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Alumni Spotlight: Blue Sky Senior Technical Animator Teresa Storhoff

Teresa on Catalina Island Teresa (Nord) Storhoff has been a huge fan of animation since the age of 7, when Pixar released Toy Story. She works for Blue Sky Studios as a senior technical animator and general fixer for all things broken, having continued learning modeling, rigging, and python scripting to dive deeper into the technical aspects of feature...

Webinar Recap: Is Animation Mentor Worth It?

Is Animation Mentor Worth It? Aspiring animators often come across Animation Mentor in their research (we were the first online animation school, so it’s only fitting!) and have tons of questions for us about our courses, mentors, and alumni prospects. Because so many people ask great questions, we thought we’d open the conversation up and bring...

Animating From Home with Jean-Denis Haas

We were lucky enough to host Industrial Light & Magic Animator Jean-Denis Haas for our two-part webinar, Animating From Home. Not only is Jean-Denis a talented animator, he’s a personable and informative one too! We had such a good time talking through the challenges of working from home as an animator and, as usual, our wonderful audience asked...

Q&A with Fortnite and Spyjinx Animator Brandon Beckstead

Brandon’s working on Epic Games’ newest release, SpyjinxAs part of our series reflecting on Animation Mentor’s 15th birthday, we reached out to AM alumnus and Lead Animator at Epic Games, Brandon Beckstead. It was so fun to catch up with Brandon, who’s been busy working on cool games like Fortnite and an upcoming game called Spyjinx. He’s been working...

15 Years: Celebrating with Mentors Greg Kyle & Dave Burgess

Celebrating 15 Years of Animation Mentor As you do with any important birthday, we’ve decided to celebrate 15 years of Animation Mentor all year long! We’ll continue reflecting on what this milestone means for our community by sharing Q&As with alumni, mentors, and students. Today we checked in with Greg Kyle and Dave Burgess, two of our longest-serving...

4 Tips for Working from Home – How to Stay Positive

Heads up! We’ve got more working from home tips for you from our online community, and this week we’re focusing on the positive. Specifically, how to stay positive, focused, and connected while working remotely. Read on for advice from our experienced students and alumni. 1. Eliminate as many distractions as you can. Distractions are common for us...

6 Tips for Working from Home – Online Students Got You Covered

Animation Mentor has been teaching animation online for 15 years (we’re older than the 1st YouTube video!) so we’re pros at working and connecting virtually. Given that so many people are shifting to working and studying from home, we thought we would ask our experienced students and alumni for their best telecommuting tips. After all, they’re on our...

15 Years: Happy Birthday Animation Mentor!

GUESS WHAT?? We’re Celebrating our 15th anniversary and we’re SO EXCITED about it! Our story goes like this: Founded by professional Pixar and Industrial Light & Magic animators, Animation Mentor first opened its doors on March 27th, 2005. Our Co-Founders, Bobby Beck, Shawn Kelly, and Carlos Baena, wanted to create an online school where anyone...

Meet Alex Olea: Sony Animator and Video Reference Wizard

Interview in English Learning to Animate AM: Can you describe your animation journey? How did you arrive at this moment in your career? I studied tool workmanship, and though I never practiced it this helped me a lot. I started working on animation at age 19, mainly through empirical experience, experimentation, and studying on my own. Each workplace...

Q&A with Artist Mike Mattesi, Creator of FORCE Drawing

Figure sketches by Mike MattesiAnimation Mentor: Can you tell us about FORCE Drawing? Where did the concept come from? Mike Mattesi: My personal love of film, comics and entertainment inspired me to draw excitement and drama! This interest connected me to the teachers I had and the career path that lead to FORCE. FORCE evolved from a combination of...

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