Shawn Kelly

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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
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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...

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...

What is a Reversal in Animation?

Reversals aren’t all that complicated, but lots of new animators haven’t heard of them! Here, Animation Mentor co-founder and ILM Lead Animator Shawn Kelly...

Why All Animators Need to Master the Moving Hold

A "moving hold” is basically just a way to have your character hold a key pose for a long time without looking dead. Seems...

Twinning and Why You Should (Usually) Avoid It

With twinning—as with everything in the animation world—there’s always room to break the rules. But first thing’s first...what the heck is twinning and why...

I’ll never be as good an animator as so-and-so…

Sooner or later—usually sooner—someone is going to come along and blow you out of the water. But that's a GOOD thing! If you're in...

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...

How to Animate Your Character When He’s Holding a Prop

Image Credit: Mavinga / Deviant Art Animation Mentor cofounder and Industrial Light & Magic Lead Animator, Shawn Kelly, shares his insights on how to animate...