8 month, 6 month or 3 month online course options. All specialising in realistic VFX animation.
Personal bespoke tutoring covering all the essential skills and techniques required to produce great character performance.
Personal tutoring in small classes averaging three students. Classes are held in Hertforshire, UK (Met Line) bi-monthly, see site for next dates.
Come and use our beautiful realistic creature rigs, free fur render included on all online courses.
"You have no idea how much the techniques you tought me are of use to me right now, I'm so thankful to you Rob" -Hari Rajeev, Dreamworks, India.
"The workflow Rob showed me was priceless, not only does it work on creature animation but on all kinds of animation." -Roberto Pita
At Animation A Team, we offer a wide range of courses which aim to teach you the essential skills you need to succeed as a professional VFX and games animator. Unlike some of the other animation schools out there, we pride ourselves on our specialty creature animations.
The 6 month online creature animation course allows you to study the techniques used by industry experts around your full time job or college study. This course is different to many others, because although there are similarities to the workflows in 2D animation, it teaches keyframe CG animation methods more from a 3D perspective as opposed to a traditional 2D approach.
The course focuses your attention on the finer details of realistic motion in creatures or characters of any kind. You will be studying live action in detail and looking at poses and behaviour, to allow you to create truly realistic animations.
A 100% mentored VFX and Games Animation Course that allows you to factor in a full-time job or college study.
“Animators should have an eye for nuanced, realistic performance and dynamic physical action.”-Framestore, London.
It is much easier for a prospective employer to assess a students animation abilities, i.e observation, timing and attention to detail when applied to a recogniseable living creature because they are benchmark to which your work can be compared.
You can animate a fantasy creature in many different ways, none of which are wrong, your true animation skills are not really being put to the test in the same way. You will of course however be able to create far better performances with fantasy creatures when you have completed studies of the real ones first.
Most people can tell you if an animal does not move in a believable way without knowing why, the true measure of a good animator is his/her ability to understand the reasons for this. The courses offered here will sharpen the eye making the student more aware of the differences and similarities between gaits and motion of all real animals.
Students of our animation school benefit from one-on-one tutoring from animators who have worked on blockbuster films and have decades of industry experience. No matter where you are in the world or whether you are experienced or starting from scratch, our patient tutors can offer you bespoke critique on your movie assignments via notes, instructional movie clips and images.
Students who participate in our 6 month online 3D creature course also have free access to our realistic fur rending of our new animal rigs. (Course fees must be paid in full, environmental texturing not included, though we will include any textures that you supply in the render). This applies to students of the 3 and 8 month courses also.
Fur cat animation by 'Ateam ' Student Sawan Thakrar.
A complete set (2 days worth!) of instructional movies of me animating this sequence below, from start to finish, are provided as backup to the bespoke daily instruction.
Once the techniques taught on this course are mastered, you will be qualified to confidently tackle any type of realistic animation project to the highest level.
Its simple…….to learn the professional skills currently practiced by animation industry.
Studios, particularly in the games and film industies, are always keen to see this kind of work on a candidates reel because an increasingly large number of projects require it.
From my experience it became obvious that many animators just don’t animate creatures particularly well. I think when you have real world benchmarks to compare the animation to, it becomes a more exacting task in some ways.
A fantastic character animator doesn’t always make a great creature animator, certainly it is a skill that improves with practice and the application of well established technique. These techniques, once mastered, will help you to improve the quality of any kind of animation that you are producing. If you can demonstrate all skill sets to a high standard then you stand a much better chance of landing your dream job.
"Generally the skills required to produce competent realistic 3D creature animation are simply not being taught"….
…. very strange when you consider that I became a specialist creature animator, essentially because there was always more of this kind of work in production. There are so few teachers of 3D animation who have worked exclusively in this field, you can really only learn on the job as I did, but getting a job is much harder to do now as there are far more applicants chasing each vacancy. Therefore the work on your reel really does have to demonstrate how capable you are as animator or you will stand little chance of success.
This is a unique opportunity to learn valuable working practices with an industry professional for 6 months. I am offering to share the skills and techniques that I’ve learnt and discovered, many through trial and error during my last 10 years as a specialist creature animator in feature film.
If you would like to be taught from scratch or just want to hone and develop your realistic animation skills then please consider the animation school that I am offering here. There are no deadlines and no examinations to pass and it can be completed entirely at you own pace. Most importantly you will have some competent examples of creature animation on your reel as a result of participating and you will have learnt how to produce them quickly and efficiently, vital skills for any future project.
1.Choose a creature rig from the site.
2.Storyboard ideas. Think up with a simple sequence to animate, the idea is to produce short sequences that demonstrate typical creature behaviour.
3.Study online live action movies: Observe creature behaviour and typical personality traits.
4.Creation of walk/trot/run cycles: Tips on how to create convincing cycles quickly.
5.Path animation techniques, QPAS.
6.Posing keyframes (Blocking animation): Use of stepped keys to create important key poses.
7.Splining and timing the keyposes
8.Polishing animation: Tips and advice on how to add the wow factor!
9.Weight pass: Some neat tricks that will give your creature/animal size.
The goal of the course is not to obtain some kind of certificate of excellence (Animation, as a career, is based upon demonstrated ability, your reel is your certificate) but more importantly to learn how to animate creatures quickly and convincingly using techniques and simple shortcuts that I will introduce where appropriate. Some you might already employ but many you will not. These will help you to speed up the production of good quality animation, a vital skill in visual effects and games animation. You will also come away with examples of creature work that you will have storyboarded and completed yourself with my guidence.
These realistic creature sequences are designed to demonstrate your animation skills to potential clients and improve your chances of finding work as an animator in the visual effects or games industries.
I am an animation recruiter with many contacts in the industry so will always be on the look out for suitable job opportunies for my students. I can also offer advice about reels, universities, interviews, companies etc.
For more information on any of the above contact us today here.