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: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 (Winter 2021)
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.

Fight Flight Animation Mentor

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 IRex, Hatch, Dragon, Ogre, Cat, or Lion 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 Stuart Ellis
Stuart Ellis

Lead Animator

Stuart is a veteran animator with 20 years of animation experience. He's currently at Framestore where he works on exciting films and TV shows like His Dark Materials, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Paddington 2.

Wednesdays | 12:00 - 1:00 PM Pacific Time
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A Flexible Way to Pay for Your Education

Animation Mentor offers interest-free payment plans. Payment plans allow students to distribute the $2,499 USD tuition into 2, 3, or 4 flexible payments throughout the term. Take advantage of this offer today! Learn More about Payment Plans

Animation Rigs You Can Access

Dragon 2


  • 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
  • Our rigs and demonstrations use Autodesk Maya. You are welcome to use any other 3D software or rigs if you choose to.

What Students are Saying

Leandro Adeodato's Creature Shot

My mentor was seriously amazing. They showed me an entirely different workflow, helped me figure out how to break up complex things into simple parts, and overall just gave me a new way to look at body mechanics and animation that really added to my toolbox. I'm so happy I took this class. I know what I learned here is going to help me in every aspect of animation, not just creatures.

The mentor critiques were amazing! I think after I polish up my work a bit more it will be good to look for work in VFX, which was my goal initially.

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