Monday, 9 October 2017

Rigging Starts at Escape 14th May 2018

Learn from the man who rigged Smaug
We're excited to launch a new evening class in character rigging, starting at Escape Studios on 14th May 2018.

Come and learn rigging from Michael Davies, the man who rigged Smaug and also The Minions. As well as his industry work, Michael also has plenty of teaching experience teaching; so we can't think of anyone better qualified to lead this class. 

This 8 week course is designed as an introduction to rigging, to help 3D artists broaden their skillset, and also to introduce students to some of the automated rigging systems currently available.

You’ll learn all the basics of rigging in Autodesk Maya (an understanding of Maya basics will be helpful) and what character riggers do in the animation and VFX industry.

Shepherd's West Building
What's this course all about?
It's all about how characters and creatures get put together.  Rigging is the art and craft of taking a 3D model and making a skeleton structure that makes it work, so that animators can breathe life into it and create a performance.  Like all of our courses at Escape Studios, this course is designed, developed and delivered by industry professionals.

This class will be held at Escape Studios Shepherds Bush campus.   
Address: The Shepherd's West Building, Rockley Rd, London W14 0DA. T: 020 7348 1920

Start date 
Mike Davies
Monday 14th May 2018. Duration: eight weeks.

Mode of study
Part-time. Tuesday Evening: 7pm - 10pm, plus additional 8 weeks of online mentoring

Mike Davies. Michael Davies is 3D Artist who has worked at leading studios including Double Negative, ILM and Prime Focus. Michael graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Computer Graphics Technology and has worked on freelance projects with clients such as Unicef, Wired, 1FilmUnit, Verbal Entertainment and Karammel.

Mike brings his experience of working on VFX blockbuster films such as Batman vs Superman, Doctor Strange and Thor Ragnarok to Escape Studios and is the lead tutor for our 8 week Rigging course.
Rigging - it's all about the bones

Michael's main areas of expertise are rigging and modelling, but he has also worked as a generalist and supervisor. Michael has been developing future creative talent by sharing his skills since 2014 and is also an Accredited Trainer for Maya at Autodesk .

What's inside the course
  • Learn how to rig characters for animation
  • understand automated rigging systems
  • 8 weeks of classroom study 
  • 8 weeks of online mentoring.
Any Questions?
Enquiries can be sent to

To see an interview with Mike Davies, and find out more about his work, follow this link. And to find more detail about what's in the course, read this blog post.

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 offical page here.

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