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  • OSCAR WATCH: An In-depth Q&A with Kubo and the Two Strings Animator Jeff Riley
    By: Animation Mentor

    Feb
    2017
    22
    Jeff Riley, Kubo and the Two Strings

    While stop motion animation is, in many ways, a completely different world, there are actually some surprising similarities with 3D animation as well! Still we had some questions, and Jeff Riley—animator for LAIKA’s Annie- and BAFTA-Award-winning, Oscar-nominated Kubo and the Two Strings—was kind enough to give us an in-depth behind-the-scenes peek at what it’s like to work in stop motion animation. Whew, that was a mouth-full list of awards. Go Kubo!

    -The Animation Mentor Crew


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  • 5 Tips for Shooting Video Reference Without Injuring Yourself
    By: Erin Natal

    Feb
    2017
    15

    You may remember alumnus, animator, and expert video-reference-director Erin Natal from her previous post How to Make an Awesome Video Reference. Well she's back with some equally important advice on shooting video reference—without injuring yourself. Trust us. It is a thing that happens. Read on for Erin's expert tips on staying safe while you shoot awesome video references for animation.

    -The Animation Mentor Crew


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  • OSCAR WATCH: How Zootopia Animator Philip To Went from Animation Mentor to Disney
    By: Animation Mentor

    Feb
    2017
    08
    Philip To, Disney Animator

    It's Oscar season! What better time than now to catch up with Animation Mentor alumnus Philip To, one of the Disney animators who worked on Zootopia! Not only did Zootopia win six Annie Awards, it's also nominated for an Oscar. Philip is no Annie Awards noob either, he won Best Character Animation in a Television Production for "Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space" in 2010. We're so grateful that Philip took time out of his busy schedule to catch up! Read on to learn more about what it's like to work for Disney as well as a few tidbits about animating Judy Hopps!

    -The Animation Mentor Crew


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  • Animation Mentor Student Showcase 2016
    By: Animation Mentor

    Feb
    2017
    01
    Animation Mentor Showcase 2016

    It’s been 11 years since Animation Mentor opened its doors to the public as the first online animation school. Seriously, think about that. That’s a whole Harry-Potter-in-the-first-book ago. YouTube and Facebook were still in their infancy back then. This was waaaaaaaay back when The Incredibles won an Oscar. Woah.


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