on October 02, 2014
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!
on May 26, 2014
I was enrolled in workshop4 in spring 2014. I live in Vancouver, Canada, currently working as an Animator for Piranha Games Inc. There was a BIG career fair here today. About 30 companies participated in it. Almost everyone who saw my reel immediately recognized iAnimate from its characters. They had nothing but good words about iAnimate students. It was amazing. They loved the appeal in the characters and yeah, they liked the animation too. :) iAnimate is a great school. I am waiting to return back. Jason, I miss your weekly lectures so much. iAnimate has a great reach and its amazing to be a part of it's community.
- Suresh Padmaraj
on April 25, 2014
I wanted to write this letter quite a long time ago. Two months ago I moved from Colleferro (a small town in Rome's area with about 24,000 people) to Santa Monica, to work for Riot Games. If, after my iA graduation in May 2013, someone would have told me that in few months I would move to US to work for such a big company, in one of my favorite cities, I would never have believed it. Coming from a country that has almost no animation tradition, and doing a quite a different job (I was a generalist/lighter for brand commercials like Nokia, Nike, etc.), I feel that iAnimate gave me the chance to get the best animation education in the world, with the freedom of focusing just on what I wanted to do, be an animator. I'm still trying to realize how drastically my life has changed, but I'm totally aware of how important iAnimate was.
Thank you so much for making this possible.
on January 10, 2014
Hey Jason. I know you probably get a ton of messages so I will try (and fail) to keep this brief. I got my first animation job at Reel FX a little over a year ago now. Our first movie Free Birds just came out this month actually. Anyway. I have been super excited about the movie coming out for awhile now and just today I was thinking that if I hadn't gone to iAnimate there is NO WAY I would be working on movies right now. So I wanted to just say, THANK YOU! You brought together a bunch of amazing instructors who really helped me get way better. You got all the students some amazing resources to not let anything get in the way of doing our best, and on top of that you are incredibly generous with your time, and your positive energy was always a huge help! I still listen to your demos while at work. I still don't understand how you work so fast! I am always confused, you do, in a couple hours, what takes me a whole day to do. One of these days I am gonna figure out what kind of magic hotkey you are using. But anyway, I just wanted to say thank you, because I never really got the chance to do so in person.
on October 24, 2013
This month iAnimate would like to showcase the work of former student and iAnimate alumni, Ravi Govind. Right after graduation, Ravi was hired by Kandor Graphics for their feature titled Justin. Shortly after his time there, he was hired by DreamWorks to work on their 2015 release of Penguins of Madagascar.
iA: What are you currently working on?
Since February I´ve been working in both development and production at Dreamworks India, on the upcoming "Penguins of Madagascar" feature film, with animation being entirely done at the studio here in the city of Bangalore. The movie is meant to be released in March 2015 and is a spin-off from the 2008 Nickelodeon TV series.
iA: What is the biggest thing you took away from your time at iAnimate?
The exposure to a huge variety of ways to approach, observe, understand and learn animation, and the liberty to share criticism with the whole community and the teachers. I barely felt shy of showing my own work in a very crude and early stage, because there were a lot of people like me, who looked for the same solutions and had similar problems. And the instructors had a very high level of professionalism, which you will very much have to embrace if animation is what you want to do as a lifetime career.