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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.


09
August
2016

iAnimate Game Student Spotlight - Jeff Nelson

Jeff Nelson student spotlight

Why did you decided to enroll into iAnimate?

My experience as a professional animator thus far has mostly been motion graphics and composting work for web and television.  About a year ago I started looking for avenues within animation that were more aligned with my interests and in the end more rewarding. Deep down I always knew that was games but I wasn’t sure how to pursue that goal. Lucky for me I met someone in the iAnimate Feature Workshops and learned about the Gaming Workshops.  After seeing her stunning iAnimate work I decided to browse the website and was blown away.  The beautiful character rigs, amazing showreels and the quality of instructors sold me.

Did you enjoy your time at iAnimate?

From the very first class I knew I had made the right choice.  Learning under industry pros and being in a virtual classroom with other talented animators from all over the world was a rewarding experience. I enjoyed my time at iAnimate because every lesson, assignment and critique made feel closer and more prepared for my goal.

Blog Tag: Games, industry, Member Spotlight, students, testimonial

05
August
2016

Feature Instructor Spotlight - Stephen Melagrano

Warren Seeley Feature alumni testimonial

For over the past 10 years, Stephen has applied the craft of character animation to a variety of projects and has been fortunate to have worked with some of the biggest studios in the animation industry.  His start in feature animation came from an internship with Pixar Animation Studios.  Since then, Stephen has had the pleasure of working on projects for Blue Sky Studios, Reel FX, Dreamworks Animation, Laika, Blizzard Entertainment, and most recently as a Senior Character Animator for Sony Pictures Imageworks.  Eager to share his love of animation, Stephen has been involved with teaching at iAnimate.net and is co-creator of SpeakingofAnimation.com.

Blog Tag: Feature, instructors

30
June
2016

Animating With Aim Constraints with Richard Lico

This is a quick, but cool, demo by Game instructor Richard Lico on how he animates the ears of his little mouse character using aim constraints in Maya.

Blog Hits: 517 Blog Tag: animtip, instructors, Maya, Richard Lico, tips

30
March
2016

CineSite In The News!

CineSite in the news

CineSite has some big plans for the animation industry and is expanding it's feature studio in Montreal, Canada. Jason Ryan, who is the Director of Animation there, was recently interviewed about CineSite's plans and the projected 500 new jobs planned. Now is a great time to enroll at iAnimate.net :)

 

Blog Hits: 1503 Blog Tag: Canada, CineSite, Jason Ryan, jobs, Montreal

16
February
2016

New Workshop - Pre-Visualization

Pre-Visualization Workshop Banner

Previsualization as an art form is growing rapidly and has become a fixture within most companies. It is a vital component of production linking the worlds of production with pre-production. Within this domain the specialist generalist reigns supreme.

The 11 week course, specially designed for iAnimate, will teach students the fundamentals of staging, pacing,  layout, camera and scene setup. The objective is to get the students comfortable and confident with  translating pre-established storyboards into a working, coherent 3D sequence.

The class with be taught by James Bennett, a Lead Previs Artist / Senior Animator with over 16 years of experience working at companies like DreamWorks, ILM and Weta Digital. James most recently previz'd on The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, How to Train your Dragon 2, and Madagascar 3.

Visit the workshop page for a breakdown of the class.

Blog Hits: 1158 Blog Tag: camera work, layout, pre-production, pre-visualization, production

11
February
2016

Creature Instructor David Gibson Wins an Annie Award!

David Gibson Annie Awards winner

David spent almost 4 years as a developer and supervising animator on Evolve. During production, David and the entire team worked tirelessly to push the experience taking risks to create a unique and refreshing game for our players. His main areas of focus during development were the look and feel of the monsters, creatures, and first person hunters which he's now sharing his experience with his students at iAnimate.net

Creature Animation Student Showreel 2015 | Creature Animation Page | Podcast Interview with David Gibson

Related iAnimate Articles/Podcasts

Blog Hits: 1945 Blog Tag: Annie Awards, Creature, instructors

29
January
2016

Marty turn animation

Marty is an industry ready rig we've teased about in past newsletters and on the blog, and is ready to be released in the coming weeks to our students. Our very own Jason Ryan has been testing the rig with some dynamic poses as well as a fun little animation. Marty has been modeled by the very talented Juan Solis and rigged by the renowned Victor Vinyals. We're excited to see what our students do with this stylized and rich character.

Blog Hits: 2786 Blog Tag: characters, Feature, rigs, The Family

29
December
2015

iAnimate 5 Year Anniversary Flashback

In July 2010 we opened our doors with the goal of bringing top notch training, by talented industry professionals, to artists homes around the world. In that period of time we've helped thousands of artists achieve their goals. This is a brief highlight of our five years in the animation industry and showing some of the best student work during that time.

Blog Hits: 2519 Blog Tag: about, Creature, Feature, Games, showreel, students

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