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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...

Top 3 Reasons You Need Creature Animation on Your Demo Reel

Just a few of the films on Shawn Kelly's IMDb page Shawn Kelly, Lead Animator at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Animation Mentor Co-Founder...

5 Reasons Why 3D Animators Should Know Autodesk Maya®

1. Autodesk’s Maya is simply one of the best, most robust, and most versatile software available. Maya was first released back in 1998 by Alias|Wavefront,...

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?”...

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...
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