What is Academy @ The Focus?

Academy @ The Focus is a free virtual program preparing artists for their journey through the world’s top visual effects studios through intensive training. Technicolor’s diversified reach in visual effects enables us to guide, mentor, and train these artists to meet the highest industry standards.

Our courses prepare you for a career in visual effects by working with industry experts on their creative, technical, procedural, and soft skills. They also provide a great opportunity to gain experience and expertise to build upon as you progress in your career. Upon completion of the course you will have the opportunity to directly apply for available roles at Technicolor, and potentially receive a joining bonus, if offered a position.

Animation
This course is a guide to realistic, VFX-style animation for both CG and live-action films. You will learn how to properly animate a variety of characters in a realistic manner in addition to learning proper workflow techniques and understanding how to properly use references in a shot. The course is geared towards the VFX industry, targeting a very specific animation style: hyper-realism. You will be learning from industry professionals with a studio-level focus, which includes appropriate workflow techniques and delivery expectations.
montreal
montreal
Canada
toronto
toronto
Canada
london
london
UK
adelaide
adelaide
Australia
bengaluru
bengaluru
India
course duration
8 weeks
Time commitment
40 hours a week
Timing of live sessions
One per day up to 3 hours
This online course includes masterclasses with industry pros, live demonstrations, active support from an industry professional (Learning Lead), rigs/assets to complete weekly assignments, periodic assessments, live reviews, individual feedback and live Q&A discussions.
What do we offer?
  • A free online course of 8-10 weeks to get you up to the standard required to deliver first class VFX
  • Dedicated mentoring from a senior industry member
  • Intensive training using industry standard software tools (provided) while using our high-quality training materials   
  • Continued access to video tutorials featuring industry experts and the potential to use your project work in showreels
  • The opportunity to apply to available roles at Technicolor, and to potentially receive a bonus, if offered a position
Curriculum:

Week 

1: VFX Workflow, Prop Animation

2: Biped Body Mechanics 

3: Biped Body Mechanics 

4: Acting – Facial Animation

5: Locomotion – Quadruped locomotion

6: Locomotion – Quadruped advanced

7: Final Project

8: Final Project

Technical specifications

We use the Teradici cloud workstation desktop client which runs on nearly any computer that has the following operating systems: Windows 10, MacOS and Linux.

Our cloud workstations provide required software and course assets, and require at least 10mb broadband (20mb+ recommended).

Minimum Technical Requirements:
External monitor with HD resolution
3-button mouse
10mb/s Broadband

Recommended
RJ45 LAN port

Who can apply?
  • Recent graduates of a VFX program or entry/junior level candidates looking for their first break in the VFX industry.
  • Candidates ready to cross the bridge from learning into a professional career.
  • Artists with a drive, passion and commitment to deliver first class VFX.
Applying
  • Please apply with your department specific demo reel and CV attached
  • Complete the provided skills test
  • Get feedback by the Academy admissions team