Creature Animation:

Creature Animation: Locomotion

12 Week Workshop for Advanced Animators

Course Length: 12 weeks with Live Q&As
Start Date: Week of March 26, 2018 (Spring 2018)
Registration Opens: January 22, 2018 - March 25, 2018
Price: $2,499 *

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

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Learn the Essence of Creature Animation: Locomotion

You understand body mechanics and now you are ready to take it to the next level with creature animation. This workshop is tailored to teach you the essence of animal and creature locomotion - how an animal or creature runs, walks, senses, stops and turns. Use your power of keen observation and challenge yourself to learn to animate believable creatures from top professional animators.

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

Use our Dozer, Hatch, Leopard, Ogre, Cat, Lion, or Fuzzbot rigs and start animating with 3 challenging assignments: a walk- cycle, a locomotion shot, and a behavior shot. These assignments are tailored to help you understand the essential body mechanics of realistic animation.

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 Shawn Kelly
Shawn Kelly

Shawn is a 20+ year animation veteran and currently works at Industrial Light & Magic. Some of his work can be seen in Transformers film franchise (all five), Pacific Rim, and The Avengers.

Wednesdays | 10:00 - 11:00 PM Pacific Time
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Animation Mentor mentor Jean-Denis Haas
Jean-Denis Haas

Jean-Denis is a 12+ year animation veteran and currently works at Industrial Light & Magic. Some of his work can be seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Civil War.

Wednesdays | 6:30 - 7:30 AM 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: Fight or Flight