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iAnimate Feature Alumni Testimonial - Warren Seeley

on September 28, 2015

Warren Seeley Feature alumni testimonial

Recent Graduate, Warren Seeley, sent Jason Ryan (our Head of Character Animation) an email that we wanted share. Congratulations to Warren and all our recent graduates.

Hi Jason,
I just had my last class for WS7 and now done with the feature film program.  A part of me wishes it wasn't over.  This has been an absolute amazing experience. I could never have imagined what I was in for when I started. It just blew my mind the talent, the experience, the enthusiasm, the passion each of the instructors and students all had.  And always have.
These instructors, they don't just teach animation, they teach what it means to live a life as an animator and that's something that doesn't get discussed a whole lot I feel.  It definitely isn't easy but seeing these all star animators and hearing their stories and views is gold.
iAnimate is the best.  I just feel so happy and glad I did this.  I'm so grateful for the whole experience.  Thank you so much Jason for making this online school happen.  I hope it lasts forever and just keeps growing and improving.  I'll be at CTN again this year so I can't wait to see ya there!
Take care Jason!
Warren

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iAnimate Lighting Workshop Student Testimonial - Warren Seeley

on August 29, 2015

Warren Seeley TestimonialLighting workshop student, Warren Seeley, wrote our lighting instructor Frederick Gaudreau an email about his appreciation of the course. It's always great to hear what our students have to say.

Hey Frederick,
I know I've already said something like this but the class was truly amazing.  I learned a lot and I'm gonna take it with me moving forward.  The exercises were fun and challenging.  Didn't feel it was unreasonable or unrealistic at all.  Every student should be able to perform at that level even with a full time job.  And I see the importance of showing us how to do the basics like just using Maya software to render.  It's like we have to crawl before we can walk and walk before we can run.  For those who haven't had a formal introduction to lighting, this is a really good approach.

I don't feel as stressed now when it comes time to render my shots!  Compositing with nodes is so much better.  Never again with after effects lol.  If Nuke ever gets around to releasing a free watermark version I'll use it but I'll familiarize myself with Fusion.  I know it's pretty similar.

Thank you again for everything!  You are an awesome instructor!

All the best,
Warren

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iAnimate Feature Student Spotlight - Alaa Afifah

on July 24, 2015

Alaa Afifah Spotlight

Our very talented Feature animation student, Alaa Afifah, shares his thoughts on his time at iAnimate as well as his animation journey. Read his write up below & watch his very entertaining acting chops in his reel.

iA: What is the biggest thing you took away from your time at iAnimate?
Mmmmm I would say there are too many things, but the main thing that I took away with me was to learn how to observe and understanding animation on my own. Because the tools and the criticism that I had been given by my instructors, has given me all that I need to continue my career on my own.

iA: What is the most surprising thing you have learned while in the "studio life"?
I would say every new project I get to learn something new, there is always a challenge to get the idea across. But the greatest thing I have acquired is Speed!

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iAnimate Feature Student Spotlight - Moy Parra

on June 20, 2015

Sliced by Moy Parra

Feature Animation student, Moy Parra, had some fun with our character Crea in this action sequence. He says: A few months back I started sketching the basic beats of the sequence and at the time I came up with 6 key drawings. As I started working on this I realized that I would need a lot more than 6 shots to tell the story that I wanted to tell and so rather than setting my goal to finish the piece in 30 days I decided to rather give myself 90. It actually ended up taking around 10 weeks, anywhere between 3 to 5 hours daily.

I was able to work on the sequence at nights after the family went to sleep and whenever I could during the weekends, and any time that I had a quiet moment, I would conduct a sort of "dailies" in my head so that I could simply execute whenever I got to the computer.

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