3D Animation Courses

Animation is a very demanding and competitive discipline and it’s all about bringing characters to life. In the end, the result will be like magic: you’ll be able to animation characters and bring them to life :) .

These courses offers both the technical knowledge necessary in 3D Character Animation and also the theory behind the Animation Principles. Each exercise brings tips and tricks on 3D animation workflow so that students could achieve believable motion for objects and characters.

In order to learn the concepts and the techniques, each student will complete individual exercises. The students are encouraged to explore creative scenarios for their characters in order to develop their own animator’s skills.

We can guarantee you that once you’ll complete the first two courses, you’ll be able to animate on a decent level, all by your own. But don’t forget, it’s only up to you!

 

Courses

 

Animation 01. Body Mechanics

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Animation 01. Body Mechanics introduces the concept of character animation regarding objects and human motion. Students will develop an understanding of Animation Principles, learning the concepts required for creating a believable motion and a balanced movement.

The class is divided into 4 modules:

  • Module 01. Intro to Maya Animation
  • Module 02. Animation Basics
  • Module 03. Body Mechanics
  • Module 04. Body Mechanics Advanced

 

Detailed Program

 

  • You can download the detailed program here.

 

Before you start

 

  • no previous experience is needed
  • you’ll need your own laptop
  • you like the idea of animating 3D characters
  • you don’t have to know the software, how to animate or how to draw

 

What you’ll learn

 

  • fundamentals in 3D Character Animation
  • animating an object and giving it life and personality
  • animating a human character with focus on motion
  • how to study and use a live action reference
  • concepts and practical techniques with focus on character animation
  • recognize the most common animation mistakes involving timing, weight and body mechanics

 

Key Facts

 

  • Start Date: to be determined
  • Duration: 5 weekends (10 days)
  • Total hours of instruction: 100 hours
  • Price: 150 RON/week-end (~ 35 EUR/weekend)
  • Location: next course will take place in Bucharest, Romania
  • Students: 9-10 students/class
  • Software: Autodesk Maya, trial version
  • Instructor: Cristina Zoica Dumitru
  • Teaching language: Romanian (+a little bit of English)

 

Schedule

 

  • 5 weekends (10 days)
  • every Saturday & Sunday (onsite, 8-10 hours / day)
  • weekly webcast (middle of week) – critique 1-2 hours, theory lectures

 

After this Class

 

  • you’ll gain animation skills
  • you can take your hobby to the next level
  • you’ll learn to see and feel an animation
  • you’ll be able to animate both human and object characters
  • you’ll develop observation skills
  • you’ll be able to adapt to any 3D animation software (we’ll teach you the animation principles!)
  • you’ll be able to do basic 3D modeling
  • you’ll gain a basic understanding of the animation production pipeline
  • you’ll learn the English terminology for animation
  • you’ll learn how to search for resources, on your own
  • you’ll be able to create a basic demo reel
  • you’ll be ready to take the advanced class: Animation 02. Acting Performance
  • you’ll make new friends

 

Interested?

 

Register Here

Animation 01. Body Mechanics

Animation 02. Acting Performance

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Animation 02. Acting Performance takes the previous class even further by introducing the concepts of pantomime and acting performance with focus on emotions. Students will learn how to make a character appear to think and make decisions. Also they’ll learn to stage their performance and to direct the audience’s attention.

Thic classs is divided into 4 modules:

  • Module 01. Body Language
  • Module 02. Facial Performance
  • Module 03. Dialogue Performance
  • Module 04. Acting Performance

 

Detailed Program

 

  • You can download the detailed program here.

 

Before you start

 

  • previous experience is need
  • must have completed our basic animation course or have a portfolio that shows you understand the fundamentals presented there.
  • you’ll need your own laptop

 

What you’ll learn

 

  • fundamentals of an entertaining performance
  • concepts and practical techniques with focus on pantomime
  • develop a fuller understanding of fundamental animation principles
  • animating a human character with focus on emotions
  • how to record and study your own acting reference
  • recognize the most common animation mistakes involving an appealing character

 

Key Facts

 

  • Start Date: to be determined
  • Duration: 5 weekends (10 days)
  • Total hours of instruction: 100 hours
  • Price: 180 RON/week-end (~ 40 EUR/weekend)
  • Location: probably Bucharest, Romania
  • Students: 9-10 students/class
  • Software: Autodesk Maya, trial version
  • Instructor: Cristina Zoica Dumitru
  • Teaching language: Romanian (+a little bit of English)

 

Schedule

 

  • 5 weekends (10 days)
  • every Saturday & Sunday (onsite, 8-10 hours / day)
  • weekly webcast (middle of week) – critique 1-2 hours, theory lectures

 

After this Class

 

  • your animation skills will be even stronger
  • you can take your work to a higher level
  • you’ll be able to add an extra spark of life and appeal into your animation
  • you’ll learn how to animate human characters, both mechanics and emotions
  • you’ll discover that you can be an actor as well, not only an animator
  • you’ll be able to shoot your own video reference
  • you’ll develop good observation skills, related to animation
  • you’ll learn how to evaluate a good rig, be able to give feedback to a rigger
  • you’ll be able to work closely with lead animators (receive feedback, ask the right questions)
  • you’ll gain a deep understanding of the animation production pipeline
  • you’ll be able to put together an awesome demo reel
  • you’ll be ready to take the next class: Animation 03. Creature Animation
  • you’ll make new friends

 

Interested?

 

Register Here

Animation 02. Acting Performance

Animation 03. Creature Animation

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We’re sorry but the Creature Animation course is still in development.

The good news is: the other two animation courses, Animation 01. Body Mechanics and Animation 02. Acting Performance, are ready and accepting applications.

Also, don’t forget you can write us anytime using the Contact page and we’ll get back to you asap :P

Animation 03. Creature Animation