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Blender for Animators

One Workshop - 11 Weeks

A complete introduction to animating in Blender which is a powerful and FREE open source 3D creation suite that supports animating for films, games and VFX.  iAnimate is proud to add Blender as an option and support the animation community as major studios like Epic and Ubisoft are adopting this powerful software in their pipelines and projects.

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Workshop 1 - Blender Fundamentals

Workshop 1 - Blender Fundamentals

Blender is quickly being endorsed by more and more animation studios. During this course, students will discover the fundamentals of animation while using Blender’s animation tools. If you are new to animation or looking to swap your animation software to Blender, this is the course for you.

  • Workshop Length: 11 weeks

  • Introductory price for the Workshop: $999

What to expect in this Workshop

Week 1 & 2: Introduction to Blender & Grease Pencil

In these classes we'll have a broad overview of blender, what it can do, what's good about it and why the industry is leveraging its power more and more. we'll learn interaction and customization to get the most out of it. We'll learn how to get around it and be comfortable.

Week 3 & 4: Pose Mode, keying, timeline, animation principles

In these classes the student will learn the basic animation tools also linking files and preparing the shot for animation, which all can be daunting at first, but we'll make sure you land on your feet, that's why we'll do a tots shot on two's so you can focus on posing and the workflow behind that while applying the animation principles.

Week 5 & 6: Blocking Workflow: Pose mode & Animation Tools

In this chapter we'll introduce the use of video and image references to our workflow, we'll edit it to get the right iming and set up our shot for creating a vanilla walk cycle, we'll further dive into animation tools.

Week 7 & 8: Cameras, Additive vs Global, Blend Spaces

We'll finally work out the dope sheet and graph editor which are key to the polish workflow, you'll figure out why the dope sheet is dope.

Week 9 & 10: Polish workflow: Animation Layers & World Space Baking

Knowing that blender doesn't have "animation layers" per se, but the animation layers workflow can be enabled is key to creating non destructive corrections and animation mostly when you're confronting yourself with client work, same as for world baking it helps alleviate a lot of the problems of production rigs aiding you in being a faster animator.

Week 11: Rendering & Presenting your Shot

In this last class we'll final our shots with a touch of lighting basics so you can present your shot as best as you can.

Disclaimer & Agreement

Blender is an Open Source and FREE software available at blender.org Students are required to download a copy of Blender and check with their instructor which version is being used in their workshop.

What Students Are Saying

  • Aaron McGriff
  • Anna White
  • Ed Herft
  • Colin Brown
  • Aaron McGriff

    "iAnimate was such a life-changing experience for me. After years of working in the industry but never quite reaching my full potential or career goals, I noticed that my skills had started to stagnate. I had been interested in online schools for years but the timing had never been just right."

  • Anna White

    "Six workshops and less than two years later, right at the end of my last iAnimate workshop, I was offered a job as an animator on my first feature film, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (at Sony Imageworks). I can't say enough great things about Jason Ryan and the entire iAnimate community, and I owe so much of my success to all of them."

  • Ed Herft

    "I'm really grateful to the team at iAnimate. Without their great tuition and hard work, I'm sure I would not be working in feature film now. They really helped me improve every aspect of my animation."

  • Colin Brown

    I've had multiple interviews where they ask "What game is that from?" when viewing pieces I did in classes 1 and 2. iAnimate has been a huge influence on my demoreel and my job positions recently