Friday, 13 March 2020

Advanced Animation Returns on 25 Sept 2020

Character Animation by Jamie Floodgate
Advanced Animation is back - starting on 25th September 2020.  Advanced animation is a six week extension of our 12 week short course in animation, and is aimed at students who want to polish and further develop their 3D animation skills.

This six week intensive class builds on the lessons learned in the 12 Week Animation Short Course,  developing and enhancing existing skills and making sure that all our students are job-ready by the end of the course.

What is Advanced Animation All About?
Polishing our students' animation skills. In the six week Advanced Animation course, we tackle some of the trickier aspects of animation that have not been explored in detail in the basic 12 week course.

Animation by Chan Sagoo - who worked on "Lion King"
Advanced Character and Creature Animation
This includes advanced character and creature animation, digging deeper into acting and performance, and in particular exploring animal and creature performance, seeking to take our students' skills to a photo-real level of animation.

We will also have the time to dig further into Motion Capture and facial performance, character interactions, and a further final demo reel and polish. 

London has a strong focus on visual effects work and we want our students to be able to tackle the challenges and opportunities in our local market. By the end of the course you should have a polished video portfolio in the shape of an online demo reel to help you find work in this growing but competitive industry.

Course Design
The animation program has been refined over many years, constantly being adapted to suit the needs of industry, and following extensive industry consultation.

When does it start and finish?
Advanced Animation Starts on 25 September 2020 and lasts for six weeks. Advanced Animation is an extension of the 12 week animation short course.

Lee Caller teaching at Escape Studios
Who teaches the course?
Advanced Animation is primarily taught by Lee Caller, an excellent animator with a superb sense of comic timing and storytelling.

Career opportunities
Our students go on to work in many areas of the industry including 3D animation for films, TV, games, and visual effects.  We take aftercare very seriously – since it can take time to put together a job-ready demo reel, we make sure our students get the time and practice that they need to refine their work to make them job-ready.

Success Stories
To see some of our Escape Studios animation success stories, follow this link.

Student Work
To see some of the work done by students at Escape Studios, check out our YouTube Channel.

Two Character Interaction by Jamie Floodgate
Official course page
To sign up for Advanced Animation see the official course page here.

The class is taught at our central London campus at 190 High Holborn, WC1

Start date: 25 September 2020

Mode of study: Full Time


MoCap cleanup by Steven Lall
Course Detail

Advanced Character animation – Dialogue and Lipsync. Here we focus on advanced character animation techniques, possibly involving entry in to the 11 Second Club contest.

Advanced Motion Capture and facial performance. We take a deeper look at motion capture and performance capture, demonstrating facial performance techniques.

Character interactions
Bear animation by Amanda Costa
Students will be expected to animate a two character shot, showing the interaction between the characters.

Advanced Creature Animation – Creature performance and acting. London is a major hub for creature animation, with skilled animators in high demand. Being able to deliver photo-realistic animal and creature work isn't easy, and it's harder still to layer in a believable acting performance. Think Paddington 2 as the Gold Standard for this kind of work.

Demo Reel and Polish
In the final week we focus in depth on students' demo reels, polishing their work and making sure they are job-ready. 

The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To apply for our BA/MArt in 3D Animation, follow this link. To apply for our storyboarding evening class, visit this page here. For the next 12 week animation course, click here

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