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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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  • How to Make an Awesome Video Reference
    By: Erin Natal

    Jan
    2017
    26

    Acting! It's one of the most important components of being a successful animator. Today, we're lucky to have Animation Mentor alumnus, master actor, and animator Erin Natal to share top tips for creating amazing video reference and, by extension, better animations! The proof is in the pudding. Just check out her awesome reference-to-final-shot examples.

    -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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