Saturday, 22 April 2017

Dominic Rayner Animator at Ace Image Factory

Many congratulation to Animation Apprentice graduate Dominic Rayner who has just started a job as an animator with Ace Image Factory in Brussels, Belgium. 

Dominic took the character performance module at Animation Apprentice, in order to polish his character animation skills. 

Of the new job, Dominic said "I feel very fortunate to get this, it's right up my street! Certainly it's a consequence of recent studies with Animation Apprentice, so that paid off nicely!"

Friday, 21 April 2017

Virtual Reality Show This Weekend

Virtual Reality Show
The Virtual Reality Show is coming to Islington, North London, this weekend. With an impressive array of attendees and speakers, this could be the perfect event to find out the future of VR and - crucially for our students - who is hiring talent, and what skills are in demand. What software will you need to learn to join the VR Revolution?

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Re-Makes - Are They a Good Thing?

I was asked by Digital Arts magazine to do a piece on the new trend for live action re-makes of the Disney back catalogue, like "Jungle Book" and "Beauty and The Beast".

On balance, I'm in favour, in part because I don't think the re-makes detract from the original movies, but also (of course!) because big new animation projects create new jobs for Animation Apprentice graduates - which can only be a good thing.  To read the full article, follow this link----Alex

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Get Ready for Our May Classroom

The book we recommend for studying animation
What kind of preparation should students do before starting with us in our May classroom, starting on Tuesday 8 May.  It's always good to do a little preparation and get a bit of a head start.

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.

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.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Bring Your Own Animation on Tuesday 18th April

Calling all Animation Apprentice students in the London area - why not come to "Bring Your Own Animation" on Tuesday 18th April? BYOA is an animation event that takes place every month at a pub in London.

This month the event is being organised by the London branch of SIGGRAPH, at The Lukin pub in Fitzrovia.

If you are a student who is working on a shot or a reel (isn't everyone?), bring your work on a USB or hard drive and get feedback from Professional Animators.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Peter Stringer Story Artist with Heromation

Many congratulations to Animation Apprentice graduate Peter Stringer,  who has just landed a new job as a story board artist at Heromation animation studio in Cambridgeshire.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

How to Find Your Crashed Maya File

Autodesk Maya may be the leading 3D animation software package but it can also be a tricky beast, with a nasty tendency to crash when you least expect it, usually just before the client comes in to check your work.

But fear not, even when Maya crashes, all is not lost. It is (sometimes) possible to find your scene file, even when Maya goes down. Below is a short video put together by student Jack Wright, which explains how to hunt down and (hopefully) find your recovered scene file.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

BAFTA Scholarship for Post-Graduate Study

Want to do an MA in animation - but short on cash? Why not apply for a a BAFTA scholarship?

BAFTA has opened applications for its scholarship programmes, worth up to £12,000. So what's stopping you? Apply now!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Rory Marchant Studio Assistant at Escape Studios

Animation Reel 2016 from Rory B Marchant on Vimeo.

Rory Marchant will shortly start a new animation job at London's Escape Studios as a studio assistant, helping to support students learning 3D animation in Maya. Rory took the Animation Apprentice online course, and since then he has been working as a freelance animator, doing superb work - such as this excellent commercial for a French client. We congratulate Rory on this next stage of his animation career.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

London Animation Club Meetup 4th April 2017

Calling all animators at Animation Apprentice in the London area - why not come to the next London Animation Club meetup tonight - 4th April 2017?

The LAC will be screening a little known animated film titled "Know Your Europeans", in honour (or not) of the UK triggering Article 50 on Wednesday 29 March and announcing its intention to leave the European Union.

More importantly, informal societies like LAC offer the opportunity to meet other London-based animators and find out the latest news and gossip. There isn't a better place to find out who is hiring animators than in the pub over a pint of London Pride.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Meet Willy!

Willy is an excellent free rig, created by Matthew Moore, and free to download for use by Maya animators.

Willy is a broad, flexible and cartoony rig, very simple to use and great for the early stages of learning animation - especially lip-sync.

Like all rigs, Willy has his quirks. So, how can our animation students get the most out of Willy?

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.