Monday, 13 April 2015

Get Ready for Our May 4th Class By Watching Our Free Videos

What is Animation Apprentice all about? And what should our students starting with us on Monday 4th May do to get ready? For a general introduction to the medium, and a beginners guide to the language and the basic principles of animation, watch this series of free videos at Animation Apprentice. Start with The Twelve Principles of Animation, and move on to Keys, Extremes and Inbetweens - the Language of Animation. Like all art forms, animation has its very own special jargon, and you will need to know the basic grammar and some of the key terms. Plus, you'll start to get a good feel for what our course is like and how it all works.
The Twelve Principles of Animation: Part One

What is Animation all about? For a general introduction to the medium, and a beginners guide to the language and basic principles of animation, watch this video above. The original "12 Principles of Animation" date back to the Disney Studio in Los Angeles in the 1930s, and we still apply the same rules today. So hop into our animation time-machine and travel back to the glory days of Hollywood and find out what makes the medium tick.

The Twelve Principles of Animation: PartTwo
Here is the second part - it will take you about 20 minutes to watch both videos.
Watching videos online is an excellent way to learn. As long as you have a decent broadband connection, online study is no longer the poor relation of learning in the classroom.

To watch the other free week 1 videos, which will give you a good flavour of what our course is like, follow this link


To sign up for our May 4th 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 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

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