New Animation School Goes Online

AnimationMentor.com, a unique online animation school, will open its virtual doors to student enrollment on Thursday, Feb. 17. The interactive institute was founded by three professional animators who have collectively worked on such films as Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Toy Story 2, the Star Wars prequels, The Hulk and The Incredibles.

The founders of AnimationMentor.com are Bobby “Boom” Beck, formerly of Pixar Animation Studios; Shawn Kelly, currently at Industrial Light & Magic; and Carlos Baena, who works for Pixar Animation Studios. In addition to their work in the animated feature business, the three also boast experience in education through teaching, mentoring and giving conferences and lectures.

The program is designed as an 18-month intensive animation school covering six comprehensive levels of experience and employing cutting-edge technology. Students will learn from online video classes and personal video critiques from professional mentors, as well as through internal forums and chat rooms. Professionals will interact with students through live web conferencing sessions, and some of the most respected animators and directors in the world will offer their insights as featured guest speakers.

AnimationMentor.com is certified by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. Upon completion of the course, students receive a certified diploma in Advanced Studies in Character Animation.

To enroll or see more information, go to www.AnimationMentor.com and see the latest newsletter at www.animationmentor.com/newsletter/AMonlineNewsletter_4.XX1.html