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So, here's how the modules work:
1. Maya Basics – 4 weeks
2. Locomotion Parts 1 & 2 – 8 weeks
3. Character Performance Parts 1 & 2 – 8 weeks
4. Animals & Creatures – 6 weeks
5. Demo Reel Review – 4 weeks
Total: 30 weeks
Module 1 – MAYA Basics (4 weeks)
This includes: a general introduction to Maya basics such as: Modeling, Texturing & Lighting, and some simple animation, such as animating an inanimate object and giving it life and personality.
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Module 2 – Locomotion (8 weeks)
This module is divided into two parts. Part 1 is about learning the basic mechanics of character locomotion: Part 2 is concerned with weight, flexibility, overlapping action, and physical character action, as well as how to study and use live action reference.
Module 3 – Character Performance (8 weeks)
This module is also divided into two parts. Part 1 is about learning the principles of mime and pantomime; how to use character poses to tell a story, and how to make your character give a physical performance. Part 2 is about learning dialogue and lipsync; here we dig deeper into acting and personality.
Module 4 – Animals & Creatures (6 weeks)
Here we tackle a variety of animals including quadrapeds, insects, and birds, showing how to combine animal locomotion with performance.
Module 5 – Demo Reel (4 weeks)
This final Module is all about building an impressive reel which will showcase your talent as a professional animator.
The course was designed and built by Animation Apprentice founder Alex Williams over the course of 25 years working in the animation industry, and almost 20 years of teaching animation. All the exercises have been extensively road-tested both in the classroom and online.
We stand by our methods, and we believe we offer the highest quality, best value animation course anywhere in the world.
To sign up for our next classroom at Animation Apprentice, follow this link. For more information on finding work and surviving in the animation and visual effects business, read our post on how to find a job in the animation industry, and check out our post about what not to do at a job interview. Also see our post on starting your own small animation business, learn how to create an invoice, and see how we are helping our students find work through our film co-operative Nano Films. Download the free Escape Studios Careers in VFX Handbook. Take a look at how awn.com can help you find a job, and read our piece about how to survive as a freelance animator. Also, find out what Cinesite look for in a student's demo reel, and read our post on setting up your own animation business. Also see our post about freelancers and taxes.