|"Tokyo Rex" by Lee Caller|
Our November classroom starts in less than two weeks, on Monday 5th September.
It's not too late to book a place; all you need to do to start a conversation is head over to our main site and fill in a form.
Below is a brief list of stuff to get you under way. You don't have to do all of it, but tick off a few of the things on this list and you will be a making a great start on your animation career. The animation industry in the UK is booming - there's never been a better time to learn the art and craft of character and creature animation.
First, here is a short reading list to get you started. We've narrowed it down to just two key books that we recommend for all our students.
The Animator's Survival Kit.
|The book we recommend for studying animation|
Animation Methods by David Rodriguez
Animation Methods by David Rodriguez is a very useful overall guide to all the processes involved in digital animation and film-making. It is especially good for the technical bits that the older books don't cover. It takes you through Autodesk Maya and shows you what all the tools do, and how to apply them to your animation.
OK - so you've bought a book or two - what else? The next thing to do, assuming you have a decent computer or laptop at home, is get yourself a free copy of Autodesk Maya. Maya is the main software we animate with, nowadays it's the industry standard. You can find a free educational license here.
Start watching our free videos
Take a look at the week 1 videos at the Animation Apprentice website. The week 1 videos are all free and this gives you a general introduction to animation, helping you to get familiar with the language of the medium.
Welcome to Animation Apprentice!
If you do some or all the things on this list - you will have a great head start! We look forward to meeting you!
To find out more about Animation Apprentice, click here for a link to Frequently Asked Questions. To sign up for our next classroom at Animation Apprentice, follow this link.