Animate with exclusive Animation Mentor rigs in a proven curriculum to help you become industry ready.

Your Skills.

Focus your efforts on developing the artistic and technical skills that will transform you into the best animator you can be.

Your Demo Reel.

Develop world-class, animated shots that will make your demo reel stand out from the crowd.

Character Animation Courses

Course 05: Advanced Acting

Your best animation for your demo reel will come from this course. Now we add another layer to your acting skills by adding multiple characters in the same shot sequence. Hone in on your directing skills by learning the craft of staging, story and camera layout and develop a short vignette with multiple characters.

05 classic advanced acting Advanced Acting

Advanced Acting

Course Length: 12 weeks
Upcoming Term: Spring 2021
Start Date: Week of March 29, 2021
Application Due: March 5, 2021
Registration Opens: January 25, 2021 – March 28, 2021
Price Per Course: $2,499 *
* Includes a $100 non-refundable registration fee

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In Advanced Acting, you get your first taste of how to plan and execute your animation in a studio production environment. You’ll learn to create shots that cut together correctly, staging your acting in the best way to support the overall story or character arc. Your assignments will focus on two-person dialogue shots and you’ll learn how to find the balance of giving each character life without losing the focus on the core beats of your shot.

Learn How to:

  • Select the right dialogue for your two-person shot, focusing on clear beats, phrases and contrast
  • Understand the importance of cinematography in your animation planning, including basic composition, lens selection and camera mood
  • Express specific acting beats by turning a frame of your video reference into a key pose of your animation sequence
  • Find balance in your two-person shot by giving each character life, while maintaining focus on the core beats of the shot
  • Integrate convincing body mechanics with acting effectively
  • Dive deeper into subtext to understand how to reveal your characters internal thought process through your external acting choices

Why it’s right for you:

  • Learn from Animation Mentor’s proven, trusted Character Animation curriculum – the same curriculum taught to top animators working at studios like Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Industrial Light & Magic, WETA Digital and Blue Sky Studios
  • Learn from the best mentors, at the world’s first and most respected online animation school
  • Level up basic 3D animation software experience, and go beyond software tutorials to truly understand the art and craft of animation
  • Work with industry-quality characters and assets
  • Create a kick-ass demo reel full of your best animation and prepare yourself to apply for a job as a character animator

What You Get:

  • Access to the Animation Mentor community of over 5,500 students and alumni in more than 105 countries around the world
  • Instruction from top-quality mentors from the world’s leading animation studios
  • Over 12 hours of pre-recorded lecture material, made available to watch on-demand each week
  • A weekly eCritique of your assignment from your mentor
  • A weekly live Q&A with your mentor and classmates
  • Access to the Animation Mentor resource library with guest lectures, additional Q&As, and weekly video news
  • Ongoing access to all characters and rigs from this course, including Bishop, Stella, Stan, Stewart, the Imps, Squirrels, Bird Ball and Monster Ball


  • Be 18 years of age or older upon the first day of this course
  • Meet the minimum system requirements
  • Have intermediate computer software skills. This course requires a basic knowledge of 3D software. If you have little to no experience using 3D animation software like Maya, Blender or 3DS Max, we strongly recommend our Maya Workshop: Animation Basics
  • Our rigs and demonstrations use Autodesk Maya. You are welcome to use any other 3D software or rigs if you choose to.
  • Have a good understanding of the English language