How to animate animals and creatures

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Are you 'fur' real?

Following the success of our Character Walks webinar we're excited to announce our next animation fix, which will see host Alex Williams tackle a fresh topic - animating animals and creatures! Alex will show how each movie that he's worked on required a uniquely tailored (and different) approach to the animation.

Animating non-human characters involves a great deal of research, and also finding ways to apply that research to the character in a way that is entertaining and fun without getting too technical is a challenge. You need to use live action reference, not as a crutch but to make your work feel believable and compelling. Of course, saying it is the easy bit - doing it right is much harder.

What you’ll learn

During the webinar, Alex will show clips from some of the films that he has worked on during his 25+ years of experience in the animation industry, showing the animation approach to different animals and creatures on each movie, including video reference, thumbnail sketches and the overall work method. The movies featured in the webinar include:

During the demonstration, Alex will show you how to make Monty happy, sad, angry, or scared, masculine or feminine, and even turn him into a goose-stepping soldier! All with a basic walk cycle, and in just a few clicks.

It's a great technique that breaks down apparently complex outcomes into simple, basic steps that any animator can master.

The host

Alex Williams is the Head of Animation here at Escape Studios. He has over 25 years experience working in the animation industry and some of his film credits include; The Lion KingRobotsThe Road to El DoradoWho Framed Roger Rabbit and The Iron Giant (to name but a few!). He also has 20 years experience working and teaching in higher education.More recently, Alex won at the Cartoon Art Trust Awards for his “Queen’s Counsel” cartoon strip in the Times, and he wrote an article for Creative Bloq about 8 ways to shine as an animator.

Check out Alex’s blog to discover more about his work and experience.

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • The Lion King
  • Chronicles of Narnia - Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Robots

As always, Alex encourages any questions that you may have and will answer them during his talk.

Book your place

Don't miss this unique opportunity to discover more about the animation approach on arguably some of the best movies ever created, from the animator himself!

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Tuesday, 24th July

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