Friday, 7 May 2021

How to Animate with Blend Shapes


We've uploaded a new four-part tutorial to our expanding list of free tutorials at our YouTube Channel.  This latest tutorial demonstrates how to animate Blend Shapes (also known as Morph Targets) in Maya.  The idea is to take a simple object (a cube) and turn it into a shape-shifting UFO - as in the example above.  Blend Shapes, which are used extensively in facial rigging, are a simple animation technique that can yield impressive results. 

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Henry Fenwick Animator at Freefolk

Many congratulations to Animation Apprentice graduate Henry Fenwick, who is currently working as an Animator at Freefolk

Freefolk is a London-based animation studio founded in 2003, initially known as Finish, and re-branded as Freefolk in 2016. Freefolk works with clients in the advertising, film, TV and music industries, providing "a full service post production and VFX offering including high-end colour grading, 2D & 3D visual effects, shoot supervision, animation, design, direction and concept."

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Charlie & Yip "Best Trailer" at BAIFF

My short film "Charlie and Yip" has won another festival award - Best Trailer at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival (BAIFF).
Charlie and Yip is a short film about a kid who takes his pet to school for Show and Tell, which turns out to be a bad idea.

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Royalty Free Music at Bensound

One question that animators often ask when making a short film, or compiling their demo reel, is where to get Royalty Free Music either for free or at low prices.

One useful resource that we recommend is Bensound. At you can download royalty free stock music for animation, YouTube and multimedia projects.

Sunday, 2 May 2021

What is Imposter Syndrome?


What is Imposter Syndrome? According to Wikipedia, Imposter Syndrome is "a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their skills, talents or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud".  Everyone starting out, learning a new skill, experiences a level of uncertainty and insecurity about their skills. My own career in animation was no exception; almost everyone experiences something similar when they first start out.  How do you deal with it? Understand that you are not alone, that everyone goes through this.  Study hard, learn from your mentors - and you will get there in the end.