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Blogs are a great invention, and man we are happy to have one. Not only is this going to be a great window in to all that is iAnimate, we can also help spread all kinds of animation related news from around this creative globe of ours. We can broadcast additions to our family of iAnimate instructors, show off our new rigs the moment they are released (usually a bit before!), and give you glimpses of what some of our most talented members and alumni are creating.


02
July
2015

Monty & Molly characters

New characters Monty and Molly

When it comes to our characters, we seek to bring the highest quality, varied, and unique line up not found any where else. In May we announced a new rig that will be ready for our Summer 2015 session students and alumni. We've made some look development tweaks to that rig...meet Monty & Molly! We can't wait to see what animations our talented students & alumni produce with these characters!

Blog Hits: 151 Blog Tag: characters, Feature, rigs

29
June
2015

iAnimate Crew at Cinesite

iAnimate Crew at Cinesite

"I am super proud of all my animation crew and especially my iAnimate students hitting the ground running. Proof that all the hard work they put into their workshops paid off.  Why do we hire iAnimate students? The reason is super simple, they prove time and time again that they know how to animate, can work as a team, address notes super quickly, and have no ego. Coming to work with these guys everyday makes me very proud, keep up the great work everyone. You are representing yourselves very well."
- Jason Ryan

Names of Animators from left to right: Taran Matharu (promoted from Animator to Supervising Animator), Mark Watterston, Kyle Moy, Chris Kirshbaum (Supervising Animator & iAnimate Instructor), Jason Ryan (Animation Director), Cedric Blondin, Philippe Patenaude, Joost Van Schaik, Suresh Padmaraj, and not pictured Karine Lafrancise (recent higher & winner of iAnimate & Cinesite contest).

Blog Hits: 100 Blog Tag: Animation, apprenticeship, CineSite, Visual Effects

19
June
2015

iAnimate Feature Student Spotlight - Moy Parra

Sliced by Moy Parra

Feature Animation student, Moy Parra, had some fun with our character Crea in this action sequence. He says: A few months back I started sketching the basic beats of the sequence and at the time I came up with 6 key drawings. As I started working on this I realized that I would need a lot more than 6 shots to tell the story that I wanted to tell and so rather than setting my goal to finish the piece in 30 days I decided to rather give myself 90. It actually ended up taking around 10 weeks, anywhere between 3 to 5 hours daily.

I was able to work on the sequence at nights after the family went to sleep and whenever I could during the weekends, and any time that I had a quiet moment, I would conduct a sort of "dailies" in my head so that I could simply execute whenever I got to the computer.

Blog Tag: action, Feature, Sliced, students

12
June
2015

iAnimate Game Student Spotlight - Olov Johansson

Olov Johansson Spotlight

Our talented Game animation student, Olov Johansson, shares his thoughts on his time here as well as his animation journey. Read his write up below & watch his action packed reel.

Still being new to animation I never had the chance to talk to other animators before getting into iAnimate. It has been a great way to get to know people with a common interest and to be in an environment where people talk about animation with sincerity and intensity. It is really valuable and inspiring to have instructors that are invested and enthusiastic about animation and each students work.

Blog Tag: action, Games, reel, students

29
May
2015

Creature Animation Student Testimonial - Henry Truong

Creature Animation Student Testimonial - Henry Truong

I just finished the Creature Animation Workshop 1 with Johnny Spinelli and wanted to let you know how much fun I had with the course!  Johnny was an amazing instructor and I learned a lot from his lectures/reviews and he was also kind enough to give us a tour of ILM Vancouver, which was super inspiring.  : )

I wasn't sure what to expect before taking the class, but it really surpassed all my expectations.  It's super motivating to be surrounded by people who are so passionate about animation and it's given me a real fresh perspective on a lot animation techniques.

I'm looking forward to taking some more iAnimate classes in the future and chatting with you guys soon!

Thanks again!
Henry Truong

Blog Tag: Creature, members, students

19
May
2015

Alumni Sighting - Sebastian Kalemba

Alumni Sighting - Sebastian Kalemba

Feature Alumni, Sebastian Kalemba, was picked up by CDProjekt Red about 8 months ago and was able to make a big contribution to the highly anticipated Witcher 3 game. He's now currently lead of CDProjekt Red next big release 'Cyberpunk 2077' and the expansion packs.

Blog Tag: alumni, Feature, students, Witcher 3

12
May
2015

iAnimate Games Alumni Spotlight - Emily Harrenstein

Game Alumni Emily Harrenstein interview

iA: Why did you decide to enroll into iAnimate?
Back in 2010 I was out of work and struggling to break into the animation industry. I attended CTN-X thinking that I might somehow land a job. It turned out everyone who reviewed my reel thought I needed more training. I was pretty disheartened after hearing that, as I had already spent a year going to a school in Vancouver, BC, had worked a 3D job for almost 3 years, and I didn’t have the time or money to attend a brick and mortar school again. That’s when I stumbled across iAnimate’s booth, and met Jason Ryan in person. He told me about the school and the fact that I could take a break between workshops if I needed, and he seemed so genuine that I was sold. I first started out with the feature programs, then after a year’s break decided to pursue gaming animation. I completed the gaming program in August, 2014.

Blog Tag: alumni, Feature, Games, students

04
May
2015

effectsMTL 2015 News

effectsMTL 2015

What is EffectsMTL you ask? EffectsMLT is an international business convention for the visual effects (VFX) and animation industry, positioning itself to be THE leader in North America by offering top-level professional conferences and serving as a platform for business development. The event is a must-attend industry event where project broadcasts and showings, professional networking, job fair, exhibition spaces and more exciting features will take place in Montréal (Canada). So mark your calendars for June 10th & 11th, visit effectsmtl.com for more information, and use promo code iAnimate15 to receive an exclusive iAnimate 15% discount.

Blog Tag: Animation, conference, EffectsMTL, instructors, North America, Visual Effects

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