Many of us animators and motion designers started in this amazing field, delighted by watching cartoons and movies in our childhood. A lot of people from my generation will remember the animated shorts from Hanna Barbera: The Flintstones, Tom and Jerry, The Road Runner or Top Cat and his gang between others. Animation techniques started evolving and in the upcoming years 3D animation emerged opening a new world of possibilities that generated a revolution in the animation industry. One of the first 3D animated movies was Toy Story (1995), and with it Pixar astonished a whole generation.

It is precisely Pixar who today opens the doors to this wonderful world of magic and fantasy by giving us all their knowledge in a free online course called “Pixar in a Box”. Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes that shows us how the geniuses of Pixar work to create all these incredible animated films that children and adults love so much. In this online course you can learn many techniques such as animating bouncing balls, create a swarm of robots, make virtual explosions among many other things. Everything you’ve learned at school like math, science, computing and humanities is used daily in the animation industry to create all these wonderful stories.

The content of this course features:

• The art of Story Telling
• Illumination
• Simulations
• Color Science
• Virtual cameras
• Effects
• Patterns
• Rigging
• Animation
• Landscape modeling
• Character modeling
• Crowd creating
• Virtual sets and scenes
• Rendering

Pixar Animation in collaboration with Khan Academy are sponsored by the masters from Disney. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity that they are giving us for free! Learn or maybe improve your knowledge in the exciting world of 3D animation.

Here is the link to the course: https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar

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