2018 Animation Exchange Times and Schedule

One of the regular pieces of feedback we got last year was that the Animation Exchange started too late. So this year, we are starting earlier, so that even more people can catch it live! Starting at 12pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, March 20th, get your favorite animation friends gathered around a screen and enjoy all the knowledge sharing and...

2018 Animation Exchange Recorded Talks

Photo by Melissa Shim Well that came and went fast! What a complete honor and joy it was to spend 10+ hours with some of the most passionate and dedicated animators I know. I am continually humbled and inspired by their work. I hope you were able to catch some of the stream live, to take part in the chat...

GDC 2017 Videos

All of the 2017 GDC Talks have been added to the GDCVault and 6 of the #GDCAnim talks have been made free! Animating 'Dauntless': Slaying AAA Animation on the Indie Scale Animation Microtalks Animation Tricks of the Trade Cuphead Process and Philosophy First Person Animation of 'Overwatch' Realistic Performances in Games I have updated the 2017 GDC Animation Bootcamp Talks post to have each talk listed link directly to...

2018 Animation Exchange Talks and Speakers!

We are excited to announce that on Tuesday, March 20th the Animation Exchange is again finding a home on Twitch! And like last year, we will take the knowledge sharing and thriving community of game development conferences and make them accessible to all! Bringing together developers in both AAA and Indie, and leveraging the open platform of Twitch, this event...

2017 GDC Animation Bootcamp Talks

Monday, February 27th will mark the Fifth Annual Animation Bootcamp at GDC! What started five years ago to fill the void of animation knowledge sharing has grown into THE place to speak about all things game animation. And this year is no different! From Indie to AAA, we have the people working on some of the best animated games out there, breaking...

GDC 2019 Animation Related Talks

The 2019 GDC talks are now available on the GDC Vault, and here are the talks that most relate to animation. Most of these are behind a paywall, and will likely stay that way for the next two years. But anything with an * before the name means it is free! And hopefully some of the Animation Bootcamp talks...

2019 Animation Exchange Recorded Talks

Talk about a whirlwind of awesome for over 10 straight hours! To be surrounded by so many amazing, talented and inspiring animation focused developers continues to be humbling. I hope you were able to catch some of the stream live to be able to take part in the chat and fun. But if you didn't get to, or you want to watch any part...

Animation Team Size Calculator

One of the biggest areas of feedback we found in the AnimState of the Industry Survey was around people having concerns about time size, scope and proper support. In a first step towards helping teams better understand and quantify that, I wanted to release editable industry wide Game Animation Team Size Calculator. This is based on a...

NEGOTIATION TIPS

Negotiating is very hard, especially for people whose work is also their passion. Passionate workers tend to undervalue their skills, have a mindset that they’re “just happy to be here”, and are worried that any negotiations will jeopardize their offer (which is very untrue). Companies, whose main goals are to min max expenses and profits, take advantage...

Tracking Time to Improve Efficiency

"INSTEAD OF MAKING EXCUSES I WANTED SOME EVIDENCE TO SHOW MY SUPERVISORS WHERE I WAS HAVING TROUBLE" This isn’t a topic we often discuss.  In fact, “Tracking Time to Improve Efficiency” might be the five most boring words associated with animation. It’s right up there with “counter animating piles of rope” and “shaper controls for jacket deformation”.  But before you...

Animation Exchange Schedule

Here is the full Animation Exchange Schedule! On Tuesday, February 28th, from 2-10 PM Pacific, you can join in on the fun at https://www.twitch.tv/twitchoffice. The entire event will be free to watch and the recordings will be available on the same channel! As you can see, there isn't a moment throughout where we won't have animators, technical animators, animation programmers and...

2020 Animation Exchange Schedule & Speakers

We are excited to announce the fourth annual Animation Exchange on Tuesday, March 17th starting at 12pm Pacific Time! Just like the last three years, we will take the knowledge sharing and thriving community of a game development conference and make it free for everyone to enjoy! And this year we will be streaming on our very own AnimState Twitch channel! So make sure to follow us, so that you will...

Rise and Spline – Interview with David Gibson

"...a wonderful opportunity to show other aspiring animators that they're accepted and animation is 100% a viable career choice for anyone" Recently, David Gibson began streaming a live animation class every Saturday morning and his students are our own Keyframe of Mind podcast hosts Katie, Esther, Jenny, and Ju Li! It has become a popular hang out on the weekends and...

2016 GDC Animation Bootcamp Speakers and Schedule

The past three years of the animation bootcamp have been an incredible success, making GDC a place animators NEED to be each year. We have seen talks at the bootcamp rank as some of the highest rated of the conference and become industry touchstones for new approaches and advancements in the field. And the 2016 GDC Animation Bootcamp is going to continue pushing forward as the most...

2020 AnimState of the Industry Results

Thank you to everyone that took the time to fill out our survey! We had a fantastic turnout of over 400 responses. Similar surveys by Gamasutra or IGDA averaged around 1200 responses across all disciplines, so collecting a third of that for an entirely animation-focused survey is a solid representation of the animation community within the industry.

Another brilliant animation!

Hey gang, Ryan here. It's been a while since we shared any great animations that we've stumbled and I got this one from some of my Gobelins summer school friends this morning. Great might not be an adequate word to describe Ryan Woodward's "Thought of you" . I think it's best described as beautiful. Thought of You from Ryan...

2021 Animation Exchange Talks and Speakers!

We are excited to announce that on March 24th-26th the Animation Exchange is again coming to you LIVE on Twitch and Youtube! And like always, we will take the knowledge sharing and thriving community of a game development conference and make it free for everyone to enjoy! While we will still be focused on bringing some of the best...

Art Gets Better – Mike Jungbluth

Born from twitter, we thought it would be fun to create a blog where "industry pros can post horrible old work and give some current students hope." A sort of "It Gets Better" for aspiring artists. So, as to never miss out on a pun, we bring you: Art Gets Better Mike Jungbluth Senior Animator at Zenimax Online Final Semester, Senior Year (2004) Lightwave - Modeled,...

2021 Animation Exchange – Submissions are OPEN!

Animation Exchange 2021 - Speaker Submissions are open!
After the very strange events of March 2020, our carefully laid Animation Exchange 2020 plans were scattered to the winds. Our organizers slumped away defeated, retreating to fight another year. Well, now that time has come. We've regrouped and we are looking to the future, equipped with newly made plans for a fully online...

Weekly Roundup

Some cool or interesting stuff that happened in the world of games and animation:   New Trailers The long awaited Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer came out this week!   Interesting Articles The always awesome JC Delanoy posted a great article about common game animation mistakes. Tons of great info packed in here. CHECK IT OUT HERE! Jonathan Cooper posted a fantastic interview with Kristjan Zadziuk...
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