on September 28, 2015
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.
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!
on July 24, 2015
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!
on May 20, 2015
Feature Alumni, Sebastian Kalemba, was picked up by CDProjekt Red about 8 months ago and was able to make a big contribution to the highly anticipated Witcher 3 game. He's now currently lead of CDProjekt Red next big release 'Cyberpunk 2077' and the expansion packs.
on May 13, 2015
iA: Why did you decide to enroll into iAnimate?
Back in 2010 I was out of work and struggling to break into the animation industry. I attended CTN-X thinking that I might somehow land a job. It turned out everyone who reviewed my reel thought I needed more training. I was pretty disheartened after hearing that, as I had already spent a year going to a school in Vancouver, BC, had worked a 3D job for almost 3 years, and I didn’t have the time or money to attend a brick and mortar school again. That’s when I stumbled across iAnimate’s booth, and met Jason Ryan in person. He told me about the school and the fact that I could take a break between workshops if I needed, and he seemed so genuine that I was sold. I first started out with the feature programs, then after a year’s break decided to pursue gaming animation. I completed the gaming program in August, 2014.
on April 24, 2015
When I heard a few years ago that Jason Ryan was about to start iAnimate, I was instantly excited about the idea and wanted to be part of the first group of students. I had taken online classes before, but I felt I needed to refine my skill set. You can imagine that I was really excited about the iAnimate concept to prepare animators for feature productions by working closely together with top notch feature animation instructors and mimic a production environment during the classes. I was blown away by the quality of the classes and the knowledge of the mentors during the one-on-one weekly reviews. It’s a very special feeling when you can discuss your work directly with your mentor in person when you are at the other side of the ocean.
Also the rigs that iAnimate provides are top quality fast rigs that are a joy to work with. They have so much appeal that I felt at times that we were spoiled a bit with these new toys that were given to us every workshop.