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  • 3 Reasons Why Every Animator Should Master the Bouncing Ball with Ray Chase
    By: Animation Mentor

    Jul
    2016
    26
    3 Important Reasons Why Every Animator Should Master the Bouncing Ball

    Bouncing ball demo in Maya 2016 with ghosting tool turned on


    The famous bouncing ball exercise. So you’ve heard of this animation exercise, and may have even tried it out yourself so what’s the big deal? Why is this animation test emphasized so much when learning animation, and are you really going to use the principles learned in that test elsewhere? Read on and we’ll show you why the bouncing ball is so much more than just an introductory animation exercise.

    - The Animation Mentor Crew


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  • Meet Dan Segarra: Blue Sky Studio’s Character Animator and Animation Mentor Graduate
    By: Animation Mentor

    Jul
    2016
    20
    Dan Segarra on Ice Age 4

    Dan Segarra, Animation Mentor Graduate turned Blue Sky Animator

    We're so excited to introduce our new mentor, Blue Sky Studio's Character Animator, Dan Segarra! Since graduating from Animation Mentor, Dan has worked on some of Blue Sky's major hits such as Ice Age: Collision Course, The Peanuts Movie, Rio 2, Epic and The Story of Ferdinand (set to release in 2017). Read on, get to know Dan and become even more inspired to animate!

    - The Animation Mentor Crew


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  • Are You Meant to be a Game Animator?
    By: Justin Owens

    Jul
    2016
    15
    Are You Meant to be a Game Animator?

    There are so many different types of games out there today across a wide range of delivery platforms and styles. From exploration and adventure games like Uncharted or Tomb Raider, to action and first person games such as Call of Duty or The Division, to mobile titles like Clash of Clan or Angry Birds, they all have something in common: animation. Animators work to help bring these games to life with their passion and artistry. Justin Owens, Animation Mentor's Curriculum Director, talks us through the differences - awesome!

    Who knows, game animation may be right for you.

    - The Animation Mentor Crew


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  • Be Brave: 7 Ways to Overcome Your Insecurities for Animators
    By: Dana Boadway-Masson

    May
    2016
    13
    Be Brave: How to Overcome Your Insecurities

    Today, studio owner and beloved mentor Dana Boadway-Masson touches on the topic that every animator struggles with. Throughout her career, Dana has had the great fortune to work alongside some of the most talented creative professionals in the world. But as we all know, creative work is always a struggle, and the ability to innovate comes with a plethora of fears and insecurities needed to overcome. In her post, Dana shares the lessons that have helped her deal with insecurity directly and maintain that sense of innovation in the ever-changing world of animation.

    - The Animation Mentor Crew


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