Friday, 31 March 2017

Phil Loeffler Animator at Discovery

Congratulations to Animation Apprentice graduate Phil Loeffler who has just accepted an offer as a motion graphics animator and editor at Discovery.

Phil has been successfully working as a freelance animator, illustrator and designer for some time, building on the skills he has learned at Animation Apprentice.

2017 has been a fantastic year for our students finding work in the animation industry. To see some of our recent success stories, follow this link.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Enter the Character Design Challenge!

Character Design Challenge!
Calling All Character Designers! There are just two days left to enter this month's Character Design Challenge!

The CDC is a bit like the Eleven Second Club, but for character designers. It launched in 2015 and already has over 25,000 thousand members.

This month's design challenge is .....Carnival of Venice! So what are you waiting for? Let's get designing!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Escape Studios Seeks Animation Tutor

Escape Studios in London is looking for a new animation tutor.

Escape is searching for "a skilled animator with good industry credits, someone who is a good communicator - and ideally with a fair bit of teaching experience."

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Raphael Obaro Animator at Muslim TV

Congratulations to Raphael Obaro who has started a new animation job as an animator at British Muslim TV.

Muslim TV is a new channel, which describes itself as "a fresh and exciting TV channel, bursting with a range of educational and entertaining content".

The channel is starting up a new animated TV Series that revolves around a family - an animated comedy,  aimed at the UK Muslim community.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Apply Now For Our Online MA in 3D Animation

The world's first online MA in animation
We're currently taking applications for our online MA in animation, launched here at Animation Apprentice in partnership with Buckinghamshire New University in September 2015.

We are currently looking at portfolios for the September 2017 intake.

This is a unique degree (the first of its kind) which can be undertaken by students anywhere in the world, leading to a formal qualification in the field.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Kevin Richards Animator with Cloth Cat

Congratulations to Escapee Kevin Richards who has just started a new job as an animator with Cloth Cat animation in Cardiff.  Kevin is a traditional animator who took the three-month intensive animation course at Escape Studios last summer, which included access to the Animation Apprentice videos and other course materials. Kevin converted his 2D skills to digital 3D animation in Maya.  working hard on his demo reel, and getting regular feedback to make his reel, website and CV job-ready.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Gesture Drawing by Proko

Gesture drawing is an important skill for animators - it helps us learn how to capture a pose, and to master the art of visual storytelling. After all, planning your animation with quick thumbnail sketches that tell a story is still one of the core skills of the 3D animator - it's why we still need to know how to draw - at least just a little bit.  Here at Escape Studios we're recommending this series of videos by Proko, all hosted for free at his YouTube channel. There are lots of great videos but the particular playlist we're interested in is titled "Figure Drawing - How to Draw People". You can find it here.

Monday, 13 March 2017

How to Stop Feet Sliding in a Walk Cycle.

How do you stop the feet sliding when you animate a walk cycle? It's a question often asked by students starting out at Animation Apprentice. The answer is a little technical, so here is a video which explains how to tackle the problem. It runs about 10 minutes, and should help explain how to get it right first time, and stop those feet from slipping around.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Anna Laura Zielinska Animator at King Bee

Congratulations to Anna Zielinska, one of our online MA students, who has recently landed an animation internship with King Bee animation, based at the historic Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, just outside of London.

King Bee have worked on many animation projects, including music videos and TV series. They use Maya, Flash and Photoshop to do much of their work. To see the King Bee reel, watch the video below.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Great Free Maya Rigs by Truong CG Artist

Chameleon by Truong 3D. Animation by Dave Novis
Here is a great 3D artist's website with some lovely rigs that we're recommending here at Animation Apprentice.

The author is a Vietnamese CG artist and short film maker, who has released a lot of rigs that are free for student use.

We're particularly enjoying seeing some very nice results from students using the chameleon and leopard rigs.

Friday, 3 March 2017

StoryBoarding is Back at Escape Studios

Storyboarding is back! I'm running a class in storyboarding at Escape Studios in Shepherd's Bush, West London, starting on 21 March 2017. It costs £995 and it's a part-time evening class, designed to fit around jobs and families.

The class is taught by me and (most likely) by Francesca Adams, a very talented Blue Zoo storyboard artist who helped us out last year.  Also like last year, we'll have a live industry brief to give our students experience of what an industry storyboard test is actually like.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

The Industry Panel at the VFX Festival - What Does the Future Hold?

Industry Panel discussion at the Escape Studios VFX Festival
The Industry Panel at the recent VFX Festival included panel members (from left) Hector MacLeod (Glassworks), Kevin McDowell (Creative Assembly), Anna Hollinrake (Climax Studios), Dave Throssell (fluid Pictures and Rob Holmes (The Mill) - all about the future of our industry.

So, where is the industry going, what skills are demand, and what does the future hold?