12-week course breakdown:
Week 01Introduction to the World of Animals and Creatures
Shawn Kelly, Senior Animator at Industrial Light & Magic, gives you an overview of approaching animal and creature animation.
Week 02Nuts and Bolts of Animating Four-Legged Walks
Rick O’Connor, Senior Animator at Industrial Light & Magic, covers basic quadruped walk theory and personal workflow techniques.
Week 03Advanced Four-Legged Walks – Walkthrough
Brian Mendenhall, Animator at Tippett Studio, walks through the essentials of animating a complex quadruped walk.
Week 04Predatory Movements
Marco Merenghi, Animation Director at Animal Logic, shares professional tips on how to portray stealth, strength and power.
Week 05Storytelling Through Cuts
Filmmaker Patrick Kriwaneck explains how to evoke storytelling through editorial cuts and camera layout.
Week 06Understanding Animal Locomotion – Theory and Walkthrough
Jim Brown, Animator at Pixar Animation Studios, explores complex weight, locomotion, force, and momentum with quadrupeds.
Week 07Pushing Reality: Exaggeration in Realistic Movement
Pete Kelly, Lead Animator at Cinematico, highlights the importance of using exaggeration to bring creatures to life.
Week 08Bringing Reality to Fantasy Creatures – Theory and Walkthrough
Animator Kenny Roy approaches a character that his pure fantasy by incorporating concepts from previous lectures.
Week 09 Understanding Animal Locomotion & Performance
Jim Brown continues his lecture and explores how character and anatomy affect locomotion.
Week 10Advanced Predatory Behavior – Walkthrough
Will Groebe, Animation Supervisor at Tippett Studio, demonstrates his personal workflow techniques from blocking to final.
Week 11Production Polish
Will Groebe discusses how adding details and nuances to the polish pass is key to making character feel alive.
Week 12Review of Introduction to Animal and Creature Animation
Shawn Kelly and other instructors reinforce key concepts covered in the past 11 weeks.
Get Ready to Animate Creatures
Creature Animation: Locomotion starts on March 31, 2014, registration opens on January 14, 2014.
Seats are limited, so sign up for the wait list to save your seat!