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Articles tagged with: industry

28
February
2017

iAnimate Feature Student Spotlight - Chris McCormick

Chris McCormick student spotlight

I just started a new job at Blizzard Entertainment, in their cinematics department. It's incredible so far, and I'm always sure to give iAnimate a lot of credit for where I am. I'd be happy to answer your questions.

iA: Did you get your dream job after taking our workshops?

Yes! Two months after completing my final workshop, I was selected for the Pixar summer animation internship, which was my first industry job.

Blog Tag: Feature, industry, Member Spotlight, students, testimonial

13
September
2016

iAnimate Game Student Spotlight - Hannah Masbaum

Hannah Masbaum student spotlight

Why did you decide to enroll into iAnimate?

I knew that I wanted to be an animator for games for a long time, but I could easily see that I was nowhere near the skill level I needed to be to land a job. Realizing that my years of largely self-teaching weren’t getting me as far as I wanted to be, I started doing some research online to see what different programs were out there, which led me to iAnimate. Watching the previous year’s game workshop reels is what really solidified the decision for me. The amazing student work, combined with the ability to have access to the vault lectures, as well as the top-tier instructors, were all more than enough reasons for me to see that iAnimate was exactly what I’d been looking for.  

How are the workshops?

All of the workshops are amazing and extremely helpful to anybody who wants to get into animation for games. They gave me real world knowledge and expertise that I could have only otherwise gained through working at a game studio. Having all of the assignments centered around projects that we could potentially be doing at an actual game studio helped prepare me for what I could expect to be doing day-to-day as an animator. Going from iAnimate to working full-time as an animator was an easy transition due to the focus each workshop had on creating game-ready animations and receiving feedback throughout the process of each animation.

Blog Tag: Games, industry, Member Spotlight, students, testimonial

09
August
2016

iAnimate Game Student Spotlight - Jeff Nelson

Jeff Nelson student spotlight

Why did you decided to enroll into iAnimate?

My experience as a professional animator thus far has mostly been motion graphics and composting work for web and television.  About a year ago I started looking for avenues within animation that were more aligned with my interests and in the end more rewarding. Deep down I always knew that was games but I wasn’t sure how to pursue that goal. Lucky for me I met someone in the iAnimate Feature Workshops and learned about the Gaming Workshops.  After seeing her stunning iAnimate work I decided to browse the website and was blown away.  The beautiful character rigs, amazing showreels and the quality of instructors sold me.

Did you enjoy your time at iAnimate?

From the very first class I knew I had made the right choice.  Learning under industry pros and being in a virtual classroom with other talented animators from all over the world was a rewarding experience. I enjoyed my time at iAnimate because every lesson, assignment and critique made feel closer and more prepared for my goal.

Blog Tag: Games, industry, Member Spotlight, students, testimonial

15
December
2015

iAnimate Game Student Spotlight - Sylvain Normandeau

Sylvain Normandeau student spotlight

How did you find iAnimate?
I originally found iAnimate when I was looking for a program that would teach me how to animate specifically for games.  I have always been a big fan of video games and this is the industry I was wanting to get into.  After doing a lot research online,  iAnimate's name kept appearing.  They had an impressive list of teachers and referrals from past students. Their Games Workshop Reel was stunning.  I knew this was the place for me.  It has been one of the best decisions to register for their workshops.  I since have completed all of the Games Workshop program and the Motion Capture workshops.

Why did you decided to enroll?
I decided to enroll at iAnimate after viewing their impressive Game Workshop Reel. I was hungry to learn more about animation and get into the gaming industry.  The quality of the student animation, their rigs and iAnimate's list of triple A studio teachers was what convinced me that these workshops were exactly what I was looking for.

Blog Tag: Games, industry, Member Spotlight, students, testimonial

16
January
2015

iAnimate Games Student Spotlight - Don Thurakichprempri

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Don Thurakichprempri recently landed a job at Treyarch and now working on the new Call of Duty. This is what he had to say about his time here at iAnimate.

Having taken online classes before, when I heard about iAnimate and saw the work that the students were putting out. The quality was outstanding and I was sold once I saw the large variety of teachers that I could pick from. I chose to do the Games Animation Workshop because I wanted to strengthen my knowledge of body mechanics and it was definitely the right choice. David Lam and Ric Arroyo were absolutely fantastic instructors who both had a plethora of animation knowledge. They treated the course as if we were in a studio and gave feedback accordingly. This set up a certain standard for shots to be finished and polished on time just as it would be expected of animators in a professional setting and I feel like that truly benefits any student who is serious about working in the industry. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I feel like I improved drastically. I would recommend iAnimate to any animator who is looking to up their game and is willing to put in the effort to better their skill set!

Blog Tag: career, Games, improve, industry, job, skills, workshop

03
December
2014

Testimonial from Daniel Alexander - iAnimate Games student

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When I decided I wanted to further my education, I knew I wanted to explore the option of taking online courses. There was one problem however, I had no idea which route to go. I did my best to educate myself with all of the options out there in hopes to make the best decision for myself, each had their merits, but ultimately, it was still a shot in the dark. This obviously drew me to choose iAnimate, with a large collection of fun and interesting character & creature rigs, workshops focused on what I wanted to learn, and a great collection of industry veterans to lead the way.

Thankfully, I couldn't be happier with my choice. iAnimate goes beyond offering great character rigs and truly delivers an incredible educational experience.

Blog Tag: career, Games, improve, industry, job, skills, workshop

28
October
2014

Sunset Overdrive and iAnimate students

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Congratulations to iAnimate alumni Darrell Vasquez, previous student Jeff Williams, and the whole Insomniac Games team on their release today of Sunset Overdrive. The game is getting amazing reviews all the way around (see below)! We know a lot of blood, sweat, and Over Charge went in to the making of this game.

IGN review | Wired review | GameInformer review

Blog Tag: alumni, career, improve, industry, Insomniac, job, skills, student, Sunset Overdrive, workshop

02
October
2014

Testimonial from Juan Diego - iAnimate Feature student

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After years focused on the gaming industry, I felt the need to go further in the level of subtlety and polish of my work. I wanted to make the jump from games to animation feature films, but my reel was missing some decent acting pieces! With this goal in mind, I decided to enroll Feature Animation Workshops 4 and 5, while working fulltime during 2013. Tal Shwarzman and Stephen Melagrano are outstanding instructors. I worked really hard to reach the pro level required by them. But the effort paid off. I sent my new reel to Lightbox Entertainment and I've been hired for their upcoming feature film "Capture The Flag" (Paramount worldwide distribution). And....I cannot be more thrilled! Thank you, iAnimate!

Blog Tag: career, Feature, improve, industry, job, skills, Stephen Melagrano, Tal Shwarzman, workshop

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