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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.


31
August
2015

New Feature Workshop - Advanced Pantomime Acting

New Feature Workshop 3.5

He's Back! And With A New Workshop. Jamaal Bradley took some time off from teaching at iAnimate to pursue some unique career opportunities. During his hiatus he traveled to India where he was an Animation Supervisor on Penguins of Madagascar. He's currently enjoying working directly with James Baxter, Chris Sanders, & Kirk DeMicco as an Animation Supervisor on Croods 2. He's back with a new Feature workshop - Advanced Pantomime Acting. In this class your animated piece will be an exploration of making your character entertain, evoke emotion, and breath life without the use of dialogue. This is an essential skill in your journey as an animator and entertainer. "Together we will build an understanding of thoughts and actions that will drive our characters." - Jamaal

Blog Hits: 431 Blog Tag: characters, Feature, rigs

28
August
2015

iAnimate Lighting Workshop Student Testimonial - Warren Seeley

Warren Seeley TestimonialLighting workshop student, Warren Seeley, wrote our lighting instructor Frederick Gaudreau an email about his appreciation of the course. It's always great to hear what our students have to say.

Hey Frederick,
I know I've already said something like this but the class was truly amazing.  I learned a lot and I'm gonna take it with me moving forward.  The exercises were fun and challenging.  Didn't feel it was unreasonable or unrealistic at all.  Every student should be able to perform at that level even with a full time job.  And I see the importance of showing us how to do the basics like just using Maya software to render.  It's like we have to crawl before we can walk and walk before we can run.  For those who haven't had a formal introduction to lighting, this is a really good approach.

I don't feel as stressed now when it comes time to render my shots!  Compositing with nodes is so much better.  Never again with after effects lol.  If Nuke ever gets around to releasing a free watermark version I'll use it but I'll familiarize myself with Fusion.  I know it's pretty similar.

Thank you again for everything!  You are an awesome instructor!

All the best,
Warren

Visit the Lighting & Compositing page for more information.

Blog Tag: lighting, students, testimonial

26
August
2015

MGLand iAnimate GUI Pickers

MGLand iAnimate GUI Pickers

The very talented Miguel Winfield, of MGLand, has teamed up with us to customize his MG-Picker studio to create GUI pickers for our amazing & unique rigs. Visit MGLand to see for yourself how these plug-ins can enhance your workflow. A big iAnimate THANK YOU Miguel.

Blog Hits: 249 Blog Tag: characters, Feature, rigs

30
July
2015

iAnimate Crew at L'Atelier Animation

iAnimate crew at L'Atelier Animation

I couldn't be any more fortunate and happy to have these gifted artists and great people transition from being my students in iAnimate to becoming animators on my team at L'Atelier Animation. So proud of them and my entire team for being so passionate and devoted to their craft and our film. Killing it!! :)
Ted Ty - Head of Animation

Names from left to right: Stephanie Lee, Mauro Affronti, Jakub Pazera, Martyn Smith, Antoine Donnelly, Roy Stein, Ted Ty ( with sunlight - not grey hair :P) Amanda Zima, India Barnardo, Boris Maras, Donald Chan, Valerie Lim, Behram Koshroo

Blog Hits: 513 Blog Tag: characters, Feature, rigs

24
July
2015

iAnimate Feature Student Spotlight - Alaa Afifah

Alaa Afifah Spotlight

Our very talented Feature animation student, Alaa Afifah, shares his thoughts on his time at iAnimate as well as his animation journey. Read his write up below & watch his very entertaining acting chops in his reel.

iA: What is the biggest thing you took away from your time at iAnimate?
Mmmmm I would say there are too many things, but the main thing that I took away with me was to learn how to observe and understanding animation on my own. Because the tools and the criticism that I had been given by my instructors, has given me all that I need to continue my career on my own.

iA: What is the most surprising thing you have learned while in the "studio life"?
I would say every new project I get to learn something new, there is always a challenge to get the idea across. But the greatest thing I have acquired is Speed!

Blog Tag: action, alumni, Feature, students

19
July
2015

Animators Resource Interview - Darryl Purdy and David Hubert - Full Interview

Our friend over at Animators Resource recently posted his video interview with our very own David Hubert & Darryl Purdy. They chatted about the challenges they have both in film and games, and then Darryl does a quick breakdown of how he approaches some of his creature animation. Thank you JP for the interview.

Blog Hits: 407 Blog Tag: Creature, Feature, film, Games, instructors

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: 929 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 - Animation Director

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: 660 Blog Tag: Animation, apprenticeship, CineSite, Visual Effects

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