For our 63rd interview we spoke with ILM Senior Animator, Erik Morgansen. Erik has been working as an animator for more than 20 years. Erik's film career began upon completing the Animating Assistant Training Program at the Disney Feature Studio with work on 'Meet the Robinsons'. Previous to that he'd worked at a number of studios doing real-time animation, game cinematics, location-based entertainment and commercials. As a senior animator at ILM he's worked on such films as 'Rango', 'Ready Player One', 'Bumble Bee', 'Jurassic World', and 'Pacific Rim'. Erik's excitement for animation bleeds throughout this interview.
"iAnimate's Creature Workshop 3, Flight School and Fantasy Creatures, didn't just help me improve my technical understanding of animation, but provided we with a deep and thorough knowledge of bird anatomy, mechanics, and behavior. When it comes to flight, Brendan Body knows his stuff, and thanks to his help, I am now professionally animating birds on a daily basis. Understanding of flight is rare in the industry, and it's worth learning, whether you're a veteran animator or just starting out."
- Bre Melvin
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In our 57th podcast we interview animator Brendan Body. Brendan has worked around the world, switching between animated features and Visual Effects. Some of his film credits include four of the Harry Potter films, Hellboy 2, Pacific Rim, and Legend of The Guardians. The theme of flight has run throughout his career, having brought to life various birds, pixies, dragons, a Hippogryph, and giant flying kaju. Brendan will be teaching in our Creature animation workshop 3, Flight School and Fantasy Creatures. This along with his love of animation made this a fantastic interview!
David spent almost 4 years as a developer and supervising animator on Evolve. During production, David and the entire team worked tirelessly to push the experience taking risks to create a unique and refreshing game for our players. His main areas of focus during development were the look and feel of the monsters, creatures, and first person hunters which he's now sharing his experience with his students at iAnimate.net
In July 2010 we opened our doors with the goal of bringing top notch training, by talented industry professionals, to artists homes around the world. In that period of time we've helped thousands of artists achieve their goals. This is a brief highlight of our five years in the animation industry and showing some of the best student work during that time.
We are SUPER excited that the annual CTN Animation Expo in Burbank, CA is less than two weeks away (Nov. 20-22). It's a fantastic event to get together with other artists who are just as passionate about this industry as we are! We'll be at Booth B8.3 & B8.4. Please stop by and say hello, have your reels reviewed by industry professionals, and network with our amazing & passionate team.