on October 18, 2012
If you could ask the artists about their techniques, experience, what they feels is the next step in the film or game industry, or anything at all, what would it be? Share your questions and comments via Facebook, Twitter or email us. We have an awesome panel and we want you to participate and be part of it.
There's a lot to talk about and we will do our best to answer and cover the topics you want to hear.
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on August 22, 2012
Now that the spring/summer workshop has ended and we are all on break for a bit, I get to do three things. 1) Go to bed early. 2) Browse the new collection of student reels and feel woefully inadequate. And 3) attempt to recall what the most frequent advice was that I gave over the previous fourteen weeks, and decide what I might do to build a lecture around that topic.
This last block I had two frequently occurring broad notes; “Animate from the core,” and “Don’t play it safe.” Animating from the “core” requires a lot of explanation and example, so I may tackle that in a future post.
Let me, however, try to describe what I mean when I suggest to an animator not to be “safe.”...
on July 26, 2012
This is an oft debated subject, especially with the rise of new online animation (and animation related) schools. Admittedly, I have a biased opinion, as I am an instructor at one of those schools. But I am also a former student of one. I attended Animation Mentor, back when they were the only game in town. I was already a working animator, so I wasn’t learning from scratch, but I remember being just as excited as my own students are now. So why did I go? Well, like a lot of you, I was really excited to have the opportunity to take my foundational knowledge and flailing skills and kick them up a notch (or two or three). Plus, there was the added bonus of honing my skills under the individual tutelage of a skilled and experienced artist who was working in the industry I dreamed of being a part of. Let’s be honest, it was like a 12-week “audition” in front of each of them, and I planned to make the best of it.
Now that there are choices between competing schools, there are two angles, in my humble opinion...