We are proud to present the Winter 2020 EPIC: Intensive! With five instructors over 5 days this event is LOADED with expert animation knowledge!

Event Schedule

Mon JAN 13th
10am – 6pm
Tues JAN 14th
10am – 6pm
Wed JAN 15th
10am – 6pm
Thurs JAN 16th
10am – 6pm
Fri JAN 17th
10am – 6pm
Sat JAN 18th
Portfolio Review
10am – 1pm

Instructors & Presentations


Tracy Burns

Performance Consultant

Better Acting = Better Story
In this class, Tracy provides acting techniques that are immediately usable and directly applicable to animators; nothing precious and nothing arcane. Participants will learn how to define the character’s objectives, obstacles and actions, avoid clichéd physical gestures and shoot reference more effectively.

Shawn Kelly HS

Shawn Kelly

Lead Animator at ILM

12 Principles of VFX Animation
“As with any animation style, vfx animation has its own rich set of techniques as well as pitfalls to avoid. Today, we’ll talk about 12 Principles of VFX Animation, covering everything from working with a live action camera to fight choreography, from subtle facial animation to complex creature work, and everything in between!”

Michal Makarewicz

Michal Makarewicz

Lead Animator at Pixar

Michal will be giving in-depth Lectures on animating Eyes, Brows, Polish, Graph Editor, Performance and Acting, Multiple Workflows (with shot breakdowns) along with animating an Acting shot demo, LIVE in Maya.

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Rachelle Lambden

Stop Motion Character Animator at LAIKA

Join LAIKA stop motion animator Rachelle Lambden as she discusses her career path and origins from theatre into animation. From a stop motion perspective, she covers the process of character development and the breakdown of a shot from start to finish. Using examples from her work from Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link, she will focus on the subtleties of acting in animation.


Daniel Klug

Animator/Supervisor at Disney

Daniel will share the Pro-Tips he’s learned while making his way through the industry, how to set yourself up for success and make your shots stand out, and what he believes is a secret animation principle.

Bonus Portfolio Review Day

Reviewing Animators


A BONUS Animation Portfolio Review from 10am – 1pm with three animators. This is for anyone who purchased an EPIC ticket and wants to swing by for some input.

Winter Epic Intensive Description

Geared toward students and experienced animators, the EPIC: Intensive discusses animation from a feature film and visual effects perspective presented by 6 current industry professionals with a wide variety of studio experience. Through live demos and lectures, this 8 day masterclass packed full of information, experience and the collective wisdom of its instructors is bound to be an unforgettable experience.

Get the tools you need to create your own feature-quality animation, and don’t miss out on an exciting opportunity to meet and network with others in the industry!

1 ticket gets you access to the entire event! (tickets sales in USD)

Terms and Conditions

Ticket purchase fee includes non-refundable registration fee of $75.00 USD. Cancellations for refund of remainder of ticket purchase fee will be accepted up to 3 weeks before the event. From 20-10 days before the event, a cancellation fee of $100 USD will apply. From 9 days before the event and after, refunds cannot be provided. Event tickets are non-transferable.

The Animation Collaborative reserves the right to Cancel the Event if a minimum number of attendees is not reached by two-weeks before the event start date (minimum attendee deadline August 2nd, 2019)

The event organizer, The Animation Collaborative, reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event with reasonable discretion and for any reason (inclement weather, low enrollment, instructor illness, or any other unforeseen disruptive circumstances). In the case of cancellation by The Animation Collaborative, the full event fee, including the registration fee of $75.00 USD, will be refunded. If the event is postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund, or transfer their registration to the rescheduled event. In all cases, The Animation Collaborative shall have no further liability beyond the event fee. We regret that any transportation and hotel costs, cancellation penalties, or any other non-recoverable costs incurred by registrants are not refundable. In the event of any unforeseen last-minute scheduling problems, we reserve the right to substitute an equivalent, qualified instructor who might not be listed in the class description.

AGE RESTRICTIONS: Attendees must be over the age of 18.

RECORDING: A pen and paper are recommended for taking notes. Laptop/tablet computers are permitted, but please no recording with these or other devices. NO AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDING OF THE PRESENTED MATERIAL OF ANY KIND IS PERMITTED. Out of respect for fellow attendees and the instructors, we ask that attendees please refrain from live tweeting, texting, phone calls, etc. during the class.

QUESTIONS? Please contact The Animation Collaborative at: staff@animationcollaborative.comrs, and guest speakers.