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Registration has opened for the 2020 Animation Academy!

July 13-17, 2020

Preferred registration deadline is 4/5 at 11:59pm EST.

Learn how to create digital animations for film, television and video games as a member of the inaugural Cinema Academy Animation program.

This five-day program will introduce you to a variety of animation workflows — such as motion capture and key framing — that you’ll use to bring characters to life. Train on the same professional-level equipment and software film studios such as Marvel, Pixar and Dreamworks use to make their films.

This program is limited to 18 students. Registration will be open soon!


Rush Swope, a game art professor at IU, will be your mentor for the week. His credits include Game of Thrones, Borderlands and Warcraft.


  • Tour of facilities
  • Animation icebreaker
  • Animation industry overview
  • Introduction to Maya
  • Mechanical animation
  • Trivia
  • Twelve principles of animation
  • Applying principles: 2D exercise
  • Animatics, Spine and vector animation
  • Introduction to final pieces
  • Tangents/rigs/joints orientation
  • Screening: Beyond Two Souls
  • Motion capture
  • Motion builder/Blade/Maya Bipedal motion
  • Character exercises
  • Driven Keys/Blend Shapes/Morph targets
  • Final project discussion
  • Work on final projects
  • Scope audits
  • Maximo/character setup
  • Beyond the week: Other animation and moving forward
  • Work on final projects
  • Scope/rendering
  • Wrap up
  • Screening


Learn about the program’s costs.


To register, click here to fill out the application form and pay!