watch the video, follow this link, or paste this into your browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlnpGiEjxN0
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Sunday, 29 March 2015
We live in an age in which it is possible to learn almost anything online. All you really need is the determination to concentrate - free of distractions - and dedicate enough time to learn the subject properly. Film is no exception to this, and one excellent site that we highly recommend is www.lavideofilmmaker.com, a free website with all kinds of excellent resources on how to make movies. Any serious student of film should navigate to it, bookmark it, and drink deep from the well.
Saturday, 28 March 2015
We're excited to be launching an animation world-first here at Animation Apprentice - the first online MA in Animation. This brand-new online post graduate degree can be undertaken by students anywhere in the world. It is a unique blend of practical training and Masters-level academic content, the latter supplied by Buckinghamshire New University. Unlike the 30 week course at Animation Apprentice, this new MA will lead to a formal, internationally-recognised qualification. Above is a short video that explains how the new course will actually work in practice.
Thursday, 26 March 2015
|Lyon Lamb Video Animation System - a Revolution|
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Yes, you read that number right. Autodesk, creators of Maya and 3D Studio Max (among much else besides) have launched the CG Student Awards, featuring an astonishing $360,000 prize pool to be won by student animators and VFX artists. Not only is the potential prize money enormous, but once you enter, you still qualify for $96 worth of prizes - just for entering! Any student who is serious about a career in the animation and visual effects industry should not miss the chance to take part in this competition.
Friday, 20 March 2015
Shot Breakdown: Fred basketball test from trent correy on Vimeo.
Above is an excellent shot breakdown video by Disney animator Trent Correy about how he planned out one of his shots on Big Hero Six. How does an animator actually plan their shot? There is, of course, no single answer to this question - every animator has their own workflow that works for them. That said, most animators approach a shot in fairly similar ways, thinking about it, planning it, thumbnailing it, making a road map for their destination. Watch Trent's video above and see how a skilled animator approaches their subject. You can also click here, or follow the link below:
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Working International Expo , a jobs fair for opportunities in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, is taking place in London this coming weekend. Why might students and recent graduates at Animation Apprentice be interested? Because the Expo has two Canadian animation and games studios looking to recruit international talent - Copernicus Studios and HB Studios.
Monday, 16 March 2015
|The Internet. Image: Wikipedia|
Friday, 13 March 2015
Thursday, 12 March 2015
|New scholarship for animators|
Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Why do so many jobs seem to be gone as soon as you apply - especially that elusive first job? The answer is, according to Chris, because candidates don't apply fast enough.
Saturday, 7 March 2015
Animation Buffet is one of the best places to go for free rigs for animation students working in Maya. Alongside the Resources page of the Eleven Second Club, Animation Buffet is probably your first stop to find character and creature rigs that are fully functioning, reliable - and free. One of the pleasures of doing animation in Maya is the growing quantity of freeware produced by Maya animators all around the world. So bookmark the page now, and start downloading and experimenting with new rigs. Who knows, it might inspire you to do the best piece of animation you've ever done!
Thursday, 5 March 2015
Here at Animation Apprentice we encourage all our student animators to enter The 11 Second Club, a monthly character animation competition in which aspiring animators practice their skills and get their work noticed. Animators from all over the world participate, animating a character speaking a line of dialogue, which is provided every month by the club.
Throughout the competition, participants can share their progress with one another and critique each other's work - just like in a real animation studio. At the end of the month, all the participants vote for the submission that they consider the best for that month - so it's a very democratic process. The idea of the 11 Second Club is "to give animators a chance to practice their skills in a fun, challenging environment".
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
|Blue Zoo animation|
He is also one of the most dedicated, and we are proud that his dedication and commitment to the craft of animation has been recognised by the industry in the form of a job Blue Zoo, now the UK's largest independent TV animation studio.
Monday, 2 March 2015
|Mixamo.com. Instant rigging!|