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.
on February 19, 2015
iAnimate feature student, Simon Taylor, recently finished up a wonderful & cute short animated film titled 'Taking Pictures'. We wanted to know a bit more about him and the project. Watch the short, a 'making of', as well as a quick interview with Simon. Be sure to leave him some feedback on his shorts' Vimeo page.
iA: Please tell us little about yourself?
My name is Simon and I’ve lived in London for 4 years. I’ve worked at a few different studios as an animator, mostly on pre-school shows such as Sarah & Duck and Tree Fu Tom, as well as some feature work on John Carter and some commercials. In my free time, I like making both live action and animated films and dabble in photography and the occasional magic trick.
on February 05, 2015
A very big congratulations to iAnimate student, Kevin Nguyen, on his recent employment at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Good luck there & we look forward to seeing your name in the credits!
on December 15, 2014
Huge congratulations to iAnimate Alumni, Ravi Kamble Govind, on his recent Annie Awards nomination! This is one of the highest honors given for excellence in animation. Ravi has been nominated for his lead work on Dave, the villain of the movie Penguins of Madagascar. He has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Feature Production.
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 September 05, 2014
Angela is our latest rig release, she will be available for all our students during the second half of this upcoming workshop. The creator, modeler, rigger and animator is Angelo Sta Catalina. Angelo is one of our very talented graduates, now animating for Reel FX. He created Angela during his final block of workshops and is perfecting her rig over the next few weeks to be ready for students during this block. She is one of the most appealing characters I have ever worked with and that includes the big studios. I can't wait to release her exclusively to our iAnimate students.
- Jason Ryan
Check out some key model poses below, as well as her animated by Alumni Cesc Font.
on August 06, 2014
iAnimate brings you the best rigs in the industry and Jake is the latest in our line up of appealing characters. Jake was designed by David Boudreau, modeled by Jack Leaders, and rigged by Victor Vinyals. He has a very broad range of expressions and a super flexible body rig that is a joy to push around.
Check out some key model poses below.
on August 04, 2014
My name is Olivier Staphylas and I am the Head of Character Animation for the movie "Penguins of Madagascar" for Dreamworks Animation.
I hired Ravi Kamble, one of your iAnimate graduates, based on a recommendation by his teacher Ted Ty. His contribution to the movie has been nothing short of fabulous. Ravi started on the project as an animator but I soon noticed the appeal and entertainment of his work and decided to entrust him with leading "Dave", the villain of our movie. Ravi developed the character by himself, creating his personality and range of motion through performance tests and poses.
The final result is a beautifully entertaining character with loads of appeal and charisma.
I couldn't be more satisfied with the quality of the work he brought to the project. Thank you iAnimate!
Watch Ravi's iAnimate Reel | Watch 'Penguins of Madagascar' Dave clip