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Character Animation Courses

Course 03: Advanced Body Mechanics

Flip, tumble, and jump! This course adds more complexity to body mechanics with more extreme actions by layering the principles learned in Animation Basics and Body Mechanics. By adding believable weight distribution and advanced body mechanics, you’re half way there on being a complete well rounded animator.

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Advanced Body Mechanics

Course Length: 12 weeks
Upcoming Term: Summer 2021
Start Date: Week of June 28, 2021
Application Due: April 30, 2021
Registration Opens: April 19, 2021 – June 27, 2021
Price Per Course: $2,499 *
* Includes a $100 non-refundable registration fee

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In Advanced Body Mechanics, build on your learning from previous courses to animate increasingly physical shots with your characters. Pick a character and create your own sequence, using cuts to help tell your story. Whether you want to send your character barreling through a wall or jumping out of a plane, Advanced Body Mechanics will teach you the necessary skills to animate physicality and body mechanics believably.

Learn How to:

  • Use staging and composition to tell your story, including how to help your audience understand the progression of your story
  • Use editing to craft a sequence out of multiple shots, and convey storytelling and action across your sequence
  • Build on your existing body mechanics to improve your ability to animate physical shots like running, crawling and even climbing with Stella or Stan
  • Delve deeper into advanced techniques of anticipation, overlapping action and timing and spacing
  • Utilize best practices of storytelling through cuts
  • Incorporate appeal into your animation, including staging, exaggeration, aesthetics and more

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


  • 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