Mo-Graph Mentor

{Student Work} Class 01 : Nol Honig : Frame By Frame

In Class 1 we ask students to take 3 weeks to create an animation, with the sole constraint that it must contain a ball character.

This open ended task creates a challenge for students to develop and execute an original concept, while working on their mastery of animation principles. We think the ball is the perfect place for animators to hone their craft.

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{Student Work} Class 01 : Ben Buchanan : Design for a Theme

Our Spring semester has been our best yet. We’ve seen more high-quality development in this session than in any previous.

The first assignment in Class 1 is called, “Designing for a theme.” The goal is to take an abstract theme and develop a set of visuals that capture the essence of that theme.

It’s an opportunity to engage a detailed process, and pursue a visual style that is beautiful and unique. For our mentors it’s an opportunity to speak about design principles and creative problem solving.

Ben Buchanan is currently in one of our Class 1 groups, led by Handel Eugene of Royale.

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{Student Work} Class 01 : Lance Schmittling : Design for a Theme

In Class 1 : Introduction to Design & Animation we kick off the course with a design project. We call this first assignment, “Designing for a theme.”

The challenge is to start from a broad theme, and go develop 6 compositions plus 1 title frame.

Students have only 4 weeks to go from concept to completion. It’s an aggressive timeline, and we ask the students for a lot of development.

Lance Schmittling, Class 1, took this challenge head on and knocked it out of the park.

Lance’s mentor for Class 1 is Lucas Brooking of Buck, Sydney.

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Class Experience

Here at MoGraph Mentor we strive to make each live class as impactful and helpful as possible. This means adhering to a curriculum that moves through concepts and project tasks from week to week. Although we want to continue to move students forward, we still make time for open discussion and organic Q&A.

The live experience is hosted on a platform called Fuze. This allows us to stream HD feeds and audio from all students and mentors. Upload video content, share screens and make live annotations over the top of imagery for our critiques.

Here is a look at the live experience.

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{Mentor Interview} Tony Zagoraios

Tony Zagoraios is an award winning motion designer mainly recognized for his unique style and approach. He keeps redefining himself creatively, but there is always a very distinctive and unique resonating voice behind his work.

Tony has recently joined our team, and we are very excited to have him as a new Mentor.

We asked him a couple of questions about his story, work and inspiration. Here is the interview we conducted.

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{Mentor Interview} Colin Hesterly

Colin Hesterly is an acclaimed director and animator based out of Seattle, WA. He is currently the Creative Director for The Academy, where he’s written and directed several award winning short animated films.

Colin also has a passion for teaching students. He has been serving as a mentor in our program and is currently teaching a group of our Class 1 students.

We asked him a couple of questions about his story, work and inspiration. Here is the interview we conducted.

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{Mentor Interview} Erica Gorochow

Erica Gorochow is one of our amazing mentors. She is currently teaching a group of our Class 2 students. She is a freelance director, designer, and animator who calls Brooklyn home. She’s fond of this Emery Hawkins sentiment: “The only limitation in animation is the person doing it. Otherwise there is no limit to what you can do.”

We asked her a couple of questions about her story, work and inspiration. Here is the interview we conducted.

photo by Justin Ouellette
photo by Justin Ouellette

 

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