The Power of Polish and Demo Reel (adv. animation online course)

Perfecting the Art of Animation and Creating a Dynamic Demo Reel

You’ve worked hard and learned the principles of Animation. You’ve honed your technique, built up your skillset and now feel ready to pursue your dream career in Animation. So, what next?

This class will teach you the tools, techniques and concepts professional animators use to polish their own shots. You will learn how to dramatically boost the quality of your work and create and edit a professional Demo Reel that will showcase your skills and dazzle Industry recruiters.


Making the audience believe what they watch on screen is paramount to our job as animators. The audience must be completely convinced that what they see is real and alive in order to become fully immersed in the experience. If the motion on screen isn’t convincing, nothing else matters-- the audience will not be able to lose themselves in the moment and enjoy what they see. This is why polish is so important. We want our characters to feel real by creating a world where the physics and acting are realistic and convincing so that our characters look alive and organic. Polish is this final step to bringing our characters to life in the most convincing way. We will learn how to create refined movement, believability of thought and decision-making, and adding a sense of tangibility to the characters and environment on screen.

In this class, we will learn how to study, breakdown and analyze advanced, professional animation. We will learn how to add quality, richness and sophistication to your work and how best to apply those principles. These concepts and techniques apply to everything we do as animators, but are especially important to how successful the final look appears. From a bouncing ball to full-body, feature quality character animation, every detail counts when recruiters are reviewing your work. Not only will you learn how to incorporate sophistication and a sense of maturity but we will expand your ability continue to learn and grow as an animator on your own when the course is completed.

Demo Reel

Creating an impressive Demo Reel that will get you hired is a challenging artform in and of itself. In this course, we will also discuss what elements give successful reels an advantage when reviewed by recruiters. Additionally, we will consider what pitfalls to avoid when crafting your demo reel. We will hear from professional animators who will share their wisdom and experiences getting hired at some of the best studios in the Industry.

This class will be tailored specifically for each individual’s career aspirations and strengths as animators. Whether your interest is in feature film animation, game animation or live action character fx animation; together with the guidance of your instructor, we will design a reel specifically engineered for that industry and those recruiters. During this process, we will personally assess what may be missing from your existing work and discover what will make your Demo Reel stronger. Based on that personal assessment we will polish, enhance and refine your current body of work, as well as create new content for your Reel.

This class will not only significantly improve the quality of your animation, but will also arm you with a professional-quality, polished Demo Reel to pursue your dream career in animation.

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Course Information

Duration: 3 months (12 weeks)
Start Date: March 1st
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Start Date: December 1st
Instructor: Scott Lemmer
Prerequisites: Intermediate Anim. Skills
Price: $1497 USD (or $499 monthly)
Promo Price: $1347 USD (or $449 monthly)
Independent Study Price: $597 USD (or $199 monthly)

Standard course:
• 12 weekly video lectures
• 20+ hours of content
• Weekly Live review sessions with instructor
• 3 months additional access to videos
Price: $1347 USD (or $449 monthly)

Independent Study:
• 12 weekly video lectures
• 20+ hours of content
• 3 months additional access to videos
Price: $597 USD (or $199 monthly)

Registration ends on September 2nd, 2018.

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