What Ever Happened to Saturday Morning Cartoons?

For the majority of adults in their 30s, 40s, and 50s today, Saturday morning cartoon time was sacrosanct when they were kids. If you...

Beginner Tips: Why You Should Master the Bouncing Ball Animation with Ray Chase

Bouncing ball demo in Maya with ghosting tool turned on The famous bouncing ball exercise. So you’ve heard of this animation exercise, and may have...

INTERVIEWS

Animation Mentor Student Showcase 2018

We’re so proud to release our 2018 student showcase! Every year it gets harder and harder to narrow it down to just a few...

Animation Mentor Student Showcase 2016

It’s been 11 years since Animation Mentor opened its doors to the public as the first online animation school. Seriously, think about that. That’s...

Animation Mentor Student Showcase 2019

It is with great pride and excitement that we release our 2019 student showcase! This year we have 19 shots from students representing 13 different...

Slow In and Slow Out: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time, and we’re only halfway done! Today we’re taking it slooooooooooow. Slow...

Timing: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

You guys...timing is everything, especially when it comes to animation! Conceptually it seems simple, but getting right is a big challenge—and, if you ask...

Arc: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time. Time sure flies, because we're already on principle 7, which is...

Anticipation: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time! Next up is antici...pation! Learn what it means, why you need...

Secondary Action: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time. Next up is Secondary Action. Good secondary action energizes your shots...

Follow-through and Overlapping Action: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time! The fifth principle is a mouthful: Follow-through and Overlapping Action. Find...

Animation Career Advice with Shawn Kelly & Carlos Baena

What should I put on my animation demo reel? What can animators do to improve their skills after Animation Mentor? How do I build...

Beginner Tips: Why You Should Master the Bouncing Ball Animation with Ray Chase

Bouncing ball demo in Maya with ghosting tool turned on The famous bouncing ball exercise. So you’ve heard of this animation exercise, and may have...

Animation Tutorial with Lead Reel FX Animator

We were so lucky to host Lead Reel FX Animator and mentor Jason Martinsen for a live animation demo with our Stewart Rig. It...

The 6 Basic Emotions: Animating Anger with Pixar’s Anthony Wong

Sully in Monsters, Inc. via Giphy “Urrghh!! You make me so mad! I am going to break your neck!” Did I get your attention? When you...

Is Your Demo Reel Ready for a Major Studio?

In our recent webinar, Animation Mentor Co-founder and Industrial Light & Magic Lead Animator Shawn Kelly took a little break from working on Avengers...

6 Tips from Recruiters Who Look at YOUR Animation Demo Reel

Hello Animation Job Seekers! Recently, we had the the pleasure of hosting recruiters from one of the largest, most important animation studios in...

5 Things NOT to Do on Your Demo Reel

Image from Francisco Ucke's 2018 Student Showcase Shot!   At Animation Mentor, we know demo reels are the most important asset you have when looking for...

Q&A with OpenPixel Studios Co-Founder Kathryn Taccone

Animation Mentor: Tell us about your animation journey; why did you decide to pursue animation? Kathryn Taccone: I grew up in a family of creatives,...