Animation Mentor Online School Announced

Wed 16th Jun 2004 | News is the new online animation school, designed by animators for animators. The founders, three professional animators currently working for major studios, have created an interactive school where students can learn from the best professionals of the feature film industry. is accessible by everyone in the world and is more affordable than traditional art schools. The launch of is scheduled for the fall 2004, and students can join at any time until seats are full.

Hanging out with the AnimationMentor crew. CGTalk Moderator Ali Tezel (second from left) in San Francisco with Bobby Beck, Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena.

The key creators of are Bobby "Boom" Beck, Pixar Animation Studios, Shawn Kelly, Industrial Light & Magic, and Carlos Baena, Pixar Animation Studios. They have worked on several major films such as "Finding Nemo", "Monsters Inc.", "Toy Story 2", the "Star Wars" prequels, "The Hulk" and the upcoming Pixar Film "The Incredibles". They also have gained experience in education through teaching, mentoring and giving conferences and lectures, both in the US and internationally. For animation interviews and mentorship positions in the school, they have carefully selected renowned animators currently working for nearly every major animation studio.

The Online Animation School is designed as a one-year intensive animation school covering four comprehensive levels of experience. Students will learn from online video classes, assignments, and personal video critiques from professional mentors in order to give the best possible learning experience. Students will also develop and extend their knowledge by learning from one another through internal forums and chat rooms. They can also view other student's video critiques to learn from each others mistakes and successes. Professionals will interact with students through live question and answer sessions, and some of the most respected animators and directors in the world will offer their insights as featured guest speakers. is designed to provide the highest possible level of education in the art of animation, both to beginning students as well as professional animators seeking to grow in their art. As one of the founders, Bobby Beck says "We built with one question in mind - if we were to start over again, how would we want to learn?". Launch date: Fall 2004 Enrollment starts Fall 2004

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