Advanced Animation Seminar with Shawn Kelly


Animation Mentor Cofounder Teaches Advanced Techniques to Make the Work Stand Out


Emeryville, Calif., Oct. 9, 2012Animation Mentor, the state-of-the-art online animation school founded by animators for animators, in partnership with Autodesk, Inc., hosts a special two-day educational event:

Advanced Animation Seminar

With Shawn Kelly

The Improv Centre | Vancouver, British Columbia

Saturday, November 3 to Sunday, November 4, 2012 | $499

Shawn Kelly — Animation Mentor cofounder and Lead Animator at Industrial Light & Magic — leads a series of educational lectures and conducts shot breakdowns with exclusive studio footage. A partial agenda includes instruction that goes beyond basic animation principles, a practical guide to planning and blocking, lessons to fine-tune acting performances and lip sync, an in-depth study of advanced locomotion, Animals & Creatures animation, key demo reel guidelines, and much more. Kelly personally designed the seminar to teach the advanced techniques required to elevate student work and make it stand out.

“I love teaching almost as much as animating. For me, there are few activities that are anywhere near as fun, challenging, and rewarding as passing on and teaching what I’ve learned — especially when it has to do with animation,” says Shawn Kelly. “And I do feel like I’ve soaked up a lot of knowledge over the years from my peers and my mentors. Animation is a never-ending journey of continual learning — and my hope for this seminar is that it will help animators push their work to the next level.”

For more information on the Advanced Animation Seminar with Shawn Kelly and to register, please visit


About Shawn Kelly

Shawn Kelly currently serves as a Lead Animator at Industrial Light & Magic. His partial list of 23 film credits includes Rango, War of the Worlds, the Star Wars prequels, all three Transformers movies, Hulk, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and The Avengers. Kelly is also an Animation Mentor cofounder where he helps to define and shape the school’s overall direction.


About Animation Mentor

Animation Mentor is a state-of-the-art online animation school focused on teaching the art and craft of animation. The school catalogue includes workshops ( Maya Workshop: Animation Basics and Lighting Your Shot) and programs ( Character Animation Program and Animals & Creatures: Master Class). Mentors conduct classes online and use the school’s proprietary eCritique® tool to hold one-on-one sessions with students where they can draw directly on the work and offer support, guidance, and feedback. By learning to receive and integrate feedback, Animation Mentor students graduate ready to contribute on their first day on the job as real professional animators. For more information, visit


About Autodesk, Inc.

Autodesk, Inc. is a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software — with the last 17 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects using Autodesk software to design, visualize, and simulate their ideas. For more information, visit


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