Friday, 11 October 2019

Anim Evening Class Returns on 7 Jan 2020

Michael Morgan teaches at Escape Studios
Our 20 week part-time Animation evening class in 3D animation starts on Tuesday 7th January 2020 at our High Holborn campus.

The class runs for 20 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 7-10pm, and is taught by veteran animators Michael Morgan and Benoit Moranne.

Michael Morgan
20 Week Evening Class
The 20 week evening class starts with the very basics - a bouncing ball - and builds towards a full understanding of character and creature performance in 3D animation.

3D Animation Foundation is a part-time evening class, running for 20 weeks from 7-10 pm at our High Holborn campus, two nights a week. 


Michael Morgan
Michael Morgan is a talented and experienced animator whose work includes Guardians of the Galaxy, Beauty and the Beast, and Black Panther.

To see more about Michael's work and how he approaches the character animation process, read this post.

Benoit Moranne
Benoit Moranne
Benoit Moranne is a senior animator at Framestore, and a veteran of many animation & VFX hits. Benoit studied animation at two of the leading French animation schools, firstly at Supinfocom and then at ArtFx, from which he graduated in 2009.

Benoit's credits include Lady & The Tramp, Maleficent, Venom, Jurassic World, Ready Player One, Wonder Woman, Fantastic Beasts (And Where To Find Them), and The Jungle Book. You can see his IMDB page here.

The main software we teach is Autodesk Maya, but we also regularly use the Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop and Premiere. 

Michael Morgan worked on "Guardians"
3D Animation Evening Class

When and Where
This is a Part-time evening class, running for 20 weeks from 7-10 pm at our High Holborn campus. Two nights a week. Address: 190 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BH

Module Information
  • Week 1: General introduction to Maya - animation basics
    • Bouncing ball
    • Lamp hop
  • Week 2: Animation locomotion - walks and character walks
    • Basic walk cycle with basic biped
    • Basic human walk
  • Week 3: Advanced locomotion - runs, hops, jumps and skips
    • Basic run cycle
    • Human biped run cycle
  • Week 4: Advanced locomotion - jumps
    • Basic jumps
    • Human biped jump
  • Week 5: Flexibility and overlapping action
    • Foxy bouncing ball with tail
    • Helicopter overlapWeek 6: Weight and balance
    • Michael Morgan worked on "Black Panther"
    • Weight shiftWeight lift
  • Week 7: Animation mechanics - physical actions
    • Person throwing a ball - use of live action reference
    • Person throwing a ball - develop and recap
  • Week 8: Animation mechanics - physical actions
    • Lifting a heavy object - develop
    • Lifting a heavy object - refine
  • Week 9: Character poses
    • Creating thumbnail sketches
    • Creating character poses
  • Week 10: Pantomime animation
    • Thumbnail sketches for pantomime animation
    • Pantomime animation
  • Week 11: Introduction to character animation
    • “Phone Booth Man” - key poses for character on stepped curves
    • Add breakdowns to “Phone Booth Man” using Tween Machine
  • Week 12: Introduction to Character Animation
    • Reaction shots - animate a “take” with Monty
    • Reactions - animate a “take” with a human biped
  • Week 13: More on character animation - building and blocking a shot; parenting and constraints
    Benoit Moranne worked on Lady & The Tramp
    • Very short dialogue shot with Monty
    • Very short dialogue shot with human biped – Norman, Morpheus or Eleven
  • Week 14: Character animation - dialogue
    • Block medium dialogue shot
    • Refine medium dialogue shot
  • Week 15: Character animation - dialogue and lipsync
    • Block advanced dialogue shot
    • Refine advanced dialogue shot
  • Week 16: Animal locomotion, trots walks and runs
    • Quadruped walk
    • Quadruped trot
  • Week 17: Animal locomotion continued
    • Quadruped run
  • Birds Week 18: Animals and creatures - using live action
    • Animal locomotion using live action reference
    • Animal locomotion using live action reference 
  • Week 19: Animals and creatures
    • Spiders and scorpions
    • Vehicles and machinery
  • Week 20: Demo reel, website/blog, jobs and careers
    • Assemble the first draft of demo reel. 
    • Create a blog to host it
    • Demo reel review, recap
Official site
To sign up for the evening class, follow this link to the official site.

Escape Studios Demo Reel
And to see what kind of animation our students have been doing lately, watch our latest demo reel below:

The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To find out more about our new BA/MArt, now recruiting for September 2018, follow this link.   To apply, visit the official page here

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