. Unless it's CG/3D work, mainstream American colleges aren't often terribly impressed by the skill.
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On the contrary, I found that my portfolio was what probably got me into NYU (although my GPA, SAT, etc weren't below average). I think it's what put me over the top. Be good in all things and you'll be fine.
Posted: Thu, 29th May 2008, 3:00am

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Evman wrote:

On the contrary, I found that my portfolio was what probably got me into NYU (although my GPA, SAT, etc weren't below average). I think it's what put me over the top. Be good in all things and you'll be fine.
Lest we not forget, that is what greatly separates NYU from essentially any other primary/mainstream American college. And you know it's true, Evman. smile
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Atom speaks the truth. Some schools don't even accept portfolios.
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Some? Try UT, North Carolina, USC, and everywhere else I wanted to go. wink
Posted: Fri, 30th May 2008, 3:38am

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My high school counselor's daughter got a full ride to USC to study film, I can't remember how exactly but I remember being slightly jealous! The only school with a film program I looked at was Oklahoma, but it was a pretty cruddy program. Since I was able to get a good academic scholarship I decided it would be better to go to non-film school for cheap, but it's neat that a lot of you guys are studying film in the fall. Where are you all going (besides NYU)?
Posted: Fri, 30th May 2008, 5:08am

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I'm going to the University of Texas' Film Department and so is Ben. Serpent is going to FSU if I remember correctly.
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Evman wrote:

On the contrary, I found that my portfolio was what probably got me into NYU (although my GPA, SAT, etc weren't below average). I think it's what put me over the top. Be good in all things and you'll be fine.
I have to agree with you as well. For me, without my portfolio I would have been completely rejected. I knew my gpa, rank, and scores were not up to par, but luckily NYU saw something in either my writing sample or film that convinced them to give me a chance. It is the time and consideration that their admissions officers put in that made me want to apply there.
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Atom wrote:

I'm going to the University of Texas' Film Department
Are you referring to UT in Austin, or UT in Dallas?
Posted: Fri, 30th May 2008, 9:12am

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UT Austin, the 'real' state university. (at least, the hardest to get into one smile)

Christ, I don't think I could bare going to UT Dallas. If you like playing pool and computer games nonstop and have little prospect on life after college, I guess it's a great place, though. razz
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UT Austin gave me $20,000 in loans. UT Dallas gave me a full ride and a $2000 stipend per semester.

Let's just say that even with those odds, I didn't choose UTD. wink
Posted: Thu, 19th Jun 2008, 3:06am

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Well, I graduated today too.

It was funny cause the ceremony was outside, it started to rain, and then they forced everyone inside... and guess what - I was the NEXT person to get my diploma, and we were forced to go inside just before I was called.

It was literally beginning to thunderstorm which was totally badass.

Anyway, Fxhome has been a constant through my high school years, and I thank all of you for anything you may have ever done for me! smile
Posted: Thu, 19th Jun 2008, 6:48am

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Congrats, Evan!

That sucks about the rain thing, but maybe it's like "the storm [of talent] is now upon us" once you're out of school? Hah, I dunno. Good luck anyways, and I hope you make some badass films up in NY.

As for me, I'm in college right now. Sucked for the first couple of days but now it's pretty cool. It's cool being the only person in charge of governing what I eat/drink at what time, where I go, what I do, and how much XBOX I play, haha.

Film class is my least favorite so far, though. It's okay but the other day class lasted 4 hours because we had to analyze Chaplin's "Modern Times" which, coming from the 1930's, isn't cinema extraordinaire. neutral Still, school is fun and the chicks are probably twice as hot as anywhere else I got into for college.
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ben3308 wrote:

It's okay but the other day class lasted 4 hours because we had to analyze Chaplin's "Modern Times" which, coming from the 1930's, isn't cinema extraordinaire. neutral
Know your history, boy!
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ben3308 wrote:



Film class is my least favorite so far, though. It's okay but the other day class lasted 4 hours because we had to analyze Chaplin's "Modern Times" which, coming from the 1930's, isn't cinema extraordinaire. neutral Still, school is fun and the chicks are probably twice as hot as anywhere else I got into for college.
Are you serious? I watched Modern Times in AP English this year, and I remember literally saying "Why don't they make movies like this anymore?"
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Don't get me wrong, "Modern Times" was great for what it was. Considering the time period, the actors, and the precedent, it was great. But I want to learn to make films that fit what people are doing today. Whiel I'm aware not everyone has done this, I've read The Five C's and I know about old techniques. I'm apt now to learn new ones. I'd rather study Hitchcock or even Kubrick and translate some of what they did to the screen, not really Chaplin.

Why? Because while we can learn to make movies without (or with conservative use of) sound and minimal angle switches, why would we really want to? There's so much opportunity today to do so many things (300, Speed Racer, The Fall) and even with greenscreening and CG aside, I want to learn the techniques of the masters. Chaplin was great for the period, but the cinematic devices are hardly ideal in today's film. I can analyze that film all I want- I analyze films all the time, just read my Facebook notes- but as I want to get a job in the industry I'd rather be learning things that have a more practical basis.
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Well on the topic of graduation I've graduated from college now. And I have to say I'm pleased with the final mark. The marking scheme may come across as different seeing as the course I was on using a three point scoring system which is from lowest to highest Pass, Merit, Distinction.

So I've finished the following sectors of the course with,

    Photography: Distinction
    Radio: Distinction
    Film Reviews: Distinction
    Entire Productions (Pre, Pro, and Post): Distinction
    Research explainations: Pass


All in all that brings my mark to the highest you can get in the three point scoring system, a Distinction Star also know as (D*). Now I plan on moving up into a two year course of what I've just done but much more professional.

Anyway, I also have to say congratulations to the other graduations here! Here's to us! Raises a glass of whiskey
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I'm still a little confused, B3N, at how the UK college system (and upper/high school system) works. I mean, aren't you only 16? People here in the U.S. are, at the very least, not usually done with college until at least 21 or 22, and that's not including further degrees. biggrin
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Congrats to whoever is going to collage this year, i won't be going for a while yet sad but oh well. Anyone here heard of Daveschool International out of Orlando Studios?

Thats where i plan on going, one year school, get an assosciates degree in Special Effects and Digital Animation.

Then i plan to try and get a internship somewhere. (Prefer Lucas Arts)
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Primary school = 5 - 10 (I think...not sure exactly)
Secondary school = 10 - 16 (at the end of this you can leave school if you want)
College/A-levels = 17-19 (sometimes this is a part of secondary school)
University = 19-23
Extra shizzle = 23-death

Ta-da.
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Still puzzling, though, Tarn- as B3N's profile puts him at 16 and out of college. Maybe he's a super-genius?

Thanks for the chart, though. smile
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Well yes but my Birthday's in August which apparently makes me a tad younger. Don't feel it though, Tarn's chart pretty much sums up the school system.

But yeah I'm going to be going back in 2009 hopefully for two years which means I'll be 19 at least when I finish. But yes...I'll agree...I'm a super genius.