She could have taken any other course which will be so much easier for her (and my pocket) because she given full scholarship. But she wanted to do digital animation and due to her good results, a number of colleges has offered her partial scholarship in digital animation. But the best animation school in the country and one of the best in Asia (The One Academy) did not offer anything (tuition fees also 20% higher) and I decided to give her the best I could afford back in March 2009, a few months before I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Cancer or not, I will still finance her for this course. I also spent a fortune buying high powered IT hardware, DSLR digital camera and other supporting materials like art paper and few hundred different types of drawing pencils and pens. I think I made a right decision. Many of her classmates dropped out from the course. It's a three year course and because she have so much assignments to do, I think she only slept a few hours a day for the last three years. I have seen her work and I am impressed by the quality of the animation.
My eldest daughter has finally completed her six months final year project. Her group of three students will presenting their 30 minutes of a digital animated film which they co-wrote, designed, animated, produced and filmed. I was told nine companies in the industry will be present to see the class of 2012 presenting their project work. Unfortunately, I will be not able to go and watch the movie at the college, only my wife will be there to give her full support. Instead, I will be watching at home later.
Well, this is a proud moment for me as a father to see my daughter completing such a tough course. I wish some of the companies in the industry will take note of her group's project work and hope that she will find employment in a good animation company to begin her career. I wish her all the best in today's presentation and I am very proud of her.