Inside the Animators Studio
James Lopez - SEASON 2 ONLINE
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Open to Teens, College Students, Recent Grads, and Professionals

Animating for TV and Feature 

Every Other THURSDAY

November 19, 2020 - February 18, 2021
11 am - 1 pm LOS ANGELES
2 pm - 4 pm NYC
8 pm - 10 pm LONDON
(Subject to Change)
Artists learn from artists and animators learn from other animators. And animator is different than a development artist, or a story artist or other artists in the pipeline. They see and understand emotion, expression and how to tell a story through acting creating what we refer to as creating the illusion of life. James is a master at all this and has experience with 2D, 3D  and other disciplines whether in house or freelance and anything inbetween in the animation pipeline. His longevity in the industry is attributed to his mastery of the medium. We are proud to share sometime with him 'In His Studio' where you can ask him anything and see and hear first hand LIVE in our CTN Zoom Room where you can ask questions and show your work.


JAMES LOPEZ is a veteran Disney animator who has been working as a professional in the animation industry for 25 years. His credits at Disney include being a Lead Animator on films such as The Emperor's New Groove and Hercules and as an animator on the character "Dr. Facilier" in The Princess and the Frog and "Timon" in The Lion King. He has also worked for studios such as Warner Bros., Dreamworks and Nickelodeon in both television and features an has performed a variety of positions that range from Directing, Storyboarding, Layout, Art Direction, Production Design and Character Design. He is an alumni of CalArts where he recently taught drawing and animation to inspire a new generation of artists.

Instagram - @jameslopezanimation

Season TWO Schedule

Visual Development, Art Direction and Production Design
November 19, 2020, 11 am - 1 pm PDT
We will discuss the kind of artwork that constitutes Visual Development as well as talk about the purpose of Art Direction and Production Design.
Storyboarding 1
December 17, 2020, 11 am - 1 pm PDT
We will cover the basics of storyboarding that include concepts such as continuity, camera angles, cutting and composition.
Storyboarding 2
January 7, 2021, 11 am - 1 pm PDT
We will continue the previous week's topic with some slightly more advanced concepts in storyboarding.
Layout and Backgrounds
January 21, 2021, 11 am - 1 pm PDT
We will  talk about the process of planning a shot through Layout and basic background composition and painting techniques.
Animation 1
February 4, 2021, 11 am - 1 pm PDT
We will cover the basic principles as well as talk about performance and acting for animation.
Animation 2
February 18, 2021, 11 am - 1 pm PDT
James Lopez will do a live demo of how to animate a "reaction shot" from start to finish (tie-down) and demonstarte Clean-up techniques.
RULES:  Please note that it is prohibited to record, photograph, screenshot or distribute talks and demo's of this Online Session on any other platform. Please be respectful to the artist and the other participants in this stream.

NOTE: Please register at least 30 min early, as it takes the system 15-20 minutes to send the registration Zoom link. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee you will be accepted into the session on time.

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