January 19, 2006
Source: ars technica
Written by Peter Pollack
What do The Incredibles, My Favorite Martian, and The Hulk have in common?
Varying levels of entertainment value? Yes, but also animation. Animation, at least as far as Hollywood is concerned, has become a largely computer-generated medium, and a group of professional animators who’ve worked on those movies (among others) has created an online school to take the computer model one step farther. While apprentices used to learn (sometimes literally) at the feet of a master such as Chuck Jones, modern students take to the Internet.
AnimationMentor.com has been online for about 10 months, and features heavy hitters from rival companies as diverse as Pixar, Industrial Light and Magic, Disney, PDI/Dreamworks, and Sony Imageworks. It’s interesting to me, in that it demonstrates the idea that business antagonism often doesn’t coincide with artistic rivalry. Having attended a college with a large degree of arts emphasis in its curriculum, I’ve always been fascinated by the idea that the people who actually produce the product don’t carry the positions of their employers around with them, and in fact often appreciate each other’s work.