Back to Basics

My new favorite day of the week is Tuesday! Why? Because that day is my Q&A time with Scott Lemmer! Yes. Animation Mentor. I’m finally doing it and loving every bit of it! I’ve always been into 3D animation, but now my desire has amplified to the millionth degree. 

What is Animation Mentor? An online Animation school taught by top Animators in the industry. Mentors come from a variety of studios (Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, etc. etc.) My mentor, Scott, has worked on tons of awesome movies such as Kung Fu Panda, The Croods, Home, Trolls, Jimmy Neutron and much more!

I’m in the Animation Basics course at the moment. Week 3 and playing with bouncy balls. A blast from the past! Being a graduating Media Arts and Animation student from the Art Institute, this has been a breeze so far. I will try not to get cocky though as pretty soon, the load will be picking up and I will be running around like a chicken with its head cut off. So excited! 


To view my progress, I’m embedding my current (as of 4/12/17) animation reel below. 


Animation Basics Week 1

This was an intro to the program. Got a free week to watch tutorial videos and meet our mentor and fellow classmates. The homework for this week is to set up and get familiar with Maya. There’s a lot more to the set up though and you have to get it just right for it to work. Installed a bunch of tools and plug-ins and later learned how to get it all working without crashing. <insert smiley face here>

Our main topic in the Q&A was the 12 Principles of Animation. A classmate asked, “what’s the least important principle in the 12 principles of animation?” The answer is none. All 12 are equally important.