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Feature Animation Workshops

Next Workshops start January 1, 2024

This workshop is a great way for new and intermediate animators who want to learn Maya, supplement, or complement college education. Learn all the animation tools, constraints, script expressions, and core fundamentals needed as a professional animator.

11 week access to:

  • Live & Recorded Classes
  • Extra Lectures by Jason Ryan, Director at CineSite.
  • Additional recorded lectures on Modeling, Lighting, and more.
  • Feature Rigs

​​F1 - Feature Quality Animation

In this 11 week workshop we will be polishing your principles of Animation, Paths of Actions, 2D and /or CG planning process, while reinforcing students initial body mechanics, overlapping actions and walks with a focus on acceleration and deceleration.


F2 - Body Mechanics

In the first half of this 11 week workshop we will concentrate on bi-pedal actions to try to execute a natural flow through our character's movements. In the second half of the workshop we will focus on our four legged friends. We need to study all kinds of four legged actions to animate the performances believably.


F3 - Advanced Body Mechanics and Pantomime Acting

In the first half of this 11 week workshop we will be fine tuning your Advanced Body Mechanics, overlapping actions, and acting through pantomime. In the second half of the workshop you will be dealing with intense physical action shots dealing with Weight pushes, pulls and lifts. Then working on your animation across cuts so that they are seamless and believable.


F4 - Close up Facial Acting and Lip-Sync

In the first half of this 11 week workshop we will concentrate on polishing and fine tuning your close up facial acting and lip-sync. We will be working on how we can improve our overall believability and appeal by choosing sincere acting choices. In the second half of the workshop we will try to chose a contrasting shot from part 1 to refine and control our Body Mechanics to help emphasize and not overrule our facial Acting.


F5 - Full Body Acting, Facial and Lip-Sync

In the first half of this 11 week workshop we will now refine our full body acting and lip-sync to make our acting read while choosing full body gestures that supports the characters emotional state. In the second half of the workshop we will be picking an audio clip that will contrast part 1 to further refine and polish our Body Mechanics so that they support the character's facial performance.


F6 - Sequence Work

In the first half of this 11 week workshop we will be working with continuity across cuts. We will be fine tuning your planning and blocking process for a substantial length of dialog. This will greatly help our productions run more smoothly. In the second half of the workshop we will now work on refining your animation from part 1 so that it is production ready. Many directors want to see a plan or blueprint from us so that they can feel comfortable with the time spent on polishing shots.


F7 - Professional Development for Animators

This workshop aims to improve your chances of getting hired or getting that promotion. Teaching you how to stand out in a competitive job market. During this 11 week course, you will be stepping into the director's mindset, learn the creative blueprint, and validation process that is expected in creating industry-leading IPs and projects. We will also expand every student's communication skills. Teaching artistic ownership while under the supervision of an Animation Director.

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