Animation Mentor VOD Lectures 0

The greatest find for me these last few weeks, has been receiving knowledge about Animation Mentor’s Video On Demand services through Vimeo.

If you want to be a highly skilled character animator, or VFX artist, the fastest path to being hired in a studio would be to attend Animation Mentor’s detailed programs.

If you can’t do that right now, but you’d still like to see what kind of detail is taught at their school, the next best thing has become available through Video On Demand.


Animation Mentor

Animation Mentor


I’d like to spread the word so that animators and VFX artists can take advantage of the lectures offered here. I’m a big believer in the quality presented at this school. Here’s a snippet of what they are offering to you:


Could You Become a Better Filmmaker Using 3D Previsualization? 0

A website for animation competitions

A website for animation competitions

The good news about starting a blog is that it always gives me new challenges to face and experiments to try out. That could be from figuring out how to be more productive with my content, to determining which direction my blog structure will move towards. There’s always something to improve, test and learn.

I’ve given myself another obstacle for March, since it seems like I’m willing to stress myself out somewhat; I’m going to be starting an 11 Second Club animation project and see how far I can get with it.

I don’t necessarily feel like doing anymore book or video tutorials on how to learn Maya, so I’m going to be throwing myself into a project, which will definitely result in a poor attempt of animation.

Why poor?

My skills aren’t close to being good enough yet. I gave up a few times when it became too hard to learn Maya. I’ve done a lot of tutorials, and schooling, but my knowledge hasn’t been used for any independent projects until this one. Which is why I’m guessing the results are going to suck.


Previs Lecture Series: “Oz the Great and Powerful” 0


Photo Credit: The Third Floor, Inc.


It’s hard for me to explain all of the awesomeness I experienced attending this Previs lecture. Especially because I only had a limited form of documenting this, a simple pen and paper (and my memory). I started writing down full quotes in several areas of the presentation before they quickly moved on to the next slide. I was left deflated because they were meaningful quotes, explaining industry professional perspectives, but I couldn’t jot down my notes fast enough.

I’ve decided to just go ahead and describe the experience I went through when I attended, including the notes and concepts I could grasp at the time. I hope it helps you understand the impact Previs is making as an integral part of the filmmaking process.



So, on Saturday October 26th, I was lucky enough to be invited to a Previs lecture series put on by Loyola Marymount University and the Previsualization Society. I live in Anaheim, CA and it was a good 40 minute drive away to attend, but to me, I knew this was going to be well worth the drive. I had been waiting two weeks for this event.

Once I arrived at LMU, I found the campus to be larger than I had expected it to be. I found parking in the garage and found the general direction to head towards. I was thankful that the parking wasn’t being enforced over the weekend because the only spot I could find was where they usually valet.


12 Principles of Animation 0

Bouncing Ball Animation

Bouncing Ball Animation


If you have any future goals to learn about Previsualization as an artist, animation will be part of your toolset to use to explain your great ideas. I can’t see any reason you wouldn’t have a need to learn animation as part of your generalist studies in Maya.

Here are some basic tips and guidelines to get you up to speed on where to start in basic animation principles for Maya.

The 12 Principles of Animation:


Is there a Future for 3D Graphics and Animation? 0



What led me to my education in Motion Graphics

I don’t know what you were doing in the fall of 2008 when the economy crashed, but I’ll tell you the path I was on at the time.

I had been working throughout my career in the hospitality industry. My main jobs were mostly in customer service; Bellman, Concierge, and some time spent at the Front Desk. It had always been rewarding to work with people who were travelers.

In my last position, I became an Auditor in the Accounting department. It was a dead-end job and I knew it, but it payed a reasonable wage to live my life pretty comfortably. I had worked my way into these different positions and assumed I would continue doing so. Without a college degree though, it was obvious that climbing the ladder any further in Accounting wasn’t going to come easily.


Blogging The Vision: What To Expect In The Future 0


Silly Google

For a long time, starting a blog was just a way to get on the bandwagon of making money online, and maybe to have a simple portfolio site of the work I was doing. I spent a few months looking into that world. I thought I would set-up a niche blog, find a few keywords, write some articles (or pay someone else to write them for me), and let google adsense and affiliate money lay a foundation for passive income. Thankfully, things didn’t turn out that way.

Maybe that way of making money is good for some people, if they can pull it off, but I know myself enough to know that even after a lot of effort into preparing this type of business model, I would have lost interest in it really quickly. My heart just wouldn’t have been into it without a purpose.


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