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MAYA ANIMATION MASTERY 

THE ULTIMATE BEGINNERS ANIMATION COURSE

Discover a world beyond the fundamentals! Unleash your creativity with the Animation Basics course, where you'll not only master the 12 animation principles but also cultivate essential skills crucial for excelling in a professional studio.

Dive into skinning techniques, precision in joint placement, and the art of crafting impeccable animation topology. Graduates won't just survive; they'll thrive in the dynamic realm of professional animation studios. Join us and elevate your animation journey!

Instructor Jerome Rodgers-Blake
Skill Level Advanced
Project Files: Included
AAA Community Discord Server
Pro tools and scripts Included
Course Duration 12 weeks
Course Fee £995 GBP
Exclusive Character Rigs
Certificates Awarded
Software Autodesk Maya
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THE TYRANT 

Majestic rig with fiery presence; unleashes power and cunning for epic Game of Thrones battles!

 

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GAURDIAN SPIDER

Monster Spiders: Sinister rigs with eerie charm; weave intricate animations of suspense and arachnid terror!
 

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CARTOON CAT

Playful rig bursting with personality; perfect for whimsical antics and exaggerated expressions in animated adventures
 

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BROBDRAKIAN DWELLER

Massive rig embodying serpentine terror; perfect for unleashing colossal fury and primal menace

 

EXCLUSIVE MAYA RIGS

All rigs seen below are free to download for students of the Maya Animation Mastery course.

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BASIC BODIES

A versatile rigs for foundational animation; ideal for mastering movement dynamics and character interaction
 

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GLIMMER BOT

Charming small robot rig with oversized eyes. Brings joy and curiosity to animations. Ideal for  expressive movements and CHARMFUL  demeanour captivate audiences.

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FLAREGUARD

Mighty knight rig with flaming helmet. Small in stature, big in valour. Perfect for HEROIC battles, shield and sword animations bring dynamic action to life.

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ASTRO BUDDY

Box-like astronaut explorer rig. Compact yet adventurous, perfect for space exploration animations. FUN movements and sturdy design bring the spirit of discovery to life.

COURSE BREAKDOWN

WEEK 01 | CONQUERING THE 12 PRINCIPLES OF ANIMATION

You will be taught the very fundamentals of animation, by having a thorough breakdown of the animation principles and how to apply them to your work.

WEEK 02 |  GRAPH EDITOR MASTERY

As an animator, the graph editor is an indispensable tool that can significantly enhance the quality of your work. In this class, we will provide you with in-depth training on how to effectively leverage the graph editor, enabling you to produce professional-grade animations.

WEEK 03 | CHARACTER ANIMATION MADE EASY

Merely having theoretical knowledge without practical application does not suffice in this industry. Therefore, in this week's session, we encourage you to challenge yourself and showcase your expertise by animating a high-quality run cycle.

WEEK 04 | ANIMATION POWER TIPS: THE ART OF POLISHED POSES

Our focus for this week's class is centered on refining your posing skills. Posing is a crucial component in creating excellent animation, and it is essential to master the art of pushing your poses to the next level. We will provide you with the necessary guidance and techniques to improve your posing and elevate the quality of your animation

★ WEEK 04 | INSTRUCTOR DROP IN SESSION #1

Our focus for this week's class is centered on refining your posing skills. Posing is a crucial component in creating excellent animation, and it is essential to master the art of pushing your poses to the next level. We will provide you with the necessary guidance and techniques to improve your posing and elevate the quality of your animation

WEEK 05 | ANIMATION POWER TIPS: LEVERAGING ANIMATION LAYERS

Animation layers are a fundamental asset in an animator's toolkit, offering the ability to make non-destructive edits to motions. In this week's class, we will provide you with comprehensive training on how to maximize the full potential of layers, empowering you to enhance the quality of your animations."

WEEK 06 | MASTERING COLLABERATION: MAXIMISING REFERENCE FOR ANIMATION 

Refining your ability to utilize reference material is crucial for aspiring animators, as it is common for beginners to merely replicate their references. In this class, we will instruct you on how to extrapolate vital information from reference materials to create compelling and realistic animations, as done by industry professionals.

WEEK 07 | MASTERING COLLABERATION: RIGGING BASICS FOR ANIMATION PART #1

Acquiring a fundamental understanding of rigging is a prerequisite for success in the animation industry, as it enables effective communication with technical animators. Upon completion of this class, you will possess the necessary knowledge to collaborate and communicate effectively with technical animators, fostering a more streamlined and efficient production process.

WEEK 08 | MASTERING COLLABERATION: RIGGING BASICS FOR ANIMATION PART #2

This class is designed to deepen your understanding of the technical aspects of rigging, equipping you with the skills to troubleshoot issues in your animation scenes. Possessing the ability to self-sufficiently solve problems will make you a valuable asset to any team you collaborate with.

★ WEEK 08 | MID POINT INSTRUCTOR DROP IN SESSION #2

This class is designed to deepen your understanding of the technical aspects of rigging, equipping you with the skills to troubleshoot issues in your animation scenes. Possessing the ability to self-sufficiently solve problems will make you a valuable asset to any team you collaborate with.

WEEK 09 | OVERCOMING LIMITATIONS: ANIMATING WITH CONSTRAINTS

New animators often find constraints to be intimidating. However, in this class, we will simplify the process and provide comprehensive instruction on how to effectively utilize constraints to enhance your animations.

WEEK 10 | MASTERING PROFESSIONAL ANIMATION WORKFLOWS

During this week's class, we will instruct you on how to optimize your workspace and thought process to achieve an efficient animation workflow. You will have the opportunity to observe and learn from a professional animation workflow that you can adapt and personalize for your own projects.

WEEK 11 | MAYA MASTERY: CHARACTER ANIMATION BREAKTHROUGH PART #1

This week, we will begin the process of preparing you to create your best shot yet through comprehensive animation training.

WEEK 12 | MAYA MASTERY: CHARACTER ANIMATION BREAKTHROUGH PART #2

In our final week, we will guide you through the process of adding polish to your animations, including lighting and rendering techniques within Maya. Additionally, we will provide you with best practices, tips, and tricks to assist in preparing your animation showreel.

WEEK 12 | FINAL INSTRUCTOR DROP IN SESSION #3

In our final week, we will guide you through the process of adding polish to your animations, including lighting and rendering techniques within Maya. Additionally, we will provide you with best practices, tips, and tricks to assist in preparing your animation showreel.

★ BONUS WEEK | MAYA MASTERY: HOW TO POWERFULLY PRESENT YOUR ANIMATIONS

In our final week, we will guide you through the process of adding polish to your animations, including lighting and rendering techniques within Maya. Additionally, we will provide you with best practices, tips, and tricks to assist in preparing your animation showreel.

COURSE BENEFITS

Student Animation Vault

Unlock the Student Animation Vault to explore the invaluable feedback provided to previous students, expediting your learning journey.

Study in your own time

Have a busy schedule? no problem at AAA you can study in your own time.

Certificates Awarded

Show off your new skills, online and on your CV!

24/7 Customer Support

AAA is committed to your development, this is why we offer 24/7 customer support to ensure you have a smooth learning experience.

Project Files: Included

Your instructor has prepared your files in an easy to digest format. 

AAA Community Discord Server

When you join AAA you gain access to our private server, to communicate with other students.

Pro tools and scripts

AAA is invested in your success. That's why we have bundled our tools and scripts in this course.

Instructor Drop in Sessions

3 x drop in sessions with your instructor this is your opportunity to ask question make sure you get a pen and take plenty of notes. 

ASCEND TO MASTERY TODAY
Jerome Rodgers-Blake

" Pride yourself on excellence and adding value"

JEROME RODGERS-BLAKE

Meet Your Instructor

Jerome is a highly experienced Lead Animator with nearly a decades worth of experience in the Games industry, having contributed to the development of numerous AAA titles such as;

Totalwar: Warhammer 2 (2018)
Totalwar: Warhammer 3 (2021)

Lords of the Fallen (2023)

He possesses extensive knowledge and expertise in character and creature animation and is the esteemed founder of the Advanced Animation Academy. Jerome is a prominent figure in the animation community, recognized for his contributions as a speaker at GDC Microtalks 2022.
 

With a passion for sharing his expertise and enabling others to reach their full potential, Jerome offers a diverse range of exceptional courses and classes designed to provide you with the tools and techniques needed to elevate your skills to the next level. His courses are expertly crafted and tailored to deliver practical and digestible content that will enable you to achieve your goals in the field of animation.

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EXCLUSIVE MAYA RIGS

All rigs seen below are free to download for students of the Maya Animation Mastery course.

Male Female_Basic_Rig.jpg

BASIC BODIES

A versatile rigs for foundational animation; ideal for mastering movement dynamics and character interaction
 

farnoosh-ghanoon-p1.jpg

GLIMMER BOT

Charming small robot rig with oversized eyes. Brings joy and curiosity to animations. Ideal for  expressive movements and CHARMFUL  demeanour captivate audiences.

Bro-Knight-of-the-shield.png

FLAREGUARD

Mighty knight rig with flaming helmet. Small in stature, big in valour. Perfect for HEROIC battles, shield and sword animations bring dynamic action to life.

xrobot.jpg

ASTRO BUDDY

Box-like astronaut explorer rig. Compact yet adventurous, perfect for space exploration animations. FUN movements and sturdy design bring the spirit of discovery to life.

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