Shawn Kelly

About

Shawn Kelly is currently an animation lead/supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic and a Co-Founder at Animation Mentor. He is a 20+ year animation veteran and worked on notable films such as the Star Wars and Transformers franchises in addition to many of the perennial ILM blockbuster films. Get mentored by Shawn Kelly
22 POSTS

/

0 COMMENTS

Articles

You Are a Tool

Animation Mentor Co-Founder Shawn Kelly drops some truth bombs about being a studio animator. Don’t worry—it’s not as bad as it sounds! Before we dive...

Recharge Your Animation Batteries

Eventually, no matter who you are, and no matter how much passion you have, your animation batteries are going to need some help. Which...

The New Animator’s Guide to Industry Politics

Because industry politics is an uncomfortable—and sometimes unfortunate—topic, I think it’s probably avoided far too much. New animators breaking into the industry are probably...

Why Your Animation Needs Contrast, Part 2: Timing

Last month, Shawn Kelly talked about the overall importance of contrast in entertainment and any art, be it sculpture, painting, photography, joke-telling, storytelling, horror...

How to Make BIG Changes to Your Polished Shot

This tip is huge. Honestly. At least for me, and my workflow, it's massive. The concept is simple, but it's truly essential. I have...

Why Your Animation Needs Contrast, Part 1: Posing

What's contrast? Well, on your TV, your digital camera, or in Photoshop, it's the amount of grayscale that exists between black and white. But...

5 Key Steps for Effective Blocking

What are some effective blocking methods? This is a question that students ask a lot! According to Shawn Kelly—Animation Mentor co-founder and Lead...

Always Keep Secondary Characters Secondary

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...

Recipe for Success: Baking Your Animation Cake

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...