Animation Skillnet Course Schedule

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Animation Skillnet have an exciting range of evening courses, workshops and events scheduled to take place over the coming months.

The courses include Houdini, ZBrush, BGs/Photoshop, After Effects/Compositing and Gesture Drawing.  In addition they will support a masterclass with Academy Award winning director Patrick Osborne at Animation Dingle.

Animation Skillnet provides subsidised training solutions to the animation, games and VFX sectors in Ireland.  The courses are aimed at Animation Skillnet member companies and freelancers working in the sector.

Backgrounds/Layout for Animation TV Production using PhotoShop (5 Monday Evenings) – 4th of April 2016

This Course is aimed at participants who have a good basic knowledge of photoshop.  The course will be tutored by Fran Johnston, lead background supervisor at Boulder Media.  During his career he has worked on shows such as FOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS and THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL for Cartoon Network, RANDY CUNNINGHAM NINTH GRADE NINJA and WANDER OVER YONDER for Disney and EL TIGRE for Nickelodeon. MORE INFO

An Introduction to Houdini and Procedural Animation (5 Tuesday Evenings) – 5th of April 2016

This course is aimed at Houdini novices with some 3D experience. The course will be tutored by Paul Timpson a VFX industry veteran of 15 years.  Paul has worked at Framestore, MPC and Dreamworks on the features ROBOCOP, HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, TARZAN, SHREK 4 and PUSS IN BOOTS. MORE INFO

Gesture Drawing for Animation (5 Wednesday Evenings) – 6th of April 2016

This course is aimed at professionals and aspiring professionals in animation and related industries who seek to further develop their skills in this area. Participants should have some life drawing experience.  The course is tutored by Niall Laverty who has been teaching gesture drawing to animation students and professionals for 12 years and is a guest tutor at Gobelins, Filmakademie and The Animation Workshop. MORE INFO

Introduction to ZBrush for VFX and Animation (3 Days) – 11th of April 2016

This course is aimed at VFX and animation professionals including CG generalists, 3D modellers, post production artists, compositors, illustrators or anyone wanting to add a digital sculpting package into their workflow.  The course is tutored by Glen Southern.


Masterclass with Academy Award winning animation director Patrick Osborne at the Animation Dingle Festival – 18th of March 2016

Patrick Osborne will discuss the creation of his short FEAST while at Disney Feature Animation and his transition into life independent of a studio. Patrick worked at Sony Pictures Imageworks where he animated on an assortment of films including I AM LEGEND and SURF’S UP. In 2008 he moved on to Disney Animation Studios where he animated on BOLT, TANGLED UP, and WRECK IT RALPH, and acted as head of animation on the Oscar winning short animation PAPERMAN.

This masterclass will cover idea generation, emerging formats like VR, and the Hollywood pitching process. MORE INFO