Q&A with Liron Topaz: Lead Animator and Director at DreamWorks Animation

Animation Mentor sat down with How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World animator Liron Topaz to chat about DreamWorks, animating dragons, and the best...

Q&A with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Animator Nick Kondo

Animation Mentor sat down with alumnus and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse animator, Nick Kondo, to hear about his animation journey, from dinosaurs to superheroes....

INTERVIEWS

Animation Mentor Student Showcase 2017

It’s that time again! Time for the 2017 Animation Mentor Student Showcase! Can you tell we’re pumped? This year’s Student Showcase features 16 students...

Animation Mentor Student 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...

Animation Mentor Student Showcase 2018

We’re so proud to release our 2018 student showcase! Every year it gets harder and harder to narrow it down to just a few...

Exaggeration: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re still working our way through the 12 Basic Principles of Animation. Next up...EXAGGERATION! Learn more from pro Dana Boadway-Masson about how you can...

Anticipation: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time! Next up is antici...pation! Learn what it means, why you need...

Staging: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time. Next up, we set the stage...literally! Learn what staging is, why...

Secondary Action: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time. Next up is Secondary Action. Good secondary action energizes your shots...

Appeal: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

The difference between appealing animation and unappealing animation is not limited to subject matter, what matters is how you present the ideas, concepts, and...

Follow-through and Overlapping Action: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time! The fifth principle is a mouthful: Follow-through and Overlapping Action. Find...

Pro Animation Trick: Forget About the Legs!

Basically, the idea is this—if you nail the timing and posing of the body (hips, torso, etc), then the position of the feet will...

Slow In and Slow Out: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time, and we’re only halfway done! Today we’re taking it slooooooooooow. Slow...

Solid Drawing: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

Think you don’t need drawing skills as a 3D animator? Think again! Jay Jackson—who trained under legendary Disney animator Eric Larson —explains how solid...

Do You Need Natural Talent To Be A Good Animator?

We asked former student, current mentor, and Blue Sky Studios animator Dan Segarra, “Do you need natural born talent to be a good animator?”...

6 Tips from Recruiters Who Look at YOUR Animation Demo Reel

Hello Animation Job Seekers! Recently, we had the the pleasure of hosting recruiters from one of the largest, most important animation studios in...

5 Things NOT to Do on Your Demo Reel

Image from Garrett Wegner's 2015 Student Showcase Shot! At Animation Mentor, we know demo reels are the most important asset you have when looking for...

Is Your Demo Reel Ready for a Major Studio?

In our recent webinar, Animation Mentor Co-founder and Industrial Light & Magic Lead Animator Shawn Kelly took a little break from working on Avengers...