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Dos and Don’ts For Developing Your Character Animation Reel

The field of animation is becoming more popular with each passing year. As the demand for unique and entertaining content grows, the demand for skilled animators is also on the rise. But there’s a catch: this sector is also remarkably competitive! That’s especially true for 3D animation, which is just one good reason to enroll in a 3D character animation...

Learning the Basics of Animation: How Our Courses Can Help You Become Industry-Ready

Learn character animation online at Animation Mentor! Animation is one of the most popular and engaging ways to tell a story. From video games to full-length films, we are captivated by this unique form of artistic expression. It’s no wonder, then, that many aspiring creatives are eager to be part of the animation industry. By 2020, the U.S. animation...

Alumni Spotlight: Jellyfish Animator Cinthia Mussi

As part of our 15th birthday celebrations, we reached out to the Animation Mentor community and asked them to share their school memories and advice. One of the wonderful animators we spoke with was graduate Cinthia Mussi! Cinthia fell in love with animation when she first saw Tangled and realised how magical this artform can be. She’s now working...

Why Maya 3D Animation Courses Are Essential For Beginners

The animation sector is on a growth trajectory and 3D animation has become one of the most competitive areas within this industry. With the demand for 3D movies, television, and games on the rise, it makes sense that would-be animators want to differentiate themselves from the competition and build up their skills as much as possible. While there are...

The Ultimate Guide to Animation for Beginners

Your Online Guide for Learning How to Animate A step-by-step guide for a career in animation, or just for fun! Dramatic shot by António Vieira Considering a Career in the Animation Industry? This guide will show you what professional animators do and share how to get started on your own animation career. It will outline the skills and education...

Q&A with Alum and Blue Sky Animator Dave Vasquez

Dave and his daughter Kaia find Scrat from Ice Age in Central Park We had so much fun talking to alum Dave Vasquez, who’s currently working hard on Blue Sky’s upcoming film Nimona! Check out his sage advice and recent animation inspiration below. Student Experience at Animation Mentor Animation Mentor: What’s your most memorable experience from...

Alumni Spotlight: Pixar Animator Mike Stern

Animators are notoriously crunched for time, so we felt very lucky to sit down with Pixar Animator and AM alum Mike Stern! In this Q&A, Mike talks about his student experience and emphasizes the art of interpreting feedback. Read on to soak up some of this pro’s wisdom! Student Experience at Animation Mentor Animation Mentor: What’s your most...

15 Years: Celebrating with Mentors Paul Allen and David Vallone

We’re continuing to celebrate our 15th birthday this year by sharing interviews with members of the Animation Mentor community! Today we checked in with animators Paul Allen and David Vallone, two of our longest-serving mentors. Read on to find out what new animation is inspiring these pros! Films from David’s IMDb page The Mentor Experience What...

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...

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