Animation Mentor Hosts Seminar With Pixar, DWA, Tippett Pros

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Online school Animation Mentor is teaming up with Autodesk and animation professionals from Pixar, DreamWorks and Tippett Studio to host an all-day animation workshop called “Breaking Down the Animated Shot: Live & Uncut.”

The event will be held at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, Calif., on June 30 from from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The professional animators will provide advanced breakdowns of their animated feature film shots — vital insights that are invaluable to beginning and skilled animators. These presentations will combine in-depth demonstrations with detailed descriptions of the challenges, solutions and overall results. Specific topics include planning, staging, blocking, and reference.

The professional animators will also present behind-the-scenes studio feedback and director notes from current and past animated features, including Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Puss in Boots, How to Train Your Dragon, Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon, Toy Story 3 and Monsters vs. Aliens.

Participating in the event are the following animation and technology professionals:

  • Pixar Animation Studios: Victor Navone, animator
  • DreamWorks Animation: Peer Lemmers, animator; Robyne Powell, animator; Sean Sexton, animator
  • Tippett Studio: Will Groebe, animation supervisor; Chris Mullins, animator
  • Autodesk: Marcel de Jong, concept designer and senior solution engineer

“From day one, we asked ourselves: ‘If we were to start over again, how would we want to learn?’” says Bobby Beck, Animation Mentor’s CEO and cofounder. “We wanted to learn from the same people who are creating the animation we love! So it’s amazing for us to gather our peers and to have them share their knowledge and passion for animation! We can’t wait to break it down!”

Registration costs $550 before June 8, and rises to $600 on or after June 9. For complete information on the event and to register, visit www.animationmentor.com/seminar.