JAMES LOPEZ is a veteran Disney animator who has been working as a professional in the animation industry for 25 years. He is the creative behind and the Director of Hullabaloo.
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.
Check out this interview with Voyager LA James Lopez:
Grab a look at his bio and links to his other sites: James Lopez
To learn the pipeline for producing an independent animated short film or get a job in a studio. Goal is to finish a short film in 8 months working as a team.
Check out this great animatic from the first half of this program. Created by Team Cowabunga in 2021. Now is your opportunity to go into production with this team.
Are you looking for a creative production opportunity that gives you some real world experience where you can build on what you have already learned?
Are you looking for an experience that helps you gain context and confidence to develop a legitimately valuable skill set in a field that you want?
Are you looking to land an awesome portfolio and build a network of people who will vouch for you, your talent, work ethic, abilities, and character?
Now is your chance to gain experience being ‘in a live production’ on a tra-digital animated film project as a valuable member of the crew. You will be walked through the pipeline. Gain the kind of ‘experience by doing’ and upgrade your existing skills in a fun creative team environment.
Whether in addition to your current schooling or instead of school you will gain real world experience plus have access to additional one on one mentorship along the way with a team of colleagues.
Maybe you know for sure that you want to be an animator, story artist or art director, that's great and you can go all-in on that role in this program, or maybe you don’t have a clear picture of what role you want to play or where you fit in yet. This program is for you.
The most important thing early on is getting the proper guidance and career experience to uncover the options and opportunities available to you.
Open to aspiring animators, story artists, art directors, efx animators and others in the Tra-digital (Traditional and Digital combined) pipeline who possess the same passion, dedication, motivation and drive needed to enter into a professional career environment and work with a team.
Bi-Weekly online in Zoom meetups where you collaborate and are given feedback, knowledge, and direction. Using your own skills you will accumulate the abilities and secrets known to professionals and understand the framework for working with a creative team. Our program will help you produce real results fast!
Each meeting, Director James Lopez will cast crew positions, hand out assignments, and deadlines. Meetings include lectures and a live class critique, followed by notes. There is a private Facebook group for the crew to connect in-between meetings.
Coaching, collaboration and teamwork. Imagine being plugged into a team of filmmakers, animators, producers, art directors and more who help guide and provide you with real world accountability, support and feedback. Everyone on the team is being relied on to contribute their part. You will gain access to mentors and a community to continue during and after your journey.
We've combined the most important elements of the filmmaking process to accelerate your results. Of course you will get out of this program exactly what you put into it because you will be relied on to do your part using your own skills.
A bi-weekly 6 month program. Requires a 10-15 hour weekly time commitment that is flexible to your schedule. The program is 100% remote, so you can do it from anywhere and work on your own time schedule. It combines a production-based curriculum with bi-weekly meetings, dailies, reviews, live demonstration and guidance.
Optional: Signup for extra 'one on one' mentor time outside of the program for an additional fee.
This is a continuation of a previous program in which we ended up creating the pre-production for a short film. With this new series/ sessions/ program, the project is now “in production” and will be carried through post production and premiere and be showcased at a public event.
"I really liked that James talked about various styles in Visual development and how the thought process of creating ideas goes down in this department." ~Karina Acosta
By application only. Once accepted you will be working with Director / Mentor James Lopez, whose work can be seen in some of the most treasured films in the history of animation. He will be joined by other leading professionals in their specific fields. Just like being in a real professional 2D Tra-digital production environment, with department leads you will be 'on the crew' with these pros.
This Master Class Program is bi-weekly, online, May 5th, 2022 - November 3rd, 2022. Time Zones: 11 am - 1 pm LOS ANGELES / 2 pm - 4 pm NYC / 7 pm - 9 pm LONDON
Production culminates with an industry screening at a 'producers show ' and wrap party. held at the prestigious Creative Talent Network Animation Expo (CTNX 2022) Nov 17-20, 2022 in the animation capital of the world - Burbank CA. (Ticket to the event is included)
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