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  • Pro Animation Tip: Don’t Forget About the Shoulders!
    By: Dana Boadway-Masson

    Jul
    2018
    11

    When you think of showing emotion in animation, what's the first thing that pops into your head. The face? The eyes? Those are definitely important—but shoulders are actually just as important and useful for animators trying to show emotion! Here are some essential tips for effectively animating shoulders from mentor Dana Boadway Masson, owner and director of Killerjellybean Animation!


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  • A Guide to Demo Reel Reviews at Animation Conventions
    By: Animation Mentor

    Jun
    2018
    28
    ShawnKellyReel

    Heading to CTN—or any other convention—this year with your demo reel in tow? First, read these pro tips on what to bring, how to get your reel reviewed, and more from some of our own mentors and reel reviewers who have seen it al!


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  • Always Keep Secondary Characters Secondary
    By: Shawn Kelly

    Jun
    2018
    20
    RangoSecondary

    If you’re an animation student, chances are you’ve tried your hand at animating at least a single-character shot. Maybe you’ve even had a crack at multi-character shots! If so, you know those can be a bit trickier. Here are a few quick tips for shots with multiple characters from Shawn Kelly, Animation Mentor co-founder and Lead Animation at Industrial Light & Magic.


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  • Recipe for Success: Baking Your Animation Cake
    By: Shawn Kelly

    Jun
    2018
    13
    AnimationRecipe

    Let’s face it—we will never know everything there is to know about animation. Animation is EVERYTHING. It's the entirety of human existence boiled down to its essences and stylized and recreated and molded and sculpted into something that audiences can connect with, laugh at, learn from, and cry with. So, is that overwhelming? Of course it is! But don’t panic. Just follow this recipe for success, and you’ll feel better in no time.


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