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The 2020 Dates Have Been Confirmed!

July 20-24, 2020

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 workflow animators — 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 highly selective and limited to 18 students.


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.


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