Mo-Graph Mentor

{Student Interview} Ya-Shen

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a Bay-Area based video editor who started in doc films and is currently working on in-house tv commercials. I’m more an editor now, though I’ve created some textural videos and ‘experimental’ things in the past, especially with dancers.

2) How did you find out about MoGraph Mentor and what made you interested in joining the program?
A animator friend has been following Michael and Co.’s work for a while, and saw that he was starting this program. He urged me to attend.

3) What do you like best about MoGraph Mentor? Anything that can be improved?
I really appreciate the thoughtful responses that Michael has to everyone’s work.  He is very insightful and also takes time to engage with each student. His comments are always considered and careful, and show his depth of experience with motion graphics work. I think his suggestions are pretty much always on-point. The one thing I think could be helpful with class would be to have a time limit on each person’s critique/feedback period. It became a little disproportional when one person can take up a lot of class time — I’d rather have time at the end of class for demos in After Effects or Photoshop.

4) Do you feel like you have grown as a motion designer since joining the program?
Yes – but I did underestimate the amount of time and creative energy that I would have to have to really get more out of the program.

5) Do you have any advice for future students?
This is a really great course – you’ll be inspired by your teachers and your classmates. I’ve been impressed by the work that our class has produced, and how people can push and help each other grow. Everyone in class is very generous about their comments and work, and also tries to share their resources as well. Even if I wasn’t able to spend as much time animating as I wanted, I got so much out of links and suggestions that everyone shared with me.

6) Any last comments about the program?
I didn’t think that the online seminars would work as well as they did. There were some glitches, but it was pretty neat to be ‘in’ class and see everyone. There was definitely a feeling of intimacy that I wasn’t expecting. Michael does really well with making everyone feel at home in the online classroom.

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Tags: Motion Graphics, Motion Design, Online School for Motion Graphics, Motion Graphics Courses

 

{Mentor Interview} Michael Jones

Our community leader Allison Song is starting a new series of Mentor & Student interviews, which will be released on the blog as they come in. First up in the mentor category is founder Michael Jones.

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1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. (location, occupation, interests, etc.)

My name is Michael Jones.  I’m an army brat who was born in Ft. Hood, Texas and spent much of my childhood living in Ft. Riley, Kansas. My father was first infantry division (affectionately known as the Big Red One). My mother is a life long educator, having taught in early childhood for close to 25 years.

In my adult life I became interested in Animation, mostly because of my brother-in-law who is an Animator.  For the last 8 years I’ve been producing content of all kinds (video, design, animation). Over time I became more specialized in Motion Design and have worked as a freelance creative director for the last couple years creating Mo-Graph content for clients.

I currently live in Atlanta, GA with my wife Paige and our two dogs.

2) What inspired you to create MoGraph Mentor?

My love of education and overall industry demand.

As a freelancer I got to see just how under resourced the industry is with effective Motion Designers.  For every job I could take I had to turn away 5 others.

I would often try to hire contractors, but finding reliable and talented people turned out to be a big challenge for me. MoGraph Mentor is really a mission to bring more people into the industry who are competent at creating work but also understand how to work with clients and hit deadlines.

Online education is a really powerful avenue and I feel like we’re just scratching the surface.

3) What is your experience like as a Mentor for this program?

Amazing. I’ve gotten to know these individuals pretty well over the last 3 months of working together. The role of the mentor is to invest in the students and their work and it’s incredibly fulfilling to invest in people. Especially people who are brave enough to take a chance on something new like this. So this first group has been really amazing to work with.

It’s also grown me as a motion designer so much.  Having to critique and problem solve on their projects really challenges me to focus on the core concepts of what makes good work. It’s really forced me to examine my own process and work. It’s inspirational to see how people address problems and work through them.

4) What is your favorite part about MoGraph Mentor?

The connection is the main thing. Never in all my years of online interactions (vimeo, twitter, facebook) have I loved Motion Design as much as I do when i’m in the live classes.

5) Do you have any advice for future students? 

This is not a short cut.

Real education is about looking inward and deciding if you’re ready to make the sacrifices necessary to improve in your craft.  There are no 7 Steps that instantly make you an effective visual artist. It’s about working really hard. Overcoming those early stages when everything you make is dull and ineffective, and embracing the core of what it means to be a visual artist.  It means making a lot of work, which is why people who love it succeed, because they were having so much fun that they just didn’t stop.

Like any educational program you will get out of this, what you put in to it.

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Connect with Michael : Website | Vimeo | Twitter

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Tags: Motion Graphics, Motion Design, Online School for Motion Graphics, Motion Graphics Courses

{Student Interview} Victor Silva

With the first semester coming to a close, we thought we’d spend some time with a few of our students to talk about their thoughts on the program. Here is Victor Silva from Brazil.

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1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a Brazilian designer and I’ve graduated in graphic design at UNESP (a Brazilian university) last year. I currently live in Bauru, SP where I work for a production company named F/1.4 doing a bunch of different things, but specialising in motion design (I also have a passion for photography and color grading). Another big thing for me is music and it wonders me seeing it fully integrated with design. After all, music is design too.

2) How did you find out about MoGraph Mentor and what made you interested in joining the program?

I discovered MM by Vimeo. I was already following Michael, so the animation he did to promote the program showed up on my feed. I was really hyped by the program with the animation. Plus, the list of mentors were sooooo awesome! The cherry on the pie for me was the attention I had from Michael and Christal. I was sold. Hahaha

3) What do you like best about MoGraph Mentor? Anything that can be improved?

It’s hard to chose 1 thing. But I really love the access we have with such great designers (I’m not quoting names here, so they can’t be jealous haha). The interaction I have with them has inspired me so much and I feel like I’m becoming a part of their community. Another great, but hard, thing is that I always have to do my best. Michael always says that we’ll get out of the program what put into it and I feel it in every class. Talking about what can be improved, I think that class 2 is going to get even better. We’ll now have smaller classrooms and other mentors (I think that it will be great to learn from others as well). But, really, class 1 is already awesome.

4) Do you feel like you have grown as a motion designer since joining the program?

Absolutely! The program is based on projects. This means that every week we have to deliver something… this is very time consuming but it impacts my skills. Plus the feedback we have, even when it’s simple, has a huge influence on the final project. It’s not like no one can evolve without MM, but it certainly keeps pushing me to grow.

5) Do you have any advice for future students?

I can’t say if MM is right for everyone, but it is opening a bunch of doors for me. My advice would be if you choose to enter the program, do your best and enjoy the moments you’ll have with all these great people!

6) Any last comments about the program?

All I can say is that I am reeaaally excited for the next class to get started! Things keep getting better and better!

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Connect with Victor : Vimeo | Twitter

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Tags: Motion Graphics, Motion Design, Online School for Motion Graphics, Motion Graphics Courses

{Student Interview} Jardeson Rocha

With the first semester coming to a close, we thought we’d spend some time with a few of our students to talk about their thoughts on the program.  First up is Jardeson Rocha from Brazil.

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1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m 27 years­ old and I’m from Fortaleza ­ Ceará ­ Brazil. I have been working with motion graphics and video editing for about 4 years now. I’m also a graphic design student. I’ve always loved movies, music, animation, illustration, skateboarding and, since my mom bought our first computer (about 7 years ago) and I discovered After Effects, motion graphics has became a passion too.

2) How did you find out about MoGraph Mentor and what made you interested in joining the program?

I used to visit Render Time, the blog of Michael Jones, a lot. Then I started to follow him on Twitter and the rest is history. Mograph Mentor looked like a different program covering all the elements that makes Motion Design instead on focusing on software. When I first saw the website go live I had no doubt, I knew I had to apply.

3) What do you like best about MoGraph Mentor? Anything that can be improved?

I love pretty much everything about MM, but, mostly, I love the people that are in there. The Mentors, the classmates, the ‘friends’ (this is how I call the professionals that are on Voices Section and Q&A’s), every single one inspires me. From my classmates to the professionals I have admired for a long time, there are so many good people doing awesome work next to you, telling you good things, giving advice, exchanging information, references that I feel I need to do the best I can. It makes you want to do the best you can.

4) Do you feel like you have grown as a motion designer since joining the program?

I have no doubt about it. I have a better understanding of what it takes to do a good piece, the process that it involves… Besides that, the world seems bigger now but, at the same time, it seems more tangible. What I’d saw as a dream (working for great studios, making awesome things that I admire so much now) it seems more like real possibilities now.

5) Do you have any advice for future students?

Reserve some time for studying. You’ll do great things for sure but you’ll have to put the max effort you can. All the pieces you need are here but you’ll need time to put it all together and come up with good things.

6) Any last comments about the program?

I love you guys.

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Connect with Jardeson : Website | Vimeo | Twitter

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Tags: Motion Graphics, Motion Design, Online School for Motion Graphics, Motion Graphics Courses

{Student Work} Ian Shea : Cave Escape

This project was completed by Ian Shea for the Frame By Frame brief in Class 1 : Intro to Design & Animation. We asked students to focus on spacing and timing. They were to complete a short animation (5-8 seconds max) and display an in depth knowledge of animation principles.

Ian pitched a really fun concept, based on a ball scaling his way up cave walls. Turned out really nice!

Check out his project below.

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Here is his final animation.

 

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Tags: Motion Graphics, Motion Design, Online School for Motion Graphics, Motion Graphics Courses

{Student Work} Remington : Ball Bounce

This project was completed by Remington McElhaney for the Frame By Frame brief in Class 1 : Intro to Design & Animation. We asked students to focus on spacing and timing. They were to complete a short animation (5 second max) and display an in depth knowledge of animation principles.

Remington pitched a really fun concept, based on a diving board and splash.  Turned out really nice!

Check out his project below.

Started by thinking through the concept in pre-production.

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Then over the course of 2 weeks and a few revisions ended up with this final result.

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Tags: Motion Graphics, Motion Design, Online School for Motion Graphics, Motion Graphics Courses

What we look for in new students

Since we launched MoGraph Mentor, one of the main questions we hear from prospective students is:

   -What do you look for in an applicant? 

This is a great question.

We choose to evaluate our student selection based on a number of different attributes, but two of the main things we look for in every applicant are: PASSION and ATTITUDE.

More specifically, we are looking for students who are:

-Looking to improve their creative process
-Ready to work
-Prepared to ask lots of questions
-Willing to push through the challenges
-Eager to absorb everything they can from this program

We understand that your decision to join MoGraph Mentor is a big commitment, both mentally and financially, and we promise to make it exponentially worth your time and investment. But we do have high expectations for each of our students. Our admissions team thoroughly looks at each application and specifically looks to understand your motivation and determination. There will be a follow-up interview after you’ve submitted your application which exists to not only benefit our mentors, but to benefit each of our students. We want to make sure this is the right fit for you, and make sure that you are ready and able to focus on our program.

We welcome applicants with any and all skill levels, and all we ask in return is that you are PASSIONATE about learning, and you maintain a positive ATTITUDE about yourself and your future.

You will get out of this program what you put in. This is a collaboration between our students AND our mentors. We can guarantee that our mentors will do their part, but we expect our students to do their part as well. We will prepare you to be a professional motion designer, and we will work hard to make that a reality for each of our students, but ultimately it comes down to your effort, passion and attitude.

If this sounds like you, and you think you are ready, we’d love to have you!

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Tags: Motion Graphics, Motion Design, Online School for Motion Graphics, Motion Graphics Courses
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