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.
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.
Head of Character 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.
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.
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.
Choose Your Mentor
Once you've applied and been accepted into Animation Mentor, you can choose your mentor and register for class.
Studios that Hire Our Character Animation Students
On-Going Rig Access
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
Course Requirements for Feature Animation Acting & Polish
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
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.
A Flexible Way to Finance Your Education
Interest-Free Animation Mentor Payment Plans
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!
What Feature Animation Students are Saying
AM Changed My Life
Most Important Phase of My Journey So Far
Pursuing my Dreams
It's Been Incredible
My Mentor Went Above and Beyond
A Demo Reel Ready for the Real World
Fantastic Advice and Encouragement
If you’re interested in 3D animation, we think you’ll love these courses! Our Core Character Animation Courses provide a great foundation in animation and will help prepare you for a career in the industry.