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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.


iAnimate Feature Alumni Testimonial - Warren Seeley

Warren Seeley Feature alumni testimonial

Recent Graduate, Warren Seeley, sent Jason Ryan (our Head of Character Animation) an email that we wanted share. Congratulations to Warren and all our recent graduates.

Hi Jason,
I just had my last class for WS7 and now done with the feature film program.  A part of me wishes it wasn't over.  This has been an absolute amazing experience. I could never have imagined what I was in for when I started. It just blew my mind the talent, the experience, the enthusiasm, the passion each of the instructors and students all had.  And always have.
These instructors, they don't just teach animation, they teach what it means to live a life as an animator and that's something that doesn't get discussed a whole lot I feel.  It definitely isn't easy but seeing these all star animators and hearing their stories and views is gold.
iAnimate is the best.  I just feel so happy and glad I did this.  I'm so grateful for the whole experience.  Thank you so much Jason for making this online school happen.  I hope it lasts forever and just keeps growing and improving.  I'll be at CTN again this year so I can't wait to see ya there!
Take care Jason!

Blog Tag: alumni, Feature, graduate, students, testimonial


Why animating "scenes" is good

Why animating scenes is good

This October I will be teaching the “Advanced Sequence Work” workshop at iAnimate.net. More simply known as Feature Workshop 6. And while I have been teaching it since the inception of the school, I have always felt that it is the most mysterious and misunderstood course we have in our repertoire. I think most animators think of it as merely a stepping stone “short film” style course on their way to “graduation”. As you might imagine, I see it as much more valuable than that, and here’s why.

First, it’s not a “short film” class.
While we do create quick storyboards to work out the overall staging and editorial timing of your scene, the class is not a writing or directing exercise. Animators will be using dialog from other sources, just like normal, and coming up with original interpretations of the scene, and using all the convention methods to come up with overall staging and performance. My students are encouraged not to waste their valuable time inventing and modeling elaborate sets and props. The focus is on acting! And we spend the entire block working on your one scene. Now there’s some polish!

Blog Hits: 300 Blog Tag: Feature, instructors, Ken Fountain, sequence


Our Blue Monkey rig released

Blue Moneky rig

We love animating! And who doesn't love animating fun & unique characters? We just released our adorable little blue monkey rig designed by the talented Goro Fujita, and Thales Simonato as the 3D character artists. This is a fun and challenging character to animate, and we can't wait to see the shots our current and future students produce with it.

Blog Hits: 875 Blog Tag: characters, Creature, rigs


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: 1173 Blog Tag: characters, Feature, rigs


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,

Visit the Lighting & Compositing page for more information.

Blog Tag: lighting, students, testimonial


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: 475 Blog Tag: characters, Feature, rigs


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: 826 Blog Tag: characters, Feature, rigs


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

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