Animation Bootcamp

Hardcore Animation Training for Motion Designers.


What is Animation Bootcamp?

What is Animation Bootcamp?

Knowing HOW to do something in After Effects is great… but knowing WHAT to do is better. Understanding the principles of good Animation is the key to creating amazing, fluid work.This 6-week interactive experience will put you ahead of the competition and ignite your ability to create beautiful, purposeful movement no matter what you’re working on.

If you start every project with a pit in your stomach hoping that somehow you’ll “find” some good animation by experimenting with keyframes… then this course will literally change your career.

What is Animation Bootcamp?

Step-by-step Classes & More..

You will gain evergreen access to the Animation Bootcamp Student Portal. The portal contains 6-weeks worth of content that is time-released day-by-day to you. Whether you are new to Motion Graphics or a seasoned pro, you will be shown step-by-step and then tested

What will you learn in Animation Bootcamp?

Motion Curves

Create beautiful, FLUID movements using the Graph Editors. You gotta learn 'em to animate well.

Principles of Animation

Add more impact and energy to your animations using Anticipation, Overshoots, Follow-Through, and more.

Eye Control

Control your viewer's eye and make your work incredibly pleasing to watch. This principle is like a super power for After Effects artists.

Critical Eye for Animation

Develop your critical-eye for Animation so you can hone in on great movement quicker and easier.

Animation Vocabulary

Build up a comprehensive Animation Vocabulary to expand your toolset and give you tons of options for your work.

After Effects Techniques

Find out how to stop relying on plugins and tricks to make great work. Learning to animate can change your career.

Joey Korenman

Joey Korenman

Course Instructor

Prior to starting School of Motion, Joey was the Creative Director and Lead Animator at Toil in Boston, MA. There he lead projects for clients like Subway, McDonalds, Progressive, Saucony, and many other high-profile brands. He has also freelanced extensively for studios and agencies, working on network rebrands for Speed, Discovery, HBO, and SyFy. He's been using After Effects for close to 20 years and is one of the baldest dudes you'll ever meet.

Joey's Clients Include:

  • Harley Davidson
  • Subway
  • ABC
  • Saucony
  • HBO
  • Fox
  • Syfy
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Discovery

Course Format

You’re not in this alone

Go on this Animation journey with a group of brave souls who, like yourself, are willing to tackle a very difficult discipline. You'll gain access to a private Facebook Group for your session. In this group, you will share your work, and discuss any struggles or accomplishments you're encountering.

Bootcamp is not easy, but you'll be going through it with a bunch of other motivated and excited students. The Animation Bootcamp Private Facebook group runs 24/7.

You're not in this alone

Laser-Focused Feedback

We bring on Teaching Assistants who have actually gone through the course themselves to make sure that the critiques you receive are on-point, personalized, and ACTIONABLE. Our amazing staff of TA’s will kick your butt, encourage you, and help you see the areas of your animation that need a little love. We can give you frame-accurate feedback, draw directly over your video, and point out on a pixel-level what you need to work on.

The best part? You have access to our critique portal for 12 full weeks! If you fall behind, you've got plenty of opportunity to catch up.

Laser-Focused Feedback

This Week in Bootcamp

Each Wednesday, a one-hour episode of “This Week in Bootcamp” airs. You'll get to see featured work critiqued by your TA's, as well as deep-dives into the topics you’ve been learning about. We open up After Effects projects and show you how to fix common issues, tweak animation to get a better result, and other workflow tips.

Go even deeper into the language of Animation every Wednesday!

This Week in Bootcamp

Access hundreds of Project Files

With every student completing the same assignments, you'll see a TON of different takes on the same exercise. If you see something you like (or don't know how to pull off) you can download any students' project files via the Homework Locker.

This is an opportunity that you won't get in any other setting, take full advantage of it!

Access hundreds of Project Files

Bootcamp Schedule

Orientation Week

Meet your fellow Mographers, get familiar with the Bootcamp system, learn how to post work, and dive right in with a lesson on using rigged puppets and an Evaluation exercise designed to let us see where you are starting from.

Orientation Week

Under the Onion Skin

Find out the truth about animation that most MoGraphers never learn. Then take your first beating from the Value Graph… it won't be your last. By the end of this week you'll already be animating differently.

Under the Onion Skin

Lost in Spacing

We move on to the Speed Graph and work on curved motion. We then dig into the concept of oscillation, which comes in handy when we start applying the principles of Anticipation and Overshooting.

Lost in Spacing

Trouble with the Curves

You're comfortable with easing by now, so let's do the opposite! This week you'll learn all about bounces and impacts, plus learn about the magical principle of follow-through. This week will test your mettle.

Trouble with the Curves

The Terminanimator

It's time for Squash & Stretch! This week deals with those little flourishes that make your animations more appealing. You'll work on one of the tougher assignments in Bootcamp and learn about Secondary Animation.

The Terminanimator

Catchup Week

Phew! We know the schedule is tough, so we've built in a catchup week to give you a breather. Work on anything you haven't completed yet..

Catchup Week

Straight Outta Comp

Now that you have the basics down, let's explore some more advanced concepts in animation. You'll learn about Reinforcing Movement and Eye Trace, two animation superpowers. The exercises get a lot harder this week too.

Straight Outta Comp

The Secret Life of Ease

The final week kicks off with a lesson about breaking all those rules you just spent weeks learning. Once you master the principles of animation, you can bend them to your will. Be ready to make a ton of keyframes.

The Secret Life of Ease

Final Project

The final week kicks off with a lesson about breaking all those rules you just spent weeks learning. Once you master the principles of animation, you can bend them to your will. Be ready to make a ton of keyframes.

Final Project

And once you’ve reached the end?

At the end of Bootcamp you are inducted into the Alumni Facebook Group where you can post your final projects, meet students from previous sessions, and continue to keep in touch with your new compadres. The networking that takes place in this group is priceless, and many students have gotten freelance work from the connections they’ve made in this course.

Alumni

Animation Bootcamp Alumni Testimonials

Chris BiewerMotion Graphics Artist - Lemonly
Lemonly.com

I would recommend Animation Bootcamp to others without a doubt. The content was broken into digestible nuggets and layered upon themselves as the course went on. The networking and interaction with other artists growing their skill set is inspiring. The lessons were fun and the content was engaging where it didn't feel like work.

Jeff SalvadoMotion Designer / Video Production - Freelance
jeffsalvado.com

This course was definitely the best money I’ve ever spent in my life. After this course I feel like my knowledge and confidence of Animation and After Effects has increased 1000%. Every single day I was excited to see what new lesson was to come, and what little nuggets of information it would provide.

Van VelvetMotion Designer - Freelance
vanvelvet.com

The course isn’t just a ”course.” It’s an inspirational path where you learn to animate, to sharpen your eye, to lead your creativity, to think about how to improve your work in every process throughout a production, to network with your peers and to absorb a lot of technical stuff about how to get the best results out of your tools.

Kamryn LoyCreative Director - Kaleidary
www.kaleidary.com

Isolated software focused tutorials only help so much. Having a good teacher and a structured learning environment makes all the difference. School of Motion’s Animation Bootcamp fills in all the gaps. Everyday was filled with lightbulb moments, I never would have discovered on my own in a million, gajillion years.

What's included with the course?

There is a ton of content in Animation Bootcamp, but it’s given to you in measured doses to ensure you don’t burn out.

The Animation Bootcamp program contains

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  • Over 15 hours of video instruction
  • Exercises & Project files for every lesson
  • Interviews with amazing designers
  • Private class podcast covering tons of topics
  • In-depth PDFs to support your design-learning.
  • Personalized critiques on your work from TA's.
  • A private Facebook Group for Bootcamp students ONLY.
  • Weekly episodes of The Woodshed.
  • 100’s of your fellow students’ Project Files to dig through.
  • Shared Google Drive filled with students’ project files
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