Student Spotlight - Adam Moder
"I'm a teacher but also a lifelong student in animation - I love the process and am always seeking to refine my skills. The teachers at iAnimate are industry experienced with a wealth of knowledge to impart. There's a supportive community and heaps of great resources - including some cool rigs!"
iAnimate Student Spotlight features Adam Moder, an animator and educator from Melbourne, Australia. Adam love cartoony, exaggerated styles as well as realistic creature animation for VFX. He has a background in animated TV series and game development.
Adam is currently teaching 3D Art and Animation at Academy of Information Technology. He is also a freelancer Animator and have been to different animation jobs giving his passion for this career.
Student Animation Journey
Adam took the following Feature Student Workshop at iAnimate with the instructors:
- Feature Workshop 3 with Mike Walling (Bungie Studios)
- Feature Workshop 4 with Tal Shwarzman (Pixar Animation Studio)
I enjoy coming up with interesting and unique ideas for my assignments, before planning and shooting reference. I tend to block out my shots in Spline from the start, creating key story telling poses before adding the breakdowns and inbetweens, and I try to incorporate animation principles within each pose (drag, overlap, anticipation, squash and stretch etc). Of course feedback is vital, and the regular Reviews and peer feedback are great for direction and 'fresh eyes' on my work.iAnimate refreshed my skills in Body Mechanics - creating convincing physical motion - accurately depicting weight, balance, inertia and momentum - and forming strong, dynamic poses. Performance animation taught me about focused acting - facial expressions, tension, subtext and dialogue, as well as adding 'texture' to the acting beats for more engagement and appeal.
Adam's Student Reel
Student Spotlight Q&A with Animator Amber Ryan
iAnimate: What do you think of your Instructor(s), and how did they help you?
Adam: I had awesome instructors at iAnimate - very experienced in both game and feature animation. Their broad knowledge of animation history, trends and practice is supported with hands on practical tips and techniques to help make the process faster and more effective. The advice and direction my instructors gave in reviews was always focused and relevant.
iAnimate: How did iAnimate help you to evolve as a character animator?
Adam: To me animation is a journey and I am always seeking to develop my skills. iAnimate provides expert tuition and feedback which is always beneficial in pointing out hitches, suggesting refinements and improving workflows. I am always ready for a challenge and love pushing my skills.
iAnimate: What kind of animator do you consider yourself after taking your workshop?
“I am both a Creature and Character Animator and am very confident creating physical shots with dynamic poses and sharp timing. at the same time, I'm developing my skills with more nuanced acting and am keen to gain more experience in performance animation.”
iAnimate: What kind of animation project do you want to work on?
Amber: I would be equally happy animating visually stunning creatures for high end film CGI, game play or game cinematic sequences and of course for entirely animated features. I have confidence in my technical expertise and animation skills, and have a knack for coming up with imaginative ideas and stories.
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