Reasons you should be aware of Creator Schools in Japan Matumit Sombunjaroen 2015/01/11
Introduction I came from Thailand, And had receive education from Thailand, Japan, UK, USA, and Australia
Introduction By Creator School, I`m not referring to Christian Creationism I`m referring to schools that educate students to join the Creative Industry
Here lie the issues
The Issue Japanese Creative industry is such a Gargantuan that there has never been enough supply of personnel
The Issue As such, Creative Schools sprang everywhere to feed the industry
The Issue HOWEVER Even the School itself require Personnel that the industry don`t have enough of
The Issue Therefore, It is a common practice to prioritize and hire people with field experiences …. Regardless of teaching skills….
The Issue This, +Japanese highly praised level of tolerance and perseverance, Result in under-average teaching staffs Being hire occasionally
The Issue With the objective of joining Japanese Creative Industry, There are also large number of foreign students who enrolled in these schools
The Issue Because Foreigners don`t have as much tolerance Bad Mouthing School amongst foreign students Became a common conversation topic
The Issue Even though they are caused by minority, They are enough to bring bad reputation to Japanese education system
The Issue BTW I happened to be the same kind of person with bad teaching skill, which is why I will no longer pursue a teaching career
Personal XPs Originally a reason why I created this slide, a teacher was complaining why I did not participate more in his class and online community
Personal XPs I was tired at the time, so I gave out a nonsensical answer that I can`t even remembered what I said.
Personal XPs Now that I think about it….. Fine! I will participate in his community, With this Slideshare
The Reason 1st and foremost, The reason that I did not participate in his community is this…… I have better things to do with my life
Here are the List of things that happened
Statement No.0 “You have knowledge, Participate with the class community, it will be good for you”
Statement No.0 Problem No.1, I participate in Professional Community and The class was below Amateur level As a matter of Time and Priority, It has little attending value for me
Statement No.0 Problem No.2, It must be done in English If it`s in English, there are people out there who can say things much better than I do, And you should go see those people instead of being in there or listen to me
Statement No.0 Problem No.3, The teacher didn`t know what he was talking about Problem No.4, Most student just study to pass
Statement No.1 “If you use Game Engine like Unity making Game will be easy”
Statement No.1 ……………….
Statement No.1 Even if you don`t use Unity, if you`re a Game Developer you should know how laughable that statement was
Statement No.1 For those of you who are not Game Dev, Here`s the reason Things that you still have Common to manually created no production components matter how useful the provided by Game engine is Engine Game Engine make things easier, But Game Production itself is still nowhere near easy.
Statement No.1 I posted it on a Pro Dev community, and it became a popular laugh of the day.
Statement No.2 “Pre visualization is something that you do if you have lots of money”
Statement No.2 ………………………………. ………………… ……… ………I might be wrong………. I could misheard things, But I will assume that is actually what I heard.
Pre-Production Let me give a lecture about Production plan
Pre-Production There are several production methods available Wat W e at r e fal f l It I er e at a i t ve v Anythi t ng g el e se se in bet e we w e e n e Review and Complete fix often in things in short step intervals
Pre-Production Regardless of which one to use, They were all designed with a common objective in mind To Maximize Outputs while Minimize Production Loss
Pre-Production Here`s the thing, Human make mistakes, It is near impossible to always get a perfect production result
Pre-Production A Proper production Plan will result in minimize loss
Pre-Production Let me show you a common misconception It`s just a Please WHAT!? few fixed fix this WE HAVE TO RE-DO EVERYTHING!! It`s only ! 10% Production Client Team When a client asked for something to be fix, They usually thinks its an easy task
Pre-Production In the case of Game Production Light ght Works k Making Programs, going smoothly Desi e gn Documen me t Concept ce u pt al Desi e gn Nah, we don`t want it anymore change this Heav He y av Works MY ENTIRE WORK JUST GOT WASTED!!!! CG Mo M del e s Scripti pt ng
Pre-Production For this reason, something like this will happen Final a Production Resu e lt Production Loss Due to t poor Production process ce
Pre-Production Why is this bad? IT`S BECAUSE EVERYTHING COST TIMES AND MONEYS DAMN YOU INCOMPETENT!!!!
Pre-Production IT ALSO MENTALLY STRESS OUT PRODUCTION TEAM!!! THAT`S IT! I QUIT!!! Production Team
Pre-Production SOMEONE WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF PREPRODUCTION CANNOT BE TRUSTED!
Pre-Production FIX ALOTS, FIX OFTEN ON LIGHT WORKS, SO THAT FIXING HEAVY WORKS WILL BE MINIMAL
Pre-Production Let us get back to Pre-Visualization
Pre-Production Invented by great pioneers of the industry, Basically, They are methods to minimize production loss.
Pre-Production “Pre visualization is something that you do if you have lots of money” THEY WERE MADE TO MINIMIZE SPENDING! THEY ARE ESSENTIALS AND NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO OR NOT REGARDLESS OF FUNDING!!!
Level Design This one came from an American student “Please do Level Design in 3D” ( @ the point in time ) ( Game Mechanic and visual theme was not yet decided )
Level Design Before I continue to talk about Level Design, Let me say this 1st
Level Design Peter, I`m sorry for being an asshole and pissed off at you, When I should be an asshole and pissed of at the teacher for not teaching you instead
Level Design Level Design came in 2 major parts Game Play Visual Mechanic Mechanic Final Level Design
Level Design Game Play Mechanic Super Mario Bros Stage1-1 is a Masterpiece that was Design to teach Gameplay system based on established Gameplay Mechanic
Level Design Visual Mechanic The Last of Us was a prime example of how Visual design is not simply made for Aesthetic, but got integrated into Gameplay itself
Level Design Level Design CANNOT BE DONE, Until these 2 parts received preliminary approval Game Play Visual Theme Design Concept Art Game Play Visual Mechanic Mechanic
Level Design An experience from a Professional Got told to do 50Level Designs by a French Producer with absolutely no preliminary input beside being told “It`s a Tower Defense Game”
Character Design The same goes for Character Design, Game Play Visual Theme Settings Design Character Telling the Artist to do character design WITHOUT Preliminary inputs, Will result in rework and production loss
Statement No.3 “Is Character and Story Important?” My Answer => “It makes the Game better but is not necessary” => He paused and asked someone else then talked about how using [One Piece] minimize Marketing Risk
Statement No.3 Here is why I got pissed off using [One Piece] minimize Marketing Risk <= This is Correct But my answer was not Wrong
Statement No.3 “Is Character and Story Important?” <= This was asked in relation as A Product Design Question Using One Piece minimize Marketing Risk <= This is a Marketing Answer
Statement No.3 If he would asked “Please explain the benefit of utilizing IP” Then I would have give him the answer that he was so eagerly waiting for to prove his point
Statement No.3 Furthermore, The session that this statement was made, Was a few weeks after the initial design already started Meaning that REGARDLESS of what was design, Characters and Story must be put in there to satisfy his class
Statement No.3 Tetris doesn`t need Character
Statement No.3 Unblock Me doesn`t need Character
Statement No.3 Even Mario was design through Game Mechanic reasons!!!
Statement No.3 If story and characters were mandatory for the class, TELL IT BEFOREHAND
Statement No.4 Half way through semester “I`m sorry, what`s your Name? Do you follow me on Facebook? Yes, oh Good I happened to have 4000 friends, so I couldn`t see your posts”
Statement No.4 ……………..….. …. Do I even need to explain how annoying and fucked up that statement was?
Statement No.4 Problem No.1 His posts were totally irrelevant to my cause I saw them, I know Problem No.2 He expected me to care about his class when it hardly gave me anything beneficial Problem No.3 I don`t mind him about not caring who I am, but that gave me no reason to care about him
GDD Now that I`m at it, I would like to talk about Game Design Document Because the lecture was insufficient And taught so little about it
GDD GDD - Game Design Document Is a document use to communicate the ideas to others regarding the project
GDD In Japan, it commonly came in 2 levels 企画書 – Kikakusho Contain general ideas and concept design 仕様書 – Shiyousho Contain more specific data and designs
GDD GDD has no set format They are made on a Case-by-case basis, based on the Project itself and circumstances
GDD If you intend to use it to apply for a job, Then it`s a different matter
GDD Things to consider
GDD You will have to compete against thousands other people, Who are also likely to apply to same places as you are
GDD As such, many companies utilize the 5pages rule It`s too thick!!! Meaning that, no matter how good the contents are, If you cannot explain it in 5pages, They will not bother reading the rest of it
GDD As well as the contents itself Too much This is words!!! Easy to -------------------- understand -------------------- ----------- How you present and communicate make a major differences in selection processes
GDD The contents itself also matter What`s it about? Who`s the Target Audience? Production Cost? Etc, etc Just Designing an interesting Game, Is simply not enough
GDD Level5`s Recruit Seminar in 2010 Was so damn entertaining, BTW
Experiences by other foreign students CG Painting Class - “Paint in A1” “I have 10years experiences, You are nobody” Told to just create something Without teaching Etc, etc
To Japanese Creator Schools Even though there are plenty of good teachers out there, You should do something about these before Japan`s education got regarded any worse