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: January 4, 2016 (Winter 2016)
Introductory Price: $2,499 *

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

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Learn Creature Animation: Fight or Flight

Dragons! Learn the animation mechanics of a fight sequence and essential flight mechanics with our Dragon rig. This advanced workshop takes your skill set to the next level by teaching you how to integrate believable creature animation with live-action background plates. We highly recommend that you take Creature Animation: Locomotion first so you have a solid understanding of the essential body mechanics of locomotion before taking Creature Animation: Fight or Flight.

The Industry Need

The entertainment industry is always looking for animators with a broad skill set and creature animation makes your demo reel a standout at studios like Industrial Light & Magic, Blizzard, and commercial and television FX houses that deal with realistic animation. Animation Mentor Co-founder and ILM Lead Animator, Shawn Kelly, describes why solid creature animators are needed.

Start Animating with Match-Moved Background Plates

Use our Dozer, Hatch, Dragon, Ogre,Cat, Lion or Fuzzbot rigs and start animating with 3 challenging exercises: a vanilla flight cycle, a creature behavior shot over a live action plate, and a 2 creature interaction shot over a live action plate. Use your choice of over five premade HD match-moved background plates that allow you to understand how to integrate your animation with live-action footage.

Professional Animators Mentor You to Be Successful

Our creature mentors have over 100 film credits combined and are from well-known studios such as Industrial Light & Magic (Star Wars, Transformers) and Sony Imageworks (Spider-Man). Each mentor has extensive experience in the film industry, so take advantage of each mentor’s expertise and get the MOST out of this workshop to help build and improve your animation skill set.

Animation Mentor mentor Jean-Denis Haas
Jean-Denis Haas

Jean-Denis is a 10 year animation veteran and currently works at Industrial Light & Magic. Some of his work can be seen in the upcoming film, Tomorrowland, and also in Iron Man, and Avatar.

Wednesdays | 7:00 - 8:00 AM Pacific Time
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Animation Mentor mentor Derek Esparza
Derek Esparza

Derek is a 6 year animation veteran and currently works at Sony Imageworks. Some of his work can be seen on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Oz the Great and Powerful.

Tuesdays | 9:00 - 10:00 PM Pacific Time
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Animation Rigs You Can Access



  • 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 computer system requirements
  • This course is appropriate for 3D animators with solid body mechanics skills
See Course Breakdown

  • Creature Animation: Locomotion