Creature Animation:
Fight or Flight

Creature Animation: Fight or Flight

12-week Course for Advanced Animators

Course Length: 12 weeks with Live Q&As
Start Date: March 31, 2015 (Spring 2015)
Introductory Price: $2,499 *

* Includes a non-refundable $100 registration fee
Seats are limited

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Swoop, punch, claw, and hear the roar of fantasy creatures come to life! In our Fight or Flight class, broaden your imagination and learn the art of animating creatures with live-action backplates so you can truly make your creatures come alive. Top creature animators share their tips, cheats, and industry secrets on effective production and Autodesk® Maya® workflows. This course is a *must* for all professional and aspiring animators.

Creature Animation: Fight or Flight
Derek Esparza - Animation Mentor mentor


Sony Pictures Imageworks

Class Time:
9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Pacific Time

Film Credits:
Book of Life, G-Force, Alice in Wonderland, Green Lantern, The Amazing Spiderman, Oz the Great and Powerful
See more of Derek's film credits

Join Derek or one of our other professional Creature Animation mentors in class. Sign up for Derek's class, registration is now open. Seats are limited.

Blockbuster summer movies, hit TV shows like Game of Thrones, and a slew of games need strong creature animators like you. In 2011, we launched a program developed by top creature animators from Tippett Studio and Industrial Light & Magic. We continue to be the premier source for creature animation education, and we're committed to improving these courses to appeal to the busy professional.

In 2013 we asked you how to take our program to the next level. You told us what you wanted. We listened. Check out the improvements we've made to the program:


  • Shorter course length
  • Reduced weekly time commitment
  • Lower introductory pricing
  • Take either (or both) Locomotion or Fight or whichever order you prefer
  • No demo reel required
  • Assignments are optional, however must be submitted to get feedback during weekly eCritique®
  • No grades, just animate!

What You Get:

  • Personalized instruction from your professional creature mentor and one-on-one time to discuss your work
  • Hands-on work with studio-quality characters
  • Access to eCritique tool, Live Reviews, and animation demos from your mentor
  • 3 year active student license to Autodesk® Maya®
  • Access to interact with the entire Animation Mentor network of students and graduates
  • Over 100 hours of content and instruction
  • Each week watch in-depth lectures from top industry professional animators
  • Access to a library of camera-ready live-action backplates
  • Two dynamic creature interaction sequences for your demo reel


  • Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of class.
  • Have a good understanding of the English language.
  • Have intermediate software computer skills, and meet the minimum system requirements
  • Achieve a passing score on a basic aptitude test (Wonderlic test). This test will be sent to you upon registration. The test measures basic understanding in math and verbal skills.
  • This course is appropriate for 3D animators with solid body mechanics skills
See Course Breakdown

  • Creature Animation: Locomotion