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Blink for a Reason: Acting Advice from ILM Lead Animator Shawn Kelly

Many animation students have been taught that humans blink to keep their eyes moist, and that you should have your characters blink at least...

The 6 Basic Emotions: Animating Surprise with DreamWorks Animator Chadd Ferron

Surprise! It’s what we feel when something suddenly falls outside of our expectations in a given situation. It’s a fleeting emotion, so much...

The 6 Basic Emotions: Animating Disgust with Jay Davis

 The face of disgust is commonly drawn-up into one big pucker. The lips curling into a snarling frown, the nostrils flaring, the cheeks pushing...

The 6 Basic Emotions: Animating Anger with Pixar’s Anthony Wong

“Urrghh!! You make me so mad! I am going to break your neck!” Did I get your attention? When you read that line, did you...

The 6 Basic Emotions: Animating Fear with Keith Sintay

When we think about fear it is important to realize that there are several types of fear. There is the “fight or flight” type...

The 6 Basic Emotions: Animating Happiness with Kevin Koch

How to animate happiness? Well, is your character happy as a clam? Is your character on cloud nine? Over the moon? On top of...

The 6 Basic Emotions: Animating Sadness with Tim Ingersoll

Out of all the animated films I worked on, The Little Mermaid was one of my favorites. Especially the scene of Ariel, breaking down...

How to Become an Animator with Blue Sky Animators

We were lucky enough to sit down with Animation Mentor alumni and Blue Sky Animators, Travis Tohill and Dan Segarra to chat with them...