Feature Animation Acting & Polish

Complete Your Character Animation Journey

Create a Feature-Level Demo Reel

Combine all the skills you’ve acquired and apply the concepts to a new animated shot in Feature Animation Acting & Polish course. Learn valuable techniques to refine and polish your animation and create work that stands out.

In this course, you’ll learn the best practices for what to include (and what not to include) on your demo reel, and gain valuable insights into the hiring process at top animation studios.

Feature Animation Acting & Polish


$2,499 USD

Start the Week of
June 24, 2024

Apply By
June 23, 2024

Pro Animators Mentor You to Be Successful

Our mentors are the heart and soul of Animation Mentor. They are professional, working animators from studios like Pixar, DreamWorks, and Industrial Light & Magic, who will teach you the ins and outs of production-level animation. Complete your character animation journey in Feature Animation Acting & Polish course, the last of our Core Character Animation Courses.

Sean Sexton - Feature Animation Mentor

Sean Sexton

Head of Character Animation
DreamWorks Animation

Sean Sexton has been a professional animator since 1999 and is currently the head of character animation at DreamWorks Animation. He started as a classically trained 2D animator working on Futurama before moving on to DreamWorks Animation.

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Brendan Gottlieb - Feature Animation  Mentor

Brendan Gottlieb

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Brendan Gottlieb has been a professional animator since 2015 and currently works at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He’s animated on popular films like Frozen II, Moana, Raya and the Last Dragon, and Ralph Breaks the Internet.

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Nicole Herr - Feature Animation Mentor

Nicole Herr

Senior Animator
Neflix Animation

Nicole Herr has been a professional animator since 1996 and is currently an senior Animator at Netflix Animation. She has had an extensive career working on 50+ films, video games, and television projects as a character animator, previs/layout artist, and animation director. She was part of the Oscar-winning team that worked on Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book.

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Choose Your Mentor

Once you've applied and been accepted into Animation Mentor, you can choose your mentor and register for class.

Registration is open from

April 15 - June 23, 2024

Studios that Hire Our Character Animation Students

On-Going Rig Access







Personalized Mentorship

Our mentors are working professionals with years of experience under their belts, and they’re passionate about training the next generation of animators. In this course, you will learn from your mentor in live sessions as they share insights about what studios are working on and what qualities they look for in an animator. Your mentor will work directly with you to grow your skills, sharing weekly 1:1 feedback and reviews to help you improve your animation.

Studio-Level Animation Tools and Assets

We teach our students how to work in a studio environment so they are ready for jobs when they graduate. This training starts from day one, with exclusive access to professionally designed assets and character rigs. We ensure that they learn using the same tools and animation workflows that professionals use in their day-to-day work.

Course Requirements for Feature Animation Acting & Polish

Course Details

LIVE Q&As | Weekly 1-Hour Q&As

LECTURES | 12 Pre-recorded Lectures

ASSIGNMENTS | 2 Animation Exercises

ACCESS |Over 150 hours of additional content

SOFTWARE | Autodesk Maya

HARDWARE | Meet Minimum Requirements

AGE | 18 Years or Older

LANGUAGE | Taught in English

Skills You Need Before You Start

This character animation course requires you to have a working understanding of, and experience with, Autodesk Maya software. If you don’t you can take our Maya Basics Workshop.


What You’ll Learn

You’ve mastered animation fundamentals, body mechanics, and essential acting skills. Now it’s time to add a final level of polish and subtlety to your shots and your demo reel. In this course you will:

  • Give your characters distinct personalities, making them recognizable, memorable, and appealing
  • Use advanced spacing techniques to sell the physicality and believability of your characters’ actions and gestures
  • Utilize advanced polishing skills to fine-tune each shot to a high-quality finish
  • Incorporate subtle acting skills to create stand out, studio-ready performances
  • Understand what it takes to create an awesome demo reel, including key mistakes to avoid
  • Learn to develop your critical eye so that when you leave Animation Mentor you can continue improving your work into your career

Animation Mentor Interest-Free Payment Plans

Animation Mentor offers interest-free payment plans. Payment Plans allow students to distribute the $2,499 USD tuition into flexible payments throughout the school term.

Per Month

$500 to save your seat and
6 monthly installments of $333.

Per Month

$500 to save your seat and
4 monthly installments of $500.

Per Month

$624 to save your seat and
3 monthly installments of $625.

FAQ for Feature Animation Acting & Polish

What does an animation portfolio look like?

A 3D animation portfolio is a short (30sec – 3min) collection of animated shots you’ve created. It’s best to keep it simple with a title card that has your contact information and 2-3 of your strongest shots, starting with the strongest one. Recruiters would rather see your best work than an overview of everything you’ve ever done. You can see examples of shots used in our students’ demo reels here.

What is the difference between an Аrt portfolio, a 3D animation portfolio and a 2D animation portfolio?

A 2D animation portfolio should represent your skills in the animation of 2D objects, characters, and environments while a 3D animation portfolio should show your skills in the 3D space. An art portfolio features your best artwork, illustration, photography, or graphic design, depending on the niche you’ve chosen. Remember to tailor your portfolio to the job description.

Can I use one portfolio to apply to every studio?

While you can use one portfolio to apply to every animation studio, it’s a good idea to tailor the work you show to the animation style of the studio to which you’re applying. And remember that once you create a portfolio, your job isn’t done. It’s important to continue growing your skills and updating your portfolio with new work.

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