A Master Class takes place over 2 full days, and is typically held over a weekend. We decide where to hold our Master Classes based on requests and student interest. Master Classes have been held as locally as San Jose and as far away as Berlin!


Various locations


The Master Class takes place over 2 full days, from approximately 10am – 6pm.


The cost for the Master Class is $250, which includes a non-refundable registration fee.


This varies from Master Class to Master Class based on questions and interest from students. Students can expect at least 8-10 in-depth lectures and can expect at least 2-3 live demonstrations in Autodesk Maya.

Michal Makarewicz

Michal Makarewicz joined Pixar Animation Studios in early 2003, where he has animated on over 12 Feature Films, and 7 Shorts.

Michal has been a Supervising Animator on Pixar’s first half-hour TV special, “Toy Story of Terror” and on the Up DVD short film Dug’s Special Mission. He has also been a Directing Animator on Cars 2 and Finding Dory.

Michal was awarded an Annie for “Outstanding Character Animation in a Feature Production” by the International Animated Film Society for his work on Ratatouille, and nominated for a Visual Effects Society (VES) award for “Outstanding Character Animated Character in an Animated Feature” for his work on Helen Parr in Incredibles 2.

In addition to his work at Pixar, Michal has been teaching animation since 2005. He has contributed lectures as well as taught classes at the online school Animation Mentor, AnimSchool, California College of the Arts, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He has a scholarship in his name for the Vancouver Film School.  Michal has also been a contributing mentor to the Pixar internship program, helping foster growth and development within the company. Michal owns and operates The Animation Collaborative, a brick and mortar school located in Emeryville, CA. The Animation Collaborative offers a series of workshops in animation, character design, story, and a variety of other subjects, all lead by some of the most talented artists and instructors in the industry.

View Michal’s body of work at IMDB.

“This Masterclass exceeded my expectations in every way. The content involved material I could not have found in any book. It fcontained real and applicable solutions to problems that we, as animators face regularly.”

– Carolina Cuesada

“The lectures and demos were extremely insightful and Mike boiled down complex topics into clear actionable lessons… his layered approach to animation sets the foundation for a more efficient workflow and faster editing.  Take this workshop if you want to push your skills to the next level.” 

– Johnathan Sundy

“Thank you again for such an intense yet mind-blowing class!  I can already tell in my workflow the change in speed and connectivity.  I can’t stress enough how amazing this class was and I hope you continue to do it!  I know I will be singing your praises to all the animators I know.”

– Joree Dolin

In-Depth Lectures Include:

  • Eyes
  • Brows
  • Working with Dialogue
  • Variety of Animation Workflows
  • The Graph Editor
  • Polish
  • Timing
  • Q&A
  • Acting, Performance and Theory

Live Demonstrations in MAYA:

  • Bouncing Ball
  • Complex Physical Shot
  • Performance Acting Shot