I am applying to SCAD for the MA in Animation program. This is their SOP requirement - Approximately 500-750 words, describing your educational and career goals, your intended major at SCAD, and why you want to attend SCAD
Can you please read my SOP and give me positive and negative feedback. Is the content appropriate. Also the word count comes to 767. Would this be a problem for the admission officers. Can you please help me with effective sentence construction to reduce the word count and grammatical errors. Thanks for the effort and I must say this is a great site helping individuals like me.
Prakriti SKMy Statement of Purpose
In 2003 'Finding Nemo' was released. Like every other Pixar film, I looked forward to being entertained with a magical movie moment, knowing my high expectations will be met. I laughed till I snorted at the humorous scenes and funny dialogues. Then something unexpected happened. For the first time an animated film brought a tear in my eye. I couldn't believe that a cartoon about a talking fish could teach me values that I had otherwise taken for granted when my own parents repeatedly tried in vain to instill in me. I realized the effect a story could have on people's lives. And that's when I knew I wanted to master the Art of Storytelling.
There are many people who want to change the world for better and make a difference in big and small ways. The impact a powerful story can have on society, is a strong tool I can use to express my visions to change a system as big as a nation and take huge strides to save our planet. Out of all the beautiful art forms man has created over time to express himself- painting, dance, music, theater, film etc, my heart got drawn towards animation as the best medium to give voice to my thoughts.
Being selected to participate in the prestigious SIGGRAPH conference in 2009 was a big achievement for me as it isn't easy to be a part of such an event especially if you don't reside in the States. But shortly after the enthralling excitement, I went into a depression period and didn't even understand the reason why. Two months later, on my graduation day the answer came like an anvil falling on my head.
I had learnt all the basics of animation like most undergrad students. I learnt the principles and good posing in the character animation class and to draw Burne Hogarth's hands in the foundation art class. But I had not yet brought out my deeper visualizations thru my art. My many attempts to bring changes to my city thru organizing events and festivals were not as effective to my higher expectations. Thus resulted my quest to improve myself, get fresh, new perspectives from greater intellectuals and learn better techniques to get my message across to people.
The Indian animation industry is very amateur. Animation is a very new and recent concept in India and most of the companies and educational institutions are in their elementary stages of trial and error, lacking the quality and experience available in more advanced countries like USA. I have no doubt in the potential of my country. Give it another 5- 10 years, and India will emerge as the next LA or Vancouver of Animation. But right now I need an environment of excellence to grow personally in order to help my country's progress.
At this point I am tempted to quote some great personality like Walt Disney or Andrew Stanston to make my SOP sound interesting. I can't help but quote this ordinary and ironically truthful comment written by some stranger on a random blog discussion, "Art schools are expensive. But most passionate artists are poor." I thought I would have to compromise good education because of my limited budget. And then came SCAD- the only school I found promising quality education at an affordable price.
Craving to gain knowledge of modules such as Visualization and Concepts, Screenwriting, Storyboarding and Previsualization, Character and Environment Development are some of the powerful tools I need to acquire to get to my goals. Though I am interested to join the M.F.A program in Animation and get a more complete education with choices to take up more courses over a duration of 2 years as I believe true art needs time more than anything else, due to financial limitations I can only afford the M.A program in Animation.
My aims are high and my journey is long. I hope SCAD would be the place where I get support, belief and encouragement. If SCAD doesn't see the potential in me, I will still move on and get where I am going. Even thou it may get tougher and harder, I will make it sooner or later. But I would rather be in SCAD than anywhere else as SCAD is the only right place for me.
In 2008 Pixar did it to me again when a robot made of nuts and bolts showed me love of a different kind, using only two voices - Wall-E and Eva.
Note: My technical achievements and skill sets are mentioned in my Resume.