Friday, March 13, 2020

Creature Animation - Arcs


    With the rise of high quality VFX films and cinematics, there’s been a higher demand for creature animation. But, animating creatures is no easy task - you have to portray their animalistic behaviors while keeping track of 4 (or more!) feet and most likely a tail. It can seem overwhelming when starting to animate a creature shot, but as long as you keep the fundamentals of animation in mind, you can create awesome looking animation, too. In this clip from our VFX class, instructor Tony Mecca shows how you can take the familiar concept of arcs and use it in his “rollercoaster” method to get clean lines of action and flow of movement in reptilian characters.





    These are the kind of skills you can learn in our online animation classes and animation workshops. If you’re interested in 3D animation programs, check us out at our website link below!




Start your journey into 3D Animation. Apply today! For more information about AnimSchool and our online animation programs, visit us at www.animschool.com

Friday, March 6, 2020

AnimSchool is Now Accredited



AnimSchool is now accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
In February 2020, AnimSchool gained accreditation status from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
ACCSC is a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.
Both AnimSchool's 3D Animation Program and 3D Character Program are accredited by ACCSC.

What is accreditation and why is it important?

Accreditation is an evaluation process for schools to maintain standards of educational quality set by an accrediting body like ACCSC.
It helps establish the validity of the programs of study a school offers.
Internal and external processes evaluate AnimSchool's programs to ensure that they meet relevant academic standards.
The accreditors themselves are regulated by the the U.S. Department of Education.

Accreditation shows students and potential applicants that AnimSchool has met and is maintaining high level of standards set by the accrediting agency.
To become accredited, schools must demonstrate compliance with the agency's standards of accreditation, which monitors areas like student success rates, educational assessment, advisory board reviews, financial soundness, advertising statement accuracy, and admissions policies.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by schools meets the level of quality expected by the accrediting agency, which helps students in deciding which institution to attend.




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Accredited institutions are evaluated through external reviews and internal review processes to ensure that the accreditation standards are being met on an ongoing basis.

Most schools like colleges, universities and K-12 schools are accredited. Accreditation helps the public, other schools and potential employers by ensuring that the educational programs offered have attained a level that meets standards developed by experts in that field.

ACCSC: 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302 Arlington, Virginia 22201 Phone: 703.247.4212 www.accsc.org

More info: https://www.animschool.com/Accreditation.aspx

To find out more about accreditation, see http://www.accsc.org/Accreditation/Overview.aspx

With this announcement, AnimSchool is now authorized to teach students residing in the state of Texas. Texas residents may now apply to AnimSchool. Look for announcements for other states to follow.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

AnimSchool Contest: Marco Rig


 
pose by AnimSchool student Arturo Rosado

Announcing!

AnimSchool Contest February 12 - March 13, 2020 (voting until 18th)
We are giving away four licenses to use our exclusive character rig Marco for personal, non-commercial uses (two per division).
There are two divisions, Novice and Professional, each one with a prize for 1st and 2nd place.
Enter the Novice Division if you want to compete against Beginners and more basic early professionals. The prize is one license for our character rig Marco for personal, non-commercial use for 1st and 2nd place each.
Enter the Professional Division if you want to compete against more advanced pros. The prize is one license for our character rig Marco for personal, non-commercial use for 1st and 2nd place each. And for 1st place, the rig AND a $600 discount off an AnimSchool class (if the recipient is eligible to be a student at AnimSchool. To see residency restrictions see this link and other steps here.)
You could win one of two licenses per division to use our exclusive character rig, Marco for personal, non-commercial uses for the BEST animation using AnimSchool's Malcolm rig you can download here. You can post one you have ALREADY DONE or a new animation you make for this contest.
Animation must be 30 seconds or shorter in length and AnimSchool's Malcolm rig must be shown, animated, within the first 5 seconds of any entry. Any additional rigs you use must be be licensed to be used in a contest like this.
The animation must be your own. No group animated projects. Individual participants only. 3D animation only. G/PG-rated content only.
This contest is open to the public as well as AnimSchool students.
Winners will be determined as follows: AnimSchool's Review Board will select the top two winners per division from the top ten entries (the ones with the highest votes). Voting starts now, runs through the contest and ends 5 days after the contest end date shown above in the contest description.
You don't have to enter the contest to vote. Vote based on the best animation (ideas, posing, fundamentals, weight, appeal, acting, execution, polish). Do not vote based on render quality since this is not a lighting/rendering contest.
More Details here: AnimSchool Contest Site
 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Shot Planning, Part 3 - 3D Animation Acting Choices



Many professional animators believe that the planning phase is the most important part of animating a good shot, and take a good amount of time to plan even when on a tight schedule. We’ve discussed planning within your sequence and directing your audience, and now it’s time to work on what could make or break your shot - acting choices. As instructor Rahul Dabholkar mentions in our class clip for this post, your acting choices are what will set you apart from other good animators. Even an action as simple as sitting and reacting to what another character is saying can be acted out in hundreds of ways, and it’s up to you as the animator to choose the most appropriate, believable, and relatable way to portray it.  


What are some ways you could act out a simple reaction shot? Rahul goes over a few ways to portray different characters in this clip from our Animating Appeal and Entertainment class:




 
These are the kind of skills you can learn in our online animation classes and animation workshops. If you’re interested in 3D animation programs, check us out at our website link below!




Start your journey into 3D Animation. Apply today! For more information about AnimSchool and our online animation programs, visit us at www.animschool.com